The Apostles of the Sacred Heart arrived in Pinellas Park on the west coast of Florida in 1959. Those first sisters had to deal with the heat in their long habits, as well as the baby boomers in the new elementary school at Sacred Heart Parish. Since then, the sisters have founded a school for children with learning disabilities and have continued their education apostolate in the elementary and secondary levels in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. In that diocese Apostle service has also included offering after-school and day care for the children of migrant agricultural workers in Pahokee, youth ministry, campus ministry, and directing laity faith formation.
The Apostles also served in the Diocese of Palm Beach until 2008.
Today the Apostles' service in Florida includes the following ministries:
Sacred Heart, Tallahassee
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus began our ministry in Tallahassee, Florida, in July 2001. Sr. Susan Emmerich and Sr. Susan Marie Krupp were part of the founding faculty of John Paul II Catholic High School, Tallahassee's first Catholic High School.
Our educational ministry continues as Sr. Ellen Cronan serves as Principal and Sr. Veronica Marinari and Sr. Carrie Christine Zagurskie teach religion to students in grades 9-12.
Queen of Peace, Pensacola
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have ministered to the Church of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the City of Pensacola since 1985. They began their ministry at St. Paul Parish where, from 1985 to 2003, they served in pastoral ministry, as teachers in the elementary school, as school administrator, and as the Director of Religious Education. The outreach of the Apostles in Pensacola expanded as the sisters assumed other ministries beyond St. Paul Parish. In 1987, Sr. Kierstin Martin arrived to teach at Pensacola Catholic High School and later assumed the position of principal. In 1993, Sr. Elizabeth Mary Knight accepted the position of principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School until her retirement in 2010. In 1998, Sr. Margaret Kuntz becamef Director of the Office of Christian Formation at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. In 2006,
Sr. Barbara Zipoli was named principal of Little Flower Catholic School
. The deep faith, zeal, and dedication to the Church of the people of Pensacola, coupled with their warm Southern charm and hospitality, have greatly endeared them to the sisters.
The members of the Queen of Peace community are Sr. Margaret Kuntz, Sr. Kierstin Martin, and Sr. Barbara Zipoli.