An Easter Message from Father Riley
It’s incredible to think we’ve turned 100! The Italian Home for Children has reached the extraordinary milestone of 100 years of serving children and families in need with uninterrupted distinction. What a 100 years ago was a basic need of caring for the children of Italian families orphaned by the devastating influenza epidemic of 1918 has continued with a seamless thread of serving children and families.
Our long-standing mission and ministry, first built upon the love and sacrifices of Catholic Franciscan Sisters, is carried out today by the extraordinary service of people of many faiths and ethnicities, with the great ideal of “the reunification of the children with their own or alternative families and/or the preservation of families at risk."
So what could have deeply inspired 100 years of passion and dedication? How can we be assured of another 100 years of exceptional care and compassion? What gives us great hope? In a word: Easter!
Most everyone can imagine the joy Easter brings. So much so that even men and women of many faiths and backgrounds often recognize Easter as a sign of new life, new hope, and bright future. Easter Sunday reveals all of this and so much more. It is the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ when we come to believe that with GOD, all things are possible!
Easter is everything about new life, new hope and a brighter future for our children and families. Easter is why we embark on the next 100 years excited about yet unseen possibilities. Easter is why we do what we do: for He is Risen!
The Rev. Edward Riley is the Director of Pastoral Ministry and Dean of Men at St. John's Seminary. He is a member of the Spiritual Enrichment Committee and frequently celebrates Mass in the Italian Home chapel on Sunday mornings.