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January 9, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 5






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OJP announces new series on Matthew 25

The Diocesan Office of Justice and Peace, in collaboration with Richmond area Parish Social Ministers, will present six monthly sessions beginning in January on the challenges of the great judgment parable of Matthew 25. The series will address the contemporary issues connected with the gospel’s words “Lord, when did we see you hungry, a stranger, sick, or in prison?”

The Matthew 25 series will be presented at six different Richmond area parishes, beginning on Jan. 18.

Following are the dates, topics, and sites for the series (all events begin at 7:00 pm):

  • Wednesday, January 18, “Justice in the Hebrew Scriptures,” Rabbi Ben Romer, at Church of the Redeemer.

  • Tuesday, February 21, “Life Matters,” Jay Brown, at St. Michael parish.

  • Thursday, March 8, “Poverty in the Richmond Area,” Dr. John Moeser, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

  • Wednesday, April 11, “Immigration Reform,” Claire Gastanaga, at Sacred Heart Center (Perry St.)

  • Wednesday, May 16, “Health Care,” Bon Secours, at St. Edward Parish.

  • Thursday, June 21, “Prison Reform,” at St. Mary Parish.

The series will begin with a look at justice in the Hebrew Scriptures because it was from the Old (Common) Testament of the Bible that Jesus as a Jew developed His understanding of justice. The roots of Catholic Social Teaching are found here.

Other presenters will discuss facts and issues that describe the society and issues that contemporary Catholic Social Teaching must address in the 21st century: pro-life, poverty, immigration, health care, and incarceration.

Contact Justin Myers at the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace (804-545-5974; for more information about the Matthew 25 Series or any of its topics.

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photo: bishop with seminariansLiturgy welcomes Candidate for Holy Orders

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo poses with diocesan seminarians and Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations, on the altar of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart after he presided at Mass Dec. 18. During the liturgy he welcomed Gino Rossi, in black suit, as a Candidate for Holy Orders. In front row, from left, are Daniel Cogut, a graduate of the College of William and Mary; Marton Lonart, a graduate of the University of Virginia; Nhat Nguyen, a graduate of James Madison University; Gino Rossi, a William and Mary graduate; Bishop DiLorenzo, Deacon Joseph Goldsmith, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University; John Christian, a graduate of Lafayette College, and Kyle O’Connor, a William and Mary graduate. In second row, from left, are Deacon Sean Prince, a graduate of Wake Forest University; Father Boehling; Deacon Christopher Hess, a graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University; Matthew Kiehl, a graduate of George Mason University, and J. Miguel Melendez, a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. On the third level is Mark Kowalski, a graduate of Florida State University. Not pictured are Deacon Carlos Lerma, a graduate of St. John Vianney College Seminary, and Stefan Migac, from the Archdiocese of Kocise in Poland.

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St. Benedict Chapel, Chesapeake, gains status as independent parish

On December 16, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo issued a Decree of Erection of St. Benedict Catholic Church, 521 McCosh Drive, Chesapeake, as a Personal Parish.

Therefore, St. Benedict’s is no longer a chapel under the administration of St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach.

The parish celebrates the Tridentine Latin Mass and is operated under the guidance of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter with Father Neal Nichols, pastor, and Father Peter Byrne.

Mass is celebrated on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

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Clergy appointments

Bishop DiLorenzo has announced the following priest assignments, effective immediately:

  • Rev. Kevin O’Brien as pastor of St. Therese, Chesapeake.

  • Rev. Oscar P. Paraiso as Administrator of St. Mary of the Presentation in Suffolk and Good Shepherd in Smithfield. He will reside in the rectory at St. Mary’s.

  • Rev. Merlito Abiog as Parochial Vicar of St. Vincent de Paul in Newport News, St. Joseph in Hampton and St. Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe. He will reside in the rectory at St. Joseph.

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