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Reception for Father Tuttle

May 18, 2011
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

After celebrating Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church at 2565 Alexander Ave., Steubenville, the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Tuttle will be honored at a reception to follow for his years of pastoral service.

The reception after the liturgy will be held in the church's Malara Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to thank Tuttle for "his dedicated service to the Diocesan Church of Steubenville and as he continues to help build the Kingdom of God in his medical disability retirement."

Born in Steubenville, Tuttle is a graduate of Catholic Central High School, who attended St. John Vianney Seminary in Bloomingdale from 1968-76. He is the son of the late and Robert and Antoinette Controguerra Tuttle.

He was ordained May 1, 1976, by the late Bishop John King Mussio and served in various area parishes, beginning at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Carrollton. He came to Holy Family in 1991 and served through 2008. During that time, a new church was built and Malara Hall renovated.

Tuttle attended the Institute for Pastoral Theology in Kansas City, Mo., from 1981-84. The institute was established to resource mission dioceses to have lay ministry formation programs. In the three years there, he was not only a student, but a lecturer, presenter and instructor as well.

Tuttle served as a spiritual director to many priests, deacons, religious and laity and also led parish missions, retreats and seminars inside and outside the diocese.

In his more than 30 years in the ministry, he was an encourager and supporter of evangelization and missionary efforts locally and abroad in addition to social justice issues; pro-life concerns, including the local Assistance in Motherhood Center; and junior and senior high school youth ministries.

He served as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville in theology and catechetics, served on its board of advisers, assisted in FUS Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Europe, Egypt and Jordan, and assisted in its pre-theology program.

From 2009-11, Tuttle, being a member of the Apostolate of the Sea USA, has served as a Catholic chaplain on many cruises, celebrating Mass and Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick for passengers and crew alike in travels from Spain, Italy and the Carribean to South American countries and Seattle, Vancouver and Alaska.

Tuttle also did missionary work in Puerto Rico, assisting the Franciscans in 2010 for Lent and Holy Week. When in Florida, he is a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish, in Poincianna and occasionally celebrates Mass in English and Spanish for the parishoners. He had faculties for the Orlando Diocese since 2008.

Greetings can be sent to Tuttle, officially retiring on a medical disability, at P.O. Box 553, Steubenville, Ohio, or by e-mail to

Revival kicks

off at Mt. Carmel

Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church in Steubenville kicks off its spring revival tonight and continuing Thursday and Friday. The services begin each night at 7 p.m.

Guest speaker for the week is Pastor Lance B. Whitlock of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Canonsburg, Pa.

Tonight's service will feature GFFWC Men of Vision; Thursday, the Men of Second from Second Baptist Church, Steubenville; and Friday, the Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir.

A pastors anniversary afternoon service at 3 p.m. Sunday will feature guest speaker Bishop Roy C. Dawkins and congregation. For information call (740) 282-9257 or email Dr. Charles E. Thomas Jr. is senior pastor.

Masonic Temple

plans brunch

The Smithfield Masonic Temple is sponsoring a french toast, sausage and eggs brunch Sunday at the Gathering Place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Area girl competes in Boz Pageant

Steubenville resident Jeryi A. Dunbar competed Sunday in the Boz Pageant at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center in Green Tree, Pa.

A sixth-grader at Harding Middle School, the 12-year-old was a platinum category winner in beauty, a platinum category winner in talent in which she sang "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess" and a platinum category winner for the overall division in which she received a trophy for each, totaling three trophies. She also received one crown, a free photo shoot and a one-year modeling contract with Boz Talent Agencies.


group to meet

The Alzheimer's Association's Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in room 1500 of Eastern Gateway Community College. Mary Ann Reese of Charity Hospice is the facilitator.

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