A Letter from a Parishioner and the Bishop’s Response

September 21, 2019

310 E Gulf Dr

Sanibel, FL 33957


Bishop Frank Dewane Diocese of Venice

1000 Pinebrook Rd.

Venice, FL 34285


Most Reverend Bishop:


Praise the Lord! It is so uplifting to see that you have finally come to your senses and removed Father Joseph Gates from St Isabel. As you said in your letter, this has been a very difficult assignment for Father Gates. I hope that leaving Father Gates in this difficult assignment for over two years did not create his drinking problem. I’m sure you would find that difficult to live with on your conscience.

In considering other assignments for Father Gates, I do not believe he is ready to be a parish priest. You might want to assign him  to  the  retreat center so he can continue the wonderful relationship he has with John Temporiti.

While you are trying to restore St Isabel (increase your coffers) you should remove Khristy Scheer and Kim Scott from the payroll. These two ladies have spent the last two years being mean to the parishioners, spying on them, treating them rudely and with disdain. We need a clean sweep of the people at St Isabel who only looked out for their own personal interest

My best wishes to you


Michael DiCorpo


October 21, 2019

Mr. Michael DiCorpo

310 E. Gulf Drive

Sanibel, FL 33957


Dear Mr. DiCorpo,

With gratitude for your thoughtfulness, I acknowledge receipt of your letter of September 21, 2019, regarding St. Isabel Parish. Thank you for taking the time to write!

It was truly a pleasure to read your correspondence. Indeed, your kindness and generosity overflow. In your benevolence, it is hoped that you will remember Father Gates and Father Martin in your prayers.

I take this opportunity to extend to you the assurances of my continued consideration, as well as my prayers.

Bishop Frank Dewane

Diocese of Venice in Florida









1000 Pinebrook Road • Venice, FL 34285 • 941-484-9543 • www.dioceseofvenice.org • Fax 941-488-2561

1 thought on “A Letter from a Parishioner and the Bishop’s Response”

  1. I find this letter from Bishop Dewane the most sarcastic letter a member of the clergy( never mind a Bishop) I am 71 years old and there has always been a priest involved in my life;a friend,and a priest,but NEVER have I read a letter like this in response to the letter written to him
    he is BLIND !
    blind to the needs of this parish


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