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March 14, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 10


Dorothy Day’s granddaughter to speak at two parishes

Martha Hennessy, the granddaughter of the late Dorothy Day, will speak on “Dorothy Day: A Radical Disciple of Jesus’ Mercy” at two parishes in the Hampton Roads area in April.

Ms. Hennessy will address her grandmother’s part in founding the Catholic Worker Movement on Monday, April 4, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport News at 7 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 5, at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk at 7 p.m. She will tell personal stories highlighting her grandmother’s life in voluntary poverty, social activism, and the peace movement.

Pope Francis cited Dorothy Day’s “social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed” in his address before Congress last September.


photo: Hope 4 Life Mobile Pregnancy Resource Center

Hope 4 Life Mobile Pregnancy Resource Center

Louantha Kerr, left, and Cheri Britt, co-founders of the Hope 4 Life Mobile Pregnancy Resource Center in Virginia Beach, stand in front of the mobile unit after they cut the ribbon at a ceremony in which a new ultrasound machine was blessed. The unit is located in the parking lot of St. Gregory the Great Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., in Virginia Beach. Father John Peck, parochial vicar of St. Gregory's, blessed the ultrasound machine purchased by the Knights of Columbus with a gift at the national level which matched donations from local K of C councils. The cost of the machine was $27,000.


photo: Valentine’s Day cards for a little girl named Gracie who is fighting a rare form of Leukemia

Gifts for Gracie

Recently, the second grade class in Children’s Faith Formation at St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg made Valentine’s Day cards for a little girl named Gracie who is fighting a rare form of Leukemia. Valentine’s Day provided the artistic basis for the cards, and scriptures provided the expressions of love, fellowship and Christian unity. Gracie is a five-year-old kindergartener whose teacher shaved her own head to raise money and awareness for Gracie's family.

Nicole Phillips, a parishioner and catechist for Saint Bede’s, shared Gracie’s story with her class, which prompted the ideas of creating Valentine’s cards made by her class to give to Gracie, her family and the hospital staff.

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