Mt. Irenaeus Announces Anniversary Event

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WEST CLARKSVILLE, N.Y. — Music, a meal and celebration of the Eucharist will be part of the 25th anniversary event on Oct. 17 at the Franciscan Mountain Retreat here. The community of Mt. Irenaeus has scheduled this event as an opening celebration of the mission, life,  and ministry of Mt. Irenaeus.

The event, whose theme is “more than 25 years of making all things new in Jesus Christ,’” will begin with a 2:30 p.m. concert and will be followed by a 4:15 p.m. celebration of the Eucharist and buffet dinner.

Performers are Cyprian Consiglio, a monk rooted in sacred chant traditions, who sings, teaches, writes and plays guitar, and John Pennington, a college professor and an internationally-known percussionist specializing in frame drums and world music.

Friars, friends and family members are invited to the festivities, according to Daniel Riley, OFM, president, guardian, and founder of Mt. Irenaeus.

Volunteers are providing the main courses for the buffet meal; attendees are welcome to contribute appetizers and desserts to share.

Information about the celebration is available through Michelle Marcellin, administrative assistant for Mt. Irenaeus, at 716-375-2096. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Sept. 14 to Marcellin by email at

A commemorative long-sleeved shirt displaying the text “Begin Anew” on the front and, on the back, an image of a wagon wheel, the metaphor used by the Mountain to symbolize relationships, is available for purchase. The shirts can be ordered by contacting Michelle Marcellin.