Latest D.O.V News
Feb 09, 2017

Huge Diocesan contingent led by Bishop, youth Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 The 2017 National March for Life on Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. may go down as a turning point in the Pro-Life movement as hope was prevalent and more than 450 marchers who represented the Diocese of Venice were there to witness history. […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 We are each called to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ. In our busy lives we lose track of what is important. One of the great gifts of the Church, Lent, will soon be upon us. Lent is a time where the Church reminds us to slow down and recharge. […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 Nearly a century ago, three small children were tending sheep along the meadows of Fatima, Portugal, when a great light appeared followed by a message of peace from what an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It would be a revelation that would resonate with faithful and war-wearied believers around a […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-Feb.4) served as a showcase for the Diocese of Venice Catholics Schools which were a buzz of activities highlighting the beacon of light they are for the Church, the community and the nation. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: […]

Annual Catholic Faith Appeal begins By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 “…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 Each individual Parish is an integral part of the whole Diocese of Venice. Together as One Church, we meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We teach the faith, help […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) Hope is a key component to prison outreach and needed more than ever as the number of incarcerated continues to skyrocket both here in the Diocese of Venice and nationwide. According to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Justice, 1,220,300 adults are incarcerated. To put that in perspective, […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 To celebrate the important works of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice in Sarasota and Manatee counties more than 400 people gathered on Jan. 28 at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota for the Catholic Charities Ball 2017. Bishop Frank J. Dewane was the host for the evening and he thanked everyone […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 There are unsung women and men at each Parish throughout the Diocese of Venice whose task is educating and catechizing the faithful, especially the youth. The directors of religious education (DREs) and the catechists of the Diocese are an important group who educate tens of thousands ranging from the […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida Inc., which is part of the Diocese of Venice, is sponsoring free parish-based informational seminars designed to help the faithful get critical, objective information about health, legal and financial planning in their later years. Entitled “Preparing for Today, Tomorrow and Beyond,” the […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/9/2017 Order of Malta retreat held in Naples The Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta held their annual retreat on Feb. 3 at St. Ann Parish in Naples. Part of the retreat included Mass concelebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Archbishop Allen Henry Vigneron of the Archdiocese of […]

Feb 03, 2017

Series of meetings encompasses breadth of Hispanic Catholic Community By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 A series of three gatherings in early January, all with a unique purpose, has energized the clergy and lay faithful to focus on a greater outreach to Hispanic Catholics throughout the Diocese of Venice. Organized by the Diocese Office of […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 Catholic mothers, wives, grandmothers, and daughters of all ages are all invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Diocese of Venice Women’s Conference on Saturday, February 11 in Fort Myers. This annual event, coordinated by the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and hosted by Bishop Frank J. Dewane, offers internationally-renowned speakers […]

New Parish Established, Pastor Installed By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 The Diocese of Venice in Florida and Ave Maria University announced Jan. 19 the purchase of the Ave Maria Oratory building by the Diocese from the University. The Oratory building now becomes the Ave Maria Parish Church for the Faithful in the Town of […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 Bishop Frank J. Dewane, after consultation with the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, announces that Christ the King Chapel, has been officially erected as Christ the King Parish, Sarasota, Jan. 11. This is the 61st Parish in the Diocese of Venice. The move to establish Christ the King Parish comes as the […]

By Dr. Vikki Parks, Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Venice (Special to the Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 Since 1974, Catholic Schools across the nation have united in celebration of the value a Catholic Education provides to our students, our church, our communities, and our nation in a festive way. This year’s week-long event, […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 The Class of 2017 at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples has been inspiring their classmates, the school and the community-at-large since the start of the new academic year. Each Sunday, a quote from different seniors is posted on social media and shared. These quotes are part […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 During the 19th Annual Sarasota Prayer Walk for Life on Jan. 20 a large group of people stood in peaceful prayer as a reflection they are as a women and men of God. Bishop Frank J. Dewane led the walk in front of the Regional Headquarters for Planned Parenthood, […]

By Michael Morse, Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida (Special to the Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 There is good news for individuals and couples in their 70’s and for the causes about which they care most. On December 18, 2015 Congress passed the PATH Act, which makes permanent the Charitable IRA provision of 2006, […]

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 Each year Scout Sunday is a day set aside to celebrate the birth of Scouting and the duty to God that all Scouts profess in their solemn oath. On Feb. 5, Scouts across the Diocese and the nation will be attending Masses in their “Class A” or “Field” uniform […]

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 2/3/2017 Dressed in evening wear, the young ladies of St. Martha Catholic School and St. Mary Academy, had special escorts at a dance in Sarasota on Jan. 13, their fathers. The annual Father Daughters Dance had a Kentucky Derby theme and many of the young ladies wore big hats and the […]