Sarasota, FL: new church dedicated for the traditional Roman Rite

From the literal brick by brick department this is from the Diocese of Venice (Florida):

On April 19, 2009 Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Diocese of Venice in Florida Dedicated Christ the King Church in Sarasota, the first church in Florida which will administer the Sacraments exclusively according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Over 400 people were on hand for the Dedication– and the Mass in the Presence of a Mitred Bishop.

The celebrant was Father James Fryar, FSSP. Also assisting were clergy and seminarians of the FSSP, as well as Father Robert Tatman of the Quasi-Parish of Ave Maria Oratory, and Father Fausto Stampigilia, SAC.

The choir included Dr. Susan Treacy and many members of the Ave Maria University Schola. This was, to our records, the ‘highest’ Extraordinary Form Mass in over 40 years in the state of Florida. Bishop Dewane graciously stayed to chat with the parishioners and visitors for the reception which followed. 

Summorum Pontificum is a great gift to God’s people.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in Brick by Brick, SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Fr. Nolan–wonderful priest!

  2. And Fr. Fryar, the finest TLM celebrant and perhaps the hardest-working priest I’ve ever known personally. Could any parish in the country have a more dynamic pair of priests?

  3. I am not Spartacus says:

    I’ll be there for 10:30 High Mass this Sunday. The Parish is about 30 minutes from my Mother-in-law’s house.

  4. irishgirl says:


    I remember Fr. Fryar-he was one of several FSSP priests who would come to Upstate NY to offer the TLM! Isn’t he still the director of the Confraternity of St. Peter?

    Now that we have a new Bishop coming to Syracuse, I hope that he will allow the Fraternity to come back!

  5. Salvatore Guiseppe says:

    Now if they would just move a little northward to the St. Augustine area…

  6. Romulus says:

    Congratulations to the people of Sarasota and the Diocese of Venice.

  7. Athelstane says:

    Unthinkable in Florida just a few years ago.

    Bishop Dewane seems much more supportive of the traditional liturgy than his predecessor, John Nevins – who did (to his credit) yeoman work for much-abused immigrant farm workers, but kept a low profile on rebuilding catechesis and liturgy in the diocese.

    Praise to Susan Treacy and the schola from Ave Maria University for help making this a special occasion. Hopefully this is the first many more dedicated parishes for the traditional liturgy in Florida – a state which for so long was barren liturgical (among other things) ground.

  8. Chironomo says:

    Just stopped in at Christ the King on my way into work today. A beautiful and peaceful oasis in our city…

    There are great things in store for this parish…it is already growing at an incredible pace.

  9. Chironomo says:

    Christ The King Chapel is finally listed on the directory of Diocesan parishes at with it’s web address, Mass times, directions to the Chapel, etc…

    It was not up there this morning, so I assume they just got to putting it up in the last several hours…

  10. Immaculatae says:

    Thanks be to God!

    Found more pictures and sermons here:

  11. tertullian says:

    Kudos to Bp Dewane.

    Across the state, the Director of Liturgy of our diocese,Rev. Michael Driscoll, said of the EF:”I think to some people it’s nostalgic. But some want to go back to the past. They’re beating their heads against the wall”

  12. TJM says:

    tertullian, what is the state of the Liturgy in your diocese? Father Driscoll sounds suspect and a bit worried. When I attend the TLM or an OF in Latin for
    that matter there seems to be a lot of young priests and young families with children present. Tom

  13. joe says:

    From across the state, Bp. Dewane is highly regarded and, personally, I am hoping he scoots over a few miles east when Abp. Favalora retires.

    I’m just sayin’.

  14. Doctordrew says:

    Perhaps the Bishop could annex the diocese of st pete where I am.

    Left Osprey in 2005; wish I were there for all these blessed changes. Brick by brick

  15. I am not Spartacus says:

    what is the state of the Liturgy in your diocese?

    I live in the same Diocese.

    Were 1000 Bullockornis planei(Giant 500-700 lb flesh eating Ducks) to be discovered and brought back to life, there would still be an insufficient number of them to drag our Parish Priests into a state of compliance with Summorum Pontificum, say nothing about Liturgiam Authenticam.

  16. TC Tampa says:

    According to the internet maps, Christ the King is 71 miles from here in Tampa. I will be attending my first TLM there this Sunday!!!

  17. tertullian says:

    TJM, the diocese went through great turmoil:four bishops in five years – O’Connell,Symons,O’Malley and Barbarito. I am fortunate to belong to a conservative parish with a pastor celebrating his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. The NO is respectful and we enjoy the beauty of a wonderful music director.

    The only EF is celebrated at a remote parish by a retired pastor treated as a crazy uncle by the diocesan powers.

  18. Maureen says:

    That’s a really beautiful little church. What a blessing!

    (Good size for weddings, too. Bet you’ll attract a lot of young couples.)

  19. Matt B says:


    There is a new priest (younger) at St Martin’s doing the EF when I went last November. Fr. Kevin Nelson has recently learned the EF at St. Partick’s and traveled to Hobe Sound once at St. Christopher’s. They estimated over 400 in attendance.

    At the Cathedral, they had all statues covered from 1st Passion Sunday and I’ve heard the bishop is learning the EF himself. I just have to remind people that we are not turning back the clock; we are reuniting with our traditions.

    Keep praying.

  20. TJM says:

    Matt B, I like that phrase “we are reuniting with our traditions.” In reminds me of Pius X “instuarare in Christo.” Tom

  21. Gloria says:

    Fr. Fryar is indeed head of the Confraternity. It was our pleasure to have him with us on the 20th Anniversary of the FSSP pilgrimage to Rome. He has a great sense of humor. He carried the poles for the various Confraternity banners, to be waved at the Papal Audience, in a canvas rifle case. Think that got some reaction at the airports? One air security person asked him if he had anything that looked like a weapon. Really gives one confidence. One of our group asked him if he had a rifle to protect his parishioners. He quipped that, no, it was to protect him from the parishioners. He indeed is a wonderful priest and it is a blessing to attend his Masses.

Comments are closed.