Florida Catholic

  • New Parish Hall dedicated and blessed in Fort Myers
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2019-05-21


  • Four bishops sign on to letter voicing concerns with Equality Act
    Source: CruxPublished on 2019-05-12


  • U.S. Bishops’ Chairmen Respond to U.S. House Vote on Equality Act
    Source: USCCBPublished on 2019-05-17

More Diocesan Stories

  • Hispanic Emmaus group holds gathering
    Source: Bob Reddy Florida CatholicPublished on 2019-05-22



All Current News in the Diocese

  • Holy Week nears
    Venice | As the Lenten Season comes to a close we must now prepare for The Easter Triduum which bespeaks of mercy, because it renders visible the point that God’s love can reach. Pope Francis describes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday as enabling us to enter increasingly in ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-03-13
  • Praying for Life
    Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic All of us must realize that a central part of Catholic Social Teaching calls for a respect for human life and ultimately the support for all life. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane as he encouraged the faithful and students from St. ... read more
    Source: Bob Reddy Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-03-13
  • Parish Spirit Center blessed
    By Bob Reddy Florida Catholic In a celebration worthy of a Feast Day, the new Spirit Center of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples was blessed. Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated a Mass on Feb. 21, the Vigil of the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, ... read more
    Source: Bob Reddy Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-03-09
  • U.S. bishops call for concrete action on “crisis” of gun violence in America
    NEW YORK — Following last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a call for Congress to work together to find “concrete proposals” in response to the “crisis of gun ... read more
    Source: CruxPublished on 2018-03-05
  • Domestic Justice and Education Chairmen Urge Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence
    WASHINGTON—In the aftermath of the tragic attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio, Chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, ... read more
    Source: USCCBPublished on 2018-03-05
  • Cardinal Mooney to reopen Tuesday
    Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota will resume classes on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at its normally scheduled start time after being closed Monday, Feb. 26, while the Sarasota Police Department investigated a concerning social media post. In a letter sent to parents on Sunday, Feb. 25, Diocese of Venice ... read more
    Source: Bob Reddy Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-26
  • Bioethics in a modern world explained
    FORT MYERS | Recent headlines about the successful cloning of macaque monkeys in China have been celebrated as a breakthrough in scientific research. However, this and other giant leaps forward in science are overshadowing the bioethical dilemma that one might consider. This was the theme of a Feb. 6 talk ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Contemporary art auction for a cause
    NAPLES | An art auction in its second year will offer up works by impressive Latino artists to fund scholarships for Latino students to attend a local Catholic school. The St. Ann Latino Contemporary Art Auction takes it roots in 2012, when Father Michael Vannicola, Oblates of St. Francis de ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Mass celebrates gifts, goodness of marriage
    Venice | The more than 300 couples who attended the first of two Masses celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage within the Diocese took pride in learning that their commitment to marriage is an inspiration for the generations that follow. “That feels really good to hear from the Bishop,” Pam Buxman ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Lent offers new opportunity to change one’s heart
    NAPLES | Lent is a time to allow one’s heart to be touched and changed by the loving embrace of the Lord. This was the message of Bishop Frank J. Dewane during an Ash Wednesday Mass at St. William Parish in Naples. Bishop Dewane encouraged the faithful to take the ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-21
  • Archbishop laments “act of senseless violence” in Florida school massacre
    NEW YORK – In response to a school massacre in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, one of almost 150 that have occurred in America since 2010, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami lamented “another act of senseless violence and horrifying evil,” and called for the people within his diocese to come together ... read more
    Source: CruxPublished on 2018-02-14
  • U.S. bishops: federal budget should not be balanced ‘on backs of the poor’
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to the Trump administration’s 2019 federal budget proposal on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops are urging for a budget that shows greater concern for “‘the least of these” and warning that the U.S. “must never seek to balance the budget on the backs of the poor ... read more
    Source: CruxPublished on 2018-02-13
  • Diocese hosts elegant evenings for charity
    Sarasota | The 2018 Charity Ball season got off to a great start on two consecutive weekends as hundreds came out to enjoy evenings of fine dining and music all in support of the programs of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. The Jan. 27 Sarasota Charity Ball and the ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-07
  • 2018 Women’s Conference an unqualified success
    Fort Myers | More than 800 women put aside their troubles and challenges for about six hours and took the time to focus on their relationship with Lord, with the help of fellowship, inspiring speakers, Adoration and Mass. Christine Gergen of Our Lady of Light Parish in Fort Myers described ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-07
  • Youth festival inspires participants
    Wauchula | It takes courage and wisdom to hear the Lord’s call and respond. The challenge of accepting that call with a renewed urgency was put forth for about 200 young men and women who participated in the 2018 youth festival at St. Michael Parish in Wauchula. Middle and high ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-07
  • Bishop Dewane says Francis has put Church’s social tradition ‘front stage’
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis has taken the rich social tradition of the Church that was championed by Pope John Paul II and “made it front stage,” says Bishop Frank Dewane. Dewane, Bishop of Venice, Florida and chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic ... read more
    Source: CruxPublished on 2018-02-07
  • Marriage is something to be celebrated
    Fort Myers | Every year, Feb. 7-14 is celebrated as National Marriage Week. This week provides an opportunity for married couples to “celebrate the gift and blessings of marriage.” Included in the week is World Marriage Day Feb. 11, which honors husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-06
  • 2018 Catholic Days at the Capitol
    2/1/2018 For two days, each year Catholics from around the state gather in Tallahassee to participate in Catholic Days at the Capitol. A group from the Diocese of Venice, 29 strong, traveled by bus to the Capitol from Jan. 30-31 to put into action the faith’s call to political ... read more
    Source: Bob Reddy Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-02-01
  • Bears offer comfort to officer families
    KISSIMMEE | As Megan O’Grady stood in the lobby of the Kissimmee Police Department Jan. 15, she looked both kind and anxious. The Bishop Verot High School sophomore, accompanied by her parents, her little brother and her grandmother, made the three-hour car ride with precious cargo. Megan is the founder ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-01-24
  • Students get lesson on respecting all living things
    Naples | It is not every day that a blind raccoon is welcomed into the seventh-grade science classroom of teacher Sheila DiMarco of St. Ann Catholic School, but Jan. 16 was one such day. Trouper the Blind Raccoon, a wildlife ambassador who has been featured in local media and “National ... read more
    Source: Florida CatholicPublished on 2018-01-23
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