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January 6, 2014 | Volume 89 Number 5


Peter’s Pence collection raises $125,282 for Holy Father

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, has written to Bishop Francis X.DiLorenzo thanking him and the people of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond for their contribution of $125,282 for the Peter’s Pence collection of 2013.

“The Pope must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison,” Archbishop Vigano said, quoting from the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.

“May God, who is infinitely generous, reward you and continue to bless you and the faithful under your pastoral care,” he concluded.


photo: seminarians posed with father boehling and bishop dilorenzo

Rite of Candidacy

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo joins diocesan seminarians and Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations, at a photo opportunity after Mass Dec. 22 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. During the liturgy, seminarians Matthew A. Kiehl, left, and Daniel A. Cogut, right, (both in black suits) were admitted to the Rite of Candidacy. Both men, now in theology studies at Theological College of Catholic University of America and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, respectively, expect to be ordained transitional deacons in the early Spring and to be ordained to the priesthood in June of 2015.


photo: students pose with decorated bags

Students collect socks to give disabled adults

This Christmas second grade students at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton are helping disabled adults in the Hampton/Newport News area keep warm as they sponsored and collected 175 pairs of socks. The students decorated bags and wrapped the socks to give them as gifts! Here are the students with Jane Hobbs from the Hampton—Newport News Community Services Board and second grade teacher Sister Sharon Rose.


photo: from left, Michael Mannen, Sherry Behun, Father Michael Boehling, Father Prince and Bishop DiLorenzo

Father Prince installed

Father Sean Prince, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hampton, was officially installed to the position by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo at Sunday Mass Dec. 15. In the procession are, from left, Michael Mannen, vice chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, holding the processional cross; Sherry Behun, a member of the Parish Finance Council, holding the lectionary; Father Michael Boehling, diocesan Vicar for Vocations; Father Prince and Bishop DiLorenzo. Both Mr. Mannen and Ms. Behun were lectors at the liturgy. (PHOTO BY SHELLY KELLY)


photo: With their teacher, Mrs. Pat Rony, are Brendan Burford, left, and Gautam Upreti.

Roanoke Catholic School announces renovation plans

Roanoke Catholic School has announced the Upper School Renovation Project which it plans to begin in early 2014. As part of the campaign, naming opportunities will be available for those who donate money for a specific purpose. The names of sponsors will be placed permanently on a plaque attached to each individual window and/or door. For more information please contact Patrick Patterson, RCS Principal, at 540-982- 3532 x 2105 or email


photo: Ryan Hoffman

Awards in scouting

Ryan Hoffman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hoffman of Chesapeake, recently received the Boy Scout Rank of Eagle at an Eagle Court of Honor conducted by Troop 303 at St. Matthew Catholic School, Virginia Beach. Ryan joined scouts in 2008 with Cub Scout Pack 303 and bridged over to Troop 303 in May of 2009. He is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He received Honor Arrowman in 2013 and has 70 Merit Badges. He completed his Eagle project of building 10 benches for the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center this past September.

photo: Alexandria Sobers

Alexandria Sobers, daughter of Thomas Sobers of Norfolk, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting. Alexandria has been a Girl Scout for nine years and is currently a senior at Maury High School. For her project, Alexandria created a youth migrant ministry group at St. Pius X Church in Norfolk. Through this youth group, Alexandria gave youth at the church the opportunity to serve the migrant workers and their families on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. They coordinated donations of items needed by migrant workers, hosted fundraisers to conduct their ministry outreach and went on short mission trips. During these trips, they helped repair homes, hosted sports activities for children and distributed the donations that they had collected. “I wanted to start this youth group to make it possible for youth at St. Pius X Church to give back to others in need and become a part of something bigger than our own small communities,” Alexandria said.

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