We are honored to recognize those individuals who have left us to be with our Lord and are being remembered by loved ones with a gift to assist the homeless men and women of Pinellas Hope.
Mr. James Thomas Corrigan II (September 28, 1927 – October 23, 2020) Resident of Belleair Beach and parishioner at St. Brendan’s Parish for the past 25 years. Jim was devoted to his family, faith and friends. He is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Jane Garigliano Corrigan, three children, sons James Thomas (Elisabeth), Michael and daughter Sue Ann. Jim also leaves five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
He enjoyed boating, fishing and tennis for most of his life, and spent countless hours working in the yard.
- Mrs. Ardath Kersta Wilson and Children
- Ms. Margaret R. Mathios
Reverend Francis (Frank) J. Burshnick, S.C.J. (March 30, 1937 – February 21, 2020; Ordained May 1, 1970)
Letter from Monsignor Michael Muhr, Parochial Administrator of St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Clearwater Beach:
“Last weekend, I announced the very sad news of how our beloved Fr. Frank Burshnick, SCJ, had passed away suddenly the previous Friday morning (February 21, 2020). What a shock for us all. “He was one of us!” declared one of the regulars at the post-4:30 Mass gathering at O’Keefe’s which Fr. Frank loved to join. Yes, indeed he was one of us. Fr. Frank loved St. Brendan’s parish. He was not only our priest but our friend. He was so easy to talk to. He related with all people, young and old. He was devoted to the Navigators our men’s group and loved to be present for the events of our Council of Catholic Women’s group.
His heart was a heart of love after the charism of his religious order, Priests of the Sacred Heart. Ever since I arrived at St. Brendan’s, I’ve heard stories of his generosity, his personal care and pastoral presence with so many of you. Moments that you’ll never forget. It’s the way Jesus still touches us personally through his priests. It’s incarnational.
One ministry close to his heart was our outreach to Pinellas Hope, a Catholic Charities sponsored program that provides housing and meals for those who are homeless. For many, Pinellas Hope is a way into work and eventually a personal place to call home. Our St. Brendan’s team cooks meals several times a month for lunches and dinners and then brings and serves the meals to the residents. Fr Frank was almost always present for these ventures. And before the serving started, there’s Fr. Frank out having a friendly and supportive chat with the folks waiting in the pavilion.
St. Francis de Sales often talked about how being created in the Image of God, our hearts are designed to beat in rhythm with the heart of God. Isn’t that what Fr. Frank strove for? Isn’t that what we should all yearn for? May his example and love be a continuing blessing for us all. I know he would love to leave us that kind of legacy! May the angels lead him into paradise. May the martyrs come to welcome him and take him to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem!
God bless you!”
Father Burshnick, 82 and a retired member of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, passed away unexpectedly at the Sacred Heart Residence, in Pinellas Park, where he has resided since October 2007. During his 12-plus years in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, “Father Frank,” as he was better known, regularly provided assistance to St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater Beach, along with Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin and other parishes, as needed. He was born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, and has been a professed member of the Sacred Heart order for over 53 years. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1970 and would have celebrated his Golden Jubilee this spring. Surviving family members include Father Burshnick’s sister, Margaret Jones and his brothers, Gerald and Robert Burshnick, along with his fellow members of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.
Mrs. Mary T. DeMott (October 12, 1931 – May 30, 2019)
- Ms. Eileen Nerlick
- Ms. Lorraine Clippinger
Mr. Jeffrey William Phillips (October 9, 1985 – May 8, 2019)
- Mr. and Mrs. David and Dorothea Neiman
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Antonia Torpey
- Ms. Dianne Harding
- Ms. Janice Shermetaro
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Karen Sabatini
- Ms. Shari Gaines (“a fine young man with a big heart”)
- Ms. Janet Seeley
- Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Katy Lowitz
- Ms. Elizabeth Britton
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Migdalia Cantone
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward and June Belliveau
- Ms. Nancy Raftery
- The Misilmeri Family
Mrs. Judith Richard (November 22, 1937 – February 27, 2019)
Mr. Joseph Szasz, Jr. (May 18, 1939 – December 7, 2017)
- Dr. Renee Jourdenais
- Ms. Jeanette Brestic
- Ms. Cheryl Delk-LeGood
- Mr. and Mrs. John and Sheila Rementer
- Mrs. Elizabeth Morris (& The Ladies of Old Brass)
Mr. Dylan Ricks
- Carrie Ricks
- Mr. and Mrs. Doug and Susan Martel
- Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Peggy Rosenfeld