Nevins, The Most
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Reverend John J.
Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Venice
The Most Rev. John J. Nevins, beloved Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Venice, died on August 26, 2014 at his residence in Venice. Bishop Nevins served as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Venice from 1984 to 2007.
Born on Jan. 19, 1932 in New Rochelle, N.Y. to John and Anne (McGuire) Nevins, he attended Blessed Sacrament grammar and high schools and continued on to Iona College. After graduating from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., he earned a Master's in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He holds several honorary doctorates.
Ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1959 then-Father Nevins served the Archdiocese of Miami in many capacities for almost 25 years.
On March 24, 1979, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami and on July 17, 1984, Bishop Nevins was appointed as the first Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Venice.
The remains of Bishop Nevins will be received at Epiphany Cathedral on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. His body will lie in state until 12:00 midnight that evening, with a Memorial Mass celebrated at Epiphany Cathedral at 7:00 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Epiphany Cathedral on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop John J. Nevins Scholarship Fund at 1000 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL 34285. This fund provides scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who are already attending or wish to attend Epiphany Cathedral School.
May the soul of our beloved Bishop Emeritus John J. Nevins rest in peace.
Toale Brothers Ewing Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Ewing Chapel
140 East Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285
Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2014