Category: Venice

100 years young

Fort Myers Beach | The Poor Clare Sisters, who reside at San Damiano Monastery of St. Clare on Fort Myers Beach, live a quiet and secluded life; that was until March 12 when Sister Mary Paschal Sadlier celebrated her 100th birthday. A rousing celebration — by Poor Clare standards — began with a Mass of… Read more »

Priest uses food to strengthen faith

Bonita Springs | There is a fundamental connection people have with food. At the same time, most don’t realize that food is an important part of the public teachings of Jesus. Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest member of the Voluntas Dei (Will of God) religious community based in Baltimore, is the host and founder of… Read more »

Saints honored in varied ways

Venice | Not one word of St. Joseph is ever used in the Bible, yet the stepfather of Jesus is one of the most adored saints of the Church, in fact he is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. On the other hand, St. Patrick was an iconic figure who, through his words and… Read more »

Local students pray for peace

Sarasota | Catholic schools across the Diocese of Venice prayed for peace for 17 minutes on March 14, while at the same time public school students across the nation walked out to demand a safer environment in the wake of the tragic shooting where 17 students and faculty were gunned down in Parkland. Dr. Kristy… Read more »

Holy Week nears

Venice | As the Lenten Season comes to a close we must now prepare for The Easter Triduum which bespeaks of mercy, because it renders visible the point that God’s love can reach. Pope Francis describes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday as enabling us to enter increasingly in the great mystery of our… Read more »

Men’s Conference encourages, guides

Fort Myers | Dedicating one’s life to prayer and gratitude toward the Lord is a great place to start in becoming a strong Catholic man. The reason for giving thanks is clear: Christ sacrificed His life for all of us so that we may enjoy the eternal reward in heaven. Todd Conners of St. Leo… Read more »

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 »