Christmas 2019 Statement

On behalf of the Chaplains in the URG Chaplaincy, I wish to the members of the Rio Family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  To the Jewish members of the Rio Family, I offer greetings for a Happy Chanuakh! John and Charles Wesley.  George Whitefield.  Felix...

Thanksgiving Statement 2019

This year, I thought I would examine a Thanksgiving tradition with a Presidential connection- The pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey.  A common belief is that Abraham Lincoln began this practice in 1863, a story reported by the press two years later.  Though this...

Veteran’s Day Statement 2019

1969 had its share of memorable events, such as the Moon Landing and Woodstock.  Another event that year is not as well known as the two mentioned above.  On November 4, 1969, United States Vice President Spiro Agnew made a posthumous award of the Congressional Medal...

September 11th: 18th Anniversary Statement

Five years ago, the dedication ceremony for the National September 11th Memorial and Museum was conducted with speeches by the President of the United States and the Mayor of New York City. Among the items at this memorial museum are the Ground Zero Cross and a fire...

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

This year marks not only the eightieth anniversary of the Second World War, it is also the seventy-fifth anniversary of a lesser known, yet important film None Shall Escape, the first Hollywood film to openly depict Nazi brutality towards Jews. In this film, made more...

Christmas 2018 Statement

On behalf of the members of the URG Chaplaincy, I wish the members of the Rio Family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! To the Jewish members of the Rio Family, I offer greetings for a Happy Chanukah! 2018 is not only the centennial anniversary of the end of...

Thanksgiving 2018 Statement

On behalf of the members of the URG Chaplaincy, I bid the members of the Rio Family a Happy Thanksgiving! The United States is not the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving. Canada, China, Germany and Liberia are among those countries that celebrate their own version...

Veteran’s Day 2018 Statement

On behalf of the members of the URG Chaplaincy, I take this opportunity to offer greetings to the veterans in the Rio Family in honor of Veterans Day! This year not only marks the centennial of the end of World War One, it is also the centennial year for the U.S. Army...

September 11th Statement 2018

As we pause today to remember the founding of Rio, let us not forget what happened seventeen years ago today at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville. In regards to that day, may we as a people and a nation NEVER FORGET the sacrifices of Americans...

Veteran’s Day Statement

Those familiar with the Holy Bible likely know the story of the crucified convict known as the Good Thief who, being crucified with Jesus Christ said “Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom”. Jesus replied “Assuredly I say unto you, today you will be with...

September 11th: 16th Anniversary Statement

Sixteen years ago this month, our nation was forever changed by the attack of Islamic terrorists on our citizens and our way of life. The faces of those who perished that day still stare at the living from picture frames on walls and the pages of photo albums in homes...

Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

On this Holocaust Memorial Day, the civilized world again pauses to remember the lives lost through the evil of Adolph Hitler and his followers over seventy years ago. For some people that is the end of the story. Others recognize that the end of the Holocaust was...

Christmas 2016 Statement

This Christmas season, our nation is still recovering from a divisive national election for President of the United States. The thoughts of peace on Earth and goodwill towards men may be far removed from the minds of those whose candidate lost the election. Instead,...

Thanksgiving 2016 Statement

This Thanksgiving Day follows an exhausting national election with supporters of victorious candidates pleased with the results.  Others in our country mourn the defeat of their chosen candidates.  Perhaps all sides can admit to having some relief with a break in any...

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

This year, the world again remembers the Holocaust of the Twentieth Century while the wicked specter of a Twenty-First Century Holocaust haunts our modern world in the form of ISIS and those ideologues of a similar mindset who seek to rain misery, torment and...

Christmas 2015 Statement

On behalf of the members of the Chaplaincy Program, I would like to offer to the members of the Rio family a hearty Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To the Jewish members of the Rio family, I offer wishes for a Happy Chanukah. Recently, the campus witnessed the...

Christmas 2014 Statement

CHRISTMAS STATEMENT 2014                 On behalf of the members of the Chaplaincy Program, I would like to offer to the members of the Rio family a hearty Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (To the Jewish members of the Rio family, I offer wishes for a Happy...

September 11th Statement

Statement Concerning the Fifteenth Anniversary of September 11, 2001 This year is the fifteenth anniversary of the attack on America by Islamic terrorist in 2001. For some, the span of years has moved by quickly. Others have perceived a much slower passage of time,...