Catholic Migration Services and the Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens hosted the 2014 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award Dinner on Thursday, December 4, at Bishop DiMarzio’s Residence in Brooklyn, where world-renowned Irish violinist Gregory Harrington was presented with the Cabrini Award for Migration.
The Dinner, which raised $21,000 for Catholic Migration, celebrated the first Cabrini Award given out by the Diocese of Brooklyn in nearly 20 years. The intimate setting of the Bishop’s Residence, once the home of millionaire Charles Millard Pratt, proved to be the perfect locale for the prestigious ceremony.
Following a few brief comments by Bishop DiMarzio and Catholic Migration’s Chief Executive Officer, Fr. Patrick J. Keating, Mr. Harrington was presented with the Award and graced the crowd with performances of “Ave Maria” and “Bach: Prelude” unaccompanied on the violin.
Harrington, who emigrated from Ireland to the United States at a young age, is an award-winning classical violinist and an advocate for Irish culture, education and international cancer research.
Proceeds from the event support Catholic Migration Services, which gives aid to those in our immigrant community facing legal hardship in Brooklyn and Queens.
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