The Diocese of St. Petersburg was established on June 17, 1968, from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami. It is a suffragan see for the Province of Miami. It comprises 3,177 square miles (8,230 km2), and it includes the five counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus on the west central coast of the State of Florida, along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. The total population is 2,660,220, with a Catholic population of 398,702. The principal cities are Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.
The Holy See (Latin: Sancta Sedes; Ecclesiastical Latin: [ˈsaŋkta ˈsedes]) is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome, the episcopal see of the Pope. It serves as the central point of reference for the church everywhere and the focal point of communion due to its position as the pre-eminent see of the whole church. It traces its origin to the apostolic era, when Saint Peter arrived in Rome to evangelize, thus forming a community of believers there which maintained a significant Christian presence. Today, it is responsible for the governance of the faithful, organized in their local Christian communities.
The Lighthouse story is a simple one: God works powerfully through a sincere Yes! From a wooden box of cassette tapes in the back of one church, to over 7,500+ parishes distributing our CDs, books, and other media with a Lighthouse kiosk – it has been an incredible journey! Watch the video to the right to hear the full story, and to see how God continues to work through this Apostolate.
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