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Monsignor Laurence Higgins founded and served as pastor of Tampa's St. Lawrence Catholic Church from 1958 to 2007, later holding the position of pastor emeritus at the parish. [BRENDAN FITTERER | Times (2013)]

Monsignor Laurence Higgins, who built a parish and helped build Tampa, dies at 87

TAMPA — Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, the charming Irish priest who was a confidant of Tampa's power elite in politics, business and professional sports, died Wednesday (Aug. 24, 2016). He was 87. Monsignor Higgins died at his rectory home at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the parish he was sent to Tampa to found i …


Fresh poll shows Rubio and Murphy in tight race

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Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins who died Wednesday

Tampa City Council honors Monsignor Higgins

One day after the death of Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins, Tampa City Council honored the Irish priest who was a valued confident to many city and business leaders....


Events: Black Men & Boys Week starts Monday

Black Men & Boys Week 2016 starts Monday in Pinellas County. Here's the schedule of events:...