Discerning vocation: Benedictine Brother Ambrose Okema of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, Richmond, has begun studies for the priesthood at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pa. Speaking of vocations, in the next issue of The Catholic Virginian you will “meet” all the seminarians studying for the Diocese of Richmond as the week of Nov. 6-12, 2022, is National Vocation Awareness Week.
Recognition: Bishop Barry C. Knestout has granted ecclesiastical recognition of Philippians 2 Foundation as a Catholic entity in the Diocese of Richmond. The nonprofit foundation operates the St. Claire of Assisi Retreat Center, Hampton, which is staffed fully by volunteers. The bishop also granted permission for the Blessed Sacrament to be reserved in the center’s chapel.
Congratulations: Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community, Charlottesville, celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 14.