The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement announce that Sr. Mary T. Naccarato, PBVM, has been named Director of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, a retreat and conference center and pilgrimage destination in Garrison, NY. Sr. Mary will work closely with Fr. Tom Orians, SA, who will serve as President and Mission Effectiveness Officer.

“Sr. Mary is a key addition to the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center as we continue to expand our mission”, shares Fr. Tom. “Her vast experience in ministry and dedication to Franciscan spirituality complement the Center’s long-standing dedication unity and reconciliation.”

“I’m blessed to join the team at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center as it nears its 50th year of existence. I am looking forward to continuing to welcome visitors from near and far and further enhance our offerings as we strive to be a place where people come to find peace, hope, and healing,” noted Sr. Mary.

Originally from Kingston, NY, Sr. Mary is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, New Windsor, NY. Sr. Mary is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College and is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Religious Education, with a concentration in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and Spiritual Direction, at Fordham University.  In addition, she has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Center for Spirituality and Justice in New Rochelle, NY.

Fr. Tom, a native of Tiffin, Ohio, in the Diocese of Toledo, entered the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1985, was professed in 1987, and ordained in 1992. Along with his new position as President and Mission Effectiveness Officer of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, he serves as the Associate Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), where he is the Coordinator of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. He presently serves on the National Council of Churches’ committee on Local and Regional Ecumenism.

Located in the Hudson River Valley and on the Appalachian Trail, The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center has been a source of rest, inspiration, and retreat for thousands in the Peekskill area since it’s foundation in 1970. The Center offers a year-round schedule of weekend, weekday, and evening retreats and programs designed for both groups and individuals, including married couples, seniors, young adults, clergy, and men and women in recovery. In addition to over two dozen weekend and weekday retreats for people in recovery, the Center is also the location for weekly Holy Hours and Centering Prayer experiences and regular AA, NA, Alanon, and Recovery, Inc., meetings and numerous Ecumenical and Interreligious endeavors.

The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center is a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a Roman Catholic order of brothers and priests founded in 1898 by Servant of God, Fr. Paul Wattson, S.A., at Graymoor in Garrison, NY.  The global ministries of the Friars center around a charism of “At-One-Ment” —  working towards the unity of men and women with God and with one another —  so that the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” might be fulfilled. For more information about the Friars, visit AtonementFriars.org. To further explore the many offerings of the Spiritual Life Center visit GraymoorCenter.org.

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