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Thursday, May 25, 2017
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  • New CEO of Victory Housing inspired by travel and love for serving the community
    After living in Zambia, Dominica, the United States, and Ecuador as a child, Leila Finucane said her experience of so many different living situations got her interested in “places and the impact of places on people.”
  • H.R. Crawford remembered for work ‘to make the city a better place’
    H.R. Crawford, a former D.C. City Council member, District real estate developer and property manager, was remembered for his longtime and dedicated service on behalf of the citizens of the nation’s capital, especially those among the city’s most vulnerable residents – homeless veterans.
  • Father Don Worch dies, was known for being present to parish families
    Father Donald Worch, who died Aug. 27 at the age of 75, served in 10 different parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington during his nearly 50 years as a priest. His parishioners remember him for his gentle presence that extended beyond the altar and into their homes, where “he was a part of our families,” according to Joan Treacy, the coordinator of liturgy for St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, where Father Worch was pastor for 17 years.
  • Father Liston, writer of local Catholic history and longtime parish priest and teacher, dies at 84
    Father Paul Liston, a priest who helped chronicle the history of the Archdiocese of Washington where he served for nearly six decades as a parish priest and teacher, died March 23 after a long illness. He was 84.
  • Sister Sara Ann Abell, who taught hundreds how to read, dies at age 102
    Sister Sara Ann Abell, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 84 years, who served for more than two decades in Southern Maryland, died Jan. 24 in Louisville, Ky. She was 102 years old.
  • Msgr. Gillen, longtime priest secretary to Cardinal Baum, dies at age 94
    Msgr. James G. Gillen, a longtime priest secretary to Cardinal William Baum, the former archbishop of Washington, died on Jan. 3 at the age of 94. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 8 at the chapel of Little Sisters of the Poor’s Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C., where he had been a resident for several years.

  • SOAR! annual dinner supports aging religious
    In 1986, a growing number of religious communities were struggling to provide for their aging members.  As Wall Street Journal reporter John Fialka wrote, some orders were even selling their properties or had members on welfare so that they could provide for their retired sisters and brothers.

  • Dr. William May, theologian, praised for his faith and devotion to his family
    A Dec. 20 Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Dr. William E. May, a prominent Catholic moral theologian and author, at Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington. Dr. May died Dec. 13 at the age of 86.
  • Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, noted theologian and author, dies at age 73
    Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, theologian, author, physicist and one of the leaders of the lay Catholic movement Communion and Liberation died Oct. 24 in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. after a lengthy illness. He was 73.
  • Funeral Mass honors fallen Korean War soldier whose remains were identified

    Separated from his family and his country by 6,700 miles and 63 years, Army Private 1st Class Arthur Richardson came home last week, as a Funeral Mass was held for him at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Church in Washington, and he was buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Father Michael Blackwell, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran and retired priest who served the the Archdiocese of Washington for more than 40 years, died June 14. He was 81 years old and a resident of Carroll Manor.
  • Gertrude Charity Duckett, a longtime member of Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rosaryville, died recently. She was 102 years old.

    A certain magic surrounds the name "Grandpa Joe" for anyone who has read Roald Dahl's classic children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" or who has seen one of the Willy Wonka movies inspired by it. In that story, a young boy named Charlie unwraps a candy bar to find one of the prized golden tickets, enabling the winner to tour the magical and mysterious chocolate factory. His Grandpa Joe, a sprightly old fellow, springs out of bed, dances a happy jig and accompanies Charlie on a wondrous adventure.
  • At 90, priest compared to Pope Francis for his service to the poor
    Two days before his 90th birthday on April 7, Msgr. Ralph Kuehner celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Derwood, and during the Mass, the priest noted for his service to the area's poor was compared to the current pope named for the parish's patron saint.
  • Retired University of Maryland food services manager runs parish's food pantry in Prince Frederick
    On any given Wednesday afternoon, the small frame building beside St. John Vianney Church in Prince Frederick becomes one of the largest church-run food pantries in Calvert County, serving 100-115 clients of all ages and backgrounds. The leader of the band of volunteers there is Larry Donnelly, 74, who retired after a 35-year-career of managing food service for students at the University of Maryland.
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