Resolution J5663-2013

Commending Father John V. O'Farrell upon the occasion of his retirement after many years of distinguished service to Our Lady of Victory Parish

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  • Jun 10, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 10, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 4, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Father  John  V. O'Farrell upon the
occasion of his retirement after many years of distinguished service  to
Our Lady of Victory Parish

WHEREAS,  The  character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the  faithful
concern  and  selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish  themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Father John
V.  O'Farrell upon the occasion of his retirement after  many  years  of
distinguished  service to Our Lady of Victory Parish in Floral Park, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Father John V. O'Farrell was first named Pastor of  Our  Lady
of Victory Parish on June 28, 2006; and
  WHEREAS, Father John V. O'Farrell was formerly Associate Pastor at St.
Anthony of Padua in East Northport, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Brooklyn  native's  first  positions included guidance
counselor and social studies teacher at Most Holy Trinity High School in
Williamsburg, New York, director of  pupil  personnel  services  at  the
Diocese  of  Brooklyn,  assistant  principal  at St. Francis Preparatory
School in Fresh Meadows, New York, and principal of  Walt  Whitman  High
School in Huntington Station, New York, for more than 21 years; and
  WHEREAS,  After  retiring  from  the South Huntington School District,
Father John  V.  O'Farrrell  entered  the  Seminary  of  the  Immaculate
Conception  in Huntington, graduating in 2002; he completed his pastoral
and deaconate experience at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Centerport, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Father John V. O'Farrell holds a bachelor's degree in philos-
ophy and psychology from St. John's University,  a  master's  degree  in
counseling psychology from Fordham University, and a professional degree
in  school  administration and leadership from St. John's University; in
addition, he completed graduate work  at  New  York  University,  Boston
University, and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; and
  WHEREAS, Father John V. O'Farrell has brought to his ministry an over-
whelming  spirit  of  charity  and  compassion,  acting  from vision and
enlightenment in conducting his  administrative  and  spiritual  duties,
while  always  displaying  the highest standards of personal and profes-
sional integrity and dedication; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and  has  adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention, they
should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens  of  this  great
Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Father John V. O'Farrell upon the  occasion  of  his  retirement
after many years of distinguished service to Our Lady of Victory Parish,
noting his unremitting and compassionate faith and his exemplary service
to  God, man, and his community, and extending to him the heartfelt best
wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of purposeful  success  and
well-being; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Father John V. O'Farrell.

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