The annual luncheon for pastors and principals sponsored by
the Arlington Principals Association had an added layer of
celebration and sentiment Jan. 19 as both Arlington Bishop
Paul S. Loverde and Sister Bernadette McManigal,
superintendent of diocesan schools, are set to retire this
Sister Bernadette will retire June 30 after eight years of
service to the diocese. As is required by canon law, Bishop
Loverde submitted his letter of resignation to the pope
following his 75th birthday Sept. 3. The pope is not required
to accept the resignation immediately.
Prior to the lunch in the St. Agnes Parish Center in
Arlington, Janet Cantwell, principal of St. Mary School in
Alexandria and treasurer of the principals association,
presented Bishop Loverde with a gift on behalf of the
association. In thanks for the bishop's support of Catholic
schools over his tenure, $250 will be given to both the St.
Rose of Lima Priests' Retirement Villa in Annandale and to
seminarian education in the diocese.
After receiving the gift, Bishop Loverde gave off-the-cuff
remarks filled with humor and thanks.
With his retirement "right around the corner," the bishop
said he was grateful for the donation to the villa, where he
will live once his resignation is accepted. Bishop Loverde
said he's always had a special fondness for retired priests,
"for all they have done" in service to the church and the
"They should have a place they can live with dignity and some
relaxation," he said.
The bishop also thanked the principals for their contribution
to seminarian education. The seminarians are "our future," he
After sharing his gratitude for the gift, the bishop
expressed his appreciation for the pastors - "for all you do
to encourage our Catholic schools and the evangelization that
is done through them" - as well as for school staff and
"You have been a great blessing to me personally and to our
diocese," the bishop told Sister Bernadette. "Know that you
always have a place here in our hearts."