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Discerning a Vocation to the Priesthood

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 For three days each summer, those men who have entered a program to discern a vocation to the priesthood gathered for the annual Diocese of Venice Seminarian Convocation. The time is spent at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice is crucial in the participants’ continuing formation […]

Assumption: a beautiful reflection on Mary Most Holy

Holy Day of Obligation on Aug. 15 Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 “At the conclusion of Her earthly life, the Mother of Christ was raised in soul and body to Heaven, that is, in the glory of eternal life, in the full communion with God,” said Pope Francis when describing why on Aug. 15 the […]

Prisoner receives Sacrament of Confirmation

Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 Julio Juan Guerra-Molina, who took the Confirmation name of St. John Bosco, is the latest of dozens of inmates in correctional facilities throughout the Diocese on whom Bishop Frank J. Dewane has bestowed the Sacrament of Confirmation since his appointment to the Diocese of Venice in 2006. It was on […]

How many smiles is that?

More than a decade of greeting – one smile at a time By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 If you have ever been to the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples and entered the main entrance, you have likely been greeted by Art and Phyllis Longano. The couple takes their […]

Diocese welcomes three new principals

Staff Report (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 The start of the 2017-2018 School Year brings new leadership to three Diocesan Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School in Venice welcomes Mary Caren “M.C.” Heffner, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Naples welcomes Maria Niebuhr, and the Donahue Academy in Ave Maria welcomes Dr. Dan Guernsey. Diocese of Venice […]

New teachers held to high standards

Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 August marks the start of a new school year for the thousands of students who attend Diocese of Venice primary and secondary schools. While each school is unique, one thing that will link them together is their Christ-centered teaching based in sound fundamental Catholic values. To accomplish this, Catholic schools […]

Adoration central part of Parish life

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 Having the opportunity to come and pray in the presence of the Lord and allow God to transform them from the inside out is the reason the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Joseph Parish is open seven-days-a-week. The faithful come to the Chapel with their joys and thanks, their […]

Night of Worship engages youth

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 With busy lives and many distractions, getting teens, young adults and families to become more actively involved in their faith can be a challenge on many levels. Fun activities may encourage some to attend one gathering or another, but there needed to be more. This is why Tom Lelyo, […]

Summer Family Day has faith, fun for all

By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 A Summer Family Fun Day Retreat was recently held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice to provide time together centered on prayer with a dash of fun. The “Growing Together in Faith and Love” retreat served to nourish a family’s spiritual life through various activities. […]

Many come together to create housing for victims

By Judy Bokorney (Special to the Florida Catholic) 8/7/17 The Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice has provided comprehensive care for victims since 2009. The program is expanding its services to secure long-term help for clients that hopefully results in self-sufficiency. The plan includes adding transitional housing. Bishop Frank J. […]