Advent Reflections from the Dominican Sisters of Hope (Sr. Connie's order)
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From the Pastor…
I would like to share with you a copy of the Cardinal’s letter to Father Robert Verrigni, which I recently received. It reads as follows:
Dear Fr. Verrigni,
It is with much joy that I appoint you to Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish in New Rochelle, effective at noon on September 1, 2017.
The Pastor, The Reverend Monsignor Dennis Keane, has been informed of this appointment, and is looking forward to having you assist him in service to the faithful of the Parish.
I am deeply grateful for all that you do, and particularly for all that you are: a priest forever, blessed with gifts that enrich the souls of the People of God.
Assuring you of my prayerful best wishes as you begin this new work for the Lord and His Church, I am,
Fraternally in Christ,
+ Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York
I welcome Father Verrigni to Holy Family Parish. His appointment comes at a propitious time, as Father Patrick is returning home. Many of you know Father Verrigni from his many years of ministry at Sts. John & Paul in Larchmont and St. Ursula in Mount Vernon. I look forward to Father Verrigni’s priestly assistance at Holy Family.
May God bless his ministry here!
July 30, 2017
A Note from the Pastor… I have received the following letter from Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor, the Bishop of Awka, Nigeria – Fr. Patrick’s Bishop…
Dear Msgr. Keane,
Thanks for your letter dated 22 February 2017, especially your kind words and candid appreciation of my visit to your parish in the summer of last year and the use of your parish for a get-together of Awka diocesan priests working in the United States of America. Thanks too, for appreciating the work being done by my priests in New York. I am particularly happy for the cordial relationship between the parishioners of Holy Family and Fr. Patrick Nsionu.
Indeed, I am grateful to you and your parishioners for your generosity and hospitality to me and my priests when we had our get-together. It was a pleasant experience, and I pray God to reward you most abundantly. Concerning your wish that Fr. Nsionu continue to serve in your parish; I have discussed this with him before now, that it was time for him to return to Awka Diocese for pastoral placement. I will be very much happy, if you would not mind, to get a replacement for him from the abundance of vocations that the Lord has blessed us with. It is fitting that other priests also have such experience in cross-cultural pastoral work to which Fr. Patrick, by the grace of God, has been exposed these years. Once more, thanks for your kindness. Be assured of my prayers. +Paulinus C. Ezeokafor, Bishop of Awka.
As I am sure that you are, I too was saddened by the letter asking Fr. Patrick to return to his home diocese. For many years, he has served Holy Family Parish with love and solicitude. For the past three years, he has been my trusted associate and faithful vicar here at Holy Family. I will personally miss his energy and kindness. Fortunately, we have until January to say our farewells but I wished to inform all of our parishioners right away. In your name, I have thanked Fr. Patrick and assured him that he will always be welcome home to Holy Family whenever he visits the United States. ~ Msgr. Keane
Aiding our brothers and sisters in Africa with fundng
for pastoral care of migrants and for youth vocations camp. http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-142.cfm
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Congratulations to Brendan Clarke (holding plaque) for receiving the Adult Service Award from the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle. The IRC acknowledges the contributions of Brendan Clarke, who exemplifies an abiding faith in God, an ecumenical religious spirit, loving concern for others, and active service in the community. From L to R: George Morris (president of the IRC), and Fr. Patrick Nsionu, Sr. Connie Koch OP, Brendan Clarke, and Deacon Ray Hall, all of Church of the Holy Family
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