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Basilian Lay Associates of Rochester hold a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers

September 12, 2023

On Tuesday, August 29, the Basilian Lay Associates of Rochester held a Memorial Mass for deceased Basilian Fathers. Fr. Kevin Mannara, CSB, presided. Fr. Lance Gonyo, a diocesan priest educated by Basilians at Aquinas Institute and St. John Fisher, was the concelebrant. He is currently the pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. In addition to BLAs and Fr. Norm Tanck, in attendance were coworkers from Aquinas, St. John Fisher Univ., and members of Fr. Joe Trovato’s family. The server was from Fisher’s Campus Ministry and is preparing for priesthood.
The Mass was held in the All Souls Chapel of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. There are Basilian plots along the southside and on the front lawn of the chapel. The names of the forty-five Basilians buried there were read during Mass. Afterwards, the BLAs gathered for brunch at Fr. Kevin’s sister’s restaurant.
Later that day, Frs. George Smith, Norm Tanck, and Kevin Mannara joined Dr. Gerry Rooney, president of St. John Fisher University, to welcome new inductees into the university’s President’s Society. The Basilian Fathers were the Society’s first members. The dinner was held in the renovated plaza in front of Kearney Hall, alongside the Chapel of St. Basil the Great.


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