The Church Office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
Jacksonville, Fla. – The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Father Erik
Pohlmeier the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. For the past 24 years, Bishop-elect
Pohlmeier has served as a pastor in the Diocese of Little Rock, which encompasses the entire
state of Arkansas.
Raised in Paris, Ark., Father Pohlmeier was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock on
July 25, 1998. He currently serves as pastor of the largest parish in Little Rock, Christ the King,
and director of the Faith Formation and Deacon Formation offices. He has been the theological
consultant for the Arkansas Catholic newspaper for 19 years and director of continuing
education of clergy since 2019.
In his new appointment, Father Pohlmeier succeeds Bishop Felipe J. Estévez, who has served the
St. Augustine Diocese for the past 11 years and is retiring at the age of 76. He will be installed as
the 11th bishop of St. Augustine on Friday, July 22 with Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami
presiding at the ordination liturgy. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor of Little Rock and Bishop Estévez
will be co-consecrators. Details of the ordination have not been announced.
One of seven Catholic dioceses in Florida, the Mother Diocese of Florida has a Catholic
population of more than 153,000 in 17 counties in northeast and north central Florida. This
compares to the approximately 154,000 Catholics in Arkansas’ 75 counties.
Reflecting on his appointment to the Diocese of St. Augustine, Father Pohlmeier said, “I am
grateful for every way I have been called to serve the Church and am humbled by this
opportunity to serve in the place where Mass was first celebrated in the United States. May God
be praised for any good work I am able to do.”
Bishop Taylor shared, “Bishop-elect Pohlmeier is one of the most capable, beloved, and admired
priests of the Diocese of Little Rock, and he will be sorely missed. He is fluent in Spanish and
brings to the Diocese of St. Augustine a personal experience of the full spectrum of Catholic life
acquired over the course of 24 years of priestly ministry in every apostolate imaginable: urban,
rural and suburban in which he has served people of every ethnicity, income level and culture,
both in parish life and in diocesan apostolates, most recently as the director of faith formation.
We are all one Church, so while we in Arkansas are proud of Bishop-elect Pohlmeier and
sending him to Florida will be a great sacrifice for us, we rejoice in the good fortune of the
Diocese of St. Augustine and know that the Lord must love them very much to give them
such a fine man to be their next bishop.”
A news conference to introduce Bishop-elect Pohlmeier was held on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at
the Catholic Center. The community can view the news conference on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/DOSACatholics) or on our parish Facebook page.
Fr. Eric has been appointed parochial vicar of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Ponte Vedra Beach, effective June 3, 2022, for a three-year term. We are grateful for the past three years we’ve had with Fr. Eric and for all that he has done to serve our parish.
Join us on Sunday, May 29 after the 12:00 p.m. Mass for a reception to celebrate Fr. Eric and wish him the best as he enters the next chapter of his priesthood. Lunch will be provided.
Join the Diocese of St. Augustine for the 2022 Florida Eucharistic Congress June 17 and 18!
For more information please refer to the flyer below or visit https://flec.dosafl.com.
The only event that needs a pre-registration is the children’s track that will be held in Jacksonville only. In order for the team to provide a safe environment with enough volunteers and materials, families are asked to register at least one week before the congress by using the attached registration forms.
Join the Home of the Mother for Rosary of the Dawn every Sunday of the month of May at 5am! It’s early but worth it. They meet next to Joe’s Crab Shack (6 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL). Let’s honor Our Lady this month of May!
Join the Sisters in offering “May Flowers” through a series of challenges presented in this daily one-minute video series to honor our Blessed Mother during this month of May.
Did you know our Diocese has its own podcast? Catch our very own Kaitlyn Dedek alongside Fr. Bob Hoffman on the relaunch of Be Alive as they interview youth and young adults from around the diocese on different topics of our faith.
The podcast is available on most platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. This podcast is for all ages and is a great opportunity to hear from the voices of our young people as they share their experiences and testimonies.
Thank you to all of our parishioners who donated towards the flowers to help beautify the Church this Easter. May the joy and blessings of this Easter Season overflow with abundance for you and your family.
All women of the parish are invited to join us on Friday, May 6 at 5:30pm near the Mary statue in front of the ECLC for a rosary and fellowship. We will lift one another and our intentions as we pray the rosary together then those who are inclined may join in more fellowship and food off campus. The goal of the ministry is to foster multigenerational relationships between women in our parish and encourage women to build their “village” of sisters in Christ to lean on, knowing we are lifting each other in prayer.
All women of the parish are invited and welcome to attend.
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Heekin at
(904) 612-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Help beautify the Church this Easter and donate towards the Easter flowers.
Donations will go towards flowers in the Church during Easter. Easter lilies and Madonna lilies symbolize virtue, innocence, hope and life, while commemorating the resurrection of Christ and the hope of eternal life in heaven.