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Friar Jubilee

On June 27, a special Mass at Graymoor was celebrated in honor of the anniversary of six friars' entry into the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.  Family and friends of these men who listened to God’s call joined in prayer and thanksgiving for the ministries of these men, and their combined 280 years of journeying in the footsteps of St. Francis and Fr. Paul Wattson.

2012 Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Jubilarians
2015 Jubilarians


Celebrating Jubilees marking 60 years, are Br. Dominic McDonnell, SA, Br. Benedict Terasawa, SA, and Br. Liam Young, SA.

 

Br. Dominic McDonnell, SA

Br. Dominic McDonnell, SA

Born: Enfield, Nova Scotia
Received habit: July 1955
1st Vows: July 1957
Final Vows: July 1962

Brother Dominic McDonnell, SA, has served in the St. Paul Friary Culinary Department (1958); Gift Shop/Driver/Porter at Our Lady of the Atonement Novitiate, Valley Falls, Rhode Island (1958-59); Culinary Department, St. John’s Seminary, Montour Falls, NY (1959-69); Our Lady of the Atonement Retreat House Gift Shop, Culinary Department and Altar Boys, Gardiner Mines, Nova Scotia (1960-67); Bakery, St. Paul’s Friary, Graymoor (1967-82 & 1986-87); St. Francis Novitiate, Bluemont, Virginia (1982-84); St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center, Administrative Services (1984-85 & 1987-94); Graymoor, Driver for Senior Community, (1994).

 

Br. Benedict Terasawa, SA

Br. Benedict Terasawa, SA

Born: Yokohama, Japan
Received habit: March 1957
1st Vows: March 1959
Final Vows: March 1964

Brother Benedict Terasawa, SA, served in the Atonement Friary in Tsurumi, Japan, in Administrative Services (1959-68); Administrative Services, Cardinal Spellman Center, (1968-69); Boy Scout Apostolate, Nigata, Japan, Administrative Services (1970-81) Atonement Friary in Miyagyua, Japan, in Administrative Services (1981-82); Council for Correction Center, Yokohama, Japan (1982-89); Administrative Services, St. Clare’s Parish, Kawasaki, Japan (1982-85); Mission Station Director, Miura Catholic House, Miura, Japan (1985087) Councillor, Reformatory Odawara, Yokohama, Japan (1987-89); Administrative Services & Culinary Support, St. Christopher’s Inn, Graymoor (1990-2007).  Br. Terasawa entered 3rd Age status in 2007.

Br. Liam Young, SA

Br. Liam Young, SA

Born: Philadelphia, PA
Received habit: January 1956
1st Vows: January 1958
Final Vows: January 1963

Brother Liam Young’s ministries include the Church Unity office at Graymoor (1958-1960); Procurator of St. John Seminary, Montour Falls, NY, (1960-63) Pastoral Ministry & Administrative work at Our Lady of the Atonement Parish, Kingston, NC (1963-67); Community Development at Graymoor, 1967-72); Assistant Superior, Administrator, Holy Ghost Seminary, Washington, DC, 1972-1977; Manager of the Religious Article Shop at Graymoor (1977-83); Administrative services at the Catholic Central Library, London, England 1983-85 & 1991-94); Procurator & Bookkeeper, St. Paul Friary (1985-91); Planned Giving at Graymoor (1994-95); Graymoor Bookstore Manager (1995-97); Assistant Processor 1997-98); Director, Graymoor Mass Department  (1998-2010).  He entered 3rd Age status and assists the Mass Department since 2010.

Celebrating His Jubilee marking 50 years, is Rev. Edward Gallagher, SA.

Rev. Edward Gallagher, SA

Rev. Edward Gallagher, SA

Born: Philadelphia, PA
Received habit: August 1966
1st Vows: August 1967
Final Vows: August 1970

Ordained at St. Columbanus, Peekskill, NY: January 1971
Fr. Gallagher has served at St. Joseph’s Rehabilitation Center (1971-73); vocation ministry at Graymoor (1973-78); Associate Pastor & Pastor of Christ the Redeemer Parish, Sterling, VA (1978-1986); Pastor of Church of the Atonement, Windsor, Ontario (1986-1989); Associate Pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Apex, NC (1993-1997) and he ministered in four parishes in the Arlington Diocese until his retired in the Diocese of Wilmington in 2004. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Philadelpia, in philosophy and accounting, and graduated with a degree in theology from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He holds certificates from Georgetown University in Mental Health Disciplines and in Alcohol and Alcoholism from Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Celebrating Jubilees marking 25 years, are Rev. Brian F. Terry, SA, and Rev. Wilfred Tyrrell, SA.

 

Rev. Brian F. Terry, SA

Rev. Brian F. Terry, SA

Born: Washington, DC
Received habit: July 1989
1st Vows: July 1990
Final Vows: April 1994
Ordained at Graymoor, NY: April 1997

Fr. Brian Terry, SA, was elected Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in June of 2014 . He has ministered as Associate Pastor, Holy Cross Parish, Toronto, Ontario, (1995-98); Associate Pastor, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toronto, Ontario (1998), Formation Director, Director of Novices (2008-14). He has earned a B.A. Catholic University of America, 1991; Primo Ciclo, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, 1995; Secondo Ciclo, Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anslemo, 2002; Terzo Ciclo, Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anslemo, 2011. He completed the defense of his doctoral thesis “In corde, in ore, in opere: Psychology and Theology of Dialogue in the Rite of Penance”, 2012.

 

Rev. Wilfred Tyrrell, SA

Rev. Wilfred Tyrrell, SA

Born: Brentwood, NY
Received habit: July 1989
1st Vows: July 1990
Final Vows: 4 Sept. 1993
Ordained at Graymoor, NY: 25 June 1994

Fr. Wilfred Tyrrell’s ministries include Pastoral Team Member, St. Joseph Church, Yonkers (1993); Deaconate year at St. Odilia’s Parish, Los Angeles, California (1993), associate priest (1994-1998) then Pastor (1998-2002); Ecumenical & Interfaith Director, Archdiocese of New York (2002-3); Adjunct professor, St. Francis College (2002-2004); Director-Duchesne Center & Study Abroad Program Catholic Chaplain/Interfaith & Global Citizenship Coordinator; Lecturer, World Religions Department, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY (2003-present) He holds a B.A. in English & Religion Studies, Stony Brook University, 1985; M.A. Biblical Studies, Fordham University, 1989; M.Div., Catholic University of America, (1993);  Graduate Theological Foundation, D. Min., Interreligious/Intercultural Dialogue (2007).

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