May 23, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 15
St. Francis of Assisi, Staunton, rededicated
After almost a year of intense workmanship on the exterior of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Staunton, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo officiated at the rededication of the building May 8 at the 11:30 Mass.
Sisters to sell historic Powhatan property
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, is selling its property in Powhatan which once was the site of two Catholic schools which served black students in the days of segregation.
Sr. Anne Marie Mack — 50 years with Bon Secours
What started out as an after school job while in high school became a lifetime vocation for Sister Anne Marie Mack who recently celebrated her 50th anniversary with the Congregation of Bon Secours.
Scouting and the St. George Trek
I met Father David Friel last summer when I had the great privilege to be a member of the 2015 St. George Trek, a Catholic leadership program sponsored by The National Catholic Committee on Scouting and is geared towards vocational discernment.
Catholic burial concerns spark new diocesan office
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has authorized the Diocese of Richmond to hire Catholic Management Services, a strategic planning and professional services firm, to restore, maintain and make financially viable almost 60 cemeteries, mausoleums and columbaria within the Diocese of Richmond.
Diocesan pilgrimage to Basilica, Cathedral set for June 25
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond celebrates the Year of Mercy with a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Doors in the diocese, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk.
Sr. Bernard Marie Magill, OSF celebrates 50 years of profession
When Sister Bernard Marie Magill, OSF, was in the first grade, she was so impressed with the School Sisters of Notre Dame who taught at her school that she told her parents she wanted to be a sister.
Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons
Pope Francis told the heads of women’s religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church decision-making at every level.
Questionable use of scare quotes
Southern states have been busy this spring passing laws that follow naturally on the Supreme Court’s decision affirming same-sex marriage.
Without Holy Spirit, people risk being ‘armchair’ Christians
Without letting the Holy Spirit lead his or her life, a person risks being just an “armchair Christian” who recites “a cold morality” without actually living out the Gospel.
God doesn’t barter, rewarding the good, punishing the bad, pope says
Salvation has nothing to do with the tidy business of bartering — earning God’s love in return for good behavior, Pope Francis said.