`Father Rich,' St. Louis associate pastor, is leaving to head a parish in Baltimore

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 2000|By Diane B. Mikulis | Diane B. Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE REV. Richard Bozzelli, associate pastor at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, is leaving. Father Rich, as he is known to his parishioners, will soon become pastor at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.

Cardinal William H. Keeler made the appointment, effective Feb. 7. Until then, Father Rich is splitting his time between the two parishes.

Monsignor Joseph L. Luca, pastor at St. Louis, shared the news with parishioners last month.

"Obviously, this is a great loss for our parish," he said, "but at the same time [it] is a wonderful opportunity for Father Rich to give leadership to Corpus Christi parish and to use his many talents for the church in Baltimore City."

Bozzelli began his assignment at St. Louis in July 1997. He coordinated the parish liturgy and represented the pastoral staff on the Haiti Sister Parish project.

In 1998, he and four parishioners visited Haiti, and last fall he was host to three visitors from Haiti.

He has worked with young people in the parish through St. Louis School, and religious education and youth ministry programs. He also offered opportunities for adult education to his parishioners.

A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, Father Rich holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, Harvard Law School and St. Mary's Seminary and University. He is a member of the Maryland bar.

Public speakers

Glenelg Country School held its annual Barlow Public Speaking Contest recently for middle school children.

Twelve pupils competed in the finals, and a winner was chosen from each of the three grades.

Sixth-grader Erin Chokshi of Sykesville won for her recitation of "Dogs: Are They Really Man's Best Friend?"

Nick Lehan of Columbia performed a portion of "A Man for All Seasons" and earned the seventh-grade top honors.

For her delivery of Hamlet's soliloquy, Jennifer Unter of Brookeville in Montgomery County was named the eighth-grade winner.

The young people were judged for their poise, how well they remembered the text, interpretation, articulation and choice of material.

Judges were William Gillett, technical director for the school theater; the Rev. Howard A. Newman, senior pastor and head of staff at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia; and Jennifer Vick, a reporter for the Howard County Times.

The Barlow Public Speaking Contest was started in 1965 by then-interim headmaster Thomas Barlow to increase pupil appreciation of literature and confidence in public speaking.

Geography bee

Fourth-grader Brian Whitney is representing Clarksville Elementary School at the state level of the National Geographic Bee, a national competition for pupils in grades four through eight.

In the fall, Clarksville fourth- and fifth-graders took a multiple-choice test on world geography prepared by the National Geographic Society.

Brian, who scored highest, sat for the state-level test last week.

Brian said he feels good about representing his school but is cautious about his chances of winning at the state level, since pupils up to eighth grade can participate.

Teacher Diane Miller prepared the pupils for the examination by sharing world geography facts with them in class and whenever they had a few spare minutes.

"I glanced at the written test, and it's really tough," said Karen Whitney, Brian's mother. "These kids are really phenomenal."

The Whitneys will receive the results by mail in about a month.

Winners from 50 states and five territories will meet in May at the society's headquarters in Washington for the national competition, which will be moderated by Alex Trebek, the host of the television game show, "Jeopardy!"

Talented musicians

High school musicians from across the state have auditioned for the Music Educators All-State Festivals, which will be next month and in March.

Some talented musicians and singers from western Howard will participate.

In the Junior All-State Band will be Caitlin Nicholl, David Stepp, Brendan Wise and Sarah Black from Glenelg High School, and Karl Petre and Mandy Barrett from River Hill High School.

The Senior All-State Band will feature Glenelg's Alex Asher, Ryan Bender, Sarah Miller, Jason Bostron, Jon Durant and Matt Wilcox, and River Hill's Jason Thurman and Alex Mekelburg.

The Junior All-State Orchestra will include Daniel Park of Glenelg and Jay Brimley, Andrew Chow, Anna Kim and Kacy Clopton of River Hill.

In the Senior All-State Orchestra will be David Black and Jon Gibson of Glenelg and Tammy Soh of River Hill.

Andrius Vaskys of Glenelg will perform in the Senior All-State Jazz Ensemble.

River Hill students Kacy Clopton, Daniel Ji, James Murphy and Christen Byrne will sing in the Junior All-State Chorus.

Glenelg students Nickey Tilley, Jenny Marsh, Rachel Morgan and Siga Vaskys will sing in the Senior All-State Chorus.

Boy Scout news

Boy Scout Troop 737 of Clarksville welcomes new Scoutmaster Daniel Hall.

He succeeds Joe Mettle, who has been Scoutmaster since 1996.

Hall earned his Eagle Scout rank in Mount Pleasant, Mich. He participated in several canoeing trips, summer camps and the Philmont High Adventure -- a hiking and camping trip -- in New Mexico.

Hall is a software engineer and project leader for the federal government.

He and his wife, Krysten Beth, and their son Elliot, 3, live in Catonsville.

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