MEET OUR PRIESTS
Fr. Robert Dziedziak is our Pastor at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church in Longboat Key, FL. He started his new position on March 16, 2020. Father Robert served as Pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Sarasota for the past twelve years. Additionally, he serves as a Tribunal Judge for the Diocese of Venice. He was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1999, where he finished his degree in theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodios Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan. Father received his canon law degree in 2015 from the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and was ordained by Bishop John J. Nevins on May 25, 2005.
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.