Category: Venice

Lenten Masses held at schools across diocese

Sarasota  |  During the Lenten Season Catholics are called to constantly ask if they are doing the things the Lord calls for each of us — pray, fast and give alms. During early March Masses at Diocesan Catholic Schools, Bishop Frank J. Dewane asked students how they are doing this Lent. “We each have to… Read more »

Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Bishop Dewane

Venice  |  Venice will celebrate a “Year of St. Joseph” from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021. “Particularly in this time of uncertainty in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is appropriate to seek the intercessions of the saints for guidance and protection,” Bishop Dewane said. “St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus Christ, is… Read more »

Religious makes first vows

Fort Myers Beach  |  A holy moment took place when Sister Anne Dolores Mary Doyle of Divine Mercy made her religious profession to the Order of St. Clare, transforming from novice to religious sister. It was the next phase in a spiritual journey which began in Ireland and many years later led her to the… Read more »

Conference promotes feminine genius

Fort Myers  |  Hundreds of women recently gathered for several hours on a chilly Saturday so as to have the opportunity for spiritual and personal renewal and perhaps find a way to better hear the Lord’s call in their daily lives. As great a challenge as this was, the 2020 Diocese of Venice Women’s Conference… Read more »

Volunteers pack food for needy children

Cape Coral  |  In eight sessions, spread across two days, volunteer children and adults — from ages 5 to 105 — gathered at St. Katherine Drexel Parish in Cape Coral packed 204,336 meals to help feed starving children. This was the fifth year the Parish has been involved in a “Feed My Starving Children MobilePack”… Read more »

Rite of Election

Venice  |  A large group of women and men who will join the Catholic Church within the Diocese of Venice at the Easter Vigil were recognized during the annual Rite of Election at Epiphany Cathedral on March 1, the First Sunday of Lent.  This annual tradition is a formal Rite in which catechumens are presented… Read more »

Marriage: A commitment to each other, God

Bonita Springs  |  When someone celebrates 25 years of marriage, it is a time rejoice and recognize this amazing and holy accomplishment. During two February Masses in the Diocese of Venice, some 650 couples, married 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and more years, were acknowledged for their commitment to each other and to the… Read more »

Annual 40 Days for Life campaign runs through Lent

Naples  |  The start of the Lenten Season is also the beginning of a nationwide campaign to promote life and seek an end to abortion in the United States. The peaceful 40 Days for Life spring prayer campaign began on Ash Wednesday with vigils is Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota, joining hundreds of other locations… Read more »

Lenten journey begins Feb. 26

Venice  |  “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death.”  These words from Pope Francis should resonate with all Catholics and serve to remind us that the coming Liturgical Season has great significance and meaning. During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking… Read more »

Bishop participates in ad limina

Rome  |  Having a personal encounter with the Vicar for Christ has a special meaning for everyone privileged to have that unique opportunity. Bishop Frank J. Dewane has met Pope Francis on several occasions, mostly during brief meetings at the Vatican, during World Youth Day events, and at other Conferences. “It is always an exciting… Read more »