By: Bishop Paul S. Loverde
It is with unimaginable sadness that I received the telephone call yesterday notifying me of a tragic car accident involving three Benedictine Sisters on their way to a retreat at Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow, VA. Sister Denise Mosier, O.S.B., died in the accident; Sister Charlotte Lange, O.S.B., and Sister Connie Ruth Lupton, O.S.B., suffered severe injuries and were taken to the hospital.
I immediately went to the hospital to be with the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia who had gathered there, including their prioress, Sister Cecilia Dwyer. I was able to visit with Sister Charlotte (Sister Connie Ruth was in surgery) and I pray fervently for their healing.
Our faith gives us the knowledge that the Lord is with us in all things, even in this profound sorrow. I pray that Sister Denise, a good and faithful servant of the Lord whom I knew from Saint Benedict’s Monastery and her work with our Diocesan Sisters’ Council, has gone to her eternal reward.
This devastating event is a reminder that we are pilgrims on this earthly journey. In remembering the many ways they have supported the faithful of the Diocese of Arlington, I pledge to the sisters that our entire diocesan family is likewise lifting them to the Lord in prayerful support.
I also must address the reality that this tragedy, which comes allegedly as a result of a young man’s drunk driving, was avoidable. The Sisters now live with the consequences of this behavior, as do countless other families. While we pray for the driver, let us also recommit ourselves to eliminating this absolutely unacceptable behavior: yes, via programs in our schools, but also by the example that we set in our homes and communities.
Blog Note: For more information about this tragedy, please read the news story in the Arlington Catholic Herald.