Category: Venice

They’re back

Port Charlotte  |  The first day of school can be an emotional time for the students, parents and teachers alike. With the promise of new beginnings, new friends, and new adventures, the first day can also be a time for big changes and invariably some tears. On cue some tears streamed down cheek and smiles… Read more »

Young adults reflect on NET ministries experiences

Wauchula  |  Two Diocese of Venice young adults, Zachary Coronado and Anna Battaglia, have never actually met, but both have served as National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries members. NET Ministries, based in Minnesota, challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. Every August, approximately 175 young Catholics aged 18-28 to… Read more »

Teachers welcomed to Diocesan community

Venice  |  Teachers are members of a vitally important profession. They teach essential skills and concepts, nurture curiosity and a sense of wonder, cultivate abilities and interests and give their students a sense of significance and purpose. In the context of a Catholic School, however, the work of the teacher takes on a new dimension…. Read more »

New senior housing blessed

Arcadia  |  Declaring that everyone deserves a proper place to call home, Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony July 26, at the St. John Paul II Villas, a new Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. affordable housing community designated for low-income seniors in Arcadia. The first new resident, Donna Gutierrez,… Read more »

Faith formation in Spanish completes second cycle

Venice  |  Phase two of a three-year Spanish-language faith formation program has concluded in June with nearly 500 earning a Diocesan certificate of completion. The Spanish Faith Formation Program was conceived to satisfy the requests that came directly from the local response to the Diocesan V Encuentro consultation process which began in 2016. The results… Read more »

Dream comes true for parish community

IMMOKALEE  |  A Church building, dating from the ancient times, has been given the name — the Temple of the Lord. Because of this, a dedication of a new Parish Church permanently makes the building a sacred and holy place where the faithful come to hear the Word of God, pray together, celebrate and receive… Read more »

Aging retreat center bridge in need of replacement

Venice  |  Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice for a retreat, conference, Mass or to reflect along the peaceful shores of the Myakka River, either saw or crossed a simple bridge that spans the large lake. The bridge is a lifeline at the… Read more »

Bishop reads to children at two programs

Arcadia  |  With eager, young children sitting at his feet, Bishop Frank J. Dewane read a book with great enthusiasm by feeding off their energy in the moment. In fact, Bishop Dewane read to two groups of young children on July 11. First, he visited St. Michael Parish in Wauchula to read to third and… Read more »

Local pilgrims walk in the steps of Jesus

Jerusalem  |  One of the greatest challenges of understanding the life and times of Jesus Christ is that no matter how often one reads the Gospels or the writings of St. Paul, it can be difficult to truly imagine the actual places. Deacon Jun and Colleen Roca of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice just recently returned… Read more »

Several schools seeing summer construction

Sarasota  |  While students and teachers are on vacation it is often the ideal time for schools to make upgrades or changes. Such is the case at several Diocese of Venice Catholic schools where improvements will be both subtle and very noticeable. The largest effort is taking place at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in… Read more »