Category: Venice

Bradenton Catholic school replaces windows

Bradenton | Hurricane Irma brought many winds of change to St. Joseph Catholic School in Bradenton. When students returned to school last fall, following the hurricane which struck Sept. 10, 2017, they realized one of the Diocesan schools, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Naples, had suffered severe damage. The students at St. Joseph… Read more »

Religious Freedom Week begins

Venice | The Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher on June 22 marks the start of Religious Freedom Week, a national call for all Catholics across the United States to pray and act in support of religious liberty in our country and abroad. It is appropriate that standing up for religious freedom begins… Read more »

Catholic Charities programs make a difference

Naples | Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice Inc. is well-known for providing services and programs which make a real difference in the lives of individuals and families who may be less fortunate than others. It was for this reason that the Youth Counseling Program of Catholic Charities in Collier County was awarded a… Read more »

Faith formation program in Spanish a success

Arcadia | From early November 2017 to the end of May, more than 650 people from across the Diocese of Venice participated in a 12-part faith formation program in Spanish. More than half of the participants finished the requirements and earned a certificate of completion. These classes, which focused on the Catechism of the Catholic… Read more »

Blessed beyond belief

Venice | Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals, through force, fraud, or coercion, perform labor or services, according to a description on Human Trafficking hotline.org. One Diocese of Venice family didn’t need to look it up, they lived it. While they could be called the “Blessed Family,” because they really… Read more »

Retreat opens students’ eyes

Immokalee | When a group of 21 St. John Neumann Catholic High School students talk about what they did for their summer vacation, they will each have compelling stories to tell. For one week they opted to start their summer by being part of the Immokalee Service Week. This is the fourth year that a… Read more »

Visits to New Jersey cement vocation

WELLINGTON | A young Katie Flanagan vividly remembers having butterflies in her stomach the day she boarded the airplane at Fort Lauderdale International Airport that was taking off to fly to a destination to which she felt God was calling her — cold, damp New Jersey. The trip was “top secret,” she explained, adding that… Read more »

New hurricane season is a time to reflect

Naples | The late May formation of Tropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico spared Southwest Florida, but should serve as a reminder that these storms can form anywhere and anytime between now and the conclusion of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane aeason which runs through Nov. 30. Of course, few in the area need… Read more »

Bishop prays with Neocatechumenal Way retreatants

VENICE | A group from the Neocatechumenal Way welcomed Bishop Frank J. Dewane to lead a prayer service as part of a retreat June 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice. More than 30 were from Jesus the Worker Parish in Fort Myers and they viewed having the Bishop present as… Read more »

Traditional and non-traditional scholarships awarded

Venice | The 2018 Mary Fran Carroll Scholarships were recently announced by the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida Inc. This is the second year for the scholarship which was made possible through the Catholic legacy of Carroll and her generous gift to the Foundation As a result, seven traditional academic scholarships were awarded to… Read more »