Mt. Irenaeus Celebrates Life of Dan Hurley

Kevin McGarr In the Headlines

WEST CLARKSVILLE, N.Y. — The Mt. Irenaeus community celebrated the life of Daniel Hurley, OFM, June 6, at an event concluding the Franciscan Mountain Retreat’s celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Remembrance and Gratitude
The celebration included a Mass at 11 a.m., followed by a procession to the labyrinth — a garden for remembrance and thanks — where Joseph Kotula, OFM, spoke briefly about Dan.

A brunch, held in the House of Peace, followed the procession to the labyrinth. Roughly 110 people, composed of friends and family of Dan Hurley, attended.

“Dan showed us the way and now has made his way in the Lord,” reflected Daniel Riley, OFM, director of Mt. Irenaeus. “The truth in our hearts knows he died and yet is somehow with us.”

Photos, which include Robert Struzynski, OFM, and Kevin Kriso, OFM, are posted on the Mt. Irenaeus Facebook page.

Evenings of Re-Creation
Later this month, the mountain begins its annual summer series, with the theme “Peace Be With You: The Spirit of Christ Renews the Church and the World.”

The program, which lasts six weeks, consists of a 4:45 p.m. Mass in the chapel, followed by a dish-to-pass supper at 6 p.m. and sharing in the chapel beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Summer Evenings of Re-Creation, which are free and open to all, will end August 4.

The dates and topics of this year’s Evenings of Re-Creation are:

· June 30 “Peace Be With You”
· July 7 “Peace in the Midst of Chaos”
· July 14 “The Cosmic Christ: Finding Your Direct Magnetically”
· July 21 “Peace in the Family”
· July 28 “Peace in the Church”
· August 4 “Seeking True Peace in God and Not in Attachments”

A list of the event speakersas well as driving directions to the retreat center can be found on Mt. Irenaeus website. Reservations can be made by contacting staff member Michelle Marcellin at 716-375-2096.

— Kevin McGarr, a journalism student at St. Bonaventure University, is interning for the summer in the Province’s Communication Office.