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Venice Diocesan Council of Catholic Women of FL


Seven Bishops of Florida

BISHOP FRANK DEWANE responsible for pastoral care of the Diocese of Venice, FL:

Total population: 2,151,950

Total Catholic population: 236,555

62 parishes, 10 missions, 112 diocesan priests, 64 priests from outside the parish, 32 permanent deacons, 12 seminarians, 62 religious sisters, 15 religious brothers, 3 diocesan high schools, 10 elementary schools, 1 special needs school, 1 higher institution and 38 special centers for social services.

When the Diocese of Venice was founded in 1984, there were 39 parishes with 116,495 Catholics.

Kudos Bishop Frank DeWane and predecessors!

VDCCW resides in the Province of Miami. This is important for voting information for NCCW.

Pictured to the left is Archbishop Wenski of Miami, FL

Father Joe Connolly celebrates his Golden Jubilee this year with the Women of VDCCW at the Convention 4/21/2018.





(left) Barbara Chamberlain and Vera Heiner (Machine Embroidered NCCW Stole Designer)

(left) Barbara Chamberlain and Vera Heiner (Machine Embroidered NCCW Stole Designer)

Machine Embroidered by Vera

Selling for $125

(Left) Dolores Garvis from St. Columbkille, Ft. Myers and Virginia Dias from St, Charles Borromeo, Pt. Charlotte at FCCW Convention in Ft. Lauderdale.

VDCCW Convention: Evangelization: Living the Joy of the Gospel at Epiphany

St. Max Kolbe CCW and member guests at VDCCW Convention, Epiphany Cathedral Center, 2018

Cornelia Zannetti and Brenda Dolan presented Bishop Dewane with a check of $13,000, 2018.

VDCCW members were inspired by Deacon Scott Little's life and his inspirations on women's spirituality at the 33rd Annual Convention at Epiphany 4/21/2018

JUNIOR CCW of St. Michael's in Wachula

The Junior CCW of St. Michael's in Wauchula. What a treasure to have our young ladies perform a skit at the VDCCW Convention o4/21/2018.n Women of the Bible.

October 2018 JUNIORS CCW from Wauchula really shine! We are so proud of them! (left to right) 1) They made a pilgrimage to the Respect Life Garden designed by Father Jerry Kaywell, Barbara Chamberlain, Tom Grant and the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart, Punta Gorda. Standing on memorial bricks, they are pictured here with the bronze statue celebrating the Unknown Soldier. Hidden by the statue through the Pagoda is the shrine to the "unborns" whose lives were taken in abortions designed by Harold and Dolores Garvis and the Knights of Columbus. 2) Mentored by Iris Gomez the Junior CCW attended the VDCCW Convention at Epiphany Cathedral Center. 3) The Juniors presented a wonderful play about the Women of the Bible at the VDCCW Convention (2017).


2019-2021 St. Max Kolbe CCW BOARD: (l to r) Susan Chevraz, VP, Toni Wolff, Pres, Susan Abisso, Sec, Francine Becker, Treas.

Ladies of St. Max Kolbe CCW start to gather before Business Meeting, 2020

Karen VerVeer, "Chef Extraordinaire," in charge of the kitchen at St. Max Kolbe CCW.

Susan Abisso, devoted Secretary VDCCW and Marta Vitale Spiritual Committee Chair at St. Maximillian Kolbe Fall Tea, 2018


Central Deanery fundraiser quilt, "Go Tell it to the Mountains," by Barbara Chamberlain, pictured here with quilt and her 1937 Cord) and won by Brenda Dolan.

Dolores Garvis and Ana Romillo,

VDCCW Past Presidents

Venice Volunteer Award Pinning Ceremony with CCW members from St. Katharine Drexel, Sacred Heart, St. Max Kolbe, and St. Francis Catholic Churches in Central Deanery

In 2019, VDCCW women (Ellen Bachman and Brenda Dolan Co-Chairs of VDCCW) participated in a celebration of the Mass which was celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane. Several priests concelebrated the Mass including Father Joseph Connolly, TOR, who is the VDCCW Spiritual Advisor, as well as Fathers Blake Britton, Sebastian Szczawínski, Gordon Zanetti and Chuck Ruoff.