Brother Thomas Banacki, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, received the Franciscan Federation’s annual Peacemaker award at their annual conference in St. Louis, MO, for his 24 years of service as part of the community.
The Franciscan Federation presents these awards annually to Franciscans whose ministries reflect St. Francis and St. Clare. This year Brother Thomas was among those recognized. He is currently serving a three year term as Guardian of Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he is also Manager of the Gift Shop. He has worked with the homeless and addicted at St. Christopher’s Inn at Graymoor. Brother Thomas entered the Atonement Friars in 1990, and professed his final vows poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1992. He is known and appreciated for his Franciscan hospitality and his ability to reach out to those who feel they do not fit in. Brother Thomas was nominated by the Atonement Friars’ General Council for the ministries he has carried out with humility and simplicity as an authentic Franciscan. He creates a sense of Franciscan hospitality and welcome where one feels safe and at ease.
Rev. James Puglisi, SA, who had served as Minister General for the Atonement Friars at the time of Brother Thomas’ nomination, stated, “Brother Thomas was embarrassed by our choice, believing that other Friars were more worthy of this recognition. This, in itself, shows his humility.”
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Fr. Brian Terry, SA: “I have been busy these past several months. I was a part of the Life Commitment Program for men and women religious who are preparing their final vows. I was responsible for a whole day of presentations, as well as ending the day with a Eucharistic Liturgy. It was truly a great experience. I also participated in a symposium at the Religious Life Institute in London in September on “religious life 50 years on from Vatican II” with Archbishop Joseph Tobin, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. It was a wonderful experience and I was honored to represent the Friars at this event.”
Fr. Pat Cogan, SA, who ministers at Christ the Redeemer Parish in Sterling, received the 2012 “Role of Law Award” at the 74th annual convention of the Canon Law Society of America. The convention was held on October 10th in Chicago, IL. The citation of the Role of Law Award is presented to people “For Outstanding Example in the Furtherance of Church Law as a Pastoral Means of Serving God’s People.”
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Fr. Frank Eldridge, SA, is pastor at St. Odilia’s, an active
Spanish-speaking parish in Los Angeles. During the
Christmas season, the parish celebrates Las Posadas, a
yearly tradition for many Catholic Mexicans and other
Latin Americans symbolizing the trials that Mary and
Jesus endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born.
Elias D. Mallon, SA took part in a symposium on the Future of Christianity in the Middle East. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Sheptytsky Institute for the Study of Eastern Christianity and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, took place at St. Paul's University in Ottawa October 21-22, 2011. The keynote speaker was Archbishop Elias Chacour, the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Galilee. Abp. Chacour is a world-renowned Palestinian peace and human rights activist. His book Blood Brothers, one of several books he has written, tells of his life as a Palestinian youth. He is is three time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Elias took part in a panel discussion which included the Hon. Jason Kenney, a member of the Canadian Parliament and Mr. Michael Molloy, a former official at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and with Citizenship and Immigration.
Fr. Robert Langone, SA has been assigned to the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, Massachusetts,
which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. While not a parish ministry,
the Friars refer to it as an Atonement Center. Located just opposite the Westgate Mall, the center’s motto is bringing “Christ to the Marketplace.” Young and old come here to be nourished by the sacraments through daily masses and confessions, to receive spiritual counseling, or to purchase religious items in its well-stocked and thriving gift shop.
Minister General, Fr. James Puglisi, SA's book How Can the Petrine Ministry be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church? was awarded second place in the Theology Category of the 2011 Catholic Press Awards. Here is what they said about your book: “Twenty outstanding Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theologians address the biblical tradition, the ecclesial history, the theology and the ecumenical dimensions of papal ministry for the promotion of Christian unity. This is an important contribution to the evolving discussion of the place of Peter and Petrine ministry in the universal church. It is ironic, challenging and hopeful.” It
is available from the Graymoor Book & Gift Center at 845-424-2100.
Fr. Elias Mallon, SA has been appointed educational and interreligious affairs officer for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. The CNEWA, a papal agency servicing the churches and peoples of the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India, and Eastern Europe was co-founded by Father Paul Wattson. Fr. Elias is a member of the Friars’ General Council and the author of Islam: What Catholics Need to Know, available from the Graymoor Book & Gift Center at 845-424-2100.
Fr. James Gardiner, SA, former director of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center who is currently on sabbatical at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC, joined Ven. Dr. Dhammadipa, abbot of the Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery in Carmel, NY, on his visit to the headquarters of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC, in early June. In addition, Fr. Gardiner’s book, Quest for a Black Theology, which he coedited with Dr. J. Deotis Roberts, professor of religion emeritus at the Howard University School of Theology in Washington, DC, was re-issued in October 2010 by Augsburg Fortress Publishers. First published in 1961 and out of print for several years, the essays in this classic capture the urgency, contention, and energy of the late 1960s in the black churches. It is available from the Graymoor Book & Gift Center at 845-424-2100.