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 Dewane currently serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Pontifical Council â€śCor Unum,â€ť the charitable arm of the Holy See; the USCCB National Catholic Rural Life Committee as President of the Board of Directors which examines rural areas and determines what the Church is doing to help; the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace; and the Florida Catholic Conference Committee for Farmworker Justice and Immigration.
Bishop Dewane was born in Green Bay on March 9, 1950, the third child of Eleanor and Ben Dewane, devout Irish-Catholics who owned and operated a dairy farm. St. James Parish in Cooperstown, Wisc., was the center of community life for the Dewane family, which included four children. After high school graduation Bishop Dewane attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. He then earned a Masterâ€™s Degree in International Administration from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Prior to entering the seminary, he worked for the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in Moscow, Russia, and then for a subsidiary of PepsiCo in New York City.
Bishop Dewane began his studies for the priesthood at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., where he completed one year of philosophy. He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. While in Rome, he also completed advanced studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
On July 16, 1988, Bishop Dewane was ordained to the priesthood and appointed to the Diocese of Green Bay as assistant pastor. He also worked for the Diocesan Tribunal.
In 1991 he was appointed to serve as a member of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City. He had been serving in the Diocese of Green Bay as assistant pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
From 1995 to 2001 Bishop Dewane served on the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum.”
In 2001, he was appointed Under Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, a post he had held at The Vatican until 2006. The primary responsibility of the Pontifical Council is to promote justice, peace, development and human rights world-wide. As Under Secretary, then-Monsignor Dewane was an official delegate of the Holy See to numerous international conferences and world summits.
On April 25, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI named him Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida. On July 25, 2006 Bishop Frank J. Dewane was installed as the second bishop.
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,â€ť 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
USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, Member
Catholic Relief Services Board of Directors, Member
Holy Land Foundation Board of Directors, Member
Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Ex Officio Member
Member of Pontifical Council â€śCor Unumâ€ť
Pontifical North American College in Rome Board of Directors, Treasurer
Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Chaplain ad honorum to the Order of Malta
Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus
Honoris Causa of Humane Letters from St. Leo University, FL
1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Conference on Environment and Development
1994, Cairo, Egypt – Conference on Population and Development
1995, Beijing, China â€“ 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 â€“ Member of an international delegation from Catholic Relief Services which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of CRSâ€™s work in Tanzania.