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Page 6. POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 12, 2013 World Irl!,,;h Dancing Chdxlnpionship by Ivanha Paz World Irish Dancing Championship m Group Photo of O'Shea Chaplin Academy at the World Irish Dancing Championship on arch 30 th. For only the second time in their 40 year annual tradi- tion An Comisiun La Rinci Gaelacha (The Irish Dancing Commission) decided to sponsor their World Irish Dancing Championship in North America, this time in the City of Boston. The com- mission in Dublin reviews proposals from cities all around the world, in the past it has been held in Scotland, Dublin and Philadelphia. The organization's objec- tive is "to preserve and pro- mote Irish dancing. Includ- ing step dancing, Ceili danc- ing and other team dancing and also to promote the use of the Irish language." It first started in 1930, in Ireland, and it now has branches in Great Britain, the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They introduced the world championships in 1970 and in 2000 it was the first time they took place outside of Ireland. The event took place from March 24 th to the 31 st and it brought approximately 20,000 people from all around the globe_, creating an estimated revenue of $11 million for Boston. Around 7,000 dancers com- peted in a range of catego- ries from groups to solo and they were divided by age, male or female, or co-ed. Only dancers that qualified were allowed to participate, making the event a show- case for some of the best Irish dancers in the world. Grace McCaffery representing Forbes School of Irish Dance on March 25 th. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) WELLSMERE MON UMENTS 3841 WASHINGTON STREET ROSLINDALE (AT FOREST HILLS MBTA STATION) WWW.WELLSMERE.COM 617-524-6648 LATE APPOINTMENTS AND IN HOME VISITS AVAILABLE Here For information about advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929. VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW. BOSTO N POSTG AZETTE.COM Michael "Nickey" SORRENTINO Michael "Nickey" Sorrentino of Revere, formerly of Boston's North End, passed away peace- fully in his home on Wed- nesday morning March 13 th surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 80 years of age. Beloved husband of Connie (Schiavone) Sorrentino. Michael or 'Nickey' as he was affectionately known to many, was born in Boston on October 11, 1932 to the late James and Lucy (Catanzano) Sorrentino. He worked as a self employed carrier for many years. Nickey is survived by his children, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, as well as his many other relatives and close friends. A Funeral Mass in celebrations of Nickey's life was held in the Sacred Heart Church, North Square, North End on Saturday March 16 th. Nickey was laid to rest in the Holy Cross Mausoleum, 175 Broadway in Malden. May he rest in etemal peace. Saint Benedict Joseph Labre by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Benedict Joseph was born at Amettes, France in the Diocese of Boulogne in 1748. Benedict's parents were Jean Baptiste Labre and Anne-Barba Grandsire; he was the oldest of fifteen children. The Labre ! family belonged to the middle class and was able to well edu- cate their children. Benedict studied for six years under his uncle, Francois-Joseph Labre, a parish priest. He was a cheer- ful child yet it was noted that he displayed an aversion for childish amusements; he in- stead had a tendency toward a penitential life scrupulously avoiding even the smallest sin. Benedict was drawn to reading the Bible, a practice that remained with him for the rest of his life. He developed distaste for studies that did not concern or directly advance his relationship with God. At the age of sixteen his love of solitude, the austere life and devotion to prayer led him to resolve to enter religious life as a Trappist but his parents told him he would have to wait until he grew older. When Benedict was about eighteen, Amettes was ravaged by an epidemic, he and his uncle Francois worked among the sick, Benedict abandoning his life as a student. Among the last victims of the epidemic was his uncle Francois. Benedict, at eighteen set off for the renowned abbey of La Trappe to apply to the order, but did not meet their re- quirements and was not accepted. He then attempted to join the Carthusians but once again was rejected being seen as unsuitable for living a communal life. Convinced of his vocation, Benedict resolved to lead a penitential life if not in the cloister then in the midst of the world devoutly visiting as a pilgrim the famous shrines of Christian devo- tion. He joined the Third Order of Saint Francis then trav- eled to Rome existing on what he could get by begging. He then traveled to most of the major shrines of Europe. He visited the various shrines in Loreto, Assisi, Naples, and Bari in Italy, Einsiedeln in Switzerland, Paray-le-Monial in France and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. During these trips, he would always travel on foot, sleeping in the open. He lived on what little he was given, and often shared the little he did receive with others. Benedict is said to have talked rarely, prayed constantly and quietly accepted the life of a mendicant. The last years of his life were spent in Rome where he made pilgrimages to different sanctuaries. Gradually his health declined literally worn out by his sufferings and aus- terities. On April 16, 1748 he collapsed on the steps of the church of Santa Maria dei Monti in Rome utterly exhausted, and was carried to a neighboring house where he died. His death was followed by many miracles attributed to his intercession. Benedict was canonized by Pope Leo XIII on December 8, 1881 Saint Benedict represents a Western example of the Eastern ascetical vocation, of the mendicant pilgrim, the wandering holy man. Benedict Joseph Labre was called the beggar of perpetual adoration. His feast day is celebrated on April 16 th.