Bishop expresses ‘ongoing concern’ for faithful
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During the month of September, as Holy Mother Church devotionally commemorates Our Lady of Sorrows, allow me to express my ongoing concern for the wellbeing of the Faithful of the Diocese of Venice. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may you and your family be uplifted in hope as together we face the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Jesus revealed to us in a new way
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is risen! Alleluia! These joyful words may seem oddly placed for many as the world seems to be held by the pandemic in a more lenten period of sacrifice, trial and difficulty. People throughout the Diocese, the country, and the entire world are going through tremendous hardships. Families struggle with finances. Others are challenged with health concerns from the ongoing pandemic. And the spiritual needs of the faithful, through the Sacraments, has only recently been made available. Amidst all this adversity, we do not forget that Christ has risen! He has overcome the world! He is victorious! Christ sends us the promise of Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, during the upcoming Pentecost Sunday.
Patience, prayer needed during pandemic
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
During Easter Season, as the Church rejoices in Our Lord’s Resurrection, my prayer is that you and your family are safe and strengthened by God’s grace in these uncertain times. You will recall that I promised to give an update regarding the Coronavirus and our efforts in the Diocese of Venice to ensure the health, safety, and the spiritual wellbeing of all our Catholic Faithful.
What it means to be ‘A Disciple of Christ’
After receiving the blessings of the Christmas Season, celebrating the birth of Christ Our Lord, many return to their ordinary schedules of prayer, work or family obligations. So too, the Church enters a portion of Ordinary Time. Throughout Advent and Christmas, we placed the emphasis of our prayers and attention on welcoming Christ into our hearts and homes while ever awaiting His triumphant return with the Second Coming. Now in this Ordinary Time, we take Christ with us and go forth living what it means to be “A Disciple of Christ”. Call to mind the lives of Christ’s early Disciples, of the Saints who lived heroically, and even of those great examples of holiness in our own lives. How might we follow these examples in everyday life in order to be “A Disciple of Christ?”
You are called to be ‘A Disciple of Christ’
With Advent on the horizon, we ought to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. This Season of anticipation and longing allows all of us to welcome God’s invitation to become A Disciple of Christ. This brings to mind the disciples in the early Church and the great sacrifice that they lived day in and day out. The call to be A Disciple of Christ thus requires a response from you! It may involve speaking out, giving up certain things in your life, or even taking on extra responsibilities. But the reality is, and Pope Francis has said this well, “We cannot be tepid disciples. The Church needs our courage in order to give witness to truth.”
Bishop Dewane calls for action to address gun violence after mass shooting
In the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development called for American society to examine why such violent incidents continue to occur.”This shooting reminds us yet again that something is fundamentally broken in our society and culture when ordinary workplaces can become scenes of violence and contempt for human life,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said in a statement June 1.
Bishop Dewane Joins Coalition Voicing Religious Freedom Concerns with the Equality Act
Four chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have cosigned a coalition letter highlighting key religious freedom concerns with the Equality Act (H.R. 5 / S. 788). The Act would add the new terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws and have wide-reaching consequences for both employment and delivery of service standards in religiously-affiliated schools, shelters, foster care and adoption agencies, potentially houses of worship, and other facilities and ministries.
Christmas Message of Bishop Dewane
Around the world Christians today celebrate the birth of Christ, our Messiah. This newborn is the Child Jesus – born in a humble manger and sent by God as His gift to us. Christ is the gift of hope, joy and love that comes to the world through our knowing and following Him.
A letter to the Faithful from Bishop Dewane
Allow me to express my pastoral concern for you, the Faithful of the Diocese, during these troubling times for our Church. Please be assured that the Diocese of Venice is steadfast in its commitment to protect minors. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has announced an investigation into how the seven Dioceses of Florida have handled allegations of past sexual abuse of minors. Similar inquiries are going on in States around the country. The Diocese of Venice welcomes the State’s inquiry and will cooperate with investigators. This investigation is an opportunity to further promote the goal of protecting children. It is hoped that these efforts foster a response combatting the scourge of sexual abuse, particularly of minors, throughout our entire society.
Bishop Dewane urges Congress to finish work on opioid legislation
The opioid addiction crisis in the United States is too big to allow Congress to let politics derail passage of a bill to fight opioid abuse, according to Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida. “As the midterm elections and the end of the year approach, it can be difficult to complete complex legislation during the remaining time. The opioid crisis, however, cannot wait until next year,” said Bishop Dewane, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in a Sept. 21 statement.
Statement from Bishop Frank J. Dewane on Pa. Grand Jury Report
As your Bishop, I understand the grave moral responsibility with which I have been entrusted and that it is my duty to protect the faithful from harm. Recent revelations of profound evil cause me deep distress. The sexual abuse inflicted on so many sons and daughters of the Church is sinful and criminal. Some Church Hierarchy failed to do as they were obligated to do. While we are all sinners, the heinous history of abuse and coverup, such as that detailed by the Grand Jury in Pennsylvania, is utterly appalling and deeply disturbing.
Bishop supports Pope Francis regarding death penalty
When it was announced in early August that Pope Francis approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church deeming capital punishment inadmissible, Bishop Frank J. Dewane was not surprised. “The Holy Father addressed this when he was in the United States for the World Meeting of Families in 2015, is his address to Congress,” Bishop Dewane said. “Pope Francis was clear that the death penalty should be overturned, so, I’m not surprised that he’s followed up in this way and he’s done it really on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; and he took that as an opportunity to change one of the points.” As Chairman of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Dewane released a public statement in support of Pope Francis’ actions on behalf of the Conference.
Bishop reads to support literacy campaign
To the delight of young boys and girls, Bishop Frank J. Dewane read a book to children at Casa San Juan Bosco farmworker housing community of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. in Arcadia. The 39 children, from kindergarten through fourth grade, were participating in a summer afternoon reading program that was part of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and made possible through the support of the Patterson Foundation with partnerships with the Community Foundation of Sarasota and the United Way Suncoast.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
It is with great joy that we sing Alleluia! Jesus Christ has indeed Risen. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the source of Christian hope. By His action, Christ conquers sin and death and unlocks for the Faithful the path to life eternal.
Lent, a New Beginning
Pope Francis has described Lent as a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. As believers in Christ, each of us must take advantage as Lent is an appropriate time for deepening one’s spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The message from the Holy Father is clear; we must take time out of our busy schedules to renew our encounter with Christ, living in His Word, in the Sacraments and in our neighbors. During this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply the Word of God, which is the foundation for the Faith.