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  A Christian Faith Magazine December 2002, Volume 8, Issue 5  
Spirituality for Today

Rev. Mark Connolly  |  Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.  |  Rev. Mr. Joseph Marcello  |  Raymond Guido  |  Dorothy L. Riera  |  Brother Gus Parlavechio, C.P.

Rev. Mark Connolly
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts Rev. Mark Connolly started THE SUNDAY MASS on television in the New York Area in 1970. In 1993, Fr. Connolly was named the Director of Radio and Television in the Diocese of Bridgeport. He is well known in the field of Radio and Television. Presently, Father is the host of an ABC syndicated show called THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK which is aired every Sunday morning throughout the country.

Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
The Most Reverend William Edward Lori was born on May 6, 1951, in Louisville, Kentucky, the second of three sons of Margaret and Francis Lori.

He obtained a Bachelor's Degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Kentucky, in 1973, and a Master's Degree from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in 1977. In 1982, Bishop Lori received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Lori was ordained to the priesthood by William Cardinal Baum on May 14, 1977, in Saint Matthew Cathedral in Washington. His first assignment was as Associate Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Landover, Maryland, a position he held for five years. Thereafter, Bishop Lori held a number of official chancery positions in the Archdiocese.

In 1982 he became Theological Advisor to His Eminence, James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, an assignment he held until last year. From 1983-1994, he served as Secretary to Cardinal Hickey.

From 1982-1986 he was Director of Ecumenical Affairs for the Archdiocese. From 1988-1994, he was Censor Librorum.

In 1994, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese and Moderator of the Curia.

On April 20, 1995, Bishop Lori was ordained to the episcopate as Auxilary Bishop of Washington and Titular Bishop of Bulla, an ancient suffragan see in modern-day Tunisia.

On January 23, 2001, Bishop Lori was named the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport. On March 19, 2001, he was installed during Mass at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Since 1982, Bishop Lori has sat on a number of important committees of the Archdiocese of Washington and the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (N.C.C.B.). Presently he is a member of the N.C.C.B Committee on Doctrine and Subcommittee on Catechesis. He has been a member of N.C.C.B. Committees on Human Values, Education, the Diaconate, the Missions. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland Catholic Conference and the District of Columbia

Bishop Lori is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America and the chairman of its Academic Affairs Committee.

Rev. Mr. Joseph Marcello
Rev. Mr. Joseph was ordained a transitional deacon by Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport in June, 2002. He is presently completing his fourth year of priestly formation at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is expected to be ordained to the Priesthood in May, 2003.

Raymond Guido
Raymond is a senior and an honors student at Fairfield College Preparatory School, a Jesuit high school in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout and will be assisting at a Catholic Mission in Ecuador in April of 2003. He lives in Shelton, Connecticut.

Dorothy L. Riera
A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and the State University of New York, Mrs. Riera is a parishioner at St. Michael the Archangel in Greenwich. She is a Dame of Malta and is fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Brother Gus Parlavechio, C.P.
A professed member of the Passionist Community for thirty-two years, Brother Gus has served in leadership roles and as treasurer at the provincial level and several Passionist institutions in the Eastern United States. He also has been pastoral minister at a Baltimore parish. Currently, Brother Gus is serving in his fifth years as associate retreat director at The Passionist's Calvary Retreat Center in Shrewsbury, MA. He has attended numerous institutes and takes special interest in sacred scripture. He has conducted several retreats and enrichment courses on diverse scriptural themes.

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