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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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  • 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. 
  • Father Torsiello, founding pastor of St. John Neumann Parish, dies at age 83
    A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Father Ralph C. Torsiello, the founding pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Gaithersburg, on Jan. 3. He died on Dec. 29 at the age of 83. 
  • Father William F.X. Berry, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington for almost 47 years, died Oct. 21. He was 76, and a resident of Grace House in Silver Spring. "He loved being a priest," said Msgr. Joseph Ranieri, the Archdiocese of Washington's coordinator of pastoral care for priests and a friend of Father Berry. 
  • Victory Court senior housing dedicated in Rockville
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl joined county leaders and city officials Oct. 24 in dedicating Victory Court, a Rockville housing community for senior citizens. The 86-unit affordable apartment community was a joint venture between Victory Housing, the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County and Capital One Bank. 
  • Priest's act of kindness inspired Dick Ridgway's lifetime of service to others
    After graduating from Gonzaga College High School in 1954, where he was a member of its championship basketball team, Dick Ridgway could not afford to attend college. His dad had died when he was young. But a priest stepped forward, offering to pay for his first year of college and help get him started. Ridgway never forgot the generosity of Msgr. James Caulfield, the founding pastor of St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Bethesda who died in 1973. 
  • A Memorial Mass for Capuchin Franciscan Father Thaddeus Posey will be held on Saturday Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church in Washington. Father Posey, 69, died on Aug. 7 after a long struggle with cancer. 
  • Renowned bioethicist Dr. Edmund Pellegrino dies
    Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, regarded as a founding father in the field of bioethics, died on June 13 at the age of 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he was a renowned physician, ethicist, research scholar and administrator. A devout Catholic, he attended daily Mass and once said that his faith was the single most "important unifying element in my whole life." 
  • A D-Day hero who put his trust in God
    He didn't like the "hero" label, and he thought "the greatest generation" phrase is tossed around a little too much. But Joseph Vaghi Jr. qualified as a genuine D-Day hero when he served as the Navy's youngest beachmaster in France, and "the greatest generation" tag fit him like a glove. 
  • As the Mass of Christian Burial for Judge David Cahoon began on May 11 at St. Mary's Church in Rockville, a Bible and a judge's gavel were placed on his casket near the altar, representing his life's dedication to his faith and to serving the law. 
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