In the Diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi

Our Mission Statement

Holy Spirit Catholic Church is an open, loving parish community located in the diocese of Biloxi united by our faith in Jesus Christ.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, our mission is to challenge and support one another while humbly living the gospel message and serving the common good as witnesses to Jesus Christ.

In support of this mission we strive to worship our God in everything we do, foster spiritual growth, provide exceptional Catholic educational programs, respond to the needs of the parish community, and reach out with love and compassion to serve all those in need.



History of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish

1980 Holy Spirit Catholic Parish established in Vancleave

It was through the dedication and prayers of the Catholics of Vancleave, Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze, D.D., on April 11, 1980, founded the parish now called Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.  Father John Izral was the founding pastor.  The first church was constructed by parishioners.  Contained in this facility was the sanctuary area and portable walls either side of provide classrooms for religious instructions.  Also, in the building was a small apart for the pastor consisting of a kitchen, small office, bedroom and a bath.  This multipurpose building was dedicated on May 23, 1981.

  •  In 1988 Father Paul Gillis became the priest in residence at Vancleave.  Father Gillis remained in residence at Holy Spirit for two years.
  • In 1989 Father Frank Scott was appointed the administrator of Holy Spirit Parish and Christ The King Mission.
  • On September 12, 1997, Father John R. McGrath, J.C.L. was appointed the second pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Christ the King Mission.
  • In 1998 the Parish purchased 10.1 acres for the construction of a rectory and a new church.

  • In 1999 the rectory was completed.
  • On July 8, 2001, Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, J.D.,J.C.L makes his first parish visit as Bishop of Biloxi at Holy Spirit's Inaugural Bishop Rodi's Ice Cream Party.

  • On April 6, 2003, ground was broken for the new Holy Spirit Church.

  • On March 27, 2004, the new Holy Spirit Church is dedicated by Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi, J.D.,J.C.L.  This is the first Church dedicated by Bishop Rodi as Bishop of Biloxi.

  • In January, 2010, Father Thang John Pham is appointed third pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Christ the King Mission.


  • In July, 2016, Father Adam Urbaniak is appointed fourth pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and Christ the King Mission.




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