father gerald p grogan

It is with deep sadness that Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church announces the passing of Father Gerald P. Grogan, a longtime Pastor of our parish who retired in 2007. Father Grogan died on Jan. 10, 2021. He was 82.

Ordained to the Priesthood on Sept. 11, 1960 in County Offaly, Ireland, for the Diocese of Miami. Father served in parishes in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Miami Beach, Homestead, Port St. Lucie and Cocoa Beach, and at schools in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He also later received an advanced degree from Barry University in Miami.

Before the Diocese of Venice was established in 1984, Father Grogan was named Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Avon Park March 16, 1979 and remained there, overseeing expansions of the church and additional construction, before retiring on March 8, 2007.

Father Grogan’s accomplishments at Our Lady of Grace include an extension of the south end of the church to accommodate sixty additional people.  Faceted glass windows were added to the new addition.  Two staff houses and two portable buildings, to house five additional classrooms, were added in 1988.  In 1993, Mass was celebrated in the parish hall while a new wing and sacristy were constructed.  The interior of the church was completely remodeled including a new altar.  The expanded church now provided seating for 825 people.  In 1998, realizing the importance of youth in the parish, the Youth Center and a racket ball court were added.  The covered entrance to the church was added in 2001, as well as a new organ and remodeling of the choir area.  In 2003, the youth house was built, and a year later in 2004, the Grogan Center was built and included a spacious hall, elevated stage, state of the art kitchen, and an expanded administration department.  Our Lady of Grace Memorial Garden, featuring a statue of Our Lady of Grace, was completed in 2006.

After his retirement, Father continued to assist at Our Lady of Grace, as well as at St. James Parish in Lake Placid and St. Catherine Parish in Sebring.

A Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Jan. 18, 2021 and will be livestreamed on Our Lady of Grace Facebook page and Our Lady of Grace Website page, Our Lady of Grace Parish, 595 E. Main St., Avon Park.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Gerald P. Grogan and for the consolation of his family. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest in Eternal Peace.



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    WITH FR. Ronnie

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Welcome to Our Lady of Grace.

When we look about and see the breadth of activities and ministries in our parish, the profound faith of our 3,000 parishioners, and the smiles on the faces of more than 300 kids in our School of Religion, we marvel at the work of the Lord in our parish. From a "postage stamp" missionary church only 65 years ago, Our Lady of Grace has grown to be the spiritual home of 1300 families. Scrolling through this website we are confident that you will see the fruits of much labor, a lot of which takes place in our beautiful parish hall, the Grogan Center.

The Grogan Center is not only a "beehive" of parish activity, but also serves the greater community on special occasions as part of our outreach to many who have less. Our dedicated team of ministry and committee workers reflects the true spirit of stewardship that God calls us to, and unites us in a fellowship of sacred bonds. 

Join us in your personal quest for a closer union with Jesus Christ. He is surely present here, not only in the ever-present Eucharist, but in the hearts and minds of our faithful parishioners. 

Rev. Ronnie Sison



for the community for the parish • for the children

A few years back, one of our Pastor's was asked to give us a few words that best described our parish. Without hesitation he said “CONCERN: concern for our community, concern for our parish and concern for our children.” These words came without hesitation because they came from his heart. We know that the heart of a parish is the Eucharist but the parish family is the body that makes it a unique and vibrant community with an exciting parish life. Our parish offers a variety of ways to be part of that communal family in addition to the celebration of the sacraments. Another way to participate in our parish life is through the various parish ministries, organizations and functions. God calls us to use our gifts and talents to glorify Him and make life better for other people. Whatever your talent or skill may be, Jesus Christ wants you to use it! You have a home at Our Lady of Grace and you have a place here to use your gifts to build up the Body of Christ. 

what we believe

"Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works."

---the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198. 

Catholic belief is succinctly expressed in the profession of faith or credo called the Nicene Creed:

The seven sacraments of the Catholic Church—Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick—are the life of the Catholic Church. Each sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace. When we participate in them worthily, each provides us with graces—with the life of God in our soul. In worship, we give to God that which we owe Him; in the sacraments, He gives us the graces necessary to live a truly human life. Click the photo below to find out more about the seven sacraments.