The mission of St. Ann Catholic Church is to be a living Catholic Christian faith community that seeks to grow spiritual values and beliefs. We strive to live God’s truth through the sacraments and serving others with joy, compassion, and love.

St. Ann Parish
100 Daniel Drive Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Phone: (850) 932-2859 Fax: (850) 934-2804
A Parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

St. Ann Office Hours:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Assistance For Victims of Sexual Abuse
Victim Assistance Coordinators
(Let them help you find healing)
Louis M. Makarowski Ph.D., P.A.
-Pensacola/Ft. Walton
(850) 477-7181
James Gagnon, MSW, LCSW
-Tallahassee/Panama City
(850) 877-0205

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Parish History

St. Ann Catholic Church of Gulf Breeze, Florida originated as a mission church of St. Michael Catholic Church of Pensacola, Florida.  Reverend  Monsignor William J. Cusick, pastor of St. Michael from 1939-1971,  directed the building of St. Ann Chapel for summer residents and  tourists.

Mr. And Mrs. Carl T. Hoffman donated the property and the Chapel was completed and dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 1949.  Mass was celebrated every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and the Chapel was closed after Labor Day each year.  After  reopening in the summer of 1950, St. Ann Chapel remained open year  round to serve a small but growing community in Gulf Breeze.  On  October 3, 1958, Bishop Thomas J. Toolen appointed the Reverend James  F. Gallagher as the first resident pastor of the new St. Ann Catholic  Church.

The  Hoffman Foundation, the same donors of the original Chapel property,  donated the land for the existing St. Ann Catholic Church at 100 Daniel Drive.  Architect  and parishioner Mr. Sam Marshall designed the new church and rectory  that was built by contractor and parishioner Mr. B.J. Nickelsen.  The  cornerstone was laid in August of 1960 and Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen,  Bishop of Mobile-Birmingham Diocese, dedicated the new St. Ann Catholic  Church on March 12, 1961.

Priests  who have served as Pastor of St. Ann included: Father James F.  Gallagher, Father John F. Colreavy, Father Thomas Sadler, Monsignor  Terrell F. Solana, and Monsignor Luke Hunt.

God’s work has spread in the parish of St. Ann and in the Gulf Breeze community.  What  was a small mission chapel in 1949 with only summer parishioners and  tourists in attendance grew to a year round church with approximately  900 families, operates a year round Discovery School, and maintains  facilities including the Church, Chapel, Education Building, Parish  Hall, and Family Life Center.