Three Francis Medals Presented

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NEW YORK — Three faithful servants affiliated with two North Jersey communities were given the Province’s Francis Medal this spring for their service and dedication to the Church in the spirit of St. Francis.

On April 25, Evan Greco, OFM, chaplain of St. Joseph Home for the Elderly/Little Sisters of the Poor in Totowa, N.J., presented the Francis Medal to Sr. Dorothy Kelly, a registered nurse who works at the home.

A member of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales, she is widely known for her medical care of the late Raymond Beach, OFM, as well as tending to his religious life.

She is beloved by all residents and staff, according to Evan.

medal-r1Kevin Downey, OFM, pastor of St. Mary Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J., presented the Francis Medal to two long-time servants, Sr. Mary Byrnes, PBVM, on June 13, and lay leader Michael Burck on June 27. Both are Franciscans in heart, Kevin said, in a letter to Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM.

Sr. Mary has been the principal of St. Mary’s School for the past seven years, and was named Principal of the Year by the National Catholic Educational Association this year. She will be relocating to Newburgh, N.Y., to serve on the leadership team of her religious order.

Burck directed parish programming for the past four years, and, under his leadership, many new adult faith initiatives were launched, Kevin said. He has moved to Charlotte, N.C.