I was born in Mexico City May 7, 1952 — the oldest of nine siblings. I attended Catholic schools in that city until I was 18. I entered the Marist Fathers’ seminary in 1970 and was ordained a priest July 16, 1977 in Mexico City.
Right after my ordination I was assigned to work in Campus Ministry, followed by other (3) parochial appointments in Mexico City and Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas (Mexico).
Once transferred to the United States in 1989, I served in the parishes of: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Santa Maria Goretti and Most Holy Trinity (San Jose, CA), Santa Lucia (El Paso, TX) and Our Lady Star of the Sea (Santa Cruz, CA). After a Sabbatical time in Melo Park, California, I served at Our Lady of the Assumption and Sacred Heart of Jesus (Atlanta, GA), San Felipe de Jesus, San Pedro and Our Heavenly Father (Brownsville, TX). I also served, temporarily, at Our Lady of San Juan del Valle Basilica (San Juan, TX), before participating in another renewal program in San Antonio Texas (four months before I arrived to Tampa).
I was appointed as the new pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help by Bishop Gregory Parkes, effective the same day of my installation, February 26, 2017.
I am humbly soliciting your prayers, so I can be for you a zealous pastor, serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
Priests In Residence
Rev. Raymond Coolong, S.M.
Rev. Paul F. Morrissey, S.M.
Rev. Kenneth Ridgeway, S.M.
MAIN OFFICE MUSIC DIRECTORS
Alfredo Figueroa Nhick Ramiro Pacis Sylvia Chai
Secretary – (813)-248-5701 Music Director (English) – (813) 317-5319 Music Director (Spanish) – (813) 248-5701