Meet our Staff

Karen Barry Schwarz


941-441-1118 (office)
941-275-5183 (mobile)

Bob Reddy

Editor, The Florida Catholic

941-486-4701 (office)

Gail A. Ardy

Administrative Assistant
TV Mass Producer

941-486-4714 (office)

Bernice Bell, Cara Smith


941-484-9543 (main number)

As the Communications Department, we provide a wide range of services including public relations, media relations, community information, and special projects for print, radio and television.

The Communications Department:

  • Produces a Sunday Mass for television, weekly
  • Publishes The Florida Catholic, Venice Edition, weekly
  • Publishes The Mustard Seed, a biweekly diocesan newsletter for parishes
  • Produces Witnessing Faith with Bishop Dewane, a radio program
  • Promotes Bishop Initiatives
  • Oversees the Diocesan website
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