Two Local Women Named Parish Advocates
Mary Ellen Carroll (right) of Saint Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, and Elizabeth Guarino of Saint Virgilius, Broad Channel, proudly display certificates designating them as Parish Advocates for Persons with Disabilities. They and twenty others from across Queens and Brooklyn were honored at a Bishop’s Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Brooklyn. The new advocates responded to the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queen’s call for at least one person in each parish to assess and promote the needs of the disabled in their respective parishes. They attended a daylong workshop, one in a series of seminars they must attend, to prepare them for the task. The program was administered by Father James Bradley. The music-filled concelebrated Mass had Monsignor John Tosi as principal celebrant with participation of a large gathering of the new advocates’ family and friends. One of the occasion’s highlights was closing remarks by outgoing Bishop James V. Daily whose retirement becomes official on Friday, October 3. At present there are about 150 Disability Advocates in the diocese. Photo by Dan Guarino.