The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement held a Golden Jubilee Celebration on June 28, 2014, for seven friars who will mark their 50 year milestones since their first profession of vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
Celebrating Golden Jubilees, marking 50 years, were Fr. Ken Cienik, SA, Rev. Pat Cogan, SA, Rev. Gerald DiGiralamo, SA, Rev. Francis Eldridge, SA, Rev. Art Johnson, SA, Rev. William Linakis, SA, and Very Rev. James F. Puglisi, SA.
Rev. Ken Cienik, SA
Father Ken Cienik, SA, originally from Sharpsburg, PA, currently serves as Parochial Vicar at Christ the Redeemer Church, Sterling, VA.
Ordained in 1977, Fr. Ken has been Associate Pastor at several US and Canadian parishes and was part of the pastoral ministry of the Friars at Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, Massachusetts. He has directed the vocation ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, led the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center at Graymoor and has been Guardian of St. Paul's Friary at Graymoor. He was associate director of several campus ministries and, Director of the Pre-Theologate program at University of Steubenville in Ohio. He was a military chaplain in 1986 until he retired in 2010 as a Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy Reserve. He served US troops in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was awarded a meritorious service medal in 2006 from the President.
Fr. Ken received his bachelor's degree n 1972 from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, and has completed graduate studies at Duquesne University and Washington Theological Union.
Rev. Pat Cogan, SA
Fr. Patrick Cogan, SA, originally from Buffalo, NY, currently serves as Pastor at Christ the Redeemer Church, Sterling, VA.
Ordained in 1977, Fr. Patrick was Associate Pastor at St. Francis de Sales Church in Lumberton, NC. He worked as Interim Executive Director for Metropolitan Ministries in Buffalo, then as a professor of religious studies at D'Youville College in Buffalo, where he was part of campus ministry. He worked as Editor of Ecumenical Trends, the journal published by Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, a ministry of the Friars. He was associate professor and professor of Canon Law at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario. He served as Executive Coordinator of the CLSA from 1992 to 1999, a consultor on the Board of Governors from 2001 to 2003, and a member of the Convention Planning Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is the editor of Canon Law Digest XIII and Cano. The Canon Law Society honored Fr. Patrick with its distinguished Role of Law award in 2012 for his outstanding contribution to the field of canon law.
Fr. Patrick received his bachelor's degree in 1972 from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. He holds a JCL from The Catholic University of America n Washington, DC, and a JCD/PhD from St. Paul University and the University of Ottawa.
Rev. Gerald DiGiralamo, SA
Father Gerald DiGiralamo, SA, originally from Astoria, NY, currently serves the sacramental ministry at Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, Massachusetts.
Ordained in 1981 Fr. Jerry has served parochial vicar at the Church of the Atonement in Windsor, Ontario, at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling, Virginia, at Infant Jesus Church in Port Jefferson, NY, and at St. John's of God Parish in Central Islip, NY. He has distinguished himself in pastoral work and guidance, having served as director of the Graymoor Retreat Center in Garrison and as the guardian of Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton.
Fr. Jerry graduated from St. John's Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a Master's degree in Counseling from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master's in Divinity from Washington, DC.
Rev. Francis Eldridge, SA
Father Francis Eldridge, SA, originally from Elizabeth, NJ, currently serves as Pastor at St. Odilia's Parish in South Los Angeles, California, a position he has held since 2002.
Ordained in 1977, Fr. Francis was Associate Pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Hereford, TX, and St. Leonard's Parish in Fremont, CA. He has been part of the sacramental ministry at Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, Massachusetts, and chaplain for St. Vincent's Medical Center in Los Angeles. In 2012, he received the Franciscan Federation Peacemaker Award for being a passionate Franciscan who serves the poor and marginalized.
Rev. Art Johnson, SA
Father Art Johnson, SA, originally from East Lansdowne, PA, will be celebrated posthumously for his golden jubilee to acknowledge 50 years since he first professed his vows to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Fr. Art passed away in March 2014 at the age of 63.
Fr. Johnson was raised in Havertown, PA, entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1970 and was ordained a priest in 1977. Father Johnson served as Assistant Director for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was President and CEO of St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center, Inc. in Saranac Lake, NY, for 10 years. In 1999, Fr. Art was elected to the position of Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, serving their ministries in the United States, Canada, Japan, England and Rome. He served on the National Advisory Council of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. From 2005 to 2013, he served as Parochial Vicar for Christ the Redeemer Parish in Sterling, Virginia.
He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. In addition to his Master's degree in Educational and Pastoral Ministries from Emmanuel College in Boston, and Master's in Theology from Catholic University in Washington, DC, Fr. Johnson earned a Certificate in Alcohol/Drug Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Fr. Johnson's shared his knowledge and experience in chemical dependency as a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse in New York State. He served on the Board of St. Christopher's Inn at Graymoor in Garrison, NY, a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
Rev. William Linakis, SA
Father William Linakis, SA, originally from Flushing, NY, currently serves in health care ministry at the George Pearson Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Ordained in 1977, Fr. Bill has served as deacon at St. Paul's Parish in Vancouver, and as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond, BC. He has served in various prison ministries including as chaplain at San Quentin in California, and the Mountain Institute in Agassiz, BC. He has also worked in Youth Ministry at the Newman Catholic Community at University of Pacific, Stockton, California. Fr. Bill received his B.A. from Siena College in Loudonville, NY.
He holds an STB in Sacred Theology and a Master's of Social Work from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Very Rev. James F. Puglisi, SA
The Very Reverend James F. Puglisi, SA, originally from Amsterdam, NY, was elected Minister General by the Friars in 2004, and elected in 2009 to a second term that ends in mid-2014.
Ordained in 1973, Father Jim was Associate Pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Hereford, TX. He has been Associate Director and is now Director of Centro Pro Unione, an ecumenical research and action center in Rome, Italy, and a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. In addition to his duties at Centro, he is professor of ecumenism, sacraments and ecclesiology at the Pontifical Atheneum, San Anselmo, Rome, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Institute of Ecumenical Studies, Venice. He has been on the editorial board of Studi Ecumenici in Verona, Italy, and a member of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission in Washington, DC. He has served on the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission for Rome and has been on several international dialogues and collaborated with the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission. He served as Rector of Collegio San Onofrio in Rome and a Member of the Vatican Ecumenical Commission.
Fr. Jim holds a B.A. and M.A./S.T.L. in Liturgical Theology from the Catholic University of American, the Ph.D. in the History of Religion and Religious Anthropology from the Sorbonne, a doctor of Sacred Theology in Systematic Theology from the Institute Catholique de Paris and a certificate n Ecumenical Studies from Boston University. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa by the Graduate Theological Foundation, where he is a fellow.