Father Theo, after 47 years working in Immaculate Conception Parish, here in Jamaica, NY is retiring from parochial ministry. Many of the couples that he married, he also baptized in Immaculate Conception Parish.
He will remain living in the Monastery and will help with Monastery Community masses. We wish Father Theo a well-deserved retirement.
After the last power loss, and candles placed all over the Monastery, we have purchased a generator to light the hallways, recreation room, dinning room and kitchen. We can now put the candles away and avoid burning the place down.
Father Lionel is a native of Puerto Rico. He will be replacing Father Theophane who is retiring. He will be directing our Spanish Community here at Immaculate Conception Parish. His full biography will be in next month’s newsletter.
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The Monastery relies on its prayer life to support the elderly priests and brothers who live in Immaculate Conception Monastery, the Health Care House of our Province. Can we help our loved ones who have died? Is there anything that we can still do for them? Can our prayers make a difference?
The answer is, yes. Pope Benedict said, "It is never too late to touch the heart of another, nor is it ever in vain. The souls of the departed can receive, 'solace and refreshment' through the Eucharist and through our prayers and charitable deeds. We believe that our love can reach into the afterlife, that reciprocal giving and receiving is possible. We believe that our affection for one another continues beyond the limits of death. It has been a fundamental conviction of Christianity, throughout the ages and it remains a source of comfort today."