lukingDUBUQUE, Iowa – Sister Mary Francile Luking, BVM, 92, died May 7 at Caritas Center in Dubuque. Burial took place in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dubuque. She would have celebrated her diamond jubilee in September.
In the Diocese of Jackson, Sister Luking was principal at Jackson Christ the King Elementary School and served for many years as Montessori school volunteer in Jonestown, Miss.
She is survived by a sister, Anne Luking, Louisville, Ky., nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 74 years.


SALTILLO, Mexico – Father Benny Piovan, pastor of the San Miguel mission in Saltilllo, Mexico, died early Monday, August 4, of an apparant heart attack.piovan
Father Piovan retired as a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2006, but decided to take on the job as pastor in Saltillo, where he pastored seven parish churches as well as dozens of rancho churches serving some of the poorest people in Mexico.
Father Piovan founded Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Laplace, Louisiana. In fact, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination there in August. “I love Laplace, but  this is where I need to be and I  thank  God  every day for  giving  me the opportunity to serve Him through the poor of  Saltillo,” said Father Piovan during his anniversary Mass.
Arrangements were still pending as of the time of press time.

New Saltillo structure blessed

By Maureen Smith
SALTILLO – Bishop Joseph Kopacz blessed the newly finished St. Thomas Aquinas chapel building on a rainy Sunday evening, June 1. Almost 100 people packed into the small concrete-block structure for the celebration and pot luck dinner following.
St. Thomas Aquinas mission falls under the care of Tupelo St. James Parish. The original mission church was built in 1921. It sits near the only Catholic cemetery in that part of the state.
The community it serves is mostly descended from one large Irish Catholic family, the Barretts. The parish hall still has a family photo history posted on a bulletin board. Bishop Kopacz visited with some of the Barrett descendants during the blessing and dinner.
Marco López, an immigrant from Mexico, presented the parish with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Mexico, which the bishop also blessed.
The original mission church building burned in 2009 at the hands of an arsonist.
The community raised their own money and put in their own labor to rebuild a structure that can serve as a chapel or multipurpose building.