"Where are You?" How and Why We Hide 
from God's Love and Mercy!

A talk on the Sacrament of Penance

Father Anthony Hamaty is a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida, and the parochial vicar at Queen of Peace Parish in Gainesville.

He describes his arrival in the U.S. as a bit "circuitous." He tells us that he was "produced" in Jamaica, West Indies, and "distributed" in Los Angeles, California. Of Lebanese descent he is the last of five children. His family relocated to Miami, Florida to be closer to family remaining in Jamaica. He lived there many years. He was very fortunate by the sacrifices made by his parents to receive a Catholic education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Following high school, he attended the University of Miami where he received a B.A. in religion with a minor in chemistry. Afterwards, he began medical school at St. George's School of Medicine following the invasion of Grenada by the U.S. After a semester there, he joined an affiliated program with Barry University in Miami where he completed over two-and-a-half years of medical school and earned a master's degree in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Following this, he transferred into the University of Miami Medical School where he graduated in 1988.

He then entered private practice in Coral Springs, Florida and spent the next six years practicing Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he took a position with a large Family/Pediatric practice and remained for 18 years.

Subsequently, he discerned a call to priesthood and entered the seminary in 2016. His years in the seminary were exceedingly joyful and rich. He completed his Master of Divinity and was ordained on June 20, 2020. He has been overwhelmed by the privilege and blessing to serve as a priest of Jesus Christ.