Dear Board Members:

Greetings in Christ!  I pray you are well.

I just returned from vacation yesterday and wanted to make sure you had all received the news or seen in the DMN that Vicki Middleton passed away on Tuesday, July 24th at her home after a sudden and brief battle with cancer.  We literally had just received an email last Thursday that Vicki had gone to the emergency room on Tuesday, was told cancer was throughout her body and was sent home with hospice care.  No one anticipated that she would only live for one week.

I spoke with Fr. Paul and he said he was able to be with Vicki and her husband Jim for many hours over the last week, and that there was much grace and "all was reconciled" (i.e., the various things she wrote and said that were sometimes particularly "pointed" (e.g., Carl Anderson as keynote speaker at the 2011 Bishop's Dinner)).

Services for Vicki are as follows:

Rosary at 10:00 AM, Friday, July 27, 2012, immediately followed by the Funeral Mass celebrated by Rev. Paul L. Weinberger at the Monastery of Discalced Carmelites, 600 Flowers Ave., Dallas, Texas.

Bishop Farrell has also given permission for Vicki to be buried on the grounds of the monastery. 

A copy of Vicki's obituary may be found here.

Eternal rest grant unto Vicki, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Blessings in Christ, for Life,

Karen