25th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner
On Friday, October 5th, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement held their 25th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, where over two hundred and forty guests were in attendance. The monies raised from the event go to support the ministries of the Friars at Graymoor and around the world. It is an annual event where the Friars honor individuals who have demonstrated the Friars’ charism and Franciscan spirit in their lives by their commitment and dedication of their time, talents and resources, in service to humanity.
This annual event raised 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.
The Sisters of Life • Jack Doyle • Grace Academy
This year we honored the Sisters of Life – Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV with The Graymoor Sharing Hope Award 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).
Jack Doyle – President & CEO – Amergent received The Graymoor Award for his philanthropy and significant contributions to the cause of religious and charitable fundraising since 1978. His many years of outstanding and devoted service to Catholic charities and religious communities has enabled them to develop and sustain the tools needed for effective and creative fundraising. Through the efforts and expertise of his professional assistance, organizations such as ours are able to ensure the financial stability necessary to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to sustain our ministries and missions of helping those in need.
Matthew & Sarah Fitzsimons & Lindsey McPhee – founders of Grace Academy in Hartford, CT received The Graymoor Community Service Award for their accomplishments and dedication to Grace Academy, which for the past eight years, has offered under-privileged girls a faith-based tuition-free preparatory education. They are providing these young women with opportunities to think critically and to strive for academic and personal success, which ensures that they will become “agents of change” within their communities and, as they continue their life journeys, inspirations to others. Their efforts in making a difference in the lives of so many exemplify our charism for living minimum for self and maximum for God.
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.
Call to At-One-Ment
The following video was premiered at this year’s Sharing Hope Dinner celebration. It focuses on the Friars’ Mission to share with the world the gift of “At-One-Ment.” Click below to watch. Enjoy!