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Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Founder of Diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry dies at age 75

Sister Rita Washington, SFCC July 1, 1943 – August 13, 2018

Sister Rita Washington, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a resident of Montgomery, Alabama, died at a local hospital in Montgomery on Monday, Aug. 13. Sister Rita served in the Diocese of Birmingham at St. Martin de Porres Church and School in Gadsden for three years and in Birmingham as the founder and Diocesan Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministry for eight years. 

While in Birmingham she served…

Bishop Emeritus David Foley dies at 88

Beloved Bishop Emeritus David Edward Foley, third bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, peacefully passed away at the St. John Vianney Residence for Priests in Birmingham, Alabama surrounded by friends at 7:01 p.m on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 88. 

Bishop Foley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 3, 1930. In 1934 his father was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States of America and the family moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended…

Retired priest, Father Peter Sheehan, dies at 91

Reverend J. Peter Sheehan, 91, retired priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, in Sebring, Florida.  Father Sheehan served in many parishes during his tenure, including St. Thomas, Montevallo; St. Anthony, Birmingham; and St. Ann, Decatur.  His final assignment before his retirement in 1991 was the Cathedral of St. Paul.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 2,…

Benedictine Sister Margaret Frederick Dies; Taught In Diocesan Schools

Benedictine Sister Margaret Frederick  Dies; Taught In Diocesan Schools

Courtesy of Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman

CULLMAN - Sister Margaret Frederick, a Benedictine Sister of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, died on Dec. 22, at the age of 82. Reception of the Body with Vespers of the Dead was held Dec. 26, in Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel followed by visitation. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 27 with interment following in the monastery cemetery.

    Born Aug. 4, 1935, in Miami, to Robert deRolfe and Sarah Wilson…

Benedictine Brother Augustine Campion dies at 74

Benedictine Brother Augustine Campion dies at 74

It is with heavy hearts that Abbot Cletus and the monks of St. Bernard Abbey announce the death of our confrere, Brother Augustine "Gus" Campion, O.S.B. on Friday, September 8.
Brother Gus professed his vows as a monk of St. Bernard Abbey on March 19, 1964. Serving the abbey and our schools in a variety of roles over the years, he enjoyed many lasting friendships among alumni and others who are dear to St. Bernard. He was a exemplary…

Deacon Carmelo ‘Skip’ Graffagnini dies at age 90

Loving husband, father and grandfather, Carmelo Graffagnini, served his country in the United States Army and the FBI, served God as a Deacon in the Catholic Church, and served his community as the founder of St. Tammamy (Covington, La) Food Bank. Preceded in death by his wife Beryl Conway and survived by daughters Joan Graffagnini and Jean Graffagnini (spouse Michael Newchurch); his grandchildren Joseph, Beryl and Aaron Newchurch; his…

Father James Macey dies at age 76

Reverend James Regis Macey, a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, passed away at the age of 76. He was born in Greensburg, PA to Andrew and Mary Macey. He is preceded in death by his parents and his dear wife of 37 years, Juanita. He is survived by his brother John F. Macey, his son Christopher, his daughters Lydia Ann Macey-Adkinson and Judith Macey, and his grandson Grey…

Sister Servants of the Eternal Word foundress dies at 89

By the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

Mother Mary Gabriel’s life might be summed up in two words: God and Truth. It is through this union that she brought forth the best of life in herself and in others. This order in life left its impression on the mission in which Mother herself chose always to seek God and His goodness and truth in His light. This…

Reverend Stanley B. Klauck, uncle of Reverend Michael Klauck, dies

Rev. Stanley B. Klauck entered into eternal life on Saturday, June 10, 2017, age 95 at Alexian Village, Milwaukee. Father Stan was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, April 4, 1922, to the late Jacob John and Catherine (nee Doyle) Klauck. Survivors include his sister, Patricia Klauck of Milwaukee, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joan Bridget Schroeder, his brother, Jack Thomas Klauck and, his sister, Phyllis Kathleen Berger. 
His priestly formation began at…

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