Alumni Association of The Pontifical North American College

Anton Dechering





CLASS 1963

DECHERING, Anton C. 82, died March 5, 2021. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 22, 1938, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of St. Augustine on December 19, 1962. In 1971, he was assigned to St. Raphael Parish, St. Petersburg, where he led the community as its pastor from 1971 to 1996. He was subsequently appointed Pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish, St. Petersburg, where he faithfully served for 17 years until his retirement on July 1, 2013. In August 1999, at the request of Bishop Robert Lynch, Pope John Paul II conferred the title Prelate of Honor of His Holiness upon Monsignor Dechering. He was honored by his brother priests with the Father Luis de Cancer Award for Distinguished Priestly Service in October 2018. Surviving family members include his brother-in-law, John (Jack) Sager, his nephews Michael Sager and Captain John Sager, and his niece Trudy Oliver, in addition to several grandnieces and grandnephews. Visitation will be at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S., St. Petersburg Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:30-8 pm. Evening Prayer will be at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 12, 2021, 11 am. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Avenue N., Clearwater. Guestbook at:

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