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Peekskill Pastors Group Honors Franciscan With Martin Luther King Award

Rev. John Keane, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement
Rev. John Keane, SA, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The Rev. John Keane, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from the leaders of the Peekskill Area Pastors’ Association and Mount Olivet Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 18.

The award will be presented at 3 p.m. at a worship service at Peekskill Middle School.

A native of Philadelphia, Keane took his final vows as a Franciscan friar in 1959, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1962. From 1962-1980, he served in the friars’ ministries in Japan. He returned to the U.S. and worked as a campus minister at Howard University from 1980-83. He has directed the ecumenical and interfaith offices in the California dioceses of San Francisco, Stockton, Monterey and Sacramento.

In 2010, Keane joined the retreat department at Graymoor in Garrison. He has been an active member of Peekskill Area Pastors’ Association for five years. In 2014, as the chairperson of its hunger committee, he helped to organize the Garden of Hope in Yorktown Heights, which grows nutritious produce for local food pantries from spring to autumn.

As a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, he continues to coordinate the activities at Graymoor and the surrounding area for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Servant of God Father Paul of Graymoor, in Garrison, and was first observed at Graymoor from Jan. 18-25, 1908.

The theme this year is “United in Hope: Striving Together Towards Freedom.” The Rev. Robert Young, pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, will offer the keynote address. The worship service will include a youth choir, musicians and dancers.

Peekskill Middle School is at 212 Ringgold St., Peekskill.

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