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March 7, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 10






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Annual Haiti Gathering set March 26 at St. Edward’s

“Rebuilding Hope with Relationship and Resiliency” will be the theme of the Annual Haiti Gathering to be held on Saturday, March 26, at St. Edward Church in Richmond.

The event, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace and the Haitian Ministries Commission, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Daniel Tillias, a native of Haiti who has been director of Pax Christi Haiti Program Development since 1995, will be the keynote speaker.

After the earthquake in January 2010, Daniel mobilized the youth of Cite Soleil, one of the poorest sections of Port-au-Prince, to join relief efforts.

Dressed in their soccer uniforms, Daniel’s team became one of the recognized relief groups in Port-au-Prince.

Workshops will include Twinning and Spirituality, Strengthening Haiti through Advocacy, Sustainable Development, Culture of Haiti, Haitian Education Fund, Health Care and Water Projects.

Registration in advance is $25 or $30 at the door. The registration fee includes program, lunch and materials.

To register in advance, send name and address along with the $25 registration fee (for each person) with check made payable to Commonwealth Catholic Charities and memo “Annual Haiti Gathering.” They should be sent at least a week in advance to: Office of Justice and Peace, 1512 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230.

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Europe’s religious crisis to be topic of lecture for WFS-VCU Chair

“Christianity, Islam and Europe’s Religious Crisis” will be the subject of the next lecture of the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Philip Jenkins, professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, will present the lecture on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the VCU Student Commons Theater.

Dr. Jenkins, who is also Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, says his major current interests include the study of global Christianity, past and present; new and emerging religious movements, and 20th century U.S. history, chiefly post-1975.

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Anniversaries set for Msgr. Kelly, Bp. DiLorenzo

A Mass in memory of Msgr. Charles Kelly on the 10th anniversary of his funeral, held March 13, 2001 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Richmond on Sunday, March 13, at 9 a.m. It will be followed by refreshments in the Commons.

Msgr. Kelly was a former pastor of St. Mary’s, Campus Minister at William and Mary, Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and Vicar of Vocations. He died at age 58. He had also served as assistant rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Tuesday, March 8, will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo.

Bishop DiLorenzo, who was installed as 12th Bishop of Richmond on May 24, 2004, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia May 18, 1968 and consecrated an auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, Pa. on March 8, 1988.

He was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Honolulu Oct. 12, 1993 and was installed as Bishop of Honolulu Nov. 29, 1994.

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Special Needs Health Forum set March 13 at St. Mary’s, Richmond

A Special Needs Health Forum will be held Sunday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the lower commons of St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd., Richmond.

The forum will ask: “What is it like for Latino and African American parents to find quality health care for their children with special health care needs?” and “How can we respond with more cultural sensitivity?”

The presentation and group exercise about these topics will be handled by Maria Isabel Frangenberg and the Partnership for People with Disabilities, and the St. Mary’s Parish Nurse Ministry.

Lunch will be provided. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Oxenreider at 740-4044, ext 11.

This event is intended for health care providers, educators, and families with a child with a special health care need.

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Clergy appointment

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following clergy appointment, effective immediately:

  • Rev. Walter G. Lewis has been appointed Pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, Powhatan.

  • Rev. James E. Gallagher has been appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Peace in Appomattox and St. Victoria in Hurt.

Both priests previously had been administrators of their respective parishes.

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New Ministry Institute offers degree courses for laity

The diocese’s new Lay Eccesial Ministry Institute is seen as an opportunity for parish catechetical and youth ministry leaders to earn a degree or certificate of study in religion or theology by working from their own home.

“Besides making lay formation accessible, our goal is to make it affordable,” said Bernadette Harris, Associate Director for Christian Formation, in a letter sent Feb. 18 to all pastors of the diocese.

The Office of Catholic Education and the Office of Christian Formation have entered into a partnership with St. Leo’s University which will begin this fall.

It is open to men and women who are directors or coordinators of religious education, youth ministers, adult faith formation coordinators and campus ministers — all of whom are called lay ecclesial ministers. Funds allowing this reduced cost come from the 2010 Annual Diocesan Appeal.

Participants can undertake a course of study at a significantly subsidized tuition cost.

“We’ll give participants in the new Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute $300 toward each graduate course and $200 toward each undergraduate course,” Mrs. Harris told The Catholic Virginian. “Lay leaders can save up to thousands of dollars on their education.”

The new program follows the model of the permanent diaconate program in which St. Leo’s University provides courses to the deacon aspirants.

The program also continues a partnership with the University of Dayton in which lay leaders can obtain certificates of study in Catechesis, Adult Faith Formation, Leadership Ministry and Youth Ministry.

Pastors are urged to encourage catechetical and youth ministry leaders to enroll in the program. The application deadline is May 2 and acceptance is limited, Mrs. Harris said.

Those who apply by April 1 and are accepted will receive the first course free, a value of up to $764.

For more information, contact Bernadette Harris at 804-622-5157 or the email address

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photo of serviceEcumenical Taize Service

Parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington took part in an ecumenical Taize service Feb. 23. Members of both church choirs served as leaders of sung prayer. Luci Majikas and Daniel Brinson, St. Patrick’s and R. E. Lee Memorial’s music directors, respectively, collaborated. (PHOTO BY JENNIFER LAW YOUNG)

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photo of marriage baordMarriage board

Married couples of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Newport News were invited to submit a photo of themselves at their wedding to be posted on a board in the parish commons to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. They also were invited to renew their vows at the church. A Sweetheart Dance and dinner were held in St. Michael Hall at which Father Ken Wood, pastor, led all those there in a blessing before the meal. Of those attending, 13 couples had been married 50 years or more.

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photo of the scouts of our lady of mount carmelScouting Community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

The Scouting Community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News recently held a Scout Sunday Mass to recognize 48 Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts who earned their Religious Emblems through the completion of various programs designed to strengthen their understanding and practice of their faith and Scouting ideals. Thirteen Girl Scouts were awarded the Family of God religious emblem; nine Girl Scouts were awarded the Saint Agnes religious emblem; and three Girl Scouts were awarded the I am Special religious emblem. Twelve Cub Scouts were awarded the Light of Christ religious emblem; five Cub Scouts were awarded the Parvuli Dei religious emblem; and six
Boy Scouts were awarded the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem.

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photo: From left, front row, are Lauren Weeda, Church of the Epiphany; Helen Therese Smith, St. Ann, Ashland; M. Susan Bucher, St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach; Michele Bolton, St. Bede, Williamsburg; Bishop DiLorenzo; Melody Smith, Prince of Peace, Chesapeake; Annette Murphy, St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News; Francie Golden, St. Nicholas, Virginia Beach, and Nadine McGrady, Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake. Back row, same order, are Brendan McSheehy, Jr., St. Anne, Bristol; Clark S. Olsen, Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk; Jennie Frydrychowski, St. Edward, Richmond; Denise Diver, St. Luke, Virginia Beach; Kathi-jean Dors, Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond; Jodi Stambaugh, Church of the Good Shepherd, Smithfield; Patricia Trail, St. Luke; Anthony M. Duncan, Christ the King, Norfolk; Douglass W. Dewing, St. Peter, Richmond.Encounter with Christ weekend retreat

“Come to the Water” was the theme of the recent Encounter with Christ weekend retreat for college students and campus ministers from the Diocese of Richmond held at Camp Bethel in Fincastle. The framework consists of talks dealing with issues that are basic to the understanding of oneself, other people, and God from a college student’s perspective. EWC is open to students of all Christian faiths, but it is a retreat experience with a Catholic identity and is directed by a team of college students with support from lay men and women, religious and priests. There will be another EWC the weekend of March 24-27. For more information, go to

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photo of home schoolers in StauntonHome schoolers in Staunton

Below the diocesan Office of Vocations and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Staunton co-sponsored a Home School Mass and Supper for Vocations on Feb. 23. Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations, presided and Father Burt Sare, pastor of the parish, was on the altar. The liturgy was meant to strengthen vocational awareness among Home School families in the diocese, Father Boehling said.

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