Friday: UVA Leaders' Meeting and Pontifical Vespers
Many UVA chapter officers and board members attended the Providence Conference, which was very heartening and allowed for much useful discussion: Bill Basile (UV Rochester, Director); Marie Boland (UV Albany); Nathan Collins (UV Michigan); Joe Gallante (UV Cape Cod); Warren Goddard (UV New Hampshire); Fred Haehnel (UV St. Louis, MO; Director; Treasurer UVA; Treasurer FIUV); Dan Marengo (UV Bronx); Allen Maynard (UV Rhode Island; Director); Brian Mershon (UV Greenville SC); Elizabeth Murphy (UV Newfoundland); Christine and Sandy Philp (UV Berkshires); Christine Quagan (UV Boston); Byron Smith (UV Syracuse, Director); Indira Sweeny (UV Brooklyn; Director); and Ann and Peter Whelan (UV Westchester). Photo (L-R): Eva Sturchio, Marie Boland, Dave Pietrusza, Brian Mershon, Peter Whelan.
In addition, Mary Kraychy, Director of the Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei was present, as were representatives from other chapters: Eva Sturchio from UV NJ, Dave Pietrusza from UV Albany, Patrick Flansburg from UV Rochester; Fr. Bishop representing Californian chapters, and Fr. Gary Carr representing newly-formed UV New Mexico. Photo (L-R): Patrick Flansburg, Fra Freddy, Fred Haehnel, Byron Smith, Bill Basile
UVA leaders discussed the current situation in UVA and FIUV, and board members gave short presentations on the financial situation of UVA, the recent General Assembly in Rome, and the current status of membership in the organization. Fra Freddy presented information from the European side and supported the idea of an announcement coming sometime soon from the Vatican regarding the TL Mass.
Chapter leaders gave individual presentations on topics of general interest - e.g. "How to promote an event on a small budget," "Forming a chant schola," etc. These presentations will become part of a larger project of developing a CD-ROM for new chapters with articles on relevant topics and examples of materials used to promote the Mass or an UVA event.
After the meeting, Bp. Rifan and Fr. Santos held pontifical vespers in Holy Name Church, accompanied by the parish's lovely schola. Fr. Santos presented Bp. Rifan with a pontifical ring, made from amethyst, onyx and diamonds - which was a gift from the ten chapters that sponsored the conference: UV Berkshires, Boston, Brooklyn, Bronx, Cape Cod, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Rochester, Syracuse, and Westchester. Photo: Bp. Rifan and Fr. Santos during Pontifical Vespers