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June 11, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 16

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Clergy appointments

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

  • Rev. Joseph F. Goldsmith, newly ordained, to be parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament, Harrisonburg.

  • Rev. Christopher M. Hess, newly ordained, to be parochial vicar for the Portsmouth Cluster (St. Paul, Holy Angels, and Resurrection, Portsmouth, and St. Mary’s, Bowers Hill, Chesapeake).

  • Rev. Carlos H. Lerma, newly ordained, to be parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News.

  • Rev. Sean M. Prince, newly ordained, to be parochial vicar at St. Bede’s, Williamsburg, and chaplain for Catholic Campus Ministry at the College of William and Mary.

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photo: Sister M. Francis Rose RuppertSr. Francis Rose, who taught in Norfolk, dies

Sister M. Francis Rose Ruppert, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Cross who previously taught at the former Norfolk Catholic High School and Holy Trinity School in Norfolk, died May 22 in Notre Dame, Ind. She was 101 and would have been 102 on June 18.

Born as Norma Mary Ruppert, Sister was born in Washington, D.C. one of eight children, all of whom have predeceased her. She made her final religious profession Jan. 6, 1931. In her 81 years of professed religious life, she spent more than 50 years as a teacher.

She taught at Holy Trinity in 1940-1941 and later at Norfolk Catholic from 1952 to 1963.

In 1978 she fulfilled a goal to be a missionary when she went to Bangladesh. She then wrote in her diary she was “a late bloomer.”

When Sister Francis Rose retired from active ministry in 1997, she moved to St. Mary’s at Notre Dame where she was involved in the ministry of prayer, retreat work and spiritual direction. She was a prayer partner with many to whom she had ministered.

The funeral Mass was held May 30 at Church of Our Lady of Loretto of St. Mary’s in Notre Dame.

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photo: from left, Sister Sharon Rose, Sister Mary Gianna, Sister Mary Amata, principal, and Sister Maris Stella.Dominican sister gets USCCB post

Nashville Dominican sisters who help staff St. Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton are, from left, Sister Sharon Rose, Sister Mary Gianna, Sister Mary Amata, principal, and Sister Maris Stella. They are seen here at the June 2 ordination of four priests at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. (PHOTO BY STEVE NEILL)

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African Mass set June 16 at Holy Rosary

“Come to the Father’s House” will be the theme of the first African Mass in the Diocese of Richmond to be celebrated on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Richmond. All are invited.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, who will be present, has invited all priests from Africa serving in the diocese to participate in the liturgy which will be in Swahili. Father Silvio Kaberia, pastor of St. Luke Church in Virginia Beach, will preside.

The event is being sponsored by the diocesan Office for Black Catholics.

For more information, contact Pam Harris, Office for Black Catholics, (804) 622-5104 or email parris@richmonddiocese.org.

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SNFP Marquette Method training set for western region

The Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry is looking for interested candidates from the Western Vicariate for Marquette Method NFP Instructor Training.

A candidate needs to be a health care professional (RN, NP, PA, or MD), and willing to complete one semester of online coursework and then a supervised preceptorship.

For information on the Marquette Method, see http://nfp.marquette.edu/. Those interested in beginning this training in August are asked to email the Diocesan NFP Coordinator, Karen D. Poehailos, M.D. at nfp.richmonddiocese@gmail.com.

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photo: Students at St. Gregory the Great School in Virginia Beach painting muralCollaborative mural

Students at St. Gregory the Great School in Virginia Beach volunteered to pay $1 apiece to paint a collaborative mural of the well known “Tap-Tap” truck in Haiti during the annual Festival of the Arts held at the school May 3. The students’ donations raised $100 to help The Chapel School of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in the village of Bonabite in the Diocese of Hinche, with which they have a twinning relationship.

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photo: From left, front row, are Nick Molnar, Andrew Dunstan, Michael Puchalski, Matthew Balcells. Middle row, Ms. Shellie Bentz, Ellie O’Connor, Rebecca Sutphin, Samantha Furgason, Olivia Graziano, Paige Horn, Anna Marie Lewis, Grace Barrett-Johnson, Annette Joseph, Elizabeth Viglione, and Back row, Jasmine Furin, Maddie Moore, Juliet Sanusi, Kate Walz, Elaine Graziano, Hunter Tyler, Shannon Barrett-Johnson and Ayanna Scott.Bella Voce preformance

Bella Voce, the competitive choir at Charlottesville Catholic School, performed at the International Heritage Festival Competition recently in Washington. They were the youngest group (the only middle school out of all high schools) at the competition and received a judge’s score of 97 out of 100, a Gold plaque, the Adjudicator’s Award, and the Outstanding Choral Group Award. From left, front row, are Nick Molnar, Andrew Dunstan, Michael Puchalski, Matthew Balcells. Middle row, Ms. Shellie Bentz, Ellie O’Connor, Rebecca Sutphin, Samantha Furgason, Olivia Graziano, Paige Horn, Anna Marie Lewis, Grace Barrett-Johnson, Annette Joseph, Elizabeth Viglione, and Back row, Jasmine Furin, Maddie Moore, Juliet Sanusi, Kate Walz, Elaine Graziano, Hunter Tyler, Shannon Barrett-Johnson and Ayanna Scott.

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photo: Students at Holy Cross Catholic School in Lynchburg are shown in cast photoBeauty and the Beast performed

Students at Holy Cross Catholic School in Lynchburg are shown in cast photo from their recent production of “Beauty and the Beast” under the direction of faculty member Ann Shenigo. The two performances were held at the Dillard Theater at Lynchburg College May 25-26.

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photo: from right: shown with cross are David Wall, Angelyn Poe and Father David Stanfill, Way of the cross

This oversize wooden cross, draped in red for Pentecost celebrated May 27 at Holy Rosary Church in Richmond, was made by David Wall, right. With him are Father David Stanfill, pastor, and Angelyn Poe, chair of the parish’s arts and environment ministry.

photo: Mr. Wall points to the oversize nails used to symbolize Christ’s crucifixionMr. Wall crafted the cross from cedar at the request of Father Stanfill who had asked that it be rustic in appearance and have an old look to it. The cross was first used this year and draped in purple during Lent and draped in white at Easter. In the smaller photo, Mr. Wall points to the oversize nails used to symbolize Christ’s crucifixion.

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photo: from left: Sean McConnell, Brother Vincent Yeager and Brother Samuel DevineThree welcomed to the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars

Three men were welcomed into the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Loretto, PA, May 25 by Very Reverend Nicholas Polichnowski, T.O.R., Minister Provincial. They include Sean McConnell, son of Thomas and Lisa McConnell of Chesapeake, center. Brother Sean is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The others are Brother Vincent Yeager, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, left, and Brother Samuel Devine, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, right.

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