Category: Venice

Lakewood Ranch couple named Florida Knights Family of the Year

Lakewood Ranch  |  Dr. James and Rosemarie Coon of Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Lakewood Ranch were selected as the 2019 Family of the Year by the 55,000-member Florida State Council of the Knights of Columbus at the State Convention in Orlando May 25. Members of the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Knight Council… Read more »

Mission Possible

Immokalee  |  When taking part in a mission trip there are moments large and small, and everything in between, that make a lasting impact on the lives of those who are there.  A group of about 50 teens from parishes across the Diocese of Venice had many such moments when they took part in the… Read more »

Principals leave legacy of faith-filled education

Cape Coral  |  It is the sad reality that each year a number of Diocesan educators retire after many years of service. This year two principals have decided it is time to let someone else take the reins at their respective schools. Dr. Judi Hughes and Gina Groch have been leading their respective schools since… Read more »

Eight acolytes instituted by Bishop at Mass

Venice  |  A group of eight men were instituted as Acolytes during a June 8 Mass at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice as friends and family looked on. For seven of the men, this is the next major step in their journey to become Permanent Deacons. For the eighth man, it is the culmination of a… Read more »

Retreat opens eyes of teens

Immokalee  |  When a group of nearly 30 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 school’s annual Immokalee Service Week. This is the fifth… Read more »

Two local students earn top art honor

Sarasota  |  Two St. Martha Catholic School students were recently named as 2018-2019 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest winners. Sixth grader Collier Moser, and seventh grader Charlotte Thompson, were two of only 24 students nationwide to be recognized with this honor. Additionally, Charlotte’s artwork has been named one of two grand prizes and… Read more »

Catholic Charities ready for hurricanes

Venice  |  With the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1, the faithful of the Diocese of Venice should keep a wary eye on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico for violently spinning clusters of storms that could leave havoc in their wake. Should a storm… Read more »

Top graduates reflect brightly on the benefits of a Catholic education

Naples  |  Lorca Stainton, Zachary Laswick, Claire Sattler, John Scheck, Sam Koscho, Julian Perez, Mary Zhao and Olivia Burke are the names of young women and men whom most people have never heard of, until now. They are some of the top graduates from Diocese of Venice Catholic high schools in May 2019. The commonality… Read more »

Faithful work together to save babies

Venice  |  There is a group of dedicated professionals who spend their every waking moment trying to save the unborn or helping newborns have a fighting chance at a good life. From medical resource centers to residential facilities there are about 25 programs across Southwest Florida that either directly work to save the lives of… Read more »

12 Mary Fran Carroll scholarships awarded

Venice  |  The 2019 Mary Fran Carroll Scholarships were recently announced by the Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida Inc. This is the third year for the scholarship, which was made possible through the Catholic Legacy of Mary Fran Carroll and her generous gift to the Foundation. As a result, 11 traditional academic scholarships were… Read more »