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April 4, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 12






– Necrology


Bishop resting at home, reduces schedule

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo is following a reduced schedule the first part of April on the advice of his doctors and is resting at home. He was ill for several days in late March.

He is feeling much better and is expected to return to his office at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in a few more days.

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Lisa Draucker, CYAM staffer, dies

Alysia (Lisa) Draucker, who was administrative assistant with the diocesan Office of Campus and Young Adult Ministry since July 1997, died March 27 after a brief illness. She was 58 and was a member of St. Edward Parish in Richmond.

She is survived by her husband, Gerard (Jerry), four sons, Jason, Adam, Kyle and Michael, and several grandchildren.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church. The liturgy will be preceded by visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. in the chapel.

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Fr. Henry Harper, Josephite who served in Norfolk parish, dies

Father Henry Harper, a Josephite priest who served at two parishes in the Diocese of Richmond in the early 1970s, died March 29 in Baltimore after complications from a fall. He was 86.

Father Harper was associate pastor at St. Mary Church, now the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk in 1971. He was then named pastor of St. Joseph Church in Alexandria in 1973 when it was part of the Diocese of Richmond.

While in Norfolk he was honored by the NAACP of Norfolk.

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photo: retreat participants‘Lean into Lent’

Parish leaders and youth ministry volunteers along with Catholic School educators attended the recent annual Diocesan “Lean Into Lent” Youth Workers Retreat sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry. The yearly retreat at Roslyn Conference Center in Richmond provides an opportunity for adults who work with youth to grow spiritually in preparation for Lent. This year the retreat was hosted by Joan Root (former Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry from the Diocese of Lexington, KY) and Father Norman Fischer (priest of the Diocese of Lexington, KY).

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Clergy appointment

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

  • Rev. Mark White, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, parochial vicar for Francis of Assisi Parish, Rocky Mount

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Jerre Burke, lay leader of St. Nicholas, dies

Jerre Burke, pastoral associate of St. Nicholas Parish in Virginia Beach, died March 28 after a three-year illness with pancreatic cancer.

Her involvement at St. Nicholas began when she began as a volunteer catechist. She then became director of Christian Formation and later served as pastoral associate until her death.

“She was also active in the Eastern Vicariate through Christian formation in addition to justice and peace work,” said Msgr. Raymond Barton, pastor of St. Nicholas. “Her ministry spanned almost 30 years.”

She is survived by her husband, Ted, and their son Terry and his wife, Melissa; daughter Kathy and her husband, Tim and son Tim; and two sisters, Joene and Jaylene.

Mass of Christian Burial was April 1 at St. Nicholas.

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Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo will be part of a seminar panel studying the legal, spiritual and medical dimensions of end of life decisions for seniors and their families on Sunday, April 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Benedictine High School gymnasium in Richmond.

The seminar is entitled “Faith, Law and Medicine” and will be sponsored by St. Benedict Parish Knights of Columbus Council 11533. The event will feature a meal served by the Knights.

In addition to Bishop DiLorenzo, the panel will include Gray Jennings, a St. Benedict parishioner and lawyer who will speak about a living will and “the will to live,” and Dr. Therese Duane, a trauma surgeon at Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia, who will speak on end of life decisions and the Catholic faith.

Dr. John Seeds, an ob-gyn physician who is also a St. Benedict parishioner, will be moderator of the seminar.

The seminar fee, which will include dinner, is $15. Those interested can reserve a place by going to the St. Benedict Parish website and click on “Electronic Donations” and follow instructions, or contact the parish office at 804-254-8810 for assistance.

All proceeds will benefit Richmond’s Pregnancy Resource Center, a ministry that offers alternatives to abortion.

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photo: left ot right: Gregg Marino, Sylvia Chapa and Msgr. R. Francis MuenchNational Pastoral Musicians preform

The newly formed Richmond chapter Of National Pastoral Musicians presented “The Organ: from Wurlitzer to Worship-Music as Essential to Worship vs. Entertainment for the Masses” at Blessed Sacrament Church in Norfolk. Approximately 20 music ministers, cantors, and others came to hear Msgr. R. Francis Muench, Judicial Vicar and the diocese’s Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate, at right, describe the history and the passion behind the use of the organ in liturgy. With him in photo are Gregg Marino, music director and administrative assistant at Blessed Sacrament, and Sylvia Chapa, music minister at St. Nicholas, Virginia Beach. For more information on the NPM Richmond Chapter events, visit the website

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photo:  Steve Neill, Editor of The Catholic Virginian,  stands with Bishop Francis X.  DiLorenzo at  the Pastoral Center’s anniversary luncheon  honoring  employees for milestone  anniversaries in 2011.Home again

Lucia Jordan, the first administrator of the diocese’s St. Francis Home in Richmond and who worked at the residential home for seniors until 2003, celebrates her recent return to the home where she is now a resident at a celebration in her honor March 17. Ms. Jordan, a native of Colombia, served as administrator of St. Francis Home from 1973 to 1984 when she was succeeded by Bill Vesey as the home expanded its operation. She then became the home’s activities director. “She has really brought a great deal of energy to the home and is very interactive with the other residents,” said Mike Pyle, current executive director of St. Francis.

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