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Francis Gargani, Prayer & Hospitality (email@example.com), is a native of Mt. Vernon, New York.
After being formed by the Mercy sisters in the parish school of Sacred Heart and at Mt. St. Michael Academy with the Marists in the Bronx, Francis entered the Redemptorists.
He served two parishes of his Community, one located in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the other in Pittsburgh, PA.
He then attended Catholic University, receiving an M.A. in liturgical studies.
After seven years as campus minister at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, he moved back to New York to serve as retreat director at the Redemptorist Mt. St. Alphonsus Retreat House in Esopus, NY.
During those years, he studied in the Masters program at Fordham in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction.
In 2000 he
moved into a ministry focused on social justice and in 2010 became the superior of the Redemptorist Provincial Community residing in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.
Happy to lay claim of participating in NPM's very first convention at Marywood College in Scranton, Francis is a student of the arts and music and is happy to be part of our NPM Community once again!
photo: At the Lenten Mission parishioners ...
photo: At the Lenten Mission parishioners and clergy shared the Holy Spirit by laying their hands on each other's heads. Here Father Ed Faliskie lays his hands on Father Francis Gargani.
At the Lenten Mission parishioners and clergy shared the Holy Spirit by laying their hands on each other's heads.
Here Father Ed Faliskie lays his hands on Father Francis Gargani.
"We came to the mission to be on fire," proclaimed Father Francis Gargani
and Father Ed Faliskie, CSsR, who live in Brooklyn, N.Y., led the mission March 11-14.
Approximately 800 people attended each night's mission which had the theme "Hearts of Faith; Lives on Fire."
"We journey through Lent to be on fire!
As part of the mission, Father Gargani
and Father Faliskie preached at each Mass on the weekend prior and during the retreat, they celebrated the morning Mass Monday through Thursday, spoke at prayer services Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and celebrated Mass Thursday evening.
Similarly, Father Gargani
emphasized that faith means living one's life by serving God, by being like Christ.
"We need to decide if we're serious about keeping the memory of Christ alive, washing the feet of the disciples and of the world, bringing his
real presence not only to our altar table but to the altar table of the world!
Calling the world a "desperate, angry, depressed, drowning -in -consumerism, starving-for-meaning and starving-for-hope world," Father Gargani
outlined the woes that plague this earth, woes such as violence, child abuse, greed and lust.
said although the world is afflicted with an ever-growing division between the poor and the wealthy, many are obsessed with fame and fortune.
Even with weapons of mass destruction, there is hope, he
"Such a world, such a culture, cries out for salvation, cries out for a community whose hearts are on fire with faith in God's redeeming love!
said that faith demands that individuals reach out to those in need.
described faith as the faces of dedicated Christians who have worked to make the world a better place.
, superior of his
Provincial House Community in Brooklyn, N.Y., dropped out of college after his
first year to pursue priesthood because he
wanted "to help make a difference in the world."
He said he chose to join the Redemptorist order because the Redemptorist priests who worked at his college impressed him, particularly their vocation director who "was personality plus - joyful, positive, extremely personable."
Ordained a priest in 1971, Father Gargani has served in a number of capacities, including a stint as campus minister at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
He says he loved his assignment at ODU from 1984 to 1991 because "being with the students was always a treat" and because he enjoyed working in the Diocese of Richmond.
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Announcement: "The Call To Intimacy-Nurturing Intimacy with Self, Others and God," a Lenten retreat led by Fr. Francis Gargani, March 30-April 1, St. Joseph's Villa, Saugerties, NY, $185, all inclusive.
"In this fresh and imaginative retreat inspired by the work of Henri Nouwen, Francis Gargani will help us explore the question, "How can I find creative and fulfilling intimacy in my relationship with myself, with others and with God?
Fr. Gargani is a Redemptorist priest and native of New York City.
He was formerly a Catholic Campus Minister at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he also served as a member of the Richmond Diocesan Commission on Sexual Minorities.
has facilitated several retreats for St. Francis Xavier Church's LGBT community.
participates in a variety of programs on mysticism, interfaith dialogue and a spirituality based on justice.
Register online at www.marblechurch.org/glfellowship.html or call 212-686-2770.
Father Francis Gargani, ...
Father Francis Gargani, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorist Father Francis Gargani was honored May 15 by Pax Christi Metro New York during an awards ceremony at St. Joseph Church in Greenwich Village.
Receiving the organization's top 2016 award, Father Gargani was honored for his "compassion . . . [and] perpetual help to countless people in myriad ways."
Father Gargani, 70, was professed in 1965 and ordained a priest in 1971.
He is rector of the Redemptorist community in Brooklyn.
In Father Gargani's
remarks after receiving the award, he
thanked many people, saying it has been an honor to serve among the members of Pax Christi and adding, "I can only receive this acknowledgement in their name."
spoke of his
and Fanny, who respectively "championed the underdog" and "taught me all justice and inclusivity begins around the table of love and hospitality."
receives award from Rosemarie Pace
Clearly, Father Gargani
took those early lessons to heart.
As Ms. Pace put it, "One of the things I've learned about Francis
is that if you want somebody who is going to roll out the red carpet and provide you with food and drink to feast forever, he's the man you want.
went on to acknowledge his
brother Redemptorists, saying, "Where do I start naming the many sons of Alphonsus who have kept me grounded these many years, sharing a passion to proclaim the justifying justice of Christ, the Redeemer?"
long career in social justice ministry has given him the chance to work with remarkable people, including the late Father Daniel Berrigan, SJ, with whom he
gave retreats for the homeless.
also praised the late Sister Elizabeth Proefriedt, CSJ, "another saint of the Brentwood Sisters of St. Joseph
" and "Pax Christi banner-bearer par excellence."
The list of friends and colleagues he
thanked and praised encompassed sisters, priests, and lay Catholics as well as poets, dancers, and lovers of the earth.
"So now you know," said Father Gargani
"This recognition has very little to do with me and really belongs to a cast of thousands!
I can only receive it in their name and in their name . . . thank you."
To learn more about Father Gargani
ministry, click to read a recent interview with him conducted by Sister Camille D'Arienzo, RSM, and published by National Catholic Reporter.
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