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June 27, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 18






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Clergy announcements

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following clergy appointments of the newly ordained priests, effective July 1:

  • Rev. Eric Ayers, to be parochial vicar of the cluster of St. Joseph Parish, Hampton; St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Fort Monroe, and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Newport News, with residence at the St. Vincent’s rectory.

  • Rev. Brian Capuano, to be parochial vicar at St. Bridget Parish, Richmond.

In other clergy announcements:

  • Rev. Charles Brickner has officially retired as pastor of St. Joseph, Woodlawn; All Saints, Floyd, and Risen Lord, Stuart. He will remain in the Woodlawn rectory and provide for the sacramental needs of all three communities.

  • Rev. Mr. Nicholas Mammi, permanent deacon at these three parishes, is appointed full-time Senior Pastoral Associate and is responsible for the administration and pastoral care.

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photo: scout troop with flagsScouts honor Veterans on Memorial Day

Members of Cub Scout Pack 436 of St. Bridget Church, Richmond, recently placed American flags on the graves of more than 700 Veterans at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond as a patriotic thank you on Memorial Day.

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photo: Hurley volunteersHurley volunteers

The annual Lynchburg Catholic Faith Community Appalachian Workweek took place June 13–17 at Hurley, located in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Hurley is a former coal mining community that has suffered economic loss as a result of many mine closings. Eleven students from Holy Cross School in Lynchburg participated in the annual mission along with seven former students of Holy Cross and parishioners from Holy Cross, St. Thomas More, also in Lynchburg; St. Francis of Assisi, Amherst, Holy Name of Mary, Bedford, and St. Victoria, Hurt.

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BeFriender training set July 19-22 at Pastoral Center

The diocesan Office of Justice and Peace will sponsor a training workshop for the BeFriender Ministry Tuesday through Friday, July 19-22, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Richmond.

The training will be for leaders who want to work one-on-one with an individual who normally has asked that he or she have a “friend” who will provide a listening ear and “be there” on a regular basis.

The small size of this interactive workshop will allow leaders to address the specific needs and questions of participants.

A certified trainer from the BeFriender Ministry National Office will be the workshop leader.

For registration or additional information, visit the website or call the national office at 1-866-468-8708.

For other information on this pastoral care ministry in the Diocese of Richmond or to find out about local parishes that are participating, contact Justin Myers of OJP at 804-545-5974 or Justin,

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photo: child on bikeCyclist raise money for Haiti

Twenty children in the Christian Formation program at Our Lady of Nazareth Parish in Roanoke donned helmets and mounted their bicycles and tricycles June 4 and raised more than $1,000 for Papaye Normale School in Haiti. The event was an initiative of the children themselves, explained parish Minister of Christian Formation Raina Lewis. “They were so hooked in by news of the earthquake last year and then in last summer’s faith camp all their scriptures were about how we are all connected, so they wanted to do something for the people of Haiti.”white space

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Diocese thanked for gifts to Peter’s Pence collection

People of the Diocese of Richmond contributed a total of $118,743 to the annual Peter’s Pence collection for the support of the works of Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo received a letter from Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, thanking him for the check sent by the diocese.

“Such a gesture has not only a practical value, but also a strong symbolic one, as a sign of communion with the Pope and attention to the needs of one’s brothers, and therefore your service and that of your faithful possesses a refined ecclesial character,” Archbishop Sambi wrote.

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Fr. Adrian named Prior of Benedictine abbey

Father Adrian Harmening, a Benedictine monk who will be retiring July 1 as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Richmond, has been named Prior of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in Goochland County.

He succeeded Father Gregory Gresko, previous Prior, on June 17.

Father Gregory asked to be relieved of his duties as Prior to allow more time to focus on doctoral studies.

The monks of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey have administrative responsibility of Benedictine High School in Richmond. The school previously announced plans to move the 100-year-old school from its current location in Richmond’s Museum District to the grounds of the abbey in September 2012.

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Sr. Mary Paula elected superior of Visitations

Sister Mary Paula Zemienieuski, a professed Sister of the Visitation at Monte Maria Monastery in Rockville, has been elected mother superior of the cloistered community.

She succeeds Mother Mary Emmanuel Stahl. She was elected to the three-year term by members of the community on June 2. Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, diocesan Vicar for Clergy, was designated the delegate by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo to oversee the election.

Mother Mary Paula, who grew up in Portsmouth, previously served as superior 10 years ago.

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Sr. Mary Immaculata IHM, former principal dies

Sister Mary Immaculata Robertson, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who was principal of St. Pius X School in Norfolk from 1977 to 1983, died May 13 at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. She was 77.

Born in Philadelphia, Sister entered the religious community in 1953 and professed her first vows in 1955.

She received her B.A. degree from Immaculata College and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

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