NEW YORK — The Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order will host its Annual Capuchin Dinner on Nov. 3 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York.
The event brings together over 200 friends of the Province with more than 50 Capuchin friars, giving each group the opportunity to thank the other — the friars for the work they do and the friends for the support they provide.
As part of the evening’s program, the Province of St. Mary will present its Capuchin Community Impact Award to Joseph and Marjorie Grieshop, of Harlan County. Friars from the Province of St. Mary along with young people and their families from Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries, a ministry of the Province, have been traveling to Harlan County for 24 years, working in and with the members of the community to help those in most need. They provide Bible school to local youth; donations of clothes, food, and other essentials; assistance with house construction and repair, among other valuable and needed services.
The Grieshops have lived in Harlan County for 33 years, having moved there from Minnesota in 1982. They first started working with the Capuchins about 10 years ago, in 2005, shortly after Marjorie was appointed pastoral director of Holy Trinity, the local parish. While the Capuchins had been coming to Harlan for some time before, that was the first year Joe and Marjorie were involved in their efforts to work with and in the community to help those in need.
Since then, the Grieshops have been instrumental in building a relationship between the community and the Capuchins where both are eagerly anticipating seeing each other months before their week together. “For the last three or four months,” said Joe, “the folks at the nursing home were saying to me ‘When is that group from New York coming in?’ They really look forward to that.”
When asked about a favorite memory of her work with the Capuchins, Marjorie immediately offered her affection for the Bible School run by the Capuchins for local Harlan County young people. “The Bible School has been wonderful,” she said. In particular, she reflected on how the school helps bring members of the community together, something that becomes clear at the closing ceremony.
In general, this has been a theme of the collaboration between the Grieshops and the Capuchins of the Province of St. Mary for the decade they have been working together – their collective efforts are focused on reaching out to the community at large to establish relationships based on mutual care and consideration. “Over the years the transition has been from just being another group that comes in every summer to being a group that is so involved in the community that everyone looks forward and anxiously awaits the coming of the Capuchins,” said Joe.
To support the Annual Capuchin Dinner, including honoring the Grieshops with Capuchin Community Impact Award, consider making a donation by visiting www.capuchin.org/dinner or by calling 212-564-0759 ext. 215.
The Capuchins of the Province of St. Mary have been serving the poor and promoting justice since 1857. This work covers New York, the New England states, Japan, Guam, Central America and beyond, and includes formation, parochial ministry, youth and family ministries, and worldwide missions. There are currently more than 180 Capuchin Franciscan friars under the Province of St. Mary. To learn more, visit www.capuchin.org.