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October 15, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 25


Priests’ Convocation to be held Oct. 22-25 in Staunton

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo will gather with all priests serving in the Diocese of Richmond at the Priests’ Convocation to be held from Monday through Thursday, Oct. 22-25, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.

The group will gather on Monday night at 6 with dinner provided and served by St. Francis of Assisi Church in Staunton.

Bishop DiLorenzo will speak on the New Sacramental Guidelines on Tuesday morning following morning prayer.

Father Robert Schreiner, Chancellor of the Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota, will give four sessions on “The New Evangelization and the Year of Faith” on Tuesday, with two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Opening Mass honoring those priests new to the diocese will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Collonade Ballroom. Father Anthony Mpungu, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle at Lake Gaston and St. Richard’s in Emporia, will be the celebrant. Father Carlos Lerma, parochial vicar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News, will be the homilist.

Following dinner and evening prayer, there will be a roundtable discussion with Father Schreiner.

After Wednesday morning at leisure and lunch, Father G. Nicholas Rice, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, will speak at two sessions in the afternoon.

Father Rice, executive producer of “Mass of the Air,” a Sunday morning TV program with prayer and celebration for the sick, elderly and shut-ins, will speak on “Megatrends in the Church and their Local Implications.”

Bishop DiLorenzo will preside and preach at Mass for the Jubilarians among the priests on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, a few blocks from the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

Dinner will be at 7, followed by a Reconciliation service.

On Thursday morning, Sister Maureen P. Colleary, a Franciscan Sister of Peace of Haverstraw, NY, will speak at two sessions on programs available from Renew International and The Year of Faith.

Sister Maureen is currently involved with “Why Catholic?,” a process of Renew International which she has brought to Catholic communities on military bases throughout the world since 2006.

The Convocation will end after Mass celebrated on Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

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