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220 Years of Ascension on Staten Island

On Ascension Day (May 26), the Church of the Ascension, Staten Island, celebrated its 220th anniversary with a special service and reception. Bishop Assistant Mary Glasspool was the celebrant and preacher, assisted by the Rev. Mark Brown and the Rev. Deacon Geraldine Swanson. Dr. Holly Bonner was received into the Episcopal Church & her daughters…

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Remembrance and Hope in Ardsley

The Rev. Dr. Varghese E. Mathew

On Saturday, September 11 of 2021, in prayerful observance and memorial of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we held a candlelight service at St. Barnabas Church, Ardsley. The service began with the hymn “Amazing Grace” and concluded with the lighting of candles followed by the song, “We shall Overcome,” sung in both Malayalam and Hindi…

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Hispanic Outreach at St. John’s in the Village

Gerald Dilley

In 2021, St. John’s in the Village hosted a number of events as part of its ongoing recognition of the various Spanish-speaking communities in the Diocese of New York. An exhibition of Cuban watercolors by John Emmitt Connors, “Urban Narratives: Havana to New York,” was featured in the church’s art space, Revelation Gallery, for the…

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30 Years Ordained: The Rev. Dr. Pierre André Duvert

On Saturday, September 18, the Rev. Dr. Pierre André Duvert, rector of St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx, celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at Eastwood Manor, where in addition to parishioners, family, and friends, he was joined by State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke, State Senator…

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Partnership of Faith for New York City Launches Covid Victims’ Burial Program

On Tuesday, March 9, the Rev. Brenda Husson, rector of St. James Episcopal Church-Madison Avenue, along with members of the Partnership of Faith for New York City, made a solemn trip to the morgue where refrigerated trailers are utilized by the city’s Office of the Medical Examiner for the approximately 300 victims of Covid-19 whose…

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Ceiling Restoration Begins at St. Paul’s, Staten Island

Since a large part of its ceiling collapsed at the beginning of October, 2019, the main sanctuary of the landmarked Victorian Gothic St. Paul’s Memorial Church in the Stapleton section of Staten Island has been unusable. A comprehensive program of repairs and restoration of the church’s ceiling has now begun, however, and a capital campaign…

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One Parish’s Pandemic

John Kryger

Trinity Church, Garnerville—organized in 1846 and brought into union with the Diocese of New York in 1847—is the oldest Episcopal parish in Rockland County. The current church building was opened in 1899. Like many parishes, its congregation has ebbed and flowed, and the local demographics have changed considerably. But it has survived, albeit a bit…

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