25th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement will be holding their 25th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

This annual event raises funds to support the mission and global ministries of the Friars. Best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark was the honorary co-chair of last year’s dinner, along with Mrs. Valerie Mastronardi.


2018 honorees

The Sisters of Life • Jack Doyle • Grace Academy

This year, the Friars are honoring The Sisters of Life & Mother Agnes for their compassionate commitment dedicated to the sacredness of human life. They help and provide shelter and counseling to women who are pregnant and to women and men who are dealing with the trauma of abortion. Their devotion to the love of Christ is inspirational. Their efforts in making a difference in the lives of so many exemplify our charism of sharing hope and helping those less fortunate. In the tradition of our Founder—Servant of God Father Paul of Graymoor—they are gathering the “fragments so that nothing will be lost” (John 6:12).

The Friars are honoring Mr. Jack Doyle, President & CEO of Amergent, for his significant contributions to the cause of religious and charitable fundraising since 1978. His many years of devoted service to Catholic philanthropies has enabled religious organizations and communities, to develop and sustain the tools they need for effective and creative fundraising. Through the efforts and expertise of professionals like himself, organizations such as ours are enabled to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help those less fortunate— the poor, the needy, and the sick.

The Friars are honoring Grace Academy and its founders Matthew and Sarah Fitzsimons and Lindsey McPhee for their accomplishments and dedication to the school, which, for the past eight years, has offered under-privileged girls in Hartford, Connecticut, a faith-based tuition-free preparatory education. By providing students with opportunities to think critically and to strive for academic and personal success, Grace Academy ensures that its graduates will become “agents of change” within their communities and, as they continue their life journeys, an inspiration to others. Grace Academy’s efforts in making a difference in the lives of so many exemplify our charism of sharing hope and helping those less fortunate.

For more than one hundred years, the Friars of the Atonement as sons of St. Francis have helped to give hope to those who have been wounded, lost their way or given up. Through our missions, the Friars work for the restoration of unity among Christians, aid those struggling to overcome the devastation of drug addiction and alcoholism; promote peace and unity and promote better understanding among religions through dialogue;  provide counseling and support for those with HIV/AIDS; work with youth through campus ministry and minister to those in hospitals and prisons.

Prayers for At-One-Ment

The following video was premiered at last year’s Sharing Hope Dinner celebration.  It focuses on the Friars’ ministry of prayer.  Click below to watch.  Enjoy!


Charles A. Mastronardi Foundation

Ted & Tracy McCourtney