On Sunday September 15th, 2019, the parish of Immaculate Conception in Jamaica New York, and the Province of St. Paul of the Cross, celebrated and honored the service of Father Theophane Cooney, CP.
Theophane has stepped down as parochial vicar in the parish after more than 45 years! It was be fitting that we commemorate and celebrate these years of selfless ministry, particularly Theo’s commitment to the immigrant communities of New York City. Theophane has served as a pastoral minister, a mentor and a friend to countless people.
Bishop Neil, CP presided the Mass and the parish hosted a reception after the bi-lingual Mass. We are grateful to Bill Murphy, CP for his leadership in preparing this festive event.
Johnathan Ramos-Torres was born in Moca, Puerto Rico to Ismael Ramos and Carmen Torres. He grew up as an only-child who enjoyed study and sports. From a very young age Johnathan felt God's call to serve Him and the Church. During his teenage years he served his parish as altar-server, catechist and youth ministry leader. He participated in mission trips to El Salvador and Columbia.
He started a Passionist study program in August of 2014, where he studied Philosophy. He completed his bachelor's degree in June of 2017 and worked in a High School as a religion teacher. In August Johnathan began his journey to becoming a Passionist. He lived for a year in the Student House of Oscar Romero in Wilks Barre, PA.
He will not continue his postulancy at Immaculate Conception, working in the parish.
The Monastery worked on two very needed renovations. The Monastery trees were over grown and were trimmed so they would cause no damage to our neighbors during storms.
The main fence, surrounding 75% of the Monastery grounds was in ill repairs. It was repaired and re-painted to enhance to look of the property.
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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."