Tag: diocese of venice

Students encouraged to think about their vocation

Sarasota | In life, everyone has a vocation, whether it is to the priesthood, religious life, marriage, parent, or the single life. Keeping one’s heart and mind open to that call of the Lord and understanding that message is key to a proper discernment, which may lead some on the path to the priesthood or… Read more »

Leadership program inspires Neumann students

Naples | When Sister Patricia Roche, Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, first told the student body about the House Program (a modified form of student government), many of us knew in our hearts it would be a success. From that first discussion, it was clear that the goal was to make students feel supported… Read more »

Special sessions enhance Respect Life Conference

Punta Gorda | Two key groups received special attention during the 2018 Statewide Florida Respect Life Conference held at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda Sept. 29. A second site was needed to accommodate the youth of the Diocese, while a parallel workshop to the main Conference was devoted to Spanish-language… Read more »

Stewardship is seen as a response to faith

Fort Myers | Representatives from Parishes across the Diocese of Venice gathered in Fort Myers for Stewardship Day to focus on the best practices of sharing the principles of ownership, responsibility, accountability and the rewards of adopting stewardship as a way of life. An outreach of the Diocese Office of Stewardship and Development, the Oct…. Read more »

Dignity of human person focus of Florida Respect Life Conference

PUNTA GORDA  |  Through storytelling, Scripture, science and research, a group of speakers reminded advocates how the foundation for respect life reveals a range of issues from abstinence to marriage, immigration to liturgy, and compassion in health care to preventing abortion. And each of those issues reveal a core value that radiates respect of life… Read more »

Counseling the bereaved takes patience, time

Sarasota | A recent training seminar focused on helping educate parish volunteers who assist those suffering from bereavement. Deacon Henry deMena, who holds a master’s degree in counseling with extensive training and experience in bereavement, led the two-day workshop at St. Thomas More Parish in Sarasota with the goal of helping volunteers give hope to… Read more »

40 Days for Life fall campaign will begin Sept. 26

Venice | Coming soon will be another chance to stand up for life. The 40 Days for Life fall campaign begins Sept. 26 in Fort Myers and Sarasota, and will continue until Nov. 4. Participants often reflect about how rewarding it is to participate when the only requirement is to just show up and pray…. Read more »

Diocese of Venice group prepares for V Encuentro national gathering

Fort myers | The Diocese of Venice is sending a delegation of 20 people to the Sept. 20-23 V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. This National Encuentro gathering is a key moment in the multiyear outreach initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with a goal… Read more »

Faithful celebrate Patroness of Cuba

Naples | The Cuban faithful of St. Agnes Parish in Naples celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Charity, Patroness of Cuba, Sept. 8 with a Mass. The feast also falls on the same day as the solemn Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass was celebrated by visiting Father Jose del Olmo,… Read more »

Bishop Dewane expects best from Catholic school students

Cape Coral | During the first month of the 2018-2019 academic year Bishop Frank J. Dewane has been celebrating the Mass for the students at each of the 15 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Venice. The theme for the Masses has been to encourage the students to heed the call from the Lord by… Read more »