Category: Venice

Bishop to celebrate Mass on Manatee River

Bradenton  |  For boaters who cruise up and down the Manatee River, a 60-foot cross on the south shore, at Riverview Pointe Preserve and the DeSoto National Memorial, serves as an important navigational aide. The cross is part of a larger Holy Eucharistic Memorial, which was placed in its current location in the late 1960s…. Read more »

Young students learn about vocations

Fort Myers  |  Sixth graders from Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Venice have recently been challenged to recognize the presence of the Lord in themselves while also considering their vocation: possibly to religious life for the girls and the priesthood for the boys. “God is calling each of us,” Diocesan Vocations Director Father… Read more »

Key to becoming a Disciple of Christ: Put aside distraction

Naples  |  We are all called to be “Disciples of Christ.” The best way to achieve this goal is to put aside distractions such as cell phones and other devices so as to focus on how best to serve the Lord. Bishop Frank J. Dewane gave this message during separate Masses Oct. 3 in Naples… Read more »

Priest joins Presbyterate of Diocese

Venice  |  The presbyterate of the Diocese of Venice in Florida grew by one with the Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Carlos Encinas. Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over the ordination of Father Encinas in a rite that was filled with long tradition and witnessed by hundreds Oct. 5 at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice. … Read more »

40 Days for Life prayer campaign going strong

Sarasota  |  The 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign to seek an end to abortion in the U.S. got off to a rousing start on Sept. 25 with prayer vigils and rallies in Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. Each day through Nov. 3, prayer warriors are braving the warm temperatures to spend time as witnesses… Read more »

Top Verot students recognized

Fort Myers  |  Three seniors from Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers have been recognized as being in the top 1% of all high school seniors.  Kate Kupsaw, Connor Shovlin, and Vincenzo Vall-Llobera have been named Semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, making them three of only 16,000 students nationwide to… Read more »

Simple appeal gets overwhelming response

Immokalee  |  There was a time, not too long ago, when Yanira Lopez Monzon would dread starting her day at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Immokalee. The kitchen manager always worried whether or not the 40-gallon kettle, used nearly every day, would work properly. Other equipment, including the commercial oven, stove, ice machine and… Read more »

Students reach out to hurricane victims

Fort Myers  |  The images of utter destruction in the Bahamas launched on Diocesan Catholic Schools into action with an urgent need to help. The Lee County Catholic schools — Bishop Verot Catholic High School, St. Andrew Catholic School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School — held an ambitious Tri-School Hurricane Relief Drive from Sept…. Read more »

An education comes to life in Rome

Ave Maria  |  As a rising senior in Ave Maria Parish’s classical school (Donahue Academy), I was one of six students awarded a near full scholarship by a generous school donor for a 10-day pilgrimage to Rome this past summer. We approached the experience as pilgrims, not just tourists, and were richly rewarded for our efforts…. Read more »

Mobile Medical Clinic blessed

Naples  |  The celebration continues following the successful completion of the Diocese of Venice Knights of Columbus campaign to raise $184,000 for a Mobile Medical Clinic. Bishop Frank J. Dewane presided over a second blessing of the new van during a ceremony Sept. 15, at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Naples that also included a… Read more »