Monsignor Keith R. Brennan
Prior to his appointment as rector of the seminary, Msgr. Brennan served as chancellor of the Diocese of St. Augustine from 1992 to 2004 and pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Jacksonville from 2001 to 2004.
He also served as a parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine (1988-1990) and St. Paul’s Parish in Jacksonville Beach (1985-1988). Msgr. Brennan’s most recent assignment was as Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in east Arlington from July 2012 until July 2013.
Effective July 1, 2013, he was appointed as Pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Father Christopher Knight
My name is Fr. Knight and am very excited to be the newest Parochial Vicar to serve at OLSS. Serving here is very much a homecoming for me, as I was baptized here at only 12 days old. I spent my entire childhood in Jacksonville Beach attending St. Paul’s. I attended seminary along with Fr. Eric and Fr. Matt at St. Vincent de Paul before being ordained in 2020. I have served as a Parochial Vicar at Holy Family and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Please pray for me as I begin this new assignment and know that the parish is in my prayers constantly.
Born in Long Island City, N.Y. in 1952, Deacon Don grew up in Jersey City, NJ. He attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Jersey City, River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, and earned his BA in Finance in 1985 from Seton Hall University in South Orange. In 2015, Deacon Don earned his MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute. He has been employed as a floor clerk on the New York Stock Exchange, a Programmer Analyst for Chubb & Son in Warren, and as a Business Administrator for Christ the King Parish in Manville, St. Joseph Parish in Hillsborough, and Parish of the Visitation in New Brunswick.
Deacon Don was ordained to the diaconate by the late Bishop Edward T. Hughes at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen on May 5, 1996 after receiving a Certificate in Ministry from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown. His first assignment was to St. Theodore Parish in Port Murray. He subsequently served at Christ the King Parish in Manville, at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in South Bound Brook, at Transfiguration of the Lord Parish in Highland Park. In 2014, Deacon Don and his wife Cathleen relocated to Ave Maria, Florida and was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Immokalee. After 2 years, Deacon Don and Cathleen moved north to much more comfortable St. Augustine where he served at Our Lady Star of the Sea and Holy Family in Jacksonville.
In addition to his liturgical and sacramental responsibilities, Deacon Don has served as a religious education teacher, an RCIA coordinator and teacher, a parish pro-life representative, a bible study facilitator, in marriage preparation, and assisting where needed by his pastor or his parishioners. He is a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
Deacon Don and Cathleen have been married since 1977 and he is grateful for her sacrifices and support that have made his diaconal ministry possible.
Anthony Marini was born in the Province of L’Aquila in Central Italy on November 13, 1930, son of Anna and Claudio Marini. On June 10, 1937, he and his mother arrived in New York City where they were met by his father. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and attended public elementary and high schools. He was accepted at Fordham College and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1954, he graduated with an MBA degree in Statistics from New York University. Following graduation he was employed by Western Electric Co. and American Can Co. in Manhattan, and also taught Statistics at Pace College in the evening as Adjunct Associate Professor. On July 14, 1956, he married Maria Patrizio, a long-time friend from Staten Island, New York. They have two children and seven grandchildren. In 1965 he accepted a position with the Xerox Corp. in Rochester, New York. The couple became active in the Cursillo Movement and in 1969, Bishop Joseph L. Hogan appointed him as Diocesan Lay Director. In 1978 he was accepted into the Rochester Diocese’s first class of deacon candidates and on April 17, 1982, he was ordained a Permanent Deacon by Bishop Matthew H. Clark. He participated in the Xerox Executive Leave Program in 1979 and worked to establish a non-profit corporation giving loans to minority businessmen through Small Business Administration. From 1980 through 1984 he was the Eastern Regional Manager for the company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). In late 1984 the deacon transferred to the Tampa Branch as Administrative Manager and then took early retirement in 1987 to pursue his deaconate ministry full time. He served at Incarnation Parish in Tampa and at St. Anne Parish in Ruskin, FL as Migrant Minister to the Hispanic population. He and Maria moved to Sun City Center, near Ruskin where the deacon also assisted at Prince of Peace Church. Beginning in 1992, he also worked in Western North Carolina, most recently in Hendersonville, during the summer months, ministering to the needs of the Hispanic community in the Immaculate Conception Parish. In 1997, he and his wife moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and joined Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish.
Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW
Sr. Lucille (Lucy) Clynes, Sr. Cecelia Marie, born in Brooklyn, NY was a member of Holy Child of Jesus Parish in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY and graduated from Our Lady Of Wisdom Academy in 1965. She entered the Novitiate in 1965 and went on to earn a BA in Social Studies and a BS in education from Marillac College, St. Louis, Missouri (71) and a master’s degree in administration and leadership development from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (80). She also studied theology at St. Louis University and Catholic University of America.
Sr. Lucy began her ministry in education in Connecticut as a social studies and religion teacher in Waterbury Catholic High School(1971-75), and then as Assistant Dean of Discipline at Holy Cross High School. She returned to New York in 1977 to become Assistant Principal, and later principal at St. Mary Gate of Heaven School, Ozone Park, NY until 1984.
For the next 23 years, she served as the Diocesan Director of Christian Formation for the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida. During this time she also served on four Provincial Leadership Teams serving terms as a council member and Vicar of the congregation. In 2007 she served as Canonical Treasurer for the Province, and was Vocation Director from 2005 until 2014.
She returned to Florida in 2014 to resume work in the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida and currently serves in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, Ponte Vedra, Florida as a Pastoral Minister.
Faith Formation Director
Dr. Alexander J. Groppe, D. Min., MA.Th.
Hailing from Monmouth/Ocean counties in New Jersey, Dr. Alexander (Alex) Joseph Groppe is recently established on the East Coast of Florida, coming to us by way of the Gulf Coast where, for the past 35 years, he has dedicated his professional life to parish ministry in the roles of director of liturgy & music, faith formation & education and art & environment.
Dr. Groppe is a nationally recognized educator (1993 Sallie Mae First Class Teacher of the Year, State of Florida), possessing a Bachelor of Arts in History, Gifted Education, and Secondary Education from St. Leo College (1993), a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Leo University (2012), and a Doctorate in Ministry with a concentration in Creative Arts from Graduate Theological Foundation (2019). For nearly thirty years, he has taught and facilitated all age groups of pilgrims on the journey – from primary age children to senior citizens.
As a musician, Dr. Groppe plays organ, trumpet, flugelhorn, baritone horn, euphonium, & valve trombone and is a vocalist in the tenor to baritone range. He has both arranged and composed music for organ, choir, brass, string & wind ensembles, hand bells and hand chimes.
Dr. Groppe is also an accomplished professional visual artist, having studied under international artist Paul Foropoulos in drawing and oil painting (religious/photo-realism/biomorphic abstractionism). He is also a mixed media sculptor working in glass, stone, ceramic, and polymers.
For fun, Alex enjoys travel, gourmet cooking, gemology, Egyptology, natural perfumery, ocean liner history, and listening to music across genres! He’s also a budding boater, so if you see him on the water, “heave to!”
Jim & Chris Goodell
Chris & Jim Goodell have been parishioners and church musicians at OLSS since 1999. They truly believe in sharing their musical talents at church as a sincere form of thanking the Lord for their gifts. Chris has played piano and sung for churches up and down the eastern seaboard for over 30 years. She has sung with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus for over 5 years. Jim has performed as an actor/vocalist for over 30 years studying at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA and privately with vocal coaches in New York and Jacksonville.
Outside of OLSS, Chris & Jim are founding principals of Goodell Group, Inc., a professional development and executive coaching practice dedicated to maximizing results through the Human Resource asset. They are both certified performance coaches. Through Goodell Group, Chris & Jim also participate in a national youth leadership/mentoring program called: America’s Rising Stars.