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May 19, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Diocese of Venice announces agreement to purchase Ave Maria Catholic School

The Diocese of Venice in Florida has announced an agreement with Ave Maria University to purchase Rhodora J. Donahue Academy in the Town of Ave Maria. The school will now become a Diocesan Parochial School.

The purchase, which will be complete by June 30, 2017, includes the 48,000-square foot academy building and the 10.56-acre property.

The move to purchase Donahue Academy compliments the purchase of the Ave Maria Catholic Church in January, and creates a natural flow to provide a quality K-12 Catholic education rooted in the teachings of Christ for Ave Maria and the surrounding communities. The Parochial School will be under the auspices of the Diocese of Venice Department of Education.

"The Academy will be fully integrated into the Diocese of Venice, which maintains high academic standards for its Catholic Schools," said Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice. "It is providential that in this month of May, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Ave Maria Parish will now have a Parochial School to continue the educational and Spiritual needs in the growing community of the Faithful."

The addition of Donahue Academy will increase the Diocese of Venice's educational offerings from 14 to 15 schools. This includes 10 elementary, one special needs, three high schools, and now one K-12 program.

As a part of the Diocese of Venice school system, Donahue Academy will have greater access to collaboration with other Catholic schools, support from the superintendent's office and professional development activities geared to enhance student learning.

Registrations under way for youth camps at Faith Presbyterian Church

Kids Indoor Basketball Camp for boys and girls in K-5th grade will be held Saturdays, June 17 to July 15. (K-2nd: 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; 3rd-5th: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) The cost is $45 per child. Beginner and intermediate levels.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 12, and is available online at Questions? Contact

Kids Indoor Jump Rope Camp for boys and girls will be held daily, July 10-14, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The $99 per child cost includes T-shirt, jump rope, recess time and lots of fun.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, June 26, and is available online at Questions? Contact

Faith Presbyterian Church is a Presbyterian community of joy and excitement that promises to love, comfort, and respect everyone through the challenging power of Christ.

Faith Presbyterian Church is located at 4544 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, 239-542-2858.

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'Survival of a Nation' series continues at Chabad Jewish Center

Rabbi Yossi Labkowski of the Chabad Jewish Center has begun a course called "Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War."

The six-session series began May 8 and meets at 8 p.m. each Monday.

Commemorating 50 years since the Six-Day War, the course invites participants to experience a captivating account of what was at the time considered by many to be the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

"Traditionally, Jews maintain a fervent allegiance to Israel and also lobby against human rights violations around the globe" said Labkowski. "This course explores the compatibility of these two values, examining Jewish perspectives on controversial human rights accusations leveled against Israel."

If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do Jews care so much about land? Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world? And what are the ethics of preemptive strikes and collateral damage?

"In Survival of a Nation, modern history meets contemporary controversy," explained Labkowski, "The thrilling historic narrative raises questions about morality and the prospect of peace in the Middle East that began - or were highlighted during - the Six-Day War and remain unresolved."

All courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 239-963-4770 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.



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