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July 11, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 19






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photo: photo of exhibit displayExhibit at Cathedral to focus on Civil War

“Let Thy Will Be Done: Catholic Chaplains and the Daughters of Charity in Civil War Richmond,” will be the theme of an exhibit at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart which is the site of the Virginia Catholic History Museum.

The exhibit, housed in the Cathedral crypt, will highlight the ministry that Catholic chaplains and the Daughters of Charity provided to soldiers in hospitals and on the battlefield.

This exhibit, part of a community-wide commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, will feature a chaplain’s “tent Mass” scene and recreation of a wartime hospital room.

The exhibit will be open to the public following each Sunday morning Mass from July 31 through September 11. After this date, it will be open by appointment only.

There is no charge for admission. To schedule a guided group tour, call 804-359-5651.

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shortakes submission informationMen’s discussion group

A new men’s book discussion group will meet at Mary Mother of the Church Benedictine Abbey in Richmond on Friday nights at 7 with the first meeting July 15. The group will begin with Compline (Night Prayer) with the Benedictine monks. The inaugural book is “Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body” by Carl Anderson and Jose Granados, with discussion led by Father Gregory Gresko, OSB. Books may be purchased at The Abbey Gift Shop, The Religious Goods Shop, or The Church Mouse Books and Liturgical Supply. Visitors are asked to read the first two chapters for the first meeting. For further information or to RSVP, email Dan Bloss at

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Invitation from Fr. Renninger

”Listen to the Lord: Exploring Some Catholic Ways to Pray” will be the theme of summer series led by Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Richmond, on Wednesday nights at 7 or Thursday mornings at 9:45* beginning July 13-14 and concluding Aug. 3-4. 

Father Renninger will explore the history, method and practice of four great “Catholic Ways to Pray,” including 1) Lectio Divina (i.e., prayerful reading of the Scriptures), 2) The Rosary, 3) Prayer in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, 4) Prayer in the Presence of Icons and Spiritual Images.

For more information, contact St. Mary’s Church at 804-740-4044.

*NOTE: This is a correction from the print edition of The Catholic Virginian which listed the as 8:45 instead of 9:45. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused.

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Spiritual Direction

The Spiritual Direction Academy of Hampton Roads will be holding a “Come and See” information seminar on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. until noon for those interested in obtaining information about becoming a Spiritual Director. Please call for more information and RSVP to Dr. Donna Pacheco at 757-471-0683 or email her at

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One-act play

A staged reading of “John in Ephesus,” a new one-act play by local playwright Mary Kay Williams, will be performed on Friday, July 29, at 3 and 7:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Nazareth Church in Roanoke.

Set on a mountain near Ephesus, 30 years after the death of Jesus, the play follows a young Greek fisherman searching for truth as he visits John the Apostle and discovers how death and time were transformed at Golgotha with universal consequences.

No tickets or reservations are required for the performance at OLN.

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Silent directed retreat

Metanoia: A 6-Day Silent Directed Retreat will be held August 7-12 at The Well Retreat Center in Smithfield. Come away from life’s routine to rest, relax, reflect, and pray to refresh your love relationship with God, neighbor and self. For details call Linda Ashe at The Well, 757-255-2366, or email

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