Brother David Geary’s Obituary & Mass

Brother David Geary’s obituary was in the RTD paper this morning – 2/25/14.

His visitation is at Bliley’s on Friday evening 6-8 PM; reciting of the Rosary at 8:00 PM

The Mass is @ 3 pm on Saturday at St. Bridget.

It would be nice if we could get the Council to the Mass.


Mike K.


GEARY, David Patrick. David Patrick Geary, Ph.D., died February 22, 2014, after a lingering illness. He was born May 20, 1928. In 1944, at the age of 16, he served in WWII as a Boatswain Mate 2nd class, U.S. Maritime Service. He joined the Greendale, Wisconsin Police Department in 1950 and served until 1955. While serving in Greendale, he had permission to enroll in the Southern Police Institute in Louisville Kentucky, where he gained extensive knowledge and training. In 1955, he was asked to set up a brand new Police Department in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following this, he was appointed Police Chief there. In the fall of 1957, he completed three months of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He then remained in Hales Corners until 1961, when he was appointed Police Chief in Salem, Oregon, the state capital, where he remained until 1965, when he was appointed Police Chief in Ventura, California. He received his B.S. from LaVerne University in California in 1971, his MPA from University of Southern California in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1979. In 1980, he did Post Doctoral work at the University of Michigan. In 1972, he was appointed full time faculty at the University of Wisconsin. In 1976, he joined the faculty of the University of South Florida in Tampa. He remained there until 1979, when he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Nevada in Reno. In 1982, he and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia. There, he taught Criminal Justice and Community Relations at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more than two decades, Dr. Geary took students to Europe, the Middle East, the Soviet Union and the Far East to study Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, emphasizing the origin of The American Criminal Justice System in England and France. During the 1990s, he mentored numerous international students as they completed their B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He retired in 2003 as a Professor Emeritus. Past accomplishments include receiving a medal in the Pistol Shooting Championship Wisconsin Policeman’s Protective Association; Pistol Shooting, 5th Army Team, 60th Counter Intelligence Unit and Combat Engineers, 1950; Outstanding Young Man, U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, Hales Corners, Wisconsin; 1965 Research Fellow, LEAA U.S. Government 1976; President Faculty Senate, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989; President, Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association, 1985-1987; Author of many articles and 2 books, “How to Deliver Death News,” Compass Publications in San Francisco, California, widely used by agencies and the hard cover text “Community Relations and the Administration of Justice” by John Wiley and sons, New York, now in it’s second edition. Monographs written by Dr. Geary have been published in a number of periodicals, and he has presented papers in numerous countries on International Criminal Justice, Human Rights and Police Administration. In June 2002, he presented an invited paper “Justice, Immigration and the Security of our Borders” at the 6th Biennial Conference International Perspective on Crime, Justice and Order in London, England. Dr. Geary is noted in two U. S. Presidential reports and has served as a consultant in numerous large cities. GEARY (Continued) He has been a consultant to the Richmond Police Department in evaluating their Youth Firearms Violence Project, a program funded by the U. S. National Institute of Justice. In addition to serving as an Emeritus faculty member of the Criminal Justice Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Geary was Founder and Executive Director of the Virginia International Human Rights and Responsibilities Foundation, a private educational and research organization.

During his entire career and travels, his favorite place was always at home with his family. Dr. Geary and his wife, Mary Ann Delavan Geary, were married in 1954 and they had four sons, Patrick Joseph Geary (wife, Una) with two grandchildren, Amelia and Joseph; John Joseph Geary (wife, Heidi) and one grandchild, Megan; Dr. Daniel Joseph Geary (wife, Cory) and four grandchildren, David, Colleen, Michael and Erin; and Peter Joseph Geary. In addition, he has a brother, Jim Geary in Houston, Texas; a cousin, Dale Knowles in Carson City, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews. He and his wife have been members of St. Bridget’s Church for 20 years. Current associations include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, and the Irish American Society.

Friends may attend the viewing at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue, on Friday, February 28, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m., where a Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Following this, anyone wishing to add any memories or comments is welcome.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. at St. Bridget Church.

After the Mass, a reception will be held in the Commons area. Interment will be held at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bridget Church, Marquette University or Asceracare Hospice Agency.

The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast – May 2014

“We proclaim that we are one nation under God. The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast is not only a testimony to that reality but a call to stand with Catholics and others in a public act invoking God’s blessing and the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit on our nation in this time of the New Evangelization and spiritual renewal witnessed so beautifully by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.” – His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl

About The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast


The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB) was established in 2004 in response to Blessed Pope John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization. Each year, over 1,000 people gather in our nation’s capital to pray for our country. An impressive list of speakers highlights a program that attracts lay and religious leaders, political names, and so on. The event is non-partisan, and anyone is welcome to attend. Respecting the busy schedules of our attendees, every effort is made to conclude the program in a reasonable time frame.

Web Page Link:




  • Individual Ticket: $65
  • Table of 10: $650



  • Individual Ticket: $75
  • Table of 10: $750
  • Pastor Table of 10: $650

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


  • 6:15 am  –  Doors open
  • Exhibitor booths open
  • 6:45 am – 7:15 am  –  Rosary (led by priests and religious of the DC Metro area)
  • 7:15 am  –  Program Begins:
  • Welcome
  • Invocation and Meal Blessing – His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Breakfast served
  • Special Guest Speaker  –  Professor Robert P. George
  • Keynote Address  –  His Eminence Sean Cardinal O’Malley
  • Benediction  –  Archbishop Carlo Vigano
  • 9:15 am  –  Program Concludes
  • Special live performance by the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist
    during the Breakfast!
  • *Final program subject to change

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Pantry

Update regarding the

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Pantry

 In January parishioners donated 124 bags of groceries, which helped to provide food to 878 people, including 403 children.

Your generous donations to this ministry have helped to keep CCC’s food pantry open.  However, the pantry is facing  such severe shortages because donations have decreased over the past months . . . we must not only to continue our support of this ministry, but hopefully increase our monthly donations.

Our next food drive will be the weekend of March 9th.  Volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty grocery bags after all masses.  Please do not pass them by – take a bag home and return it the next weekend.

Pass the word!

Thanks for your support!!!

Men of St. Bridget Pilgrimage March 8

Men’s Trip to DC – From Mike Kozak

Please have folks contact me at to reserve a spot and to volunteer their land yachts for transportation.  Realizing now we may need to have our regular [Men’s Ministry] meeting the first Saturday in March. I made the reservations and arrangements with Fr. Larry for this before the proposed change of our meetings to the second Saturday:

March 8, 2014

6:30 a.m.(or so)   Depart front parking lot of St. Bridget

8:30 a.m. (or so)  Arrive at Catholic Information Center

Opportunity for Confession/Bookshop Visit during our time at the CIC

9:15                    Private Mass in Chapel celebrated by Fr. Larry Kutz of the Prelature of Opus Dei

10:15                   Depart for Shrine

11:00                   Guided Tour of Shrine

For those not wishing to tour the Shrine, there will be time for Confession/Bookstore/Gift Shop visits and/or time for private prayer in one of the many Chapels of the Shrine

12:00                   Those wishing quiet time, remain at Shrine at leisure.  We will have time for a quick visit to the new Shrine of Blessed John Paul II, established by the Knights of Columbus.  TWO SHRINES IN ONE DAY! (

1:10 p.m.              Stations of the Cross in the Crypt Church

1:45-3:00(or so)     Depart Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and lunch at friendly Irish Pub

5:30 (or so)           Arrive back at St. Bridget

For those who have never been to The Shrine, please note the following from the website:
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.

This might be a nice recruiting tool for the K of C and the Men’s Ministry.

Thanks for spreading the word.


Our Council Chili Project Went According to Plan!

Brother Knights:


As you know, our Council Chili project went according to plan and we have the first run results.  Captain Alan Serafim, once again, lead the team, coached the players and made it happen.

Food_Cooking Girl

Production was 165 quarts and the batch was sold Saturday and Sunday.  We ran out of the inventory by 12 pm on Sunday so none was offered for sale at the 5 pm mass. Our price was $8 for a single quart and two for $15.  We saw the majority of the sales in a two pack.


Our sales numbers are approximate as a final tally will come after some details are checked.  A few of the units were pulled directly off the production line for purchase by eager passers by.


Revenue:     $1262  (This includes some donations into the till by well wishing parishoners

Costs:            $500
Current Net: $762


The cook team started at 8:30 with Alan doing the food run and setup.  He, also, fronted the bank, tied off the two quart packs and led clean up between two kitchens.  Many thanks to all who worked the preparation: Pauland Retsie (spelling check) Kitchen, Gary Port, Tom Fiden, Randy Boyd, Winton Spencer and Augie Keller.  Augie drew the pot stirrer/manager duty.  Who knew he had the talent?  He definitely had the height to see down into the chili to watch for bubbles.


Chili Sellers at the masses did great including Joe DiVincentis, Steve Pellei, Ron Combs, Mike Kozak and Rick Witty.  I may have missed someone so let me know if you had a hand in this, too.  It should be noted that the big voices sold the most.  Well, it seemed that way since people responded to the calls.


Finally, thanks, too, to our Knights who bought plenty of product.


Congratulations on a solid effort.



Men’s Ministry Meeting Reminder – Saturday 2/8

Saturday, 2/8/14, 7:00 am (coffee starts at 6:30 am) at St. Bridget. The meeting will conclude by 8:00 AM in time for morning Mass. 


David Whitehead will facilitate and get us started in our study of Peter Kreeft’s Catholic Christianity. I’ll have the books available at the meeting. They are $18 each. Let me know if you want to get yours before our February meeting.


David asks that your bring a Catechism if you have one. 


Please let me know if you can facilitate a future meeting!!    


See you Saturday!!


LINKEDIN Group Page   As promised,  a group Webpage page on has been created as a business/group networking site. Here is a link to the site:


Please click on the link and joined the group. Please make sure that you are set up to receive notifications when information is posted to the site.


The idea is to start using this group page to make it easier to communicate and share information.


If we can figure it out, we will invite everyone who is currently on the sbmmff email list to join the LinkedIn group page.


Thanks for your patience as we transition from emails to using the group page.


Update: Annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday 2/9

Sir Knights:

Our Council is helping with the annual pancake breakfast on Sunday 2/9 at Mother Presentation Hall. A number of you have responded with offers to help. We definitely could use a couple of more hands to help.

The breakfast is from 8:30-11:30 and we need to help cook pancakes for the breakfast.  Mark Sweeney with Shoney’s is helping with the sausage and the service team at St. Bridget’s is helping with transition and serving.

I would like to divide this into two teams to help with the cooking.

Please respond as to which time/Team you can give us some of your time for this well attended event.

Team 1   7:30 AM

Team 2   9:30 AM



 Paul Kitchen



The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond

Ralph H. Graner – president elect of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond recently spoke to a Catholic business networking group I attend. They assist those of us over 50 years of age, and of all denominations, to get around Richmond, VA. They also provide many more services too.

They are in need of Volunteers and their organization can be viewed at 

They are located at: 311 Northside Ave, suite 400, Richmond, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 355-728

They are a Local non-profit that began in 1984; they have no direct religious affiliations, but get support from many; they have 3 full time staff, but are mostly staffed with volunteers; they receive funding through donations, member dues, and the kindness of others; the following information is taken directly from their website.

  • The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond is a non-profit service and education organization for people over 50. It is a warm community of volunteers who recognize that through giving of themselves they receive a profound sense of purpose and meaning in their own lives.
  • Our mission is to enrich the lives of people over 50 and empower them to continue to live meaningful and independent lives.
  • Personal Services – Shepherd’s Center volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments and to grocery stores to those over 60 in our community who, for whatever reason, are unable to drive themselves. Other services such as light handyman help, bookkeeping, and friendly calls and visits are also available. There are no fees for services and membership is not required. Each year, the Center’s volunteers provide more than 1,000 round-trip rides!
  • Education — A wide variety of classes are offered through the Center’s Open University. Classes are held at several different sites in Richmond throughout the fall, winter and spring. Most classes are taught by retired faculty from area institutions of higher learning. All teachers and staff volunteer their time.
  • Volunteer opportunities – The Shepherd’s Center’s programs and services are all carried out by volunteers – people like you! We need your help to get seniors in Richmond to medical appointments and to grocery stores. We need your expertise on our Board and its many committees/teams that plan and carry out the work of the Center.  If you live in the Richmond area and are 50 or better, there is not a more wonderful community that you could become part of!
  • Travel – The Center offers an exciting array of travel opportunities each year, from local vineyard tours to cruises.
  • Become a Member!  Becoming a member is easy.  Send a check for $25, payable to The Shepherd’s Center, to the address below, and write “membership” in the note field.  Make sure to include your name, address, and phone number.  Membership is due every fall, and lasts through the following summer.  Being a member gives you a discount on Open University tuition, as well as a discount on trip prices.  But most important, your membership makes you a part of this caring and vital group of people who do so much to help seniors in the Richmond community.

I hope this is a cause worth of your interest. Please contact me if I can be of assistance – John VanderSyde, Council 5476 (February 5, 2014)

Food Bag Distribution after Mass

On Feb 3, 2014, at 4:58 PM, CKoz654 <> wrote:


The K of C will be handing out food bags again this weekend ( and every second weekend of the month). Please take a few moments after the Mass you attend to help out for this worthy cause. I will have the bags placed at the doors and in the Commons. Whoever works after the 5 pm Mass on Sunday can put any unused bags back in the closet by the kindergarten, please. Thanks for all your help!



Mike K.

Our February Meetings


We are well on our way to a great fraternal year.

Pleased plan to attend this council business  to discuss these topics.

We will start at 7PM.

Our normal Member Meeting is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday Feb 20th which starts with a social and food at 6:30PM.


  • Chairman John McCulla  – Lenten Fish Fry Dinner Friday Mar 14, 2014
  • Chairman  Paul Kitchen – Parish Pancake Breakfast Sunday Feb 9, 2014
  • Chairman Dale Matanic Superbowl Sunday Chili Sales  Council Fund Raiser Report
  • Co-Chairman  Tom Fiden St Bridget Café Report
  • FS Randy Boyd- 2014 Membership Dues report
  • Chairman Mike Kozak Keep The Faith-Men’s Ministry Pilgrimage to Washington DC in Mar ??
  • Chairman Mike Kozak Pro-Life  March For Life  Wed Jan 22 2014 Report
  • Chairman Gary Port Catholic High School Scholarship Report
  • Recorder Rick Witty-Final Council By-Laws and Scholarship By-Laws Standing Resolution Filed?
  • Chairman Gary Port- Scholarship Committee Guidance Document Completed?

Membership Director  Bill Ashey – Interview Candidate(s)

First Degree Exemplification Scheduled  at St Bridget – DD Sam Paterson at our Member Meeting on Thr Feb 20 2014

Second Degree Exemplification-

There will be a 2nd Degree Exemplification on February 10th at the Bishop Ireton Center, 3300 Old Courthouse Road, Richmond.

The degree will begin at 7:30PM.  Candidates should arrive at 7:00 pm – dress code jacket & tie.


KOVAR Collections Can Begin-Need a Chairman



Gary, DGK