|March 19, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 10|
Debate on women’s rights set March 20 at VCU
Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, will be among four members of a panel about women’s rights on Tuesday, March 20, at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The topic “Costly Coverage: Religious Freedom and Reproductive Rights in the Birth Control Debate” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the VCU Student Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Ave.
Other panelists will be William H. Hurd, partner with the law firm of Troutman Sanders and adjunct professor of George Mason University Law School; Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan of Virginia’s 71st District, and Karen Raschke, retired attorney and lobbyist with Planned Parenthood.
The event is co-sponsored by the First Freedom Center, the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, and made possible by the financial support of Bon Secours Richmond Foundation.
Moderators will be Randolph Bell, President, First Freedom Center, and Dr. Isabelle Richman, faculty associate, VCU Religious Studies Program.
The event is free and open to the public.
Sr. Patricia (St. Mark) Coatsworth dies; former Marymount principal
Sister Patricia (formerly known as Sister St. Mark) Coatsworth, a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary who served in the Diocese of Richmond, died March 1at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, N.Y. She was 82.
While she was known as Sister St. Mark, she was principal of the now closed Marymount School in Richmond from 1968 to 1974.
Patricia Coatsworth was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 9, 1929 to John and Julia Reilly Coatsworth.
She entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at Marymount in Tarrytown on September 8, 1947, then made her first vows on April 25, 1949. She made her final vows in Tarrytown on August 29, 1954.
After she left Marymount School in Richmond in 1974, Sister taught at Marymount School in Umtali, Zimbabwe for a year from 1975 to 1976.
When she returned to the United States, Sister St. Mark began a new ministry in the field of health care. After doing medical research at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, and studying at King’s Daughters Hospital in Staunton, she moved to Virginia Beach.
She served as a medical technologist at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, from 1980 to 1992. She also taught at the Beach Health Clinic and did home nursing with Kimberly Quality Care and Women’s Health Care of Virginia Beach from 1992 to 2000.
She moved to Marymount Convent in Tarrytown in 2000. It was during her time at Marymount Convent that she changed from her religious name, Sister St. Mark, back to her baptismal name, Sister Patricia. She was a member of the Marymount Convent community at the time of her death.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 6, with burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery in White Plains.
The formal dedication of the Father Richard Dollard Memorial Garden at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Tappahannock took place March 3, marking the 14th anniversary of the former pastor’s death. Father Dollard was pastor of the Tappahannock parish from 1992 to 1998 when he died from pneumonia. From left are Bill Jester, chair of the Father Dollard Memorial Garden Committee; Robbie Shackleford (with head bowed) of Home & Turf Inc., the architect; Father Jonathan Goertz, pastor of St. Timothy’s; Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan, a close personal friend of Father Dollard, and servers Joe Swonk and Bill Haines. The Rev. S. Roy Foster, pastor of Upper Essex Baptist Church and president of the Essex County Ministerial Association, spoke at the dedication. The dedication was preceded by the Rosary and a Memorial Mass in the church. The garden will include a fountain, statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lighting, irrigation, landscaping and a brick walkway with more than 200 memorial bricks. (PHOTO BY JAMES BONHAUS)
Pastoral Center Chapel
A reproduction of a Greek icon which shows the betrayal of Jesus by Judas is displayed in the chapel of the Diocesan Pastoral Center next to the holy water font during Lent. In the lower righthand corner of the icon Peter is seen cutting off the ear of a man. Mass is normally held at noon when the Pastoral Center offices are open.
One of 250 Peace Poles: Students of different nationalities at St. Edward-Epiphany School in Richmond recently participated in the School’s Peace Pole ceremony as part of Catholic Schools Week. Father James Glass, parochial vicar, and Dr. David Urban, a teacher at St. Edward-Epiphany, assisted students in the placement of the pole in the School’s garden, to remind them of our call to be people of peace.
Memorial service held
A memorial service was held to remember clients of Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia who died over the past year and were involved in Catholic Charities’ senior care programs, including guardianship, life coach and respite. About 20 people attended Mass at the Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach. From left are Kathryn Bennett, Director of Community Relations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Health Center, Virginia Beach; Catholic Charities Chief Operating Officer Chris Tan; Father Charles Breindel, pastor of Ascension who presided at Mass, and Kim Walker, Catholic Charities Director of Adult and Senior Services.
Stations of the Cross
The Well Retreat Center in Smithfield recently placed the
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