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Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Dewane serves as the spiritual leader of more than 227,000 Catholics in the 10-county Diocese of Venice in Florida. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 as the second Bishop of the Diocese.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida by Pope Benedict XVI on April 25, 2006 and on January 19, 2007, he was installed in his current role as Bishop of the Diocese.

Bishop Dewane holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, The American University in Washington, D.C., as well as from Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, both in Rome.

Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop Dewane worked for the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in Moscow, Russia, and then for a subsidiary of PepsiCo in New York City.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Green Bay in 1988, Bishop Dewane was appointed in 1991 to serve as a member of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City, during which time he represented the Holy See at several international conferences. In 1995, he was transferred to the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and was later appointed Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Bishop Dewane currently serves on several committees at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops including the Administrative Committee of the USCCB and Chair of the Committee for Integral Human Development.  Most recently, he has been named the Consultant for the Ad Hoc Committee against Racism. In addition, Bishop Dewane is a member of the Board of Directors of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land.

CHRONOLOGY:

1950 – Born in Green Bay, WI, to Eleanor and Ben Dewane.

1988 – Ordained to the priesthood

1988-1991 – Assistant pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay

1991-1995 – Member of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City

1995-2001 – Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” Rome

2001-2006 – Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Rome

April 2006 – Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida

July 2006 – Ordained as Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida

       November 2016 – Elected Chairman of the Committee for Integral Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

       November, 2017 – Appointed Consultant to the Ad Hoc Committee on Racism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Domestic Boards

USCCB Committee on Integral Human Development, Chair

Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors, Member

Holy Land Foundation Board of Directors, Member

Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Ex Officio Member

International Boards

Member of Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”

Pontifical North American College in Rome Board of Directors, Treasurer

Organizational Membership

Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Chaplain ad honorum to the Order of Malta

Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus

Honorariums

Honoris Causa of Humane Letters from St. Leo University, FL

WORLD CONFERENCES AND OTHER INFORMATION:

1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Conference on Environment and Development

1994, Cairo, Egypt – Conference on Population and Development

1995, Beijing, China – Women and Development

1995, Copenhagen, Denmark – World Summit for Social Development

1996, Istanbul, Turkey – Conference on Human Settlements

1998, Rome, Italy – Diplomatic Conference instituting the International Criminal Court

2001, Durban, South Africa – World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

2002, Monterrey, Mexico – Conference on Financing for Development

2003, Kyoto, Japan – Third World Water Forum

2003, Cancun, Mexico – Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization, Annual Meetings of the Board of Directors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

2006, Mexico City, – Fourth World Water Forum

May 2007 – Member of an international delegation of Church leaders on a mission to press G8 European leaders to honor commitments made to aid Africa.

January 2013, Tanzania – Member of an international delegation from Catholic Relief Services which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of CRS’s work in Tanzania.

 

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