Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Vorbach will assume the new leadership position when President Katy Prebble resigns at the end of the current school year.
Joseph E. Vorbach, Ph.D., will become the new head of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced Tuesday. Vorbach will fill the newly created position of head of school when O'Connell President Katy Prebble departs at the end of the current school year. Vorbach has served as principal alongside the school's last two principals. The new leadership model combines the positions of principal and president, Arlington Diocese spokesman Michael Donohue told Patch. "For 55 years, Bishop O’Connell High School has been a faith-filled community of learning, rooted in the Church and a determined tradition of service and excellence,” Loverde said in a statement. Loverde is the spiritual leader of the Diocese of …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Arlington Diocese oversees 68 parishes in 21 counties.
The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, released the following statement on the election of Pope Francis: “Habemus Papam! I rejoice that Pope Francis has answered the Lord’s call to serve as Successor to Saint Peter, the Vicar of Christ on earth. On behalf of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I offer our new Pope Francis the support of our daily prayers, loyalty and fidelity. “As the white smoke billowed forth from the chimney and the bells of the Basilica began to ring jubilantly, I eagerly awaited the announcement of our new Pope. When he walked out onto the balcony, my heart was filled with joy. In his first moments as our Pontiff, I was so touched by Pope Francis’ humble petition that we …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington oversees 68 parishes in 21 counties.
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Monday, February 11
Patch Staff Report The Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, released the following statement in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement Monday that he will resign the papacy: “As I reflect on the life and ministry of Pope Benedict XVI, I am unfailingly impressed by his serenity; a quiet, peaceful yet certain manner of speaking and acting. This serenity is rooted in his deep faith in the Lord Jesus, a faith that underlies hope and leads to love of God and neighbor. His decision to resign the Petrine Ministry on February 28th reflects this spirit of serenity. “Certainly, we are deeply grateful for his eight years of faithful and selfless service so evident in his homilies, encyclicals and addresses; in his numerous trips …
Catholic Church head is first Pope to step down in 600 years. What's your reaction and where does the church go from here?
Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday that he will step down from his position Feb. 28, citing failing strength of “mind and body." He will be the first pontiff to resign since 1415, the Washington Post reports. "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the Pope said in a statement. "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Harrison was 'like a father to all of us,' student organizer says.
About 250 students gathered Thursday along Little Falls Road across from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School to protest the firing of a teacher who has had a deep and lasting impact on those he taught — and even those he didn't. John Harrison, an attorney and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, until this week taught world history and practical law at Bishop O'Connell. He also was the moderator for the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club, a mentor, and had a reputation among students as someone they could talk to when they were distressed. "He literally is the face of our high school," said Julie Olafsson, a 17-year-old junior from McLean who organized today's demonstration. "He's like a father to all of us. It …