March 13, 2015

Sad week

Last week, Fr. Richard Vickery '41, a priest of the Diocese of Manchester died.  Fr. Vickery taught at Bishop Bradley High School from 1951-1966 and served our country in World War II and as a chaplain in the Vietnam War.  His funeral was yesterday at St. Joseph Cathedral and I attended to represent Trinity High School.  Bishop Libasci was the celebrant and Msgr. Anthony Fronterio, the rector of the cathedral, was the homilist.  I was happy to have had the chance to celebrate Fr. Vickery's life and to pray for the repose of his soul.  You can read more about Fr. Vickery at a blog post I did earlier this week.

Today we received more sad news - the death of Ms. Byron's dog Bodhi.  Ms. Byron teaches in our social studies department and Bodhi was an annual participant in our Blessing of the Animals celebrations.  He was a Newfoundland dog but was the sweetest and most gentle dog.  Sometimes I would pull up to work and see him in Ms. Byron's backseat as he refused to let her leave the house without him!  He died suddenly this morning and Ms. Byron was distraught.  She and her husband Dave loved Bodhi and he was a legend at Trinity High School.  I once lost a pet suddenly (our cat Samantha died when I was in high school after climbing into the wheel well of a neighbor's car) so I know what they are going through.  Please keep them in your prayers.  

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