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Submitted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 for:
FDD Herbert Spencer

Herbert Spencer, 86, of Powder Springs, Georgia, who died on Sunday, Jan. 6, spent decades ensuring fairness for the underrepresented in Rhode Island — his native state and home for most of his life.

“He loved his wife, he loved his family and his friends,” said Herbert Spencer, Spencer’s son. “He treated everyone fairly.”

Spencer said that his namesake spent 23 years, beginning in 1972, as Rhode Island’s first African-American affirmative action officer. He talked about the importance of civil rights groups and demonstrations, Spencer said, and taught his children those values.

Spencer and his brother, Roland, said that their father believed that presentation was everything, even buying 10 suits with his Army bonus after a 1952 honorable discharge at the rank of corporal.

Roland theorized that aside from growing up as a black man in the U.S. in the 20th century, their father’s time in the Army while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma during the Korean War influenced him to further advance the cause of civil rights.

Spencer also was the first African-American grand knight of the Knights of Columbus in Rhode Island, a post which he took up at the J.A. Finnegan Council in Providence in 1963, when he was 30.

“One of the best ways that he knew he was going to be a part of change,” Roland said, regarding his fathers decision to join the knights, “was that he would have to become part of the system that made decisions for people.”
It was his ability to maneuver between two different worlds that the brothers say is his greatest legacy left to his children.

“He taught us to make sure that we have a work ethic, that nothing is promised to us, but that if we do the work and make the relationships we can move forward,” Roland said. “We can frame the journey and teach people how to get to where to go.”

“Essentially he became a people’s advocate and civil leader,” Herbert said. “Those are the traits he taught us.
“We believe that he is going to enter the pearly gates and be received for the work he’s done,” Roland concluded.

Spencer is survived by his wife, Barbara, 86, of Powder Springs; children Herbert, 60, of Atlanta, Roland, 59, of San Antonio, Letia Spencer-Goode, 56, of Powder Springs, and Christopher Spencer, 54, and Nelson Spencer, 49, both of Providence. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Spencer’s funeral service will be held at Our Lady’s Chapel of the Holy Name Church of Jesus, 107 Camp Street, Providence, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 19. He will be buried at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter following the service.

Submitted on Friday, January 11, 2019 for:
Rev. Msgr William I. Varsanyi

January 8, 2019
Rev. Msgr. William I. Varsanyi, P.A., J.C.D., 96, Senior Priest and former Vicar General of the Diocese of Providence, died Monday, January 7, 2019.

Born in Adony, Hungary, a son of the late Ignatius and Rozalia (Rauff) Varsanyi, he attended public schools in Adony and high schools in Budapest and Kalocsa, Hungary. He completed studies for the priesthood at Peter Pazmany Catholic University in Budapest and was ordained a priest on July 7, 1946 in the seminary chapel in Kalocsa by Archbishop Jozsef Grösz. In 1944 he became a Chaplain in the Royal Hungarian Army. After a summer assignment as assistant pastor in Gara, Hungary from 1947-51, he made post-graduate studies in Canon Law and Moral Theology at the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome. Father Varsanyi earned a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) from the Gregorian University in Rome.

In 1951, Father Varsanyi came to the Diocese of Providence and began his work at the Chancery Office, where he served until his retirement in 2013 in various appointments: Assistant and Vice-Chancellor; Vicar for Religious and Canonical Affairs; Chancellor; Vicar General; and Delegate for Canonical Affairs; diocesan Director of Catholic Relief Services, of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and of the Holy Childhood Association; as well as Defender of the Bond and Promoter of Justice in the diocesan Tribunal for many years. He also served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, and Secretary and Vice-President of all diocesan corporations. He was also a Master of Ceremonies to the Auxiliary Bishops.

His other assignments included: assistant pastor at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul (1951-52); Chaplain at St. Francis Home, Warwick (1952) and at St. Joseph Hospital, Providence (1952-54); and in-residence at St. Paul Parish, Cranston (1954-57). In 1957, Monsignor became Chaplain at Jeanne Jugan Residence (formerly Holy Trinity Home) in Pawtucket where he would reside for a total of 61 years.

In 1961, Saint Pope John XXIII appointed Father Varsanyi as Papal Chamberlain, with the title of Reverend Monsignor. He was named a Domestic Prelate of His Holiness in 1967; and in 1986, Saint Pope John Paul II named him a Prothonotary Apostolic (P.A.), the highest order of Monsignor.

Monsignor Varsanyi was also a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Canon Law Society of America, the Knights of Columbus (Fourth Degree), and of the diocesan Council of Priests, College of Consultors, and Finance Council.

Monsignor Varsanyi was instrumental in helping his Hungarian immigrants to find work and housing following the Communist invasion of Hungary in 1956, and for many years he provided them with spiritual support. He was a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and of the International Institute of Rhode Island, which honored him with its “Man of the Year” Award for his work with Hungarian refugees. In 1965, Monsignor Varsanyi attended the last session of the Second Vatican Council as Bishop Russell McVinney’s canonical advisor. In February 1966 Monsignor Varsanyi was incardinated into the Diocese of Providence.

After the collapse of the Communist regime in Hungary in 1989, he visited his home country almost annually, and in his capacity as Chairman of the Hungarian Catholic League of America, he helped to rebuild the Catholic Church in Hungary.

On January 1, 2013, after more than 60 years of administrative work and ministry at the Providence Chancery, Monsignor retired from his diocesan posts and remained at St. Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor as a resident priest for the rest of his life. In 2016, Monsignor celebrated the 70th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Monsignor Varsanyi leaves a number of nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in Hungary and in Florida. He was the youngest of nine children, and was predeceased by four sisters, Margit, Anna, Maria and Ilona and three brothers, Laszlo, Gyula and Ferenc, all of whom lived in Hungary; and by another sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Monteith who lived in Sarasota, FL.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, January 13, 2019, from 4 - 7pm, in the St. Jeanne Jugan Residence Chapel, Little Sisters of the Poor, 964 Main Street, Pawtucket.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Monsignor’s soul will be offered on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Fenner Street, Providence.

Burial will follow at St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Any donations in memory of Monsignor Varsanyi can be made to support either the St. Jeanne Jugan Residence/Little Sisters of the Poor (964 Main St., Pawtucket, RI 02860) or the diocesan office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith (1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI 02903).

Submitted on Monday, December 31, 2018 for:
Remember Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, D.D., J.C.D., 88, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Providence

December 31, 2018

Please remember Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, D.D., J.C.D., 88, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Providence, in your prayers.

Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, D.D., J.C.D., 88, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Providence died Friday, December 28, 2018.

Born in Boston, MA, a son of the late John F. and Jennie T. (Bath) Mulvee, he attended Boston schools.

In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut; St. Paul Seminary at the University of Ottawa, Canada; and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire on June 30, 1957 in Louvain, Belgium.

Following his ordination, Father Mulvee served as Chaplain at St. Charles Orphanage, Rochester, at St. Leo Parish, Gonic, and at St. Peter Parish, Farmington. He then served as assistant pastor at St. Catherine Parish (1958-60) and at St. Joseph Cathedral (1960-61). Between 1961 and 1964, he made postgraduate studies and earned a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. That year, Father Mulvee also received a master’s degree in religious education from the University of Louvain.

In July 1964, Father Mulvee was appointed assistant chancellor of the Diocese of Manchester. He also served in several diocesan posts, including judge and notary of the Diocesan Tribunal, a Diocesan Consultor, Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies, Secretary to the Diocesan Synod and as a member of various diocesan commissions. In 1966 he was appointed a Papal Chamberlain by Saint Pope Paul VI with the title of Monsignor and, in 1970, a Prelate of Honor.

Monsignor Mulvee was named chancellor of the Diocese of Manchester in 1972, the post he held at the time of his appointment as the first Auxiliary Bishop of Manchester. He was ordained a bishop on April 14, 1977 at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. As Auxiliary Bishop, he served as Vicar General and Chairman of the Personnel Board of the Diocese of Manchester.

From February 1985 until February 1995 he served as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware. Nationally, he served on various committees and boards of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), such as member of the Bishops’ National Advisory Council; chairman of the Bishops’ Board for the American College of Louvain, Belgium; member of the NCCB Administrative Board and the Committee on Personnel and Administrative Services; member of the NCCB Campaign for Human Development Committee; member of the Committee for the Nomination of Officers for the NCCB and the U.S. Catholic Conference; and member of the Joint Committee of Orthodox and Roman Catholic Bishops. In addition, Bishop Mulvee was chairman of the New England Council of Church Leaders and Ecumenical Council of Christian Denominational Executives and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC; of St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland; and of the Catholic University of America. As a member of the committee for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), he travelled to some of the poorest areas of the world. Bishop Mulvee was also Chairman of the Human Resources Committee for CRS.

In July, 1993, Bishop Mulvee became a Chaplain ad honorem in the Federal Association of the Order of Malta.

On February 7, 1995 Bishop Mulvee was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Providence by Saint John Paul II and was officially welcomed to the diocese on March 27, 1995. On June 11, 1997 he was appointed as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Providence and served with zeal and distinction until March 31, 2005 when he retired as Bishop Emeritus.

Bishop Mulvee was awarded many honorary doctoral degrees. He served on the Board of Trustees of Providence College, Salve Regina University and of Saint John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts.

During his retirement years, Bishop Mulvee lived seasonally in Florida, and at the Cathedral Residence in Providence. In his retirement, Bishop Mulvee continued to assist the diocese by presiding at pontifical ceremonies and confirmations within the Diocese of Providence. In 2017, Bishop Mulvee celebrated his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination, and his 40th anniversary as a bishop.

Reception of the body will be on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 3PM, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Fenner Street, Providence.

Visitation in the Cathedral follows until 7PM.

Evening Prayer on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7PM, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence.

A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11AM in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence.

Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.

Any donations in memory of Bishop Mulvee can be made to support either the diocesan homeless shelter Emmanuel House, or to The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee Fund for the Education of Seminarians. (c/o Stewardship and Development Office, 1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI 02903)

Submitted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 for:
PGK Paul Beno of St. Francis Council #2011

Please keep PGK Paul Beno in your prayers.

Paul J. Beno, 90, of North Kingstown, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Eileen H. (Rousseau) Beno.
Born in Pottsville, PA, he was a son of the late Stephan and Elizabeth (Koch) Beno.

A twenty-year Veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Beno served during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He worked for the US Postal Service in North Kingstown for twenty years before retiring in 1989.

He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 2011; and was a member the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 42 and the American Legion, Post 15. He was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two daughters, Paula Hall of Ranger GA and Susan Charron of North Kingstown; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was the grandfather of the late Andrea Cannon; and brother of the late Anna Hayner, Mary Riatto, Helen Beno, Pauline Ogitis, John, Joseph and Steven Beno.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 21, 2018 at 11am in St. Francis de Sales Church, 381 School Street, North Kingstown. Burial with Military Honors will follow in RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

Visiting hours Thursday from 3-6pm in the FAGAN-QUINN Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to VNA of Care New England Hospice, 51 Health Lane, Warwick, RI 02886 will be appreciated.