Francis Medal Presented to Wood-Ridge Parishioner

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Richard Mucowski, on right, presents the Francis Medal to Richard Taylor Sr., on left. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Taylor)

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. — For his generosity of spirit and financial support of the Franciscan friars and their mission, Richard Taylor Sr. was recognized with Holy Name Province’s Francis Medal.

Richard Mucowski, OFM, presented the medal to Taylor during a Mass that was offered at his home in Wood-Ridge, N.J., on Father’s Day. Taylor’s daughter Kathleen and her partner Mary were also present, as well as his hospice aides and Sal Caccamo, director of maintenance at Assumption Parish, who was the altar server for the Mass.

Despite being in hospice care, Taylor “continues to tirelessly remember all those who are in need of intercession before God whether he knows them personally or not,” said Richard. “He has been a significant spiritual mainstay for me as pastor, praying for me daily and providing his ‘big brother’ emotional support whenever I need it. Were it not for him giving so unconditionally of himself, there were many times I would not have been able to do the work God has asked me to do on his behalf and on behalf of his people.”

Taylor has also supported the parish and the Province through financial gifts over the years. One of those gifts – made in memory of his wife, Dolores, who died in 2015 – allowed the parish to create a beautiful rose prayer garden during the parish’s 90th anniversary celebrations in 2016.

The HNP Francis Medal was established in 1998 by then-Provincial Minister John Felice, OFM. Recipients are people who have displayed an uncommon contribution to the advancement of the ideals and values of St. Francis.

Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.

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