About LIttle Flower

Seeking to live out our mission

The mission of the gospel

Our mission.

He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." - Mk.16:15

Little Flower Church and School has been an integral part of West Pensacola since 1945. Located on the corner of 65th Ave and Lillian Highway, our parish family serves the families of Myrtle Grove.

As a Catholic Parish, we seek to live out our mission by proclaiming the Gospel, and witnessing to the presence of Christ.

People are drawn to Little Flower because of our rich Catholic tradition, our strong devotion to our patroness St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and our formation as missionary disciples of Christ.


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our patronness, our guide

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a 19th century saint and doctor of the Church, is the patroness and guide of Little Flower parish. She is the originator of the Little Way, a way of living out one's baptism in the ordinariness of everyday life.

The example of her life, along with her intercession, helps us at Little Flower Catholic Church and School to keep our eyes fixed intently on Jesus, striving to become missionary disciples of Christ. ​

We remember our rich tradition

Our History

A parish family rich in over 70 years of history.

Little Flower Church and School has been an integral part of West Pensacola since 1945. Located on the corner of 65th Ave and Lillian Highway, our parish family serves the families of Myrtle Grove. People are drawn to Little Flower because of the rich Catholic tradition, strong devotion to our patroness St. Therese of Lisieux, formation as missionary disciples of Christ.

Humble beginnings in 1945.

From our humble beginnings in 1945 — an old house and barn on the corner of two dirtroads — to our present location on the corner of Lillian Hwy. and 65th Ave, Little Flower Catholic Church and School has ministered to thousands throughout the years.

Moving forward with hope.

Since 1945, Little Flower Parish has brought thousands into relationship with Christ and His Church. We move forward with a sense of gratitude and hope, humbly asking the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us, that we may be a beacon of light in the darkness.


founding of the parish

In the beginning, The Most Rev. Thomas J. Toolen, D.D., Archbishop of Mobile, found a need for a parish in the Myrtle Grove community. In the year 1945, Little Flower Parish was started from a territory cut out of St. Stephen Parish. At that time, the church grounds were an open field with a house and barn. The building site was surrounded by farm lands at the intersection of two dirt roads. In 1946 the old house and barn were converted into a church and rectory by Rev. Fr. James E. Smith, Pastor. This was also the first year that students were accepted at the newly formed Little Flower Catholic School. In 1947 the building of a new school, convent and church structures was ordered by Archbishop Toolen. In 1948 a church and school building were converted from the old Army barracks on the property at the time under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Hinton A. Lipscomb, Pastor.


the 60’s

During the 1960’s Rev. Fr. Edward J. O’Connell, Pastor, brought numerous changes to the parish including the construction of the present day church.  The  new church  was dedicated January 24, 1960 and our present day school and auditorium (cafeteria) was completed in December 1966. In 1967 the changes to the liturgy that resulted from the Second Vatican Council were implemented by Rev. Fr. Thomas W. Sadler, Pastor.


the 70’s

In 1975 a new parish hall was constructed by Rev. Fr. Hugh W. Dolan, Pastor. In 1976 the new parish hall was converted to classrooms and the blue and white stained glass was installed in the church.


the 90’s

In 1992 Rev. Msgr. C. Slade Crawford, Pastor, initiated plans to build a new rectory and the Mother Teresa Outreach building. A building and purchasing plan was developed which would eventually lead to the new building program that comprises our present day facilities.


the 2000’s

In 2000 Rev. Fr. Martin D. Holley, Pastor, continued with the building program before being ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. by Pope St. John Paul II. In 2004, Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis slowed the progress of the building program. Repairs were  completed on the church and school roofs in 2005. Rev. Fr. Eugene Casserly, Pastor, led our parish through these hard times. In 2006 plans moved forward to construct the new Parish Hall and Office Center, which was completed in 2008.


recent developments

Upon Fr. Casserly’s retirement in the summer of 2016, Rev. Fr. Matthew Worthen was appointed Administrator of the parish by the Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of Pensacola–Tallahassee. Under Bishop Bill Wack, Fr. Matthew was made Pastor in January 2018.

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Our Staff

Fax: (850) 455-4508
Address: 6495 Lillian Hwy., Pensacola, FL 32506
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 3:30PM
Fr. Matt Worthen | Staff Photo

Fr. Matt Worthen



The Pastor oversees the spiritual and administrative needs of parish.

Fr. Alberic Lazerna | Staff Photo

Fr. Alberic Lazerna

Parochial Vicar


The Parochial Vicar assists the Pastor in meeting the spiritual needs of the parish.

Dcn. Rey Castellano | Staff Photo

Dcn. Rey Castellano

Permanent Deacon


The Deacons assist the priests in liturgies, preparation for the sacraments, and preaching. 

Dcn. Tom Gordon | Staff Photo

Dcn. Tom Gordon

Permanent Deacon


The Deacons assist the priests in liturgies, preparation for the sacraments, and preaching. 

Karen Henry | Staff Photo

Karen Henry

Office Manager


The Office Manager works closely with the clergy on all scheduling, clerical, and financial needs. 

Kevin Wessa | Staff Photo

Kevin Wessa

Pastoral Associate


The Pastoral Associate aids the clergy in all special projects related to ministry and communications within the parish.

Keith Crowdus | Staff Photo

Keith Crowdus

Maintenance Director


The Maintenance Director is responsible for all development and maintenance projects for the parish. 

Deanne Perrine | Staff Photo

Deanna Perrine

Children's Religious Education


The Director of Children’s Religious Education is responsible for the formation and spiritual development of all children preparing to receive sacraments in the parish.

Chris Holcomb | Staff Photo

Chris Holcomb

Youth Minister


The Youth Minister is responsible for preparing the high school students for Confirmation, as well as planning and organizing the Youth Group nights. 

Stephen Sanchez | Staff Photo

Stephen Sanchez

School Principal

The School Principal is responsible for the education and formation of all students of the school, along with administration and leadership of the staff. 

Everett Lambeth | Staff Photo

Everett Lambeth


The bookkeeper is responsible for inputting and maintaining all financial transactions, and presenting financial reports to the clergy.

Alan Mayorca | Staff Photo

Alan Mayorca


The organist is responsible for assisting the music director in all weekend liturgies and funerals at the parish. 

Denise Langan | Staff Photo

Denise Langan

Music Director

The Music Director is responsible for the choice of all sacred music played during liturgies as well as preparing the choir for weekend Masses. 

“Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be.”

St. Thérèse of Lisieux

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