Fr. Victor is a true local. He was born and raised in Clearwater, graduated Clearwater High School, and attended the University of Central Florida. He studied at St. John Vianney College Seminary (Miami) and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary (Boynton Beach) and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of
St. Petersburg in 2012. Fr. Victor served here at St. John Vianney as parochial vicar for two years before being transferred to Nativity (Brandon). In 2016 he was sent to Rome for a S.T.L. in Sacramental Theology. After completing his studies in Rome, he was assigned as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes (Dunedin). As of July 1, 2021, Fr. Victor has been appointed as the Pastor of St. John Vianney Parish.
Fr. Rich was born and raised in New York City and has been a Salesian of Don Bosco for 33 years and a priest for 25 years. His assignments as a Salesian has taken him to many places including New York, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Toronto, Canada. Most of his priestly ministry has been in schools as a teacher, guidance counselor, guidance director, principal, and president. For the past two years he was associate pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Chicago. While assigned to St. Petersburg Catholic High School several years ago, he had a wonderful experience assisting at St. John Vianney Parish and is excited to be back as Parochial Vicar.
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Dcn. Richard Santello is a native of New Haven, CT. He and his wife, Angela, were married on November 21, 1959 and is the father of four children and three grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy and then completed his education in business and finance, working as a financial planner for more than 20 years. After his studies at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT, he was ordained to Diaconate on October 31, 1976 by the late Most Rev. John F. Whalen, Archbishop of Hartford.
Prior to moving to Florida and being assigned to St. John Vianney Parish, he served in 10 parishes
in the Archdiocese of Hartford, having been the co-founder of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Rocky Hill, CT. He also served as the Director for Deacons, Archdiocese of Hartford, president of the National Association of Diaconate Directors (NADD), a consultant to the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on the Diaconate, the Board of the International Diaconate Center (IDC/IDZ) Rottenburg, Germany. He was an instructor of Liturgy and Homiletics for Diaconate Formation, and vice-president of the National Catholic Bereavement Association (NCBA)
Dcn. Santello and his wife have ministered to bereaved parents for more than 25 years founding several bereaved parents’ groups including Compassionate Friends. He presently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Diaconate, Diocese of St. Petersburg.