44 Catechists Complete 1,390 Years of Service

Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano, vicar general, and Theodore Musco, director of the Office of Faith Formation, presented Sister Angela Gannon, C.S.J., with the Office of Faith Formation’s inaugural Faith and Service Award at the diocesan Office of Faith Formation’s annual recognition celebration on Thursday, May 23, in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center, Douglaston.

The award honors an individual or group who best embodies the qualities of faith and service expressed in the statement by Pope Benedict XVI in Porta Fidei: “Through faith, this new life shapes the whole of human existence according to the radical new reality of the resurrection. … ‘Faith working through love’ becomes a new criterion of understanding and action that changes the whole of man’s life.”

Sister Angela was unanimously selected as the first recipient of this new award because of her deep commitment to a life of faith and service. Stepping down as diocesan Secretary for Catholic Education and Formation this year, she will continue to minister within her religious congregation.

Over 400 people gathered for evening prayer, dinner and awards honoring those who are celebrating significant anniversaries of catechetical service, completed major components of the Living and Leading by Faith Catechist Formation Program or will be retiring from active catechetical ministry.

Forty-four parish and school catechists marking significant anniversaries were honored for completing nearly 1,400 years of catechetical service. Fifty-eight parishes and seven schools/academies were represented this year.


Parish Catechists Marking Major Anniversaries

25 Years:

Leonides Perez, Blessed Sacrament, Cypress Hills

Diane Webster, Christ the King, Springfield Gardens

Emily Figueroa, Mary of Nazareth, Fort Greene

Adina Johnson, Mary of Nazareth, Fort Greene

Madeline Perez, Our Lady of the Presentation-Our Lady of Mercy, Brownsville

Jay Castro, St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing

Elaine Bonanni, St. Catharine of Alexandria, Borough Park

Fay Cox, St. Clare, Rosedale

Luz Arroyo, St. Columba, Marine Park

Sylvia Rosenberg, St. Helen, Howard Beach

Grace Olavarria, St. Michael, Sunset Park

Sister Flora Marinelli, C.S.J., St. Patrick, Long Island City


30 Years:

Karen Colletti, Our Lady of Hope, Middle Village

Terence Whiteman, Our Lady of Refuge, Flatbush

Jo Anne Romani, Our Lady of the Snows, N. Floral Park

Barbara Riley, St. Columba, Marine Park

Elaine Bonanni, St. Finbar, Bath Beach

Frances Wos, St. Finbar, Bath Beach

Lou Ann Mannino, St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor

Joanne Gentile, St. Francis Xavier, Park Slope

Virginia Gorman, St. Francis Xavier, Park Slope

Regina Joyce, St. Gregory the Great, Bellerose


35 Years:

Margaret Lynch, Immaculate Conception, Astoria


40 Years:

Mary Jolley, Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village

Marie DiGenova, St. Finbar, Bath Beach

Lucille Federico, St. Finbar, Bath Beach

Sister Helene Conway, C.S.J., St. Francis Xavier, Park Slope

Sister Dolores F. Crepeau, C.S.J., St. Francis Xavier, Park Slope

Elizabeth Mary Lutas, St. Teresa, Woodside


45 Years:

Patricia Pennea, St. Columba, Marine Park


50 Years:

Rosemarie Prager, Immaculate Conception, Astoria


55 Years:

Ann M. Bentivegna, St. Finbar, Bath Beach


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