A Word from Fr. Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM, pastor of Sacred Heart Church…
On behalf of the Franciscan Friars and the community of Sacred Heart Church, I want to extend a warm welcome to you! We are a Catholic faith community that seeks to live the Gospel through the celebration of Franciscan Spirituality in the context of our 21st century life. We welcome you to join us as we seek to deepen our experience of God’s love.
We are blessed to have a beautiful church where parishioners, visitors, and downtown business people worship in a space made holy by the prayers of countless worshippers who have gathered since the church’s dedication in 1905. Your visit to our church will certainly make this beautiful space just little more holy through your prayers and presence.
Our parish has a long and storied history in Tampa, the West Central Florida area, with its missionary history extending as far south as Key West, Florida. Many Jesuit priests and brothers from the Southern Province served here from 1888 until 2005. Since July 15, 2005—the Feast of St. Bonaventure—Sacred Heart has been entrusted to the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province (HNP). Our Province’s priorities are these:
- to empower lay leadership both within and outside of the Catholic Church;
- to advocate for the vulnerable, promoting justice and peace; and
- to reach out to those who are alienated from the Church or society.
The arch over the sanctuary bears the Jesuit motto, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam “To the Greater Glory of God.” Sacred Heart pursues this goal following the path of St. Francis of Assisi whose own motto, Deus Meus et Omnia “My God and My All,” is as prophetic today as it was in 1209 when the Order of Friars Minor was founded. This comingling of Jesuit and Franciscan traditions is very timely and reflects the character of Pope Francis, a Jesuit who chose the name of Francis.
Please take time to look over the remainder of our website, explore our programs and events, and know that we are here for your questions. Thank you for your interest in Sacred Heart Church! Come and be at home.
Peace and all good,
Father Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM