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Cardinal Timothy Dolan is coming to the Holy Mountain.

His Eminence will celebrate Mass at Our Lady of the Atonement Chapel at 11 a.m. on March 11, capping off the weeklong Atonement Franciscan Assembly at Graymoor. Prior to the liturgy, Cardinal Dolan will be presented with the Friars’ “Mind of the Meeting,” a collection of the assembly’s discussions and reflections.

“We are graced to have His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, join us at Graymoor for our Atonement Franciscan Assembly to receive the work of our religious and lay collaborators with outside experts in contemplating our future and who God is calling us to be,” said V. Rev. Father Brian Terry, SA, Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

The Cardinal’s Mass will mark the conclusion of the Friars’ Atonement Franciscan Assembly. During the week, experts in ecumenical, pastoral and social ministries, as well as members of the Society of the Atonement, will come together to discuss the future of the Society of the Atonement and its charism of “At-One-Ment” – unity with God, others and self.

The assembly comes in response to Pope Francis’ call for a “Synod on Synodality,” a two-year exercise of listening and dialogue to explore the Catholic Church’s life and mission.

It won’t be Cardinal Dolan’s first visit to Graymoor, as he’s made past visits to the Holy Mountain.

In 2015, Cardinal Dolan was honored in New York City at a dinner benefitting Saint Christopher’s Inn, the Friars’ homeless shelter and drug and alcohol rehabilitation dinner. There, His Eminence delivered a speech praising the work of the Inn in helping men in recovery from drugs and alcohol get back on their feet.

“Saint Christopher’s Inn does miraculous work,” the Cardinal said at the time. “The men that go there were thought to be dead. Dead to family, dead to friends. Dead to themselves, dead to the law. Dead to the future. They were buried. They were forgotten. They were left alone. They were mourned over and they were missed, but they were gone, they were dead. And Jesus said at Saint Christopher’s Inn, ‘Roll back the stone.’”

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St. Christopher’s Inn Choir with Fr. Brian Terry, SA, Fr. John Kiesling, SA, Fr. Bill Drobach, SA, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan

In September of 2015, Cardinal Dolan formally opened the Cause for Canonization of Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, the founder of the Society of the Atonement and a champion for Christian unity and aiding the poor.

“Father Paul’s tireless efforts toward Christian unity, support of missionary activity and loving care for homeless men at St. Christopher’s Inn show the Holy Spirit was at work through him,” said Cardinal Dolan.

For more information on the Atonement Franciscan Assembly and to register, visit atonementfriars.org/2022-atonement-franciscan-assembly.

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