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December 12, 2011 | Volume 87, Number 3






– Necrology


William Mulvihill, K of C state leader, dies

William Matthew “Bill” Mulvihill, a longtime leader of the Virginia State Council of the Knights of Columbus, died Nov. 28 in Richmond. He was 74.

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, he received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Commonwealth Catholic Charities in April of this year. Mr. Mulvihill, who was born and reared in Pennsylvania, joined the Knights of Columbus in California and later became active again after he moved to Richmond. He was State Deputy from 1995 to 1996. He later became the Master of the 4th Degree for the State of Virginia, Vice Supreme Master for the Calvert Province of the 4th Degree and then a Regional Consultant for the Supreme Council in New Haven, Conn.

For many years he was the contact for people wishing to travel from Richmond by bus for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Knights of Columbus provided bus transportation for those who wished to participate in the anti-abortion rally.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane, three daughters and a son, and grandchildren.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo presided at Mass of Christian Burial Dec. 2 at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Richmond.

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photo: from left, Father Shay Auerbach, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish; Mary Wickham, director of the Sacred Heart Center, and Anibal Gomez Toledo, Mexican Consul in Washington, D.C.Sacred Heart Center opens Plaza Comunitaria

Sacred Heart Center in Richmond opened its Plaza Comunitaria, a new literacy center for Spanish speakers, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 2. Plaza Comunitaria, offered in collaboration with the Mexican Consul in Washington and INEA, the Mexican Institute for Adult Education, provides a personalized curriculum for learning the alphabet through completion of primary and secondary school. Among those at the ceremony were, from left, Father Shay Auerbach, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish; Mary Wickham, director of the Sacred Heart Center, and Anibal Gomez Toledo, Mexican Consul in Washington, D.C. The first classes have started with 10 students and a team of three volunteer instructors.

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photo: father lane stands at the altar in the Magna Mater Hungarium ChapelMsgr. Lane at Magna Mater Hungarium Chapel in Rome

Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, diocesan Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy, stands at the altar in the Magna Mater Hungarium Chapel in Rome just before Mass during a recent pilgrimage to Italy in which he served as spiritual director. The art work in the chapel depicts King Stephen of Hungary offering his crown. In the back are Deacons Richard Nees, of St. Mary’s, Lovingston, left, and Robert Griffin, of Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond.

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Jubilee House, Abingdon, seeks ecumenical advisors

Jubilee House Retreat Center in Abingdon is seeking two new members for its Ecumenical Advisory Council.

Those interested are asked to call 276-619-0919 or email:

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photo: Michael Mason at award ceremonyJohns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth honoree named

Michael Mason, a fourth grade student from St. Michael School in Richmond, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The Center honored Michael, a participant in the 2011 CTY Talent Search, for his exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second through eighth grade students. Michael was one of more than 50,000 students worldwide who participated in this year’s CTY Talent Search. Because of the difficulty of the tests, only 25 to 30 percent of students who participated earned an invitation to a CTY’s Awards Ceremony where they are individually honored for their academic performance and potential.

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photo: white and blue porcelain nativity set“No Room at the Inn” exhibit

The Nativity set crafted in white and blue porcelain was on loan at the “No Room at the Inn” exhibit at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Dec. 2-4, from Brad and Tammy Mason, members of Redeemer. Mr. Mason said he purchased the Nativity set, made in China, at an auction either in San Francisco or Illinois while on business travel. The annual exhibit at Redeemer, which features numerous Nativity sets, is a fundraising event to help victims of domestic violence, the homeless through Richmond’s CARITAS program, and a project in Haiti. (PHOTO BY DENISE RYAN)

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photo: From left are Brigadier General John Uberti, Lt. Chico-Lugo and his parents, Henry and Isabel Chico of WilliamsburgPurple Heart

U.S. Army officer Rafael Chico-Lugo was recently promoted to First Lieutenant and awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in Afghanistan on September 16 when he lost the lower part of his left leg. From left are Brigadier General John Uberti, Lt. Chico-Lugo and his parents, Henry and Isabel Chico of Williamsburg. The Chicos are parishioners of St. Bede Catholic church in Williamsburg. Mr. Chico is a member of Knights of Columbus Father Rizer Council 6828 of Williamsburg. The presentation was made Nov. 7 at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

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‘Living with Human Dignity’

‘Living with Human Dignity’ is set Jan. 8 in Richmond Our Lady of Lourdes church, at 8200 Woodman Road in the Lakeside area of Richmond, will sponsor a presentation entitled “Living with Human Dignity” on Sunday, January 8, at 1 p.m. Sister Terese Auer, a member of theDominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, will examine why the human person has such an exalted dignity.

Using Pope John Paul II’s explanation from Love and Responsibility, Sister Terese will explore how the human person differs radically from all other earthly creatures. In view of that difference, then, she will talk about the call to be in loving relation with other persons — both human and Divine. A key feature of this presentation will be its investigation into the role our emotions play in genuinely loving others.

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