Category: Florida Bishops

Prison outreach needed now more than ever

Port Charlotte  |  Hope is a key component to prison outreach and is needed more than ever as the number of incarcerated continues to skyrocket both here in the Diocese of Venice and nationwide. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, 1,220,300 adults are incarcerated. The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s… Read more »

Orlando school to become dual language

ORLANDO  |  As society becomes increasingly diverse and advancing technologies bring the world to our fingertips, students at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Orlando are being prepared to excel in this multicultural environment. Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the school will become a Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS), otherwise known as… Read more »

Ave Maria Oratory purchased by Diocese

Ave Maria  |  The Diocese of Venice and Ave Maria University announced Jan. 19 the purchase of the Ave Maria Oratory building by the diocese from the university. The oratory building now becomes the Ave Maria Parish church for the faithful in the town of Ave Maria and the surrounding area. At the same time,… Read more »

‘I love this place; I am going to grieve leaving’

Bishop Lynch reflects on his diocese, his priesthood and his fellow bishops ST. PETERSBURG  |  Large windows in the office of Bishop Robert N. Lynch reveal a landscape of palm fronds and branches bursting with live oak leaves. The setting is characteristic of the five-county diocese Bishop Lynch has shepherded for almost 21 years. Visitors… Read more »

Saving the unborn, one baby at a time

FORT MYERS  |  The members of Knights of Columbus Council 6265 from St. Raphael Parish in Lehigh Acres provided an early Christmas gift to the Community Pregnancy Clinics in Fort Myers with a donated ultrasound machine. The donation encompasses a key component of what the Knights are all about — firmly committed to defending the… Read more »

Bishop Parkes installed as fifth bishop of St. Petersburg

On Jan. 21, 1996, a seminarian by the name of Gregory Parkes sat next to his brother Stephen, who was also a seminarian, to witness the ordination of Msgr. Robert N. Lynch as bishop of the St. Petersburg Diocese. Fast forward to Jan. 4, 2017 — almost 21 years to the day — the 75-year-old… Read more »

Fort Myers parish lauds new pastor

FORT MYERS  |  The St. Francis Xavier Parish community was in a celebratory mood the third Sunday of Advent, Guadete Sunday, as its pastor was formally installed Dec. 11. Bishop Frank Dewane presided the installation Mass of Father Anthony Hewitt. The bishop said the installation of a pastor is a strong punctuation mark in the… Read more »

Annual Christmas Appeal: A gift that keeps on giving

Venice  |  When instability, injustice or poverty exists, Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is often the first to address concerns found in underserved communities. Catholic Charities strives to respond and be a part of the solution through collaboration and partnership within the community that is essential for the common good and brings dignity to… Read more »

Closing the Holy Doors of Mercy

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  Pamela Badami of Miami made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola Nov. 20, stood at the designated Holy Doors and prayed in silence before she walked over the threshold and inside for Mass with special ceremonies to close the door and mark the end of the Jubilee Year… Read more »

Newly ordained deacon battling stage 4 cancer

ORLANDO  |  Bishop John Noonan stood before the altar at Holy Cross Parish in Orlando and laid his hands over the head of Elias Coll. At that moment, a calling the 63-year-old Catholic had his entire life was finally fulfilled. “From the time I was in my mother’s womb, I feel I was called to… Read more »