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November reflection from Monsignor Chester Michael:

(submission by Janet Centini)

There is an infinite variety to the possibilities of our experiencing the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.  All those who, in one way or another, are united to the Holy Spirit, form a community of persons which is called the Communion of Saints.  Whether these persons are in heaven, purgatory or on earth, they are bound by the closest of all ties — that of the Spirit of God.  Just as the Holy Spirit of Love joins the Father and Son in the Blessed Trinity, this same Spirity united the great brotherhood and sisterhood of Christians throughout the earth to the souls of the just in heaven.  The fellowship that we enjoy in the Communion of Saints is a two-way street.  Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to help others and they, in turn, can help us.
A New Day, by Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael S.T.D., page 183



Saints tapastry at Los Angeles Cathedral by John Nava


Monsignor Chester Michael (1916-2014) RIP

We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) RSV

(favorite Bible quote of Fr. Chet’s)

 10498207_10204416414319929_1052966899565092963_oPhoto by Dr. Tim Short of Fr. Chet who loved to hike in the Shenandoah Mountains

It is with great sadness that we report that Monsignor Chester Michael peacefully passed away on Thursday at 3pm on July 31, 2014 at age 97 while in hospice care. Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, in 1916, ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1942, and was a faithful priest of the Diocese for 72 years. Please remember Msgr. Michael and his family in your prayers.

Remembering Monsignor Chester Michael (click for more stories and photos)