Deacon Jerry was born on December 18, 1937 in Sewickley Pa, just outside of Pittsburgh. After the second world war, his family moved to Miami where the weather was mild compared to the harsh winters of western Pennsylvania. He attended Gesu school in Miami and graduated in the 2nd graduating class from Archbishop Curley High School. He attended Spring Hill College, a Jesuit institution in Mobile, Alabama and graduated in 1961 with a bachelors degree in industrial management. After college he was hired by Burdines Department Stores in Miami as a management trainee. In one assignment as an employment manager, it was necessary that he hire a secretary and assistant. Today his wife Maggie is still helping him as they enter their 36 th year of marriage. It was while they lived in Miami, that their children, Jennifer and Christopher were born. The family remained in Miami where Jerry was employed as president of a distribution firm, however, health problems in 1979 caused him to consider entering and building a new business venture with his brother. That new business was in distribution to the bowling industry in the Southeastern part of the country. Shortly after joining in business, the brothers decided to relocate their business to Plant City Florida which they did in 1980. In 1988, Jerry entered formation and training for the second diaconate class of the Diocese of St. Petersburg and was ordained to the diaconate on June 6, 1991.  At that time he was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Seffner Florida where he remains today. As an ordained deacon and member of the clergy Deacon Jerry  serves  in sacramental preparation, witnesses the exchange of marriage vows, administers the sacrament of Baptism, is an instructor in the parish RCIA program and  preaches and proclaims the Gospel during one of our weekend masses. He also serves as parish manager of St. Francis of Assisi and has been on the parish finance committee since first coming to St. Francis. Although Deacon Jerry and his wife Maggie have retired from their  family business, they are always busy and Deacon Jerry said recently, “I truly thank God for calling me as deacon here at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic parish.

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