April 11, 2012
HUNDREDS OF BOYS SERVED BY MARIANISTS AT ST. JOHN’S OF NEW YORK
The Marianists have announced their departure from ministry at St. John’s Residence for Boys in Rockaway Park, N.Y., effective June 30, 2012. The end of Marianist involvement at St. John’s also will necessitate the closing of the brothers’ community housed there. The photo above is of Marianists who served at St. John in 1973.
St. John’s began as an orphan asylum in 1826. The Marianists have administered the home since 1937. The home is now a contemporary program with a residential treatment center, diagnostic reception center, a non-secure detention group home and an educational service center. Read more about St. John’s history.
Since 1937, more than 200 Marianists have served at St. John’s. Fr. Thomas Bodie served as the first Marianist director. Bro. Ray Miklich has served the residence for 53 years, and Bro. Tom Trager has served for close to 40. Former St. John’s residents who became Marianists include Bros. Frank Annunziata and Carmine Annunziata (Region of Eastern Africa), Fr. Paul Landolfi (Rockaway Park, N.Y.), Bro. Mike Kraszewski (Hollywood, Fla.) and Bro. John O’Donnell, who died in 2001.
Provincial Marty Solma described St. John’s as a revered, longtime ministry for the Marianists. “We will always be grateful for the many Marianists and staff members who have served at St. John’s, for the generous donors who have made St. John’s so successful, and for the members of the board, who have been so supportive and cooperative. We are gratified that the Marianists have served boys and families at risk for almost three-quarters of a century.”
Read two tributes to the Marianists from alums of St. John’s.
On May 20, the Province will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at nearby St. Camillus Parish, followed by a reception at the parish’s Springman Hall, to honor both the Marianist contribution to St. John’s and the many people who have given generously of themselves over the years. For information, email Fr. Paul Landolfi.
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