ST. LEO, FL – A Saint Leo alumnus is returning home to the university. The Reverend Kyle Smith has been named chaplain of University Ministry, and he will serve and nurture the spiritual needs of Saint Leo University’s students, faculty, and staff.
A Florida native, Smith was raised in Land O’ Lakes, FL, and graduated from Land O’ Lakes High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in middle grades education with a focus on teaching mathematics from Saint Leo in 2007.
He then enrolled at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, FL. In the spring of 2009, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and moved on to St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL, to begin his study of theology.
Smith earned his Master of Divinity in 2014 and was ordained as a priest in May 2014 for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He celebrated his first Mass at his home church of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. Since his ordination, he has served as the parochial vicar at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Clearwater, FL.
“My first two years as a priest have been exciting and educational,” Smith said. “I look forward to joining the students, faculty, and staff of Saint Leo University this fall as campus minister.”
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.
We remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 16,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 80,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in five U.S. territories, and in 72 countries.
Photo by Benjamin Watters, Saint Leo University
The Reverend Kyle Smith, chaplain, University Ministry, in Saint Jude Chapel at Saint Leo University
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