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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund - Scruggs Receives Award
In addition to Scruggs, the First Lavang Award is also being giving to Father Vincent Rigdon, director of the Office of the Missions, Archdiocese of Washington.
Fr. Vincent Rigdon, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and an Air Force Reserve chaplain, rightly miffed that the government was trying to curb his freedom of speech and religion, sued.The judge agreed that, though military chaplains are government employees, by the nature of their office they cannot be controlled and censored in that manner.
Religious freedom, 1; Government heavy-handedness, 0.Fr. Rigdon
saw an injustice, pursued justice through the proper channels, and won.He
The Catholic Standard - News
Father Vincent Rigdon, who also serves as the archdiocesan director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, was attending a national meeting of the society's board of directors in New York City last week. He
was minutes away from arriving in Penn Station when he
looked out the Amtrak train window to see the flames erupting from the upper floors of the World Trade Center's
110-story north tower.When he
arrived at the society's offices near the Empire State Building, he
was horrified to learn a second plane had hit the other tower.
After saying many prayers with his
fellow clergy, Father Rigdon
said the next day he
returned to Washington by train and related his
story to his
parishioners and the students of St. Michael's School
. Father Rigdon
reminded parishioners and the children how difficult it is to see such hatred, but to pray for our country's enemies."We have seen a terrible evil action, however we cannot hate.We must bring them to justice, but we can't give into the temptation of vengeance," he
The Catholic Standard - From the Editor
The Catholic Standard earned a first place Archbishop Edward T. O'Meara Award from the Propagation of the Faith, in the category of best promotion of world mission news, for advertisements provided by Father Vincent Rigdon, director of the Archdiocese of Washington's Office of the Missions.Judges praised the office's "Profiles in Mission" series of ads for being "consistently well designed and well written...Particularly striking was the Holy Week 1999 installment -- 'And they said, "Yes!"' -- which focused on missionaries martyred in 1998.The reader receives information about the Church's worldwide mission -- and about how he or she is key to that mission.Evident is the fruitful partnership between director Father Vincent Rigdon and the staff of the Catholic Standard."
Earlier this year, the Standard won five honors in the 1999 editorial and advertising contest sponsored by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association
.In that competition, Zimmermann won second place for an editorial on Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, staff writer Richard Szczepanowski won second place for a column on his
deceased father, Mumola won a second place for her
continuing coverage on sweatshops, and photographer Michael Hoyt won second place for a photo of students mourning after the Columbine school shootings.
Archdiocese of Washington - Evangelization - Office of the Missions
Rev. Vincent J. Rigdon,Archdiocesan Director The Office of the MissionsArchdiocesan Pastoral CenterP.O. Box 29260Washington, DC 20017-0260Tel: (301) 853-4527E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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