Fr. Charles Joseph Faul
Fr. Charles J. Faul, pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, in Tabb, VA, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at home. He
was 65 years old and was a priest in the Diocese of Richmond for 35 years. Fr. Charlie was born and grew up in Upper Darby, PA, a
suburb of Philadelphia, where he attended local Catholic elementary and secondary schools. In his senior year of high school he read
"Unity: Man’s Tomorrow”, by Roger Schutz, the founder of Taize, the ecumenical religious community located in France, and later that
year was invited to participate in the very first ecumenical discussion among Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Reformed Christians held
in the Philadelphia area. This began a lifelong commitment to the cause of Christian Unity. In 1972 Fr. Charlie graduated from Villanova
University with an Honors degree in Philosophy and then went to work for the Chilton Publishing Company as Director of its marketing
research division. In Aug. of 1974 he entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement whose ministry is to promote
Christian Unity. He professed his vows in Aug. of the following year and began work on his graduate degree in Systematic Theology at
the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and during the summers pursued a graduate degree in liturgical studies at the
University of Notre Dame. In the Autumn of 1978 he felt called to leave his religious community and to seek entrance into the Diocese
of Richmond. Bishop Sullivan accepted him as a candidate for ordination and assigned him in March 1979 as a pastoral associate at the
newly founded Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville, just outside of Richmond. That summer he received his master’s degree in
Liturgical Theology from Notre Dame and in Dec. was ordained to the diaconate. He was ordained to the presbyterate on Aug. 16, 1980.
Fr. Charlie’s first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Bridget’s parish in Richmond. He was also appointed to the Diocesan
Liturgical Commission on which he served until it was disbanded in 1997. After two years at St. Bridget’s he was transferred to St.
Matthew’s parish in Virginia Beach. In June of 1983 Bishop Sullivan named Fr. Charlie pastor of St. Mary’s parish in Bowers Hill, where
he served for 12 years. In June of 1995 he was appointed the Roman Catholic co-pastor of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia
Beach, the only shared Episcopal/Roman Catholic parish in the United State where he served for 9 ½ years. On Oct. 1, 2004 he was
appointed pastor of St. Mary the Mother of God in Wytheville and St. Edwards in Pulaski. When his term there was completed, he was
appointed pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Tabb on July 1, 2010. Fr. Charlie loved Broadway musicals, especially anything by
Stephen Sondheim, 40’s music, The Sunday Times London newspaper, and all crossword puzzles, which he completed daily. He was an
avid watcher of Downton Abbey and the BBC America show, Dr. Who. Fr. Charlie was a kind, compassionate, and caring pastor, especially
to the sick and dying, and he will be greatly missed. Fr. Charlie is survived by his sister Eileen Dugan, retired religious from
Philadelphia; a God-daughter, Rachel Dougherty McGonigle; and numerous relatives and friends from that area. He also had many loving
friends in the Tidewater region of Virginia. A Funeral Mass for Fr. Charlie will be held on Wed., Oct. 7, 7:00PM at St. Kateri
Tekakwitha, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., Tabb VA 23693, with a visitation beginning at 5:00PM. A reception will follow at the church. Burial
will be in Philadelphia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Building Fund, or the
Haitian School Education Program, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., Tabb VA 23693. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com. Claytor Rollins
Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Tate, 55, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Evelyn was a native of Wurzburg, Germany and former resident of Southern CA and Tennessee
before moving to the peninsula in 1989. She was a member of Grafton Baptist Church and a devoted mother and grandmother.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Tooley; a son Dennis "Tony” Anthony Tate, Jr. and a brother Rainer. She is survived by her daughter
Jennifer Rediker (Erik) of Yorktown; a sister, Lorriane Rainey Dinkelacker and 3 brothers, Eddie Sigler, Leonard Sigler and Michael Sigler; 2 grandchildren, Thomas
Leo Tate and Dennis Anthony Tate III.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Grafton Baptist Church, 5440 George Washington Memorial Highway. The family will
receive friends following the service.
Memorial donations may be made to Amory Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1026, Grafton, VA 23692.