2008-05-02 / Community

Local Receives St.Francis De Sales Award

Belle Harbor resident Joseph Farrell was honored on April 11, with the St. Francis de Sales Award from the Tablet Publishing Company. The award has only been given twice before.

Farrell was chosen for the award because of his on-going involvement with the Tablet, the church and Catholic causes in general.

"As a resident of St. Francis de Sales parish, I have been involved with the church all my life - from going to grammar school there to being an altar boy, and it is a great honor to receive this award," he said. "I have an affinity for St. Francis de Sales. Before he entered the priesthood, he studied to become a barrister, a lawyer. Since I am a lawyer I have always felt a strong connection."

Farrell is involved in many charitable activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of MercyFirst, which serves more than 4,000 children and their families in 20 locations in New York City and Long Island. He chairs the Conway, Farrell, Curtin and Kelly law firm, which he joined in 1957. He provides counsel and defense for religious corporations, schools, mental health facilities and foster care agencies. In addition to being a former vice president of the New York State Bar Association, former chairman of the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders and president of the Brooklyn- Manhattan Trial Consel Association, he is also a decorated Korean War veteran.

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