April 29, 2013 | Volume 88, Number 13
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has made the following clergy appointments, effective July 1 or as noted:
- Rev. Pasquale Apuzzo, currently pastor of St. Gabriel Parish, Chesterfield, and Good Samaritan Parish, Amelia, will retire from the active priestly ministry.
- Rev. Eric Ayers, currently parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s, Hampton; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, and St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News, to be pastor at St. Gabriel Parish in Chesterfield and Good Samaritan Parish in Amelia.
- Rev. Robert M. Spencer, currently pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond, to be pastor at St. Gerard Parish in Roanoke.
- Rev. James Begley, currently pastor of Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, to be pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond.
- Rev. John J. Wagner, currently pastor of Church of the Sacred Heart, Prince George, to be pastor at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville.
- Rev. Christopher Hess, currently parochial vicar of the four Portsmouth Cluster parishes, to be pastor at Church of the Sacred Heart, Prince George.
- Rev. Daniel U. Asue, an international priest from Nigeria who has been ministering in Florida, to be parochial vicar of St. Bede, Williamsburg, effective immediately.
- Rev. Adrian Won, pastor of St. Kim Taegon Korean Catholic Church, Richmond, has resigned, effective April 26.
Seminarian Summer Assignments
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following summer assignments for diocesan seminarians, effective June 3 to Aug. 5:
- Mr. Stefan Migac — Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News, and to be ordained a transitional deacon on Saturday, May 18, at the 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
- Mr. Daniel Cogut — Continuing Pastoral Year Assignment at Church of the Holy Spirit in Virginia Beach.
- Mr. Matt Kiehl — Continuing Pastoral Year Assignment at Saint John the Apostle in Virginia Beach.
- Mr. Mark Kowalski — Holy Rosary in Richmond.
- Mr. Nicholas Redmond — Holy Trinity in Norfolk.
- Mr. Kyle O’Connor — Saint Joseph in Martinsville.
- Mr. James Hickman — Sacred Heart in Danville.
- Mr. J. Miguel Melendez — Saint Bede in Williamsburg.
- Mr. John Christian — Saint Anne in Bristol.
- Mr. Marton Lonart — Portsmouth Cluster (Cluster Parishes: Saint Mary in Chesapeake, Church of the Holy Angels in Portsmouth, Saint Paul in Portsmouth and Church of the Resurrection in Portsmouth).
- Mr. James O’Reilly — Saint Joseph in Petersburg.
- Mr. John Baab — Peninsula Cluster (Cluster Parishes: Saint Mary Star of the Sea at Fort Monroe, Saint Vincent in Newport News and Saint Joseph in Hampton).
- Mr. Henry Ayakwah — Saint Michael in Glen Allen.
- Mr. Thomas Keys — Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Salem.
- Rev. Mr. Nicholas Mammi — Saint Timothy in Tappahannock.
- Rev. Mr. Gino Rossi, now a transitional deacon, to be ordained a priest on Saturday, June 1, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
Deacon Raymond Linden, of Sacred Heart, Prince George, dies
Deacon Raymond Kenneth Linden, who was assigned at Sacred Heart Parish in Prince George, died April 15. He was 71 and had been living in an assisted living facility for approximately two years where he ministered to other residents.
Born in Aug. 13, 1941 in Aurora, Ill., he was the son of the late Kenneth and Mary Esser Linden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Dehn.
After retiring from a life of teaching and business, he was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Richmond on Feb. 22, 2003.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Church of the Sacred Heart in Prince George and was buried in the church cemetery next to his daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Marge, children and grandchildren.
Approximately 200 people celebrated diversity at the third annual International Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown April 6. Many of those attending, such as this family, wore traditional garb from their native countries. Dressed in Mexican costumes from left are Beatriz Castillo and her daughters Mercedes, age 7, and Angelina, 14, who are enjoying the festive dinner which featured food from 22 cultures. (PHOTO BY JENNIFER NEVILLE)
Music for a Cathedral Space set May 17 at Cathedral
The Richmond Symphony will perform at “Music for a Cathedral Space,” a benefit concert for preservation of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. The Richmond Symphony and the Cathedral Choir with members of the Diocesan Choir and vocal soloists will perform The Messiah: Parts 2 & 3, by George Frideric Handel. Soloists will be Anne O’Byrne, soprano (shown here); Robert Hagan and Dustin Shuman, both tenor, and Anthony Smith and Jonathan Smith, both bass-baritone. Patrick Carlin, Director of Music, will be the conductor. Tickets at $20 each can be purchased at the door (or $10 with groups of 20 or more) or by calling the Cathedral parish office at 359-5651 or www.richmondcathedral.org.
Groundbreaking for the new parish hall for Sts. Peter and Paul Parish
Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy, officiated at the groundbreaking of the new parish hall for Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Palmyra April 14. With him is Father Gerald F. Musuubire, pastor, who is originally from Uganda, right, and a visiting priest-friend from Boston, left. Others who participated in the rite following Sunday Mass were Deacon Robert Allen and Tim Powers, president of the parish pastoral council. The new building will be a separate structure and house a social area and additional classrooms which are needed because of a growing number of younger families.
Sts. Peter and Paul, established as a parish in 1986, is located about 20 miles southeast of Charlottesville in Fluvanna County. The parish has 490 families who comprise a mixture of retirees from New York and New Jersey and younger families. In a separate photo, Tom Holodak, a longtime parishioner, takes his turn with the shovel during the groundbreaking. Parishioners hope to be in the new building by Christmas.
(PHOTOS BY TIM POWERS)
Boy Scouts enhance natural area
Boy Scouts and adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 1932, which is chartered by and meets at St. Bede Church in Williamsburg, completed an enhancement of the natural area adjacent to the pond on the church grounds on April 13. Many of the boys in Troop 1932 are also altar servers at St. Bede’s. The service work conducted was part of the requirements for an Eagle Scout project for Sean Hubbard of Troop 1932. The work crew built a new picnic table and a teakwood park sitting bench, repaired and painted older picnic tables, constructed and installed two new bluebird houses, fixed an old bluebird house, and cleaned up trash in the natural area adjacent to St. Bede’s.