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Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

By attending Mass each week, the students who participate in the Catholic Mass on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University are giving witness to who they are as men and women of God.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane praised and encouraged the students when he celebrated the Mass for them on Oct. 29 in Estero. Concelebrated by Chaplain Father Casey Jones, the Mass was organized by the Catholic Student Organization. Following the Mass, there was a time of fellowship.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrates Mass for the students at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero on Oct. 29 with Chaplain Father Casey Jones concelebrating. About 50 students attend the 8 p.m. Mass.

“You make a statement of who you are by coming here,” Bishop Dewane said. “See yourself as gifted and graced by your presence here.”

University students are often considered countercultural for continuing to live their faith, something not always accepted well, the Bishop noted. He encouraged the students to always continue to strive to live their life well throughout the week and go “forward and be more from the grace that your presence here makes of you.”

The Bishop offered words of encouragement to the students, praising them for keeping a connection to the faith while in college, a time when distractions can make it easy to come up with excuses to stray. He also urged them to invite a Catholic friend to Mass.

“Be an example to others and live your life the way Christ calls all of us to,” the Bishop added. “That example will encourage others to follow.”

The Mass is held each Sunday during the academic year at 8 p.m. in Room 214 of Cohen Center (the Student Union) to accommodate students who are in earlier club meetings.

Following the Mass, Bishop Dewane socialized with the students and answered questions, while later offering advice to the Catholic Student Organization team leaders.

Father Jones holds a monthly outdoor public Eucharistic Adoration on the library lawn at the Veterans Pavilion, and is on campus on Thursdays for informal gatherings and to hear confessions.

For more information about the Catholic Student Organization at FGCU, please visit, or contact Father Jones at 910-GO-EAGLE.

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