Category: Venice

Opioid crisis takes center stage at symposium

Sarasota | The Centers for Disease Control recently reported that overdoses kill five people every hour across the United States, or 5,400 per year in Florida. In addition, the percentage of opioid-related emergency room visits jumped 30 percent in one year. This is a national and local issue which is why the Diocese of Venice,… Read more »

Students make prayer walk for life

Port Charlotte | All of us must realize that a central part of Catholic social teaching calls for a respect for human life and ultimately the support for all life. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane as he encouraged the faithful and students from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School to respect life… Read more »

Contemporary art auction for a cause

NAPLES | An art auction in its second year will offer up works by impressive Latino artists to fund scholarships for Latino students to attend a local Catholic school. The St. Ann Latino Contemporary Art Auction takes it roots in 2012, when Father Michael Vannicola, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, St. Ann Parish Pastor,… Read more »

Bioethics in a modern world explained

FORT MYERS | Recent headlines about the successful cloning of macaque monkeys in China have been celebrated as a breakthrough in scientific research. However, this and other giant leaps forward in science are overshadowing the bioethical dilemma that one might consider. This was the theme of a Feb. 6 talk in Fort Myers presented by… Read more »

Lent offers new opportunity to change one’s heart

NAPLES | Lent is a time to allow one’s heart to be touched and changed by the loving embrace of the Lord. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane during an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. William Parish in Naples. Bishop Dewane encouraged the faithful to take the time in this Lenten Season… Read more »

Mass celebrates gifts, goodness of marriage

Venice | The more than 300 couples who attended the first of two Masses celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage within the Diocese took pride in learning that their commitment to marriage is an inspiration for the generations that follow. “That feels really good to hear from the Bishop,” Pam Buxman of St. Cecelia Parish in… Read more »

2018 Women’s Conference an unqualified success

Fort Myers | More than 800 women put aside their troubles and challenges for about six hours and took the time to focus on their relationship with Lord, with the help of fellowship, inspiring speakers, Adoration and Mass. Christine Gergen of Our Lady of Light Parish in Fort Myers described the 2018 Diocese of Venice… Read more »

Marriage is something to be celebrated

Fort Myers | Every year, Feb. 7-14 is celebrated as National Marriage Week. This week provides an opportunity for married couples to “celebrate the gift and blessings of marriage.” Included in the week is World Marriage Day Feb. 11, which honors husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society… Read more »

Youth festival inspires participants

Wauchula | It takes courage and wisdom to hear the Lord’s call and respond. The challenge of accepting that call with a renewed urgency was put forth for about 200 young men and women who participated in the 2018 youth festival at St. Michael Parish in Wauchula. Middle and high school-aged youth from across Hardee… Read more »

Diocese hosts elegant evenings for charity

Sarasota | The 2018 Charity Ball season got off to a great start on two consecutive weekends as hundreds came out to enjoy evenings of fine dining and music all in support of the programs of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. The Jan. 27 Sarasota Charity Ball and the Feb. 3 Venetian Ball are… Read more »