Kathie & Christopher Lawler Dinner Dance



The Tenth Kathie and Christopher Lawler Dinner Dance was held Saturday, November 18, at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens, with Mass preceding the event at 5:00 PM.  Rev. Msgr. John J. Bracken and Rev. Coleman Costello, were recognized at the event this year.

Msgr. Bracken, ordained a priest on May 27, 1967, has served the Diocese of Brooklyn in a multitude of capacities, including as the Director of Stewardship and Development where he directed a very successful capital campaign and raised over $77 million and established the Alive In Hope Foundation now known as The Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens.  His most recent position was as the administrator of St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor and has recently retired.

Rev. Coleman Costello, also ordained a priest on May 27, 1967 has focused much of his service on assisting the abused elderly as well as drug prevention. Not only did he serve on the Cardinal’s Commission on Drugs and Alcohol but was a consultant to five New York State governors on abuse issues.  He is now retired and residing at Bishop Mugavero Residence, Douglaston.

As of this year, the Lawler Dinner Dance has raised over eight hundred thousand dollars for the Kathie and Christopher Lawler Extraordinary Needs Fund for Senior Priests.

The Kathie and Christopher Lawler Foundation was established in memory of Kathie and her son Christopher who were both killed on November 12, 2001, when Flight #587 fell from the sky onto their Belle Harbor home. The goal of the Foundation is to supplement and enhance the Diocese’s existing programs in assisting our senior priests as they grow into this new chapter in their lives.

For more information about the evening or on how you can donate to the Kathie and Christopher Lawler Extraordinary Needs Fund for Senior Priests, please contact Lauren McCormack at 718-965-7375 ext. 1628 or Lmccormack@cfbq.org.