25th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner

On October 5th, 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.

Please check back soon for more information about the event and this year’s honorees.

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.


2017 honorees

Bernadette Castro • Lewis S. Ranieri • Jonathan N. Galente

This year, the Friars honored Bernadette Castro owner of Castro Convertibles with The Graymoor Award for her years of public service to New York State, her dedication to bettering the environment through conserving its parks and landmarks, her commitment to helping others through organizations such as Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and the Royal Dames for Cancer Research. Her dedication and faithful support exemplify not only our mission of sharing hope, but also a good steward of the resources that God has given us. She is an inspiration to others and reflects the Friars’ charism and Franciscan spirit.

Lewis S. Ranieri received The Graymoor Award for his work with Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, which helps supports families and children to ensure the continuation of Catholic Schools on Long Island. His mission is to provide increasing awareness, scholarships and program funding for the needs of students, who might not otherwise be able to further their Catholic education, and to schools where Catholic education is fostered. His dedication, talent and faithful support on behalf of Catholic School education and children exemplify not only our mission of sharing hope, but also the strong moral values and foundation of our Catholic faith.

Jonathan N. Galente was the recipient of The Graymoor Community Service Award for his work of furthering De Mello spirituality at its Center for Spiritual Exchange in Manhattan, and also for administering and directing the foundation established  by his life-long friend—the renowned psychologist,  the Anne Anastasi—which grants funds to outstanding students in the field of psychology. His efforts have made a difference in the lives of many. His commitment and charity exemplify our mission of sharing hope.

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 this year’s Sharing Hope Dinner celebration.  It focuses on the Friars’ ministry of prayer.  Click below to watch.  Enjoy!