The Most Rev. John J. Nevins, beloved Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Venice, died Tuesday, Aug. 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.
May the soul of our beloved Bishop Emeritus John J. Nevins rest in peace.
Services: The remains of Bishop Nevins will be received at Epiphany Cathedral Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 3 p.m. His body will lie in state until midnight that evening, with a Memorial Mass celebrated at Epiphany Cathedral at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Epiphany Cathedral Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bishop John J. Nevins Scholarship Fund, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice FL 34285. This fund provides scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who are already attending or wish to attend Epiphany Cathedral School.