Fr. Edwin Palka was born in Michigan, but his family moved down to Florida when he was a child. He grew up in the Orlando Diocese but came to Tampa when he was in college and received his undergraduate degree at USF. He entered the seminary severeal years later.
Fr. Palka was ordained for the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 1996. Since then he has been assigned to numerous parishes and is currently serving as pastor of Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church in Tampa, Florida.
Unlike other conference speakers, he doesn’t have any particular claim to fame or any special degrees. He hasn’t published any books or appeared on any television shows. He is a simple parish priest who has the goal of helping his people become saints–both in this world and later in Heaven.