Diocese of Venice Responds to COVID-19

Diocesan Schools & Coronavirus

Click on the links below for the latest news and updates regarding the Diocese of Venice Department of Education response to the coronavirus. More information will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

April 20, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent: Closing the School Year (Virtually)

April 17, 2020

It is with great honor and distinction to pay tribute to all Diocese of Venice Catholic Schools alumni who currently serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our thoughts, hopes and prayers are with them and their peers as they venture into harm’s way to keep our communities safe, healthy and hopeful.

“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14)


April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)

As the Easter Season offers hope in these times of uncertainty, the Diocese of Venice Catholic Schools look forward to a bright and promising future by finding pride and joy in the not-so-distant past. Ben Hopper, Interim Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Venice in Florida, expresses his gratitude and admiration to the thousands of people and dozens of organizations that helped unite the Diocese’s 15 schools to provide a fun, innovative and faith-filled virtual education into the homes of more than 4,500 students.

April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday):

As Easter weekend draws near, Anne Chrzan, Diocesan Director of Religious Education, Diocese of Venice in Florida, presents a variety of print, online and digital resources to help us have hope, keep the faith and empower others to do the same during this time of uncertainty. Visit https://dioceseofvenice.org/wp-content/uploads/Religious-Education-Resources-1.pdf for a complete list of resources for your viewing, listening and reading from the comfort of your own home.

You may also contact Anne Chrzan at chrzan@dioceseofvenice.org for more information on how the Diocese of Venice in Florida can support our Catholic Faith.

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes[b] for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes[c] with sighs too deep for words.” ~ Romans 8:24-26

April 3, 2020:

For Catholic School Educators: Instructions and templates to create a class app and digital reward system

For Catechetical Leaders and Families: Online resources to help create a Holy Week Home Family Retreat during the coronavirus pandemic

April 1, 2020:

The Diocese of Venice in Florida has partnered with dozens of publishers, production companies and online services to provide free or highly discounted resources for our religious educators. Anne Chrzan, Diocesan Director of Religious Education, offers hope and comfort to those who feel cut off from teaching and practicing our Faith. She reminds us that no one is alone. Through phone, email, live streaming and social media, we can reconnect with the faithful and remain committed to serve others by serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


March 31, 2020

Letter from the Superintendent: Expressing Gratitude from a Distance

March 25, 2020:

Ben Hopper, Interim Superintendent of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Venice in Florida, extends his support and appreciation to Catholic Schools Community for their hard work, abundant enthusiasm and unconditional courage during the coronavirus crisis as all 15 schools in the Diocese transition to the virtual classroom.


March 23, 2020


Letter from the Diocesan Director of Religious Education: Online resources from religion textbook publishers

Free online learning resources for students, teachers and families

Catechetical resources for leaders and families