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Obituary: Sister of St. Joseph Mary Polworth

RUTLAND--Sister Mary Polworth (John Joseph), 89, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died Nov. 10 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was a former president of The College of St. Joseph (the Provider) in Rutland.
Born in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of Robert and Sophronia (Dubie) Polworth.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland from Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Parish in Burlington in 1952. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield (Mass.) in 2001 when the two communities merged.
She graduated from Cathedral High School in Burlington and earned her bachelor of science degree from Trinity College there.

Sister Polworth was a faculty member and chair of the Business Department at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland and a faculty member at St. Joseph College in Bennington. She briefly served as executive secretary at the Southern Vermont Computer Center in Bennington before being named President of the College of St. Joseph the Provider, a post in which she served from 1974-83.
She ministered in many capacities in the religious congregation: as vice president, director of development and secretary to the president. She also was a member of the Burlington Diocesan School Board and the Bishop's Commission on Women. She served on the boards of many other educational, business and civic organizations in Vermont. In 2004 she retired to St. Joseph Kervick Residence in Rutland.

In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her sister, Elsa Polworth, of South Burlington. She was predeceased by her sister, Sister Jean Polworth, C.S., and by her brothers, James and John Polworth. 

On Nov. 17 a Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Peter Church, Rutland. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
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Closing of the Holy Door: Nov. 20

This Holy Year of Mercy will come to a close on Nov. 20, 2016, on the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe. Join Bishop Christopher Coyne, and the Faithful of the Diocese of Burlington for a very special Mass in celebration of God’s gift of Mercy through Christ Jesus, and the many gifts God has bestowed upon us in this Jubilee year. Mass will begin at 3 pm in St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Fellowship and light refreshments will be available after Mass. 
Throughout this Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Burlington has formally celebrated Jubilees for lay ministers, religious and consecrated life, young children, young adults, deacons, priests and seminarians, families, musicians, catechists and school teachers, and the sick, while also holding all of God’s people in prayers of mercy, peace, and love. Take a look back at the opening of this extraordinary Jubilee, what mercy means in our lives, and the various celebrations each month at vermontcatholic.org/yearofmercy.
"In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6)."  -Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus
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Obituary: The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell

Winooski, Vermont – The Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, age 86, died on October 4, 2016.  Bishop Angell was born on August 3, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late Henry and Mae (Cooney) Angell. Bishop Angell attended public and private elementary schools in Providence, Rhode Island.  He attended Our Lady of Providence High School and began his seminary studies at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island.  For his theological studies, he attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. Bishop Angell was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Providence by the Most Reverend Russell J. McVinney, fifth Bishop of Providence, on May 26, 1956, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, Rhode Island.
Bishop Angell began his priestly ministry in 1956 at St. Mark Parish, Jamestown, Rhode Island, and Sacred Heart Parish, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  In 1960 he served as Assistant pastor of St. Mary Parish, Newport.  In 1968 he became Assistant Chancellor and Secretary to the Most Reverend Russell J. McVinney, Bishop of Providence, and in 1972 was appointed Chancellor and Secretary to the Most Reverend Louis E. Gelineau, sixth Bishop of Providence.  Bishop Angell was named a Prelate of Honor with the title Monsignor by Pope Paul VI on December 17, 1972.
On August 13, 1974, he was appointed by Pope Paul VI as Titular Bishop of Settimunicia and Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, and was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop Louis E. Gelineau on October 7, 1974.  He then served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Providence until October 6, 1992, when he was appointed by Pope St. John Paul II as the eighth Bishop of Burlington.  He was installed as the eighth Bishop of Burlington on November 9, 1992.
Bishop Angell served as Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington throughout the rest of the 1990’s and into the new millennium.  He exhibited a shepherd’s heart in his care for all the people of Vermont and lived out his episcopal motto to “serve the Lord with gladness.”  After the events of September 11, 2001, in which his brother and sister-in-law lost their lives, he exhibited exceptional leadership in calling for forgiveness and mercy, as well as peace and reconciliation among all people.       
While Bishop of Burlington, Bishop Angell served on the Board of Trustees of Wadhams Hall Seminary and Champlain College and was active in the Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society. In addition, Bishop Angell received honorary degrees from Providence College, Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Salve Regina College and St. Michael’s College.
Following thirteen years of leading the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Angell’s resignation from office was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI on November 9, 2005.  During his retirement, Bishop Angell resided in Burlington, Stowe, Winooski and, most recently, at Our Lady of Providence Home in Winooski.
Bishop Angell was predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Lynn Angell.  He is survived by his sister Claire Miller and her husband Bernard, of Salem, NH, as well as nieces and nephews, Karen and Philip Brendli of Brewster, NY, and their children, Craig, Rebecca, Blair and her husband Samuel; Kathleen and Joseph Grinley of Salem, NH and their children Marissa and her husband Mark, Patrick and Jeffrey; Anne & David Rice of Syracuse NY, and their children Andrew, Lauren and Meredith; Stephen and Georgeann Miller of Golden Bridge, NY and their son, Gregory. He is also survived by a great-great nephew, Kenneth, and great-great niece, Abby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at 1 p.m., St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Allen Street, Burlington with Bishop Christopher J. Coyne as principal celebrant in the presence of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston.  Calling hours will be on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, from 3-7:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral.

Burial will take place in the Angell Family lot at St. Anne Cemetery in Cranston, Rhode Island at a later time.
Gifts in Bishop Angell’s memory may be made to the Priests Benefit Fund, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, Vermont 05403.

Obituary: Sister of Mercy Joyce Barrett

BURLINGTON--Sister Of Mercy Joyce Barrett (Sister Mary Petronilla), 84, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community died at Mount St. Mary Convent Sept. 28.
She was born in Burlington on Dec. 3, 1931, the daughter of Eveline (Blanchette) Barrett and Daniel Barrett. She attended Mount St. Mary grammar and high schools, received a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Burlington and a master’s degree from St. Michael's College in Colchester.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Aug. 15, 1949, and was professed on Aug. 18, 1952.
Sister Barrett taught for 25 years at Mount St. Mary, Christ the King and Cathedral Grammar schools in Burlington, Marian High School in Barre and Winooski High School. She also worked in religious education in St. Albans, was involved in peace and social justice concerns and was the coordinator of the Mercy Justice Coalition.
She ministered as a nurse's aide to the terminally ill at Calvary Hospital and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx and as the director of health care for the Sisters of Mercy in Burlington. When she was no longer able to be in active ministry, she volunteered at Mount St. Mary Convent.
She is survived by her sister, Colleen Pelkey, and her husband, Harry; many nieces and nephews; her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy; and many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Eveline Barrett; her sisters Lorraine Barrett (Sister Mary Charles), Arlene Barrett and Kathleen Dannehy; and her brother, Norman Barrett.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3, at Mount St. Mary Chapel.
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