Tag: Bishop Dewane Letter

Lent is a Time of Reflection and Prayer

Florida Catholic 3/24/2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the Lenten Season the Church encourages us to spend time in prayer so that we may grow in spiritual maturity.  This growth is from the early stages that ask, “When can I fit God in?” to those deeper or more advanced stages that ask, “How […]

Walking in the Footsteps of Christ: Lent as a Pilgrimage

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Pilgrims in Christ, Lent possesses certain rich spiritual themes that speak powerfully to us today.  One important theme is that of Lent as a journey towards God. In many respects this spiritual journey of 40 days towards Easter resembles the ancient tradition of going on pilgrimage. The role of pilgrimage remains […]

ADVENT: Expectant delight for the coming of the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Season of Advent is an invitation to pause, even in silence, and to recognize the signs of the coming of the presence of Our Lord. Advent has a two-fold character in that it is a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, in which the First Coming […]

Lent: A time for conversion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In our Liturgical Calendar the Season of Lent will arrive on Wednesday, February 10. On that day, the Church celebrates Ash Wednesday, which begins our Lenten journey to Easter. Lent is a time of spiritual renewal – a time to draw closer to Christ, and to find those things […]

Advent: Preparing and being open to God’s consolation

(Florida Catholic) 11/18/2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Catholic Church is fast approaching one of the most important seasons of the Liturgical Year: Advent. It is a time which offers us a sense of preparation for the second coming of the Christ Child. With the pre-Christmas frenzy it is easy to lose sight […]

Bearing our own Cross

(Florida Catholic) 09/02/2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On September 14th the Universal Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast is specifically a celebration of two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 A.D., and […]


02/17/2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our Lenten journey has begun!  It comes as no surprise that each one of us will determine the difference Lent will make in our life this year. With the celebration of Ash Wednesday, the Church ushers us into this period of preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection […]

November is the Month of the Holy Souls

Florida Catholic 11/04/2014 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The month of November began with the glorious Solemnity of All Saints when the Church celebrates all the Saints that reign with God in glory, praising Him for the witness of their lives and asking for their intercession for us. Beginning with All Souls’ Day […]

United in the Saints of Christ

10/21/2014 My Brothers and Sisters and Christ, As the Church prepares to celebrate the magnificent Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, it is helpful to reflect on the importance of the Saints in the life of the Church and in our own lives. The celebration of the Solemnity of All Saints is a celebration […]

Letter to the faithful from Bishop Dewane

(Florida Catholic) 10/10/2014 My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings in the love and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ! As you may have seen in the news lately, the Diocese of Venice has been mentioned on a number of occasions. Much of the news has rightly focused on the positive actions taken by the […]

Synod of Bishops: Working Document on Family Released

07/07/2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As was well-reported, last November the Vatican released a Preparatory Document to bishops worldwide in anticipation of the upcoming Synod of Bishops regarding “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” This Document included a questionnaire with questions related to the challenges facing families striving […]

Bishop’s 2014 Easter Message

04/18/2014 Dear Faithful of the Diocese of Venice, I wish to extend to all a Joyous and Blessed Easter! After 40 days we reach the Light that is the Risen Lord.   We ask Our Savior, who turns death into life, to lead each of us to the Light of the Risen Christ!   As […]

Seminarian Collection weekend of Jan. 11-12

01/07/2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Diocese of Venice continues to be blessed with vocations to the priesthood, evidenced by the three new priests ordained this past year, and 17 seminarians.  Your support of the Annual Seminary Collection is crucial, now more than ever, as challenges increase for a proper environment for the […]

The Joy of the Christmas Season

12/17/2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Do you remember that childhood feeling of wonder and joy of the Christmas Season? Presents and sweets often took center stage in my focus.  However I recall, and I am sure many of you do also, the crib or manger under the Christmas tree.  I always wanted to […]

Letter from Bishop Dewane: Collection for Retired Religious

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, During the weekend of December 7-8, 2013, the Parishes of the Diocese of Venice will conduct the annual Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, a fund which benefits religious order brothers, sisters, and priests. In reflecting upon the sacrifice of the Church’s men and women religious, the […]