What We’ve Heard

What We’ve Heard

What have you heard? The CV welcomes hearing about awards, honors, achievements, accomplishments and good works related to the Catholic community. Put “What we’ve heard” in the subject line and email your item to acarneal@catholicvirginian.org. Include your name and phone number in case we need to follow up. Information cannot be taken over the phone.

July 16, 2018

Diamond jubilarian: Sister Rita Thomas, a member of the Sisters of Bon Secours USA, recently celebrated 75 years with her religious community. She helped open St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, and served as its CEO in 1967, becoming the first female CEO of a Richmond hospital. She also helped establish the Bon Secours Health System in Hampton Roads.

Gratitude for clergy: Knights of Columbus Salem Council 10015 recently held a Clergy Appreciation Night at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Social Hall. The 56 attendees included Knights and parishioners who honored those who have answered the call to ordained ministry. The honorees were: Fathers José Moran Arce, Ken Shuping, Paul Maier, Daniel Kelly, Louis Benoit, and Deacon Eric Surat.

July 2, 2018

 E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t  s-p-e-l-l-e-r: That’s Ryan Crawford, an eighth grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Danville. He recently competed in his second consecutive Scripps National Spelling Bee, finishing tied for 42nd place. To qualify both years for the national competition, Ryan won the City of Danville Spelling Bee, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

June 18, 2018

First place at state: Members of Court Regina Coeli 2032 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas from St. Ann, Colonial Heights, earned three first-place awards at the organization’s state convention. Pat Ewen, treasurer, won for the annual crowning of Mary in the spirituality division. In the family division, Pat Blaszak, financial secretary; Father Ramon Baez, state chaplain; Chit Peters, regent; Vanny Marrero, Father Baez’s mother; and Karin Mitchell, vice regent, for the marriage blessing. Theresa Grizzle, recording secretary, won for the court newsletter.

By the numbers: The Vatican has released its Statistical Yearbook of the Church, from which one learns, among other things, that in North America there are 1,916 Catholics for every priest; in South America, there are 7,203 Catholics for every priest. It also reports that the world’s 1.29 billion Catholics are 17.7 percent of the population.

Following up: Kristen Byrd, who wrote the feature on Brian and Gerson Carrera in the Nov. 20, 2017 issue of The Catholic Virginian, reports that the Benedictine College Preparatory graduates are headed to VMI on full scholarships. If you missed the story, you can read it at www.catholicvirginian. org/?p=6276.

Benedictine receives $750,000 for Scholarship Program

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce a $750,000 donation to launch the Smithfield Foods Scholarship Program at Benedictine College Preparatory. With the support of Smithfield’s substantial gift, this new program will provide need-based scholarships for students from lower-income families.

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