MEET OUR PRIESTS
Fr. Phillip Schweda has been appointed temporary Administrator at St. Mary, Star of the Sea while continuing his duties at the Diocese of Venice in the Tribunal Office. He has been the Parochial Vicar since October 2018. Let us continue to keep him in our prayers during this transition period.
Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Edward Pick - Moving from Cincinnati at age three, Fr. Edward Pick returned to Ohio to attend St. Gregory Seminary and Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary in preparation for his ordination in 1960. Formerly at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Boca Grande, in 1973 Fr. Pick was assigned to Longboat Key to build a Catholic Church and through his efforts as well as those of many devoted parishioners over the years, today we have our beautiful church.
Fr. Pick was named a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher and was a former Dean of the Northern Deanery of the Diocese of Venice. Fr. Pick retired as pastor in 2008 but is very quite active at St. Mary Star of the Sea saying masses each week.