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November 23, 2015 | Volume 91 Number 2


photo: Reverend Monsignor Santiago C. Frias

Rev. Msgr. Santiago Frias dies at 82

Reverend Monsignor Santiago C. Frias, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, died on Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the age of 82.

Msgr. Frias was born on May 25, 1933, in Basista, Pangasinan, Philippines, and was educated at Basista Elementary School and Diocesan Seminary High School in the Philippines. He graduated from Immaculate Conception College in Philippines. He attended seminary at Major Seminary, Vigan, Philippines. Msgr. Frias was ordained to the priesthood on March 14, 1959, in Dagupan City, Philippines. He was incardinated in the Diocese of Richmond on January 1, 1980.

A faithful priest of the Diocese of Richmond, Msgr. Frias served in Holy Trinity Parish from 1980 to 2005. He was Director of the Apostleship of the Sea as a Port Chaplain from 1981 to 2005. Although retired in 2005, Msgr. Frias was still active in ministry for many years.


Clarification & Correction

The parish profile on Our Lady of Lourdes, Henrico, featured in the Nov. 9 issue, was incorrect in stating that money raised from the annual Filipino Festival “is sent to the Diocese for the needy in the Philippines.”

Most of the proceeds from the event stays in Richmond with gifts to local charities including the Richmond Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health, McGuire Veterans Hospital, Aileen Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy and the Dr. Ellen Shaw De Parades Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Filipino Festival also supports parish ministries of Our Lady of Lourdes including the food pantry, clothes closet and needy families.

Further, we misidentified Deacon Robert Griffin as Deacon Robert Grinn in a photo caption on page 9. We regret the error and offer our apologies to Deacon Griffin.


photo: David Hoke on bridge

David Hoke on bridge.

Scouts complete Eagle projects to support St. Nicholas

Three Boy Scouts completed their projects for Eagle Scout at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach this fall. David Hoke lead a project to construct a bridge over a ravine on the church’s property. David is a member of Troop 62. “This bridge was a big project. It was neat to see it used at our recent Oktoberfest.”

photo: Will Scheib in picnic area.

Will Scheib in picnic area.

Will Scheib, of Boy Scout Troop 419, installed new gardens outside the church office and built picnic tables. “I’m really proud of my project and hope the outside picnic area will be used both by the church’s staff and by our Christian Formation classes.”

The church also received a new volleyball area courtesy of Dalton Keegan’s project. “I think our youth group will get a lot of mileage out it.” Dalton is also a member of Troop 419.

St. Nicholas benefited from the more than 200 volunteer hours that were involved in the three projects. Each of the boys was quick to acknowledge the support they received from their fellow scouts, the community, and the parish.

Father Venancio R. Balarote, pastor, knows the boys well. “Each of these boys is an active member of our parish whether as altar servers, youth group participants, or as members of our Catholic Heart Work Camp teams,” he said. “We are very proud that they choose to do their Eagle projects for our parish.”

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