Bishop Dewane was born in Green Bay on March 9, 1950. After high school Bishop Dewane attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned a degree in Social Sciences. He then earned a Master’s Degree in International Administration from The American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering the seminary, he worked for the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in Moscow, Russia, and then for a subsidiary of PepsiCo in New York City. Bishop Dewane began his studies for the priesthood at Notre Dame University., where he completed one year of philosophy. He then studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. While in Rome, he also completed advanced studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. On July 16, 1988, Bishop Dewane was ordained to the priesthood and appointed to the Diocese of Green Bay as assistant pastor. Bishop Dewane was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 as the second Bishop of the Diocese of Venice. He currently serves on the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” the USCCB National Catholic Rural Life Committee, the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace.