The Diocese of Palm Beach, Office of Communications is excited to start a new weekly initiative called "Parish Profile!"  Each week the Diocese will showcase one of our 50 Parishes, 3 Missions and 1 Hispanic Pastoral Center on social media and on the website.





St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church

St. Philip Benizi Parish was built in 1949 and dedicated as a mission in 1950. It was served by St. Margaret Parish in nearby Clewiston until 1960. In 1960, the church was named a parish and Father Francis Fenech was appointed pastor. Under Father Fenech the office, rectory, parish hall and

St. Peter Catholic Church

St. Peter Parish was established September 29, 1987, with the appointment of Father Charles E. Notabartolo as the founding pastor. The territory of St. Peter Parish was carved out of both St. Jude Parish in Tequesta and the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens. The first Mass was

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church

St. Paul of the Cross Parish was founded in 1970 by Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll of Miami. The Passionist priests at nearby Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center staffed the new parish, and Father Charles Sullivan was appointed founding pastor. St. Paul of the Cross Parish celebrated its first

St. Patrick Catholic Church

Bishop Thomas Daily, the first bishop of the newly created Diocese of Palm Beach, requested that a parish be established to serve the Juno Beach area. St. Patrick Parish was formed to serve that need, and Father Frank Guinan was named the first pastor. John and Marilyn McCarthy, owners of the

St. Matthew Catholic Church

The parish of St. Matthew was established July 1, 1992 with Father Clem Hammerschmitt as the founding pastor. St. Matthew Parish’s first Mass was celebrated October 17, 1992, in the Lantana Square Shopping Center. The shopping center housed the parish for the next nine years. On June 17, 2000,

St. Mary Catholic Church

In the early 1920s the families of S. J. Thibodeaux, A.A. Thibodeaux and F.X. Legere moved to Canal Point, Florida. During this time there were no roads, all the needs of the community were transported by boat, even the lumber to build their homes. These families missed their church terribly, so

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church

St. Martin de Porres Parish serves the Catholic community of Martin County. The parish was founded October 2, 1973 with 600 families. Father Michael Sullivan was appointed first pastor and remained at St. Martin de Porres Parish until June 1976. The first Mass was celebrated at the Community

St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fort Pierce

Bishop William D. Borders of the Diocese of Orlando established St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in 1972. Father Peter Dolan was the first pastor, who inherited 10 acres of land donated by Msgr. Michael Beerhalter, the pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Fort Pierce. In the early days, weekend Masses

St. Mark Catholic Church, Boynton Beach

St. Mark Parish was established in 1952; the first Mass was celebrated in a movie theatre in a small shopping center on U.S. Highway One. That first Mass has only 13 people in attendance, but at the Christmas Midnight Mass about three weeks later, the theater was filled. In 1956, the new church

St. Luke Catholic Church

St. Luke Catholic Church was established on October 15, 1959. The church attracted parishioners from St. Juliana Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach. Father Matthew A. Morgan was the first pastor and Masses were celebrated at the American Polish Club on