28th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner

Friday, October 1, 2021 Ziegfeld Ballroom – NYC

On Friday, October 1, 2021, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement held their 28th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City with over 150 guests in attendance. It was great to get together again!

Each year, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement honor special individuals or organizations that are selected because they demonstrate the Friars’ charism and Franciscan spirit in their lives in service to humanity, and dedication of their time, talents and resources.

The monies raised from the event are used to support the Mission and ministries of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor and around the world.

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2021 Honorees

Honoree – Her Excellency, Vicki Downey, DGCHS

This year, the Friars presented the Graymoor Sharing Hope Award to Her Excellency Vicki Downey, DGCHS – Lieutenant and head of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in the Eastern United State for her service and outstanding commitment to humanitarian causes in the Holy Land and here in the United States. Her dedication and leadership brings sharp focus to the importance of international human rights advocacy for the Christian people living in the Middle East and is a testament to her dedication to bring hope and care to those in need. Under her leadership, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre aides Christians in the Holy Land in achieving educational, professional, and healthcare standards at a level equal to people of other faiths and religious traditions. This is work that our Founder – Servant of God Paul Wattson, SA – sacrificed so much to advance. Vicki provides clear witness to Fr. Paul’s ministry and the Friars’ mission of bringing peace and ‘at–one–ment” for all people in our fragmented world.

Honoree – New Hope Manor

Honoree New Hope Manor received the Graymoor Community Service Award for its residential substance abuse treatment care for women ages 13 and up including those who are pregnant and those who would like to have their young children stay with them while they are in treatment. The treatment program promotes greater self-respect, self-esteem, self-worth, and the ability to care for oneself, their families and improve family relationships.

New Hope Manor was founded and established in 1970 at Graymoor as a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement by Fr. Dan Egan, SA who was called the ”Junkie Priest”. It was New York State’s first all female, residential substance abuse treatment center. Today it is a nonprofit, nondenominational residential substance abuse treatment organization in Barryville, NY. For 50 years, they have dedicated themselves to providing affordable treatment and quality care to women from all walks of life. They share the values instilled by our Founder – Servant of God Paul Wattson SA – of Gospel witness, hospitality, charity and care for others.

At the Heart of At-One-Ment

The following video was premiered at the Sharing Hope Dinner celebration. The film highlights and celebrates those who have embraced the Friars call to “At-One-Ment,” and seek to live it out in their daily lives. Click below to watch. Enjoy!