e-News Report   Week of February 16, 2015
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Retreat with Msgr. Lavalley

“Silent prayer is nothing else but an intimate and friendly conversation with the God whom we know loves us.” Thus does St. Teresa of Avila describe silent prayer, the path that leads to intimacy with Jesus. In this 500th anniversary of la Madre’s birth, Msgr. Richard Lavalley will lead a day-retreat on silent prayer on Saturday, March 21, at Our Lady of Life in Quebec, an hour and 45 minutes from the Burlington area.

For more information about this event, and to register, call the St. Francis Xavier Rectory at 802-655-2290 or e-mail Teresa at

Theology on Tap

BURLINGTON—Young Adults between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to attend Theology on Tap at Church Street Tavern beginning at 7:00 p.m. on March 12. The speaker will be Father Rich O’Donnell, pastor of Christ the King/St. Anthony Parish in Burlington.

The group also hosts a Bible study every Tuesday night at

News Round-Up

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Archbishop Romero

After decades of debate within the Church, Pope Francis formally recognized that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in hatred of the faith” and not for purely political reasons. Pope Francis signed the decree Feb. 3, recognizing as martyrdom the March 24, 1980, assassination of Archbishop Romero in a San Salvador hospital chapel as he celebrated Mass. The decree clears the way for the beatification of the archbishop. The sainthood cause was opened at the Vatican in 1993 but was delayed for years as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith studied his writings amid wider debate over whether he had been killed for his faith or for taking political positions against Salvadoran government and against the death squads that were operating in his country. As head of the San Salvadoran Archdiocese from 1977 until his death, his preaching grew increasingly strident in defense of the country’s poor and oppressed.(CNS)

Pro-life activists optimistic about state efforts to restrict abortion

While action on a bill that would ban abortions in the United States after the 20-week mark has been