NEW YORK — The community of St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street has announced several events for the fall, the first of which will honor three accomplished New Yorkers.
On Sept. 30, the friars of the parish will affiliate Most Rev. Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, to the Franciscans and will award the Province’s Francis Medal to two service-oriented individuals: Sr. Nancy Chiarello, OSF, founder and director of The Dwelling Place of New York, and reporter Michael Daly of New York Daily News. Bishop Migliore ordained four HNP friars as priests earlier this year.
Sr. Nancy, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., founded The Dwelling Place, a temporary residence for homeless women, in 1977. Alan Thomas, OFM, vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Church, is a member of the board of directors of the Dwelling Place on West 40th Street.
Daly wrote a biography of Mychal Judge, OFM, titled The Book of Mychal: The surprising life and heroic death of Father Mychal Judge, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2008. He had known Mychal and the friars for more than five years before Mychal died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
On Oct. 2, the parish will hold a benefit cabaret to support the 79-year-old St. Francis Breadline. The event, called Viva Francesco, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday in San Damiano Hall at 129 West 31st Street. It iwll include a performance by Tony Award winning singer Melba Moore.
On Oct. 4, a special Mass for the Feast of St. Francis will be celebrated. Other parish commemorations of the patron saint will continue through the week, according to pastor Jerome Massimino, OFM.