Reverend Dennis Gonzales, Parish Administrator
Parishioners always call me Fr. Dennis, which is my preference.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I have two brothers and two sisters. My father died in 2017. My mother tried to live in the United States, but after a year, she realized that it was better for her to be back home, closer to her grandchildren.
I studied Nursing after high school, as I dreamed of immigrating to the United States since I was a kid. A nursing degree was a sure passport to be able to secure a visa during that time. A hospital in Washington DC sponsored me before I joined the seminary. Healthcare and healthcare ministry are always close to my heart.
During my seminary formation, I completed an internship program in Clinical Pastoral Education at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where I ministered to terminally ill patients who participated in clinical trials. Aside from my parish ministry, I also volunteered as a hospital chaplain. I lent support to the sick and their families and the healthcare staff who cared for them.
I earned a Master of Divinity from St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Florida along with an MA in Bioethics from Loyola University Chicago.
Since being ordained a priest by Bishop Barbarito on May 4th, 2013, I was assigned to two parishes: St. Helen’s in Vero Beach and St. Ann’s in West Palm Beach. Both have schools and I enjoyed working with our students, teachers, and parents.
I will be bringing with me my love for ministry here to our parish. Please keep me in your prayers. Be assured of my prayers to you and your family.