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June 22, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 17

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Deacon announcements

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following appointments, effective
immediately:

 

photo: St Bridget Pastor William H. Carr, Reagan Leahey, Charlie Garbett and Knights of Columbus Council 5476 Scholarship Chairman Gary Port

Catholic High School Scholarship Awards

The St. Bridget Knights of Columbus Council 5476 is pleased to announce their two $1,000 Catholic High School Scholarship Award Winners for 2015.

Reagan Leahey will be attending St. Gertrude High School. Charlie Garbett will be attending Benedictine College Preparatory. Please extend your congratulations to these worthy students where their spiritual growth journey, at a Catholic High School, will continue to be developed and nurtured.

Pictured at a reception after the St. Bridget School Eighth Grade Closing Exercises on June 1, 2015 are: St Bridget Pastor William H. Carr, Reagan Leahey, Charlie Garbett and Knights of Columbus Council 5476 Scholarship Chairman Gary Port.

 

Fr. Leo Gagnon, former chaplain for Little Sisters of the Poor, dies

Father Leo G. Gagnon, who had previously been chaplain at St. Joseph’s Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Richmond, died May 28 in Manchester, N.H. He was 71.

Born in Manchester, he was ordained a priest May 20, 1972 for the Diocese of Manchester. He worked in various parishes until poor health forced him to resign his pastorate and he resigned from active priestly ministry on July 1, 2003.

He moved to Richmond in 2003 to live closer to his sister, Annette Lang of Richmond, who is among his survivors. He helped out at many parishes in the Diocese of Richmond and served as chaplain for the Little Sisters for two years from 2007 to 2009. He returned to Manchester in 2010.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral, followed by burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester.

 

photo: Aisling Ringrose

St. Anne Catholic School, Bristol, in the news

Congratulations to St. Anne Catholic School 7th grader, Aisling Ringrose, for winning the state title in Tennessee for the Optimist Oratory Contest. Aisling first won locally and then went on to Nashville to compete against much older students, bringing home the title! She worked hard on both her speech and delivery. She is a very deserving state winner!

photo: Molly Hutton, St. Anne’s 1st grader

Congratulations also go to Molly Hutton, St. Anne’s 1st grader. Molly’s Smokey the Bear poster climbed the ranks both locally and regionally to become the National 1st grade winner in the annual Smokey the Bear Poster Contest. She is the first national winner to come from our local garden club, Hill and Dale Garden Club, who sponsors the poster contest locally. Her poster, along with all of the winners, can be viewed on the US Forest Service website soon.white space

 

photo: From left are Art Fairweather, Principal Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School, Warrenton; Renee Quiros White, Enrollment Management and Marketing Coordinator, Diocese of Arlington; Sarah Chevlin, Principal, Holy Family Catholic School, Dale City; Kathryn Littlefield, Principal, Queen of Apostles Catholic School, Alexandria; and Annette Parsons, Chief Education Administrator and founder of the Segura Initiative; Gabriela Gonzalez, Director of Segura Development, and Maria Baquerizo, Director of the Segura Initiative, all of the Richmond Diocese.

Richmond’s Segura Initiative hosts
visitors from Arlington diocese

On May 27 the Office of Catholic Education hosted representatives from the Arlington Diocese interested in learning about the Diocese of Richmond Office’s Segura Initiative. The Segura Initiative, which began in 2010, has emerged as a model for dioceses interested in recruiting Latino children for Catholic schools. Visitors met with Segura staff as well as principals from All Saints Catholic School and St. Benedict’s Catholic School, both in Richmond. From left are Art Fairweather, Principal Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School, Warrenton; Renee Quiros White, Enrollment Management and Marketing Coordinator, Diocese of Arlington; Sarah Chevlin, Principal, Holy Family Catholic School, Dale City; Kathryn Littlefield, Principal, Queen of Apostles Catholic School, Alexandria; and Annette Parsons, Chief Education Administrator and founder of the Segura Initiative; Gabriela Gonzalez, Director of Segura Development, and Maria Baquerizo, Director of the Segura Initiative, all of the Richmond Diocese.

 

photo: Left to right: Kelly Mortensen, Past State Deputy, Bishop DiLorenzo, Stephen Burnley, State Deputy.

Gifts given by Virginia Knight of Columbus

A delegation of the Virginia State Knights of Columbus present the image of Our Lady of Charity. They also presented Bishop DiLorenzo with a gift of $15,000.00 on behalf of the Knights to benefit Vocations to the Priesthood. Left to right: Kelly Mortensen, Past State Deputy, Bishop DiLorenzo, Stephen Burnley, State Deputy.white space

 

Fr. John Brieffies, retired priest at West Point, dies

Father John Brieffies, a long-time resident of West Point who helped out at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in West Point, died June 7. He was 92.

Born in Holland in 1922, Father Brieffies was ordained a priest in 1956 as a member of the Society of Missionaries of the Holy Family. He was a missionary priest in Chile until 1971 when he was assigned to the United States to establish the General Mission Office.

In this capacity he traveled the United States to raise money for the ministry of his fellow missionaries. He became known as “Highway Johnny” because of the long distances he traveled in this work.

Father Brieffies was well known in West Point and served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Father Jakubowski Council 8116.

In addition to his ministry in West Point, he assisted for many years at St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 13 at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, with burial at St. Theresa Cemetery.

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