Category: Venice

Irma rebuilding taking place

Progress being made at parishes and schools NAPLES | If you were to enter the sanctuary of St. Elizabeth Seton church in Naples it would not reflect the sacred space that it is intended to be. Instead you will see pews taken apart and stacked, missing ceiling tiles and bare wood where a roof patch… Read more »

Teens urged to ‘magnify the light of Christ’

PUNTA GORDA | Put 2,000 Catholic teens together for a day, add motivational speakers and music, and the results were inspiring, as Diocesan youth were spiritually enriched to open themselves to the call of the Lord during the 2017 Diocese of Venice Youth Rally. At the Rally, the youth were surprised by a very special… Read more »

A tale of two towns

Picking up after Hurricane Irma in Immokalee and Ave Maria Immokalee | Just seven miles of road and partially flooded farmland separate the towns of Immokalee and Ave Maria. But while Ave Maria advertises itself on its web site as “Southwest Florida’s newest hometown,” Immokalee is a poor farming community made up of mostly immigrants… Read more »

Faith is at the heart of recovery

NAPLES | Wearing play “hard hats” and showing a resilience that reflects their age, the students of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples returned to their battered school Oct. 2 with smiles and an enthusiasm that was inspiring. With their parents in tow, the students started arriving at the school 17 school days after… Read more »

Churches damaged, spirit strong in Southwest Florida

Naples | In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma there are many people with stories of how they rode out the storm and turned to prayer for protection from the fierce winds. In Naples, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish administrator Father Russell Ruggiero feels blessed to be alive after experiencing the ferocity of Irma firsthand by riding… Read more »

A new Pantry on Wheels reaches neediest

Immokalee | There is a critical need for food pantry services in outlying areas of Immokalee, with many residents living far from the offices of Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc., the home of a food pantry and Casa Maria soup kitchen. In the past, it was only during the holiday… Read more »

How many smiles is that?

NAPLES  |  If you have ever been to the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples and entered the main entrance, you have likely been greeted by Art and Phyllis Longano. The couple takes their post in the narthex, in front of a large baptismal font, wearing color-coordinated outfits while smiling… Read more »

Bears offer comfort to families of the fallen

Fort Myers  |  Each day, men and women across the United States put on the uniform of a law enforcement officer, most with families waiting behind fearing for their safety but knowing what they do is necessary and heroic. The symbolism of the uniform helped motivate Bishop Verot Catholic High School sophomore Megan O’Grady, the… Read more »

V Encuentro meetings are very fruitful

NAPLES  |  The Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese of Venice is hosting a series of discussions in each deanery of the Diocese designed to follow the process of the V Encuentro, an intensive consultation and missionary effort of Hispanic/Latino Ministry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The main goal of the V… Read more »

Sarasota teen blessed by Pope Francis

  SARASOTA  |  The wheels of the plane that returned Silas Bichler of Sarasota and his family from a meeting with Pope Francis in Rome may have touched down in Tampa March 17, but Silas’ feet won’t hit the ground for a long time. Silas, 18-year-old altar server at Incarnation Parish in Sarasota who was… Read more »