Dear Knights and Ladies,
We are pleased to announce that Father Benedict Kiely will join us as our keynote speaker at our Gala dinner. Ordained in 1994, Father Kiely has spent most of his priestly life in parish ministry and media activity. In August of 2014, following the fall of Mosul to ISIS, Father Benedict founded Nasarean.org, a 501(c)3 charity to aid and advocate for persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East. He has visited Iraq on numerous occasions, on the last visit in March, he visited the deserted Christian towns 9 miles from the fighting in Mosul.
In the below video, Fr. Kiely reflects on his visit to liberated Christian towns in Northern Iraq:
We are also delighted to share that we will be honoring the memory of Detective Steven McDonald. Detective McDonald was shot in the line of duty in 1986 while patrolling Central Park with his partner in 1986. The injuries left him a quadriplegic and in need of a ventilator. Several months after his injuries, Detective McDonald announced publicly that he forgave his assailant. In 2014, he wrote the forward for a book entitled Why Forgive?, written by friend and pastor Johan Cristoph Arnold. In January 2017, Detective McDonald passed away and his funeral was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The Eastern Lieutenancy feels privileged to honor the memory of Detective Steven McDonald at this year’s Dinner Gala furthering his legacy as an humanitarian and philanthropic leader.
We look forward to an exciting and prayerful Investiture Weekend.
Please feel free to reach out to our office with any questions.
The Eastern Lieutenancy Office Staff