|July 9, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 18|
Sister Patricia Eck, of Bon Secours, receives honorary doctorate
Sister Patricia Eck, Congregation Leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours worldwide, received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Scranton after presenting the commencement address to 888 graduates at the Pennsylvania University on Pentecost Sunday, May 27.
Nursing graduates made up the largest group at the commencement and Sister Pat received spontaneous applause during her address when she noted that her background and overall mission is as a nurse and healer.
In addition to her leadership role with the Sisters of Bon Secours, she is also the chair of Bon Secours Inc. and Bon Secours Ministries board of directors, the sponsor for the Bon Secours Health System.
Sister Pat, who grew up in Richmond at St. Bridget Parish, has a master’s degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in nursing from Catholic University of America, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Three new seminarians who were accepted by the diocese’s priestly formation program participated in the African Mass held June 16 at Holy Rosary Church in Richmond and later joined with Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations, for a photo op.
From left are Father Boehling, Thomas Keys, of St. Bridget Parish, Richmond, who will attend Sacred Heart Seminary in Wisconsin this fall; Bishop DiLorenzo, Henry Ayakwa, who grew up in Ghana and will attend St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore this fall, and Omar Valmond, a member of Holy Rosary who will also attend St. Mary’s Seminary and University.
The new seminarians now join four other men who previously had been accepted into the priestly formation program in the spring for a total of seven new seminarians.
Father Lee Guarnieri, a retired priest who previously served as pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in West Point and St. Therese in Gloucester, contacted The Catholic Virginian to say that his name had been omitted from the list of priests celebrating significant milestone years of ordination. He celebrated his 35th anniversary of ordination in June.
Father Guarnieri was ordained a priest of the Holy Cross Fathers on June 4, 1977 in South Easton, Mass. and later entered the U.S. Navy as a chaplain in 1992. He came to the Diocese of Richmond in 1992 (after having been a priest for 20 years) and was incardinated into the diocese Oct. 31, 1994. He retired from active ministry Dec. 1, 2009 and is now living in Texas.
Latin Enrollment Institute at Notre Dame University
A group of Catholic school personnel including principals, administrative assistants, teachers and board members attended the Latin Enrollment Institute at Notre Dame University June 28-July 2. The Institute was directed by Holy Cross Father Joseph Corpora as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education(ACE). The mission of the Institute was to educate school staff on how to increase enrollment of schools by bringing Latino families into Catholic School Systems. From left are Belinda Astrop, administrative assistant of St. Joseph School, Petersburg; Kira Kania, new principal of Sacred Heart School, Danville; Pamela Hartnett, principal of St. Joseph’s School; and Mary Jane Coble and Amanda Esparza, both of Sacred Heart School.
The name of one of the three children mentioned in a caption for the article on the Polish Mass in the June 25 article was incorrect. The correct name is Julia Frances Acker.
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