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Stabene Society plans second-annual dinner

September 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The Stabene Society will hold its second-annual memorial dinner in honor of the Rev. Edmundo Stabene at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 on what will be the second anniversary of his death.

The six-course dinner will be held at Scaffidi's Restaurant in Steubenville. The dinner will be served family style with table service. The cost is $18 per person.

The Stabene Society was formed Oct. 18, 2010, the date Stabene died at age 92, after having served in the priesthood for more than 65 years. During his service as "a priest of the people," as he referred to himself, Stabene developed throughout the Tri-State Area an unprecedented gathering of loving friends, followers, parishioners and students from Italian classes he taught for many years, according to event organizers.

"The Stabene Society was created by those who loved father as an icon of virtue, a personification of virtuous spiritual leadership in both word and deed," said society founder Dominic J. Potts. "Father Stabene lit a torch of ethicality, morality and spirituality; a torch of benevolence, love and compassion; a torch of charity, empathy and good will. But father did not merely light the path for us, and he did not merely preach the word for us, he walked the path and spoke the word with us," Potts said.

"The Stabene Society was created to keep the torch he lit aflame, to memorialize father and all for which he stood and to perpetuate his legacy. We do so annually on the date of his passing by holding a special dinner in his honor and sharing our memories of father with each other," he said.

"This dinner will be a festive, enjoyable, memorable affair, in keeping with father's spirit and wish. Father would want us to celebrate his teachings and memory as 'a festivity,' not a 'morbidity.' That's what we did last year and have planned again this year. Following dinner there will be a full program of music, directed and orchestrated by Al Ruggieri, well-known for his Italian Hour radio program. Mary Ellen Redington will conduct interactive memory sharing. Artwork will be provided by Victor Ciancetta," Potts said

Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, will describe her relationship and admiration for Stabene, while Carm Gentile, president of the Italian-American Cultural Club and special guest, will describe the club's Stabene Scholarship Program named in honor of Stabene, a staunch advocate of education.

Monsignor Gerald Calovini will give the invocation and officiate at an 8 a.m. Mass for Stabene on Oct. 18 at Holy Family Church. The Rev. Randy Redington will deliver a special commentary and the benediction.

Program committee members are Frances Fante, honored mentor; Beverly Spiewak, chair; and Dominic Potts, Mena Potts, Mary Ellen Redington, Steve Spiewak, Martha Gillen, Victor Ciancetta and Peggy Elliot.

Reservations are necessary and limited to the first 80 participants. Payment must be received by Oct. 8 and cannot be made at the door. For reservations call Spiewak at (304)723-2159.

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