Rev. Fr. Anthony Bonela, MSFS

Pastor

Welcome to our Parish

“God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human might boast before God.” (1 Corinthians 1:28-29)

The Church of the Holy Spirit had a humble beginning in 1966 with 60 families. Now we have grown to almost 1400 families. Our parish is unique in that we are multicultural. The good Lord has blessed us so in many ways: with an abundance of wonderful ministries and a good Catholic school. All of this has been possible for us because of the hard work of all of my predecessors. I am grateful to all the priests who worked to make this parish a wonderful one.

It is such a beautiful campus with excellent facilities that serve our parishioners and community. When I walk around the grounds, I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is moving around us and giving us many gifts and talents. Your contribution has been so beneficial for our church’s growth. I thank you all for giving of your time, talent and treasure.

God has placed me in this wonderful community. I am blessed, privileged and honored to serve you. I cherish your love and friendship. You are special to me. You are God given gifts to me. May the good God bless you with his marvelous graces.

Thanking you.

With prayers,

Your humble servant,

Father Anthony Bonela MSFS.

Fr. Anthony Bonela MSFS was born on August 13, 1969, in Parvathipuram, AP-India. He was ordained on February 25, 1997. He served in India as a pastor and principal of a school for ten years. His first assignment in the United States was serving as an assistant at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandarin for five years until moving as Parochial Vicar to Fr. Kelly at St. Paul’s Jacksonville Beach for two years before becoming pastor at Holy Spirit in 2013. Father Anthony has Bachelor degrees in Education, Art, Philosophy, Theology and a Master degree in Sociology. We are blessed and happy to have him as pastor of Holy Spirit, and he is delighted to be with us.