When Vivian Esposti was waging a 21-month-long battle with pancreatic cancer, a disease that would ultimately take her life, she asked her husband Edward to get a statue of St. Peregrine (the patron saint of cancer patients) for their church, St. Joseph’s. On July 24, Esposti was at the church keeping his promise to his wife.
Bishop Robert Brennan reconsecrated St. Joseph Church in Astoria June 9 after the church was desecrated June 5.
A 21-year-old man who appeared to be emotionally disturbed entered St. Joseph Church in Astoria on June 5, broke open the tabernacle, removed the holy Eucharist stored inside it, and carelessly tossed it around, church officials said.