Congratulations Friar Gerry!

On Friday, April 22, 2022, during the Syracuse University’s 4:00 p.m. One University Awards, in the University’s Hendricks Chapel, our own Friar Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv. was presented the “Chancellor’s Forever Orange Award (pictured at right), which is conferred on individual students, faculty or staff who – by virtue of extraordinary hard work, good values and commitment to excellence – embody the best of Syracuse University.”

An invitation to the friars with whom Friar Gerry lives in community in the St. Francis Friary, included this announcement:
“We can also take great pride in the many people from across our campus
who do things big and small that make Syracuse thrive.
We will celebrate many of them next week at the One University Awards on
April 22 at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel….
We will also recognize individuals who have made an extraordinary
impact on the University and our broader community.
This will include
presenting the Forever Orange Award to
Patricia Burak and Father Gerry

Friars’ ministries take varied forms and can be found in diverse locations, including on several campuses of colleges and universities. Friar Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv. serves as Campus Minister for the Syracuse University (SU) Catholic Campus Ministry. His day to day work provides to the students, faculty, staff and greater community at SU with “dynamic programming that encourages community and faith-building.” The fruits of this ministry are evident in the many photos often shared by SU Catholic, including those of the thirteen RCIA students, international and domestic, who were initiated and fully initiated into our Catholic faith during the Easter Vigil, this year: two were Baptized, two received First Eucharist, and eleven were Confirmed (above).

10:30 a.m. Divine Mercy Sunday Mass, in the SU Catholic Center

In addition, the Most Reverend Douglas J. Lucia, Bishop of Syracuse, was on site at SU to celebrate the two Divine Mercy Masses, on Sunday April 24th, for the campus community (Pictured above during the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the SU Catholic Center, with the video of the 1:00 p.m. Mass in University’s Hendricks Chapel, below).

Friar Gerry lives in community with eight other friars, in our Syracuse, NY ~ St. Francis Friary. His confreres were invited to the April 22, 2022 One University Awards at SU, to support Friar Gerry as he received a “Chancellor’s Forever Orange Award.” The friars of St. Francis Friary serve in diverse ministries, including Assumption Church, Franciscan Place Chapel & Gift Shop (located in the Destiny USA mall), and FrancisCorp chaplaincy. One even serves as a Psychotherapist for a local Counseling Center.

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