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2 BI S HOP TO ORD A IN 10 TO TR A N S ITION A L DI AC ON A TE M A Y 8 SUSSEX PASSAIC THE A W A RDWINNING NEW S P A PER OF THE R. C . DIO C E S E OF P A TER S ON, N.J. MORRIS APRIL 30, 2015 16 7 The Catholic Center for Evangelization at Bayley-Ellard Visit from bishop concludes 50th anniversary celebration at Pompton Plains parish By MICHAEL WOJCIK NE WS EDIT OR C R S OFFI C I A L A DDRE SS E S ‘PLIGHT OF THE FORGOTTEN’ BI S HOP HELP S DPD BRE A K GROUND FOR NEW GROUP HOME 10-1 1 6, 9 13-14 15 16 18-19 DO NOT DELAY — TIME SENSITIVE NEWS Y OUTH V IEWPOINT O BITUARIES W HAT T O D O C LASSIFIEDS BEACON PHOTO | RICH GIGLI GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY Bishop Serratelli made a pastoral visit to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Pompton Plains, April 26 where he was main celebrant and homilist of a Mass, which concluded the faith community’s 50th anniversary observances. Above, an altar server, holding a candle, stands next to a papal blessing from Pope Francis for the golden anniversary that was displayed during the liturgy. POMPTON PLAINS Donna Grieco felt it immediately, after walking into Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Church here for the first time almost 30 years ago. This longtime parish-ioner and staff member experienced then what the dynamic Morris County faith community has em-bodied for all of its 50-year history — a strong sense of faith, family, warmth and welcome — which it continues to hone today in efforts to be “aggressively friendly,” while expanding its evangelization efforts. That’s how Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, the current pastor, de-scribed OLGC’s half-century legacy of worship, hospitality and outreach — as well as its bright future — that Bishop Serratelli helped com-memorate as the main celebrant and homilist of the noon Mass on Sunday, April 26. The bishop’s pas-toral visit and Mass concluded OLGC’s 50th anniversary obser-vances. The special Mass included the reading of a blessing from Pope Francis that marked OLGC’s golden anniversary. During the Mass, sunlight shone through the stained-glass windows of the church, which was filled to capacity with current and former clergy; religious; staff, including Grieco, OLGC’s office manager; and parishioners. Among the concele-brants of the liturgy were Father Duggan and Father Julio Barrios, parochial vicar, as well as Msgr. Patrick Scott, former pastor; Father Edward Lambro, former temporary administrator, now development and public relations director for diocesan Catholic Charities; Father Fred Conoscenti, former weekend assistant, who lives in Florida; Father Thomas Rainforth, retired priest; and Father Tom Mangieri, adminis-trator of Holy Spirit Parish, Pequan -nock and St. Joseph Parish, Lincoln Park. “The parishioners of Good Coun -sel are genuine — ‘without guile,’ as Jesus describes Nathaniel in the Gospels. Here, the people, especially the young people, are open to God, teaching and the Word. I predict that there will be an explosion of vocations at this parish,” said Father Duggan, who noted that anniversary was guided by the theme that OLGC parishioners — like all Catholics — “have pride in belonging to a faith community,” a universal sentiment CONTINUED on 4 Bishop appoints new chancellor/delegate for religious Sister Joan Daniel Healy will assume position effective Sept. 8 By CECILE SAN AGUSTIN REPOR TER CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli has ap-pointed Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, current provincial superior of the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, as new chan-cellor/delegate for religious, effective Sept. 8. “Join with me in welcoming Sister Joan Daniel as our new chan-cellor/delegate for religious,” Bishop Serratelli said in making the ap-pointment. “She has held leadership positions within her own community and as an educator in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. Sister Joan Daniel, who is fluent in Spanish having served nine years as a missionary among the poor in Uruguay, has worked inter-nationally within her congregation’s governance. Her broad administra-tive experience and energy for mis-sion will be a blessing to our diocese in the years ahead.” Sister Joan Daniel will succeed Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Sphorer, who has served the Paterson Diocese as chancellor/ delegate for religious for 10 years. Sister Mary Edward’s service to the diocese will end on July 8 at which time she will begin her elected term of office as provincial superior of the province for the Sisters of Christian Charity. Raised by parents from County Kerry, Ireland, Sister Joan Daniel was born in Bronx, N.Y. She attend-ed the Immaculate Con cep tion School where the Sisters of Christian Charity taught. During her youth, APPOINTMENT on 5 Sister Joan Daniel Healy

Visit From Bishop Concludes 50th Anniversary Celebration At Pompton Plains Parish

Michael Wojcik

POMPTON PLAINS Donna Grieco felt it immediately, after walking into Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Church here for the first time almost 30 years ago. This longtime parishioner and staff member experienced then what the dynamic Morris County faith community has embodied for all of its 50-year history — a strong sense of faith, family, warmth and welcome — which it continues to hone today in efforts to be “aggressively friendly,” while expanding its evangelization efforts.

That’s how Father Paul O’Donnell Duggan, the current pastor, described OLGC’s half-century legacy of worship, hospitality and outreach — as well as its bright future — that Bishop Serratelli helped commemorate as the main celebrant and homilist of the noon Mass on Sunday, April 26. The bishop’s pastoral visit and Mass concluded OLGC’s 50th anniversary observances. The special Mass included the reading of a blessing from Pope Francis that marked OLGC’s golden anniversary.

During the Mass, sunlight shone through the stained-glass windows of the church, which was filled to capacity with current and former clergy; religious; staff, including Grieco, OLGC’s office manager; and parishioners. Among the concelebrants of the liturgy were Father Duggan and Father Julio Barrios, parochial vicar, as well as Msgr. Patrick Scott, former pastor; Father Edward Lambro, former temporary administrator, now development and public relations director for diocesan Catholic Charities; Father Fred Conoscenti, former weekend assistant, who lives in Florida; Father Thomas Rainforth, retired priest; and Father Tom Mangieri, administrator of Holy Spirit Parish, Pequannock and St. Joseph Parish, Lincoln Park.

“The parishioners of Good Counsel are genuine — ‘without guile,’ as Jesus describes Nathaniel in the Gospels. Here, the people, especially the young people, are open to God, teaching and the Word. I predict that there will be an explosion of vocations at this parish,” said Father Duggan, who noted that anniversary was guided by the theme that OLGC parishioners — like all Catholics — “have pride in belonging to a faith community,” a universal sentiment that Pope Francis had echoed. “This anniversary also has impacted the evangelization efforts at the parish.”

OLGC’s anniversary celebrations began on First Sunday of Advent of 2013, when parishioners received a Bible in recognition of the words of Pope Benedict XVI: “Only the Word of God can profoundly change our hearts.” Events that took place during the anniversary included hosting a one-woman show, “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy,” about St. Faustina Kowalska, who promoted the devotion to Divine Mercy, and Father Duggan’s dedication of a new rosary walk, created Walter Mielarczyk for his Eagle Scout service project. OLGC also mailed to its 1,700 families a packet of spiritual materials, encouraging them to pray for an increase in vocations and for specific priests. The anniversary officially will close tomorrow, May 1, with a gala at the Brownstone, Paterson, which will feature an awards ceremony to recognize parishioners, who have made “significant contributions” to the faith community, said Father Duggan, OLGC’s pastor over the past five years.

A few days before OLGC’s anniversary came to a close, Grieco remembered back to the October 1985, when she and her husband, Thomas, first walked into the parish church.

“We met Msgr. Scott, who told us, ‘You are newly married. Don’t search any further. Welcome to Good Counsel,’ ” said Grieco, who also coordinates the parish’s funeral ministry and Confirmation instruction. “That day, I felt loved and welcomed. Today, I still feel that way. I’ve always felt part of the congregation.”

The 50th anniversary has inspired OLGC’s evangelization efforts, which will expand further this fall. Members of the parish plan to start what will become an ongoing campaign to fan out across Pompton Plains and go door-to-door. They will give families packets that contain information about the parish, welcome them to OLGC and invite them to pray. The parish publishes a quarterly newsletter with information about the parish, inspirational material and a note of encouragement from Father Duggan. Also, staff put much thought into what welcoming tone to the unchurched that it hoped to strike in the Christmas bulletin, the pastor said.

“We are trying to think ‘outside the box’ [to reach the unchurched who visit the parish for Christmas and Easter],” said Father Duggan, who stated the purpose of OLGC’s upcoming door-to-door visits. “We want to have a one-to-one encounter with people in this age of high tech.”

The history of OLGC started on Sept. 20, 1962, when Bishop James McNulty established it as a mission for Catholics of Riverdale and Pompton Plains. Father Daniel Vecchiollo, its first pastor, celebrated its first Mass on Nov. 18, 1962 in the cafeteria of the local high school, OLGC’s history states.

During the next year, OLGC bought 18 acres of land on West End Avenue that included a 125-year-old farmhouse, barn and other buildings. The parish converted the farmhouse into a rectory and the barn into a chapel. On Oct. 8, 1963, OLGC was elevated to parish status. In September 1964, the school opened, which was staffed by the Religious Teachers Filippini and became the parish’s first permanent church.

In 1986, the church underwent a complete renovation, redecoration and modernization, including new windows. In the late 1980s, the area experienced an explosion in population, which caused significant growth in the parish population. So, in the late 1990s, Msgr. Scott embarked on a campaign to build a new church, which dedicated on June 24, 2000, according to the parish history.

“My dream has become the people’s dream and it has come true,” Msgr. Scott told parishioners before the dedication.

The big dreams of Father Duggan, Msgr. Scott and the rest of OLGC’s pastors in the past continue to be realized today by parishioners, who are eager to participate in the parish’s full complement of outreaches, said Grieco, whose husband, Thomas, serves as an usher. They have two children, Kelly, 28, and Thomas Jr., 24.

“The involvement of parishioners in our ministries continues. They always want to help. They don’t stop!” Grieco said.

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Visit+From+Bishop+Concludes+50th+Anniversary+Celebration+At+Pompton+Plains+Parish/1994324/256964/article.html.

Bishop Appoints New Chancellor/Delegate For Religious

Cecile San Agustin

Sister Joan Daniel Healy will assume position effective Sept.8

CLIFTON Bishop Serratelli has appointed Sister of Christian Charity Joan Daniel Healy, current provincial superior of the Sisters of Christian Charity in Mendham, as new chancellor/ delegate for religious, effective Sept. 8.

“Join with me in welcoming Sister Joan Daniel as our new chancellor/ delegate for religious,” Bishop Serratelli said in making the appointment. “She has held leadership positions within her own community and as an educator in Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and New Jersey. Sister Joan Daniel, who is fluent in Spanish having served nine years as a missionary among the poor in Uruguay, has worked internationally within her congregation’s governance. Her broad administrative experience and energy for mission will be a blessing to our diocese in the years ahead.”

Sister Joan Daniel will succeed Sister of Christian Charity Mary Edward Sphorer, who has served the Paterson Diocese as chancellor/ delegate for religious for 10 years. Sister Mary Edward’s service to the diocese will end on July 8 at which time she will begin her elected term of office as provincial superior of the province for the Sisters of Christian Charity.

Raised by parents from County Kerry, Ireland, Sister Joan Daniel was born in Bronx, N.Y. She attended the Immaculate Conception School where the Sisters of Christian Charity taught. During her youth,she was drawn to the sisters’ joy and kindness but what helped Sister Joan Daniel the most in her calling to religious life was Blessed Sacrament Father Paul Bernier.

“Once a month, he held an holy hour in Manhattan for all high school students. This meant for almost all of us traveling by train or bus,” said Sister Joan Daniel. “But every month the church was filled with students, singing their hearts out, praying, being captivated with a dynamic talk by Father Bernier. How many vocations came out of that holy hour once a month!”

She earned her bachelor’s degree at Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., in social studies and Spanish. For her master’s degree, she attended Villanova University, Pa., where she majored in religious studies. She also has a master of science degree in administration from the University of Scranton.

Much of Sister Joan Daniel’s ministerial experience has been as an educator serving as a teacher and as a principal. “Having been in education as both teacher and principal, in both urban and suburban settings, I have had a wide variety of experiences that I feel will help me in personnel relations,” she said. “Healthcare is constantly changing today but I have served on the boards of two of our hospital systems, which will help in that area. I also hope to be able to get to know our Spanish-speaking population.”

As chancellor, Sister Joan Daniel hopes to continue the work of Sister Mary Edward. “I would also like to expand into a Spanish ministry as well. I will be working for the diocese where needed and I want to be engaged with the mission of the diocese. I also look forward to meeting the sisters, brothers and priests in the various forms of consecrated life and getting to know all the charisms and the challenging ministries carried on by them,” she said.

In following in the footsteps of Sister Mary Edward as chancellor/delegate for religious and proceeding her as provincial, Sister Joan Daniel said, “Living here in our motherhouse with Sister Mary Edward, I can truly say she has given herself entirely to the mission of the diocese. The congregation is now asking her to be the provincial superior of our province and I know it is a sacrifice for her to leave her ministry here in the Paterson Diocese where she enjoyed working with the Bishop and all the people she ministered to and met on a daily basis. However, our sisters in the province are very happy she will be now sharing her ministry with them”

Sister Joan Daniel is currently a member of several professional organizations. These include the chair of the board of directors for the Society of the Sisters of Christian Charity in N.J, and of the board of trustees of the Sisters of Christian Charity Healthcare Corp. She is a member of the board of trustees for Assumption College for Sisters, the board of directors for Holy Spirit Hospital, board of directors for Holy Spirit Health System, enlarged council for Sisters of Christian Charity, Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious.

“I felt overwhelmed when Bishop Serratelli first called me. I still do,” she said. “Never had I imagined that when I entered [the Sisters of Christian Charity] all that would happen in my life. I just wanted to be a sister. I have had a great ride — as I read once and I think it was Mary Oliver who wrote: ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming — Wow! What a ride.’ That’s how I’ll continue to spend my life.”

Read the full article at http://www.evergreeneditions.com/article/Bishop+Appoints+New+ChancellorDelegate+For+Religious/1994327/256964/article.html.

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