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.
LIVESTREAM FUNERAL MASS FOR FATHER GERALD P. GROGAN