On June 18, 2016, a special Mass at Graymoor will be celebrated by V. Rev. Brian F. Terry, SA, Minister General, in honor of the 60th anniversary of Rev. Mark O’Connor’s entry into the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
Father Mark O'Connor, SA was born in Boston, MA. He served in the U.S. Navy before entering the Community of the Friars of the Atonement in 1956. Fr. Mark professed his First Vows in 1959 and made his Final Vows in 1964. In preparation for Ordination he received a BA from Fordham University, NY, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He was assigned to Graymoor and worked at the Graymoor Press in Peekskill for many years before becoming the business manager of The Lamp magazine and Ecumenical Trends. He was assigned to St. Francis De Sales Parish, Lumberton, NC, and then he took an assignment as the Ecumenical Secretary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Fr. Mark also served in Pastoral Ministry at Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, MA before he was assigned to Spiritual Life Center at Graymoor. He is currently with the Senior Community at St. Paul's Friary, Graymoor.
In Japan, Father Joseph Hiramatsu, SA is celebrating his 50th jubilee. Born in Japan, Fr. Hiramatusu began his postulancy in Japan in 1966, received his habit in April 1978. He studied theology with the Jesuits in Tokyo, and he took his final vows in 1982. He was ordained at St. Joseph Church, Tsurumi, Japan later that year. He is Regional Minister, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Tsurumi and Director of Catholic Atonement Center. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph School in Tsurumi.