Venice Bishop reflects on Pope’s visit with students

Bishop Frank Dewane with the Archdiocese of Venice

Venice, Fl (WFLA) – Last week as Catholic school students in Sarasota watched the Pope deliver mass to Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops in Washington, they noticed someone very close to them in the crowd, their own Bishop. One of the students said, he couldn’t wait to tell the Bishop.

Bishop Frank Dewane with the Archdiocese of Venice said, “I saw the video later when someone said, oh we know who that is right there, and so when the young man said i’d like to see him when he comes back i said oh i am going to go there.”

Bishop Dewane returned to the Bay area yesterday and couldn’t want to share the experience with students at St. Martha Catholic School.

The students were filled with questions for the Bishop, who didn’t hesitate to answer them all..

Sixth grader Jerzy Niedbala said, “It means a lot to me because he could have been doing a mass at a complete other place, but he took time out of his day to come see us ”

The Bishop even showed the students his credentials, along with a special coin given to him to mark the occasion.

Student Madison Smithers said, “Thats like such a great experience and that he got to share it with us.”

The Bishop told the students last week’s service was an unforgettable moment and the students seemed to sense that.

Jenna Santiago said, “I was really happy for him because I know that meeting the Pope is such and amazing experience and to especially be in a mass with.”

The Bishop says he hopes sharing his experience will be lasting for the students.

Bishop Dewane added, “It makes the Holy Father closer, I think it makes him more human to them, sometimes we can get this feeling that there is a distance and he is far off and particularly this Holy Father wouldn’t want that.”

One of the questions that was asked more than once was, what was it like to shake the pope’s hand, and the Bishop told the students it was as special and memorable as they might imagine.

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