Luminaria

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“Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”

Luke 1:35

Luminaria Dedications

Each person listed here will be remembered in the daily prayers of the Friars from Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

Duplicate names may appear for multiple dedications. If you see an error, please email the correction to our list coordinator.

  • Lillian Adams
  • Richard Adams Sr. (dec)
  • Elizabeth and Anthony Albanesi (dec)
  • Martin Alexander (dec)
  • Christopher D. Alvarez (dec)
  • Deacon Kenneth Angell
  • John and Margaret Ardeeser
  • Tom and Nancy Armstrong (dec)
  • Jean Austria (dec)
  • Sean Austin (dec)
  • Nathan and Bernadette Ayer (dec)
  • Thomas P. Ayer (dec)
  • Baez Family
  • Phil Baker (dec)
  • Norman Banda (dec)
  • Baran Family
  • Robert H. Baran (dec)
  • Barbero Family
  • Chrissey and Don Barnett (dec)
  • Virginia Baran
  • Jack Battles (dec)
  • Rosemarie Battles (dec)
  • Jeanette Baylor
  • Raymond Bedwick (dec)
  • James L. Beller (dec)
  • Faye and Jim Belshe (dec)
  • James D. Bennett
  • Sandra M. Bennett
  • Bob Bermpohl (dec)
  • Raymond S. Betz (dec)
  • Betz Family
  • Dorothy Bishop
  • Tessie Boland
  • Louise Bond (dec)
  • Carroll Boyd
  • Christine Boyd
  • Joe Bozik
  • Alice and Joseph Peter Bozik
  • Louis and Carol Brady
  • Jean Brewster (dec)
  • Doug Breitenbach (dec)
  • Edward Breitenbach (dec)
  • Margaret Breitenbach (dec)
  • Neill Bridgman (dec)
  • Brlansky Family (dec)
  • Aunt Juanita Broll
  • Helen Brown (dec)
  • Mary Catherine “Marney” Browne (dec)
  • Mercedes Brown (dec)
  • Shirley Brown (dec)
  • Joseph, Mary and Kimberly Bulock
  • Clarisssa Bullos (dec)
  • Juanda Barton Burch (dec)
  • Ann Conlon Burkhalter (dec)
  • Jeanette Burlinghaus (dec)
  • Edna Gail Bush (dec)
  • Elizabeth R. Butler (dec)
  • Mary E. Butler (dec)
  • Ssgt. Nicanor L. Caboteja USMC (dec)
  • Cain Family (dec)
  • Darryl Calderon (dec)
  • Caldwell Commuity
  • Callahan Family (dec)
  • Amalia L. Capili
  • Victor S. Capili and Family
  • Frank Carpino
  • Thomas Carroll
  • Little Jack Castro (dec)
  • Castro Family
  • Evangeline Cayten-Lodor MD
  • Santa Cesario (dec)
  • Chow Yew Kai and Margarita Chow (dec)
  • Anna R. Claxton (dec)
  • Amos Coli
  • Conlon Family (dec)
  • Barbara Contrera (dec)
  • Cooke Family (dec)
  • John and Edith Cooksey (dec)
  • Margaret Mary Cook
  • Ted Corcoran (dec)
  • Dolores M. Corey (dec)
  • Mercy Cordero (dec)
  • Frederick P. Corey (dec)
  • Those we’ve lost due to COVID -19
  • COVID-19 Victims
  • Steven Cox (dec)
  • Della Cunniff (dec)
  • Martin Cunniff (dec)
  • William Cunningham (dec)
  • Bettye Daughtry
  • Ernesto D’Avella (dec)
  • Alice R. Day (dec)
  • Sabatino DeLeonibus
  • Joseph DeSantis Family
  • Robert DeSantis Family
  • Timothy DeSantis Family
  • Noah Jeffery DeVico (dec)
  • Javi, Isabella Sofia Diaz
  • Patricia Digristina (dec)
  • Charell Maria Delacruz Dimitrova
  • Mariana Dimitrova
  • Milena Dimitrova
  • Stanislav Dimitrov
  • Antony Dimitrov
  • Joseph DiMeglio Family
  • Julian and Kathryn DiMeglio
  • Sophie Dimitrova
  • Dispenzirie Family
  • John Desmond Dolan
  • William T.K. Dolan Esq.
  • Donahue Family (dec)
  • Donnelly Family (dec)
  • Helen Ryan Donnelly
  • Anne Claxton Dorsh (dec)
  • Kathleen A. Doyle
  • Ann Dumrau (dec)
  • Noreen Duguid
  • Jeff Dunlap (dec)
  • Mrs. Christine Dunn (dec)
  • Patricia Dunn (dec)
  • William Dunn (dec)
  • Margaret Dwight
  • Ellen and Gene Dwyer
  • Kathleen Edge (dec)
  • Agnes Edmiston
  • Fr. James Edmiston OFM (dec)
  • Perry Edmiston
  • Patrick M. Edwards (dec)
  • Carrie Eggleston (dec)
  • Baba Elena
  • Elmer Douglas Ellis Sr.
  • Jessica Ellis (dec)
  • Leo Ellis (dec)
  • Sadie Ellis (dec)
  • Tom Engel (dec)
  • Erlenbach Family
  • Robert Evans (dec)
  • Carole Lee Ewens
  • Family and Friends Who Live in our Hearts
  • Farinacci Family Praying for their Good Health
  • Nancy Farley (dec)
  • First Communicants
  • Fedele and Golibersuch Families
  • Laura Fedor
  • Fred Fehling (dec)
  • Mary Fehling (dec)
  • Alex Fekas (dec)
  • Nita Fekas (dec)
  • Kurt F. Ferst (dec)
  • Msgr. Edward Filardi
  • Virginia L. Fisher (dec)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fitch (dec)
  • Mr. and Mrs. George E. Fitch (dec)
  • Mr. and Mrs. James E. Fitch (dec)
  • Maureen Flahaven (dec)
  • William Flanagan (dec)
  • Antonietta Fleri (dec)
  • Fletcher Family
  • James and Alma Fletcher (dec)
  • Carl J. Flood
  • Pat and Mike Flynn
  • Fr. William E. Foley
  • Franco Family
  • Robert Francis (dec)
  • Louis and Mathild Fugere
  • Gavin Fugere and Melissa O’Hagan Sharp
  • Leon Furmanski
  • Louise Furmanski
  • Galiszewski Family
  • James and Marie Gallagher
  • Jim Gautach (dec)
  • Kay Gautsch
  • Terry and Herb Gebel (dec)
  • Leonard and Gloria Gedrich (dec)
  • John Gerwig (dec)
  • Altamese Gilmore (dec)
  • Rita Giovenco (dec)
  • Emil Girczyc
  • Giuliani Family
  • Glodeck Family
  • John E. Glodeck (dec)
  • J.R. Glodeck (dec)
  • Aurora “Lola” Gonzalez (dec)
  • Arcadio Gornicaton (dec)
  • Michele Grant (dec)
  • Marie Granado (dec)
  • Ann Gross (dec)
  • The John L. Gross Family
  • Santiago Guido Family
  • Mike Hach
  • Earl F. Hairston (dec)
  • Harden and Mabel Hairston (dec)
  • Alice F. Hall (dec)
  • Lorraine Hall (dec)
  • Robert A. Hall (dec)
  • Hamilton Family (dec)
  • Lisa Hamilton
  • Thomas Harrington Family
  • James R. Harris
  • Fr. Jeremy Harrington OFM
  • Hayes and Robertson Families
  • Eleanor Costello Hazel (dec)
  • Elizabeth Hebb
  • Pete E. Henera and Family
  • Marcus Hicks (dec)
  • Martha and Moe Higgs
  • Ben and M.L. Hill
  • Robert M. Hill (dec)
  • William Henry Hill (dec)
  • Rod Hinson
  • Ray and Helen Hinson (dec)
  • Elizabeth Hitalia (dec)
  • Enrique Hitalia (dec)
  • Francisco Hitalia (dec)
  • Fidela Hitalia (dec)
  • Viola Hitalia (dec)
  • Olivia, Olaf and Johanna Hoeglinger
  • Jack Hogan (dec)
  • Bernard Hollister (dec)
  • Anna (dec), Stephen and Amy Holowenzak
  • Stephen, Helen, and Phyllis Holowenzak (dec)
  • Friars and Postulants of Holy Name College
  • Edith Honsa (dec)
  • Stanley Honsa (dec)
  • Stan and Mary Ellen Hoover (dec)
  • Oliver and Rosella Hoover (dec)
  • Ben Hope (dec)
  • Joseph and Mary Susan Howard
  • Milena Hriskova
  • Stephen, Genevieve, Elizabeth and Baby Boy Hulick
  • Hulick and Weishaar Families
  • Joan Hunter (dec)
  • William Alvin Hunt
  • Maria Hurley (dec)
  • Margaret Hurt
  • Barbara and Rhonda Hutchison
  • Patricia Hutchison Family
  • Charles Irish
  • Edwin and Katherine Jablonski (dec)
  • Frank and Mary Jablonski (dec)
  • Arthur and Naomi Jackson (dec)
  • Eric V. Jackson Sr. (dec)
  • Jandacka Family
  • Joe Janny (dec)
  • Roberto and Vivian Jeffery
  • Jenkins Family
  • Landon Johnson (dec)
  • Leslie Y. Johnson
  • Reginald C. Johnson (dec)
  • Vernice B. Johnson
  • Donald and Rita Jones (dec)
  • Jones/Cage Families
  • Harry and Izorah Jones (dec)
  • Joy Family Members (dec)
  • Linwood Joyner
  • Mike and Manda Kalich (dec)
  • Shirley Kalich
  • Barbara Kelly
  • Sr. Kathleen Keller
  • James and Mary Kelly
  • Nathan H. Kemp Sr. (dec)
  • Phyllis Elaine Robinson Kemp
  • Phyllis Elaine Robinson Kemp (dec)
  • Kenel Family (dec)
  • Mary E. Kenel and Joseph Skeffington
  • Graces and Blessings for Patricia Schreiner Kerner
  • Maria Kielian (dec)
  • Tricia Klosky
  • Maddie Kolb (dec)
  • Dale Kollmorgan (dec)
  • Kotora Family
  • Lottie and Joseph Kozloski (dec)
  • Krafsig Family
  • Barbara Kraus
  • Ana Segismond Lao (dec)
  • Yolande-Larcin and Roger-Larcin
  • Frances and Karol Len
  • Leonard Family
  • St. Theresa’s Leper Colony of Thayat Myo
  • Jonathan Levine (dec)
  • Lillian Levine (dec)
  • Christian Lezama (missing)
  • Armando and Lourdes Limcangco (dec)
  • Al Lindsay
  • Luna Lindsay
  • Sister Lisa
  • Caroline Little
  • Antoinette Loezere
  • Loftus Family (dec)
  • Susan Loftus (dec)
  • Longo Family (dec)
  • Jose and Lorna Loo (dec)
  • Asuncion Lopez
  • Mary Ludden (dec)
  • Ludden and Morrissey Families
  • Almira Plum Lumpris (dec)
  • Carolyn Lyman (dec)
  • Carlton L. Lynch (dec)
  • Lyons Family
  • Lisa Lytwyn
  • Machos Family
  • Robert Mach (dec)
  • Francesco Macri
  • Antonia Macri
  • John Mahronich
  • Senora Major
  • Maryann Makoutz (dec)
  • Raymond Malengo (dec)
  • Ceil and Mike Maloney
  • Marian Fitch Marks (dec)
  • John E. Manning
  • Mannix Family
  • Sam and Nancy Marsanopoli
  • Odile Marynowych (dec)
  • Odile Marynowych (dec)
  • Roman V. Marynowych (dec)
  • Roman V. Marynowych (dec)
  • Ed and Louise Mathews
  • Joseph and Frances Matulich (dec)
  • McAuliffe Family (dec)
  • Sally Edelen McAuliffe (dec)
  • Michael McCrystal
  • Donald R. McDonald
  • Donald R. McDonald
  • McGovern-Mullahy Families
  • Alice McIntyre (dec)
  • James L. McInerney II (dec)
  • John J. McCann Jr. (dec)
  • McCaffrey Family (dec)
  • Mommy2 McKenna
  • Eileen McKenna (dec)
  • Helen and James McKenna (dec)
  • Geoff McKinless (dec)
  • Nancy McKinless (dec)
  • Dr. Kris McKenna and Patients
  • Linda McKenna
  • Sue McLaughlin and Family
  • Sarah McCann Zanger (dec)
  • Amanda McCormick
  • James and Ellen McShane (dec)
  • Billy Melluish
  • James Melluish
  • Rosemary Melluish
  • Tom and Mary Melo
  • Mendenhall-Harn Family (dec)
  • Carol Mendenhall-Smaha
  • Leigh Anne B. Mendenhall and Tom Harn
  • Tomas Meneses (dec)
  • Mergner Family
  • Dr. Joseph T. Mertinko (dec)
  • Bob Michelini
  • John Michelini
  • Frederick Sr. and Josephine Miles (dec)
  • Patricia Miles (dec)
  • William and Catherine Miles (dec)
  • Cousin Kim Miller
  • Ron Miller
  • John Lee Miller Sr.
  • John Lee Miller Jr.
  • Nancy Lee Miller
  • Mellisa Minkin
  • Charles Monahan (dec)
  • Martha Mooney (dec)
  • Megan Morgan (dec)
  • Fr. James Morrison
  • Diane Morton (dec)
  • Dennis P. Mroczkowski Family
  • Brandy Mueller (dec)
  • Edward and Thelma Mulholland (dec)
  • Jacqueline Mulholland (dec)
  • Jim Mullahy and Family
  • Jack and Betty Mullahy (dec)
  • John Mulholland (dec)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph in Myanmar
  • Katherine V. Nally (dec)
  • Sr. Mary Henry (dec)
  • Mary “Birdie” McAuliffe (dec)
  • Martelle Norby (dec)
  • Nowosielecki Family
  • Ascension Nunez
  • John and Louise O’Brien (dec)
  • Patrick M. O’Brien (dec)
  • Thomas O’Brien
  • Winnie and Charlie O’Brien (dec)
  • Patrick O’Connor (dec)
  • O’Connell Family
  • Gerald O’Malley
  • Maryon O’Malley
  • O’Neill Family
  • O’Reilly Family (dec)
  • O’Toole Family (dec)
  • Kaitlin Ouyang
  • Thomas B. Pahl
  • Thomas L. Pahl (dec)
  • Palmer Family (dec)
  • Anne Pannella
  • Catherine Panella
  • Joann Panzica (dec)
  • Signe Parrish (dec)
  • The Parr Family
  • June Parr
  • Mark Parr (dec)
  • Daryl Ann Pennington (dec)
  • CeCe Penzo
  • Perez Family
  • Kathy Perkinson (dec)
  • Emillio and Dina Perruso (dec)
  • Frank Petsko
  • Marsha Pfunder (dec)
  • Marsha Pfunder
  • Philibert Family (dec)
  • Betty Jane Phile (dec)
  • Margaret Phillips (dec)
  • William H. Phile (dec)
  • Earl Phipps
  • Nancy Pirner (dec)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Potter (dec)
  • Theresa Powell (dec)
  • Arthur and Dorothy Prahinski
  • Art and Paula Prahinski
  • Bob Prahinski
  • Leo Prahinski
  • Mary Jane Prahinski
  • Ted and Mary Prahinski
  • Rebecca Prutsman (dec)
  • Judy Quigley (dec)
  • Charlotte E. Quinn (dec)
  • Gavin Quinn
  • Quinn Family
  • Patty Quinn (dec)
  • Ron and Beatrice Quinlan (dec)
  • Ray Rackers (dec)
  • Dan and Angie Rank
  • Howard and Nora Lee Rankin
  • Jim and Charlotte Rank
  • Joseph Rank
  • Maria Rank
  • Romer Reed (dec)
  • Rehan Family (dec)
  • Remeta Family
  • Clifford and Mary Reynolds (dec)
  • Irma and Eugene Reyes
  • Father Rich
  • George Ricketts Jr.
  • Shirley Ricketts (dec)
  • Frank Ripetta (dec)
  • Barbara and Doug Roberts
  • Eddie and Eileen Roberts (dec)
  • Warren Roberts (dec)
  • Wayne Roberts (dec)
  • Dorothy Rochlin (dec)
  • Mary Romsey (dec)
  • Christopher J. Rooney (dec)
  • Gina Rothwell (dec)
  • Crosson Rowe (dec)
  • Jack Ryan (dec)
  • Mark William Ryan
  • Sagona Family (dec)
  • Jack Salb (dec)
  • George Salley
  • Mila Samonte
  • Sands Family (dec)
  • Nick Santini Family
  • Salvator and Frances Santore (dec)
  • Elizabeth Sarantos (dec)
  • Vincent and Antionette Scali (dec)
  • James Scali (dec)
  • Nicholas Scali (dec)
  • Charlotte Schutte
  • Jay Schmelzer (dec)
  • Nancy Schruefer (dec)
  • Jon Schoen
  • Nana and Pop Pop Schoen
  • Robin Schoen and Marc Elrich
  • Tm Schoen and Family
  • Roger and Barbara “Peachie” Schultz
  • Valerie Sedwick (dec)
  • Bruno Seppi (dec)
  • Bruno Seppi (dec)
  • Anna Shaner (dec)
  • Sharp and O’Hagan Families
  • Sheelen Family (dec)
  • Joe Sheltry (dec)
  • Hugh Shiring (dec)
  • Mr. and Mrs. James R. Shoemaker (dec)
  • Shourds Family
  • Ella Sims (dec)
  • Skeffington Family (dec)
  • Skiba Family
  • Anne Slade (dec)
  • Adrienne Smith (dec)
  • Ray and Gloria Smith
  • John Smith (dec)
  • Jack Smith
  • Lorraine Smith (dec)
  • Carl Snyder (dec)
  • Doris Sodang (dec)
  • John Sparrow and Diane Sparrow (dec)
  • Brigid Spillane
  • Daniel Spillane (dec)
  • Leta Spillane (dec)
  • Robert Stadel
  • Maria Stancheva
  • Stancho Stanchev Family
  • Lyle Steven Jr. (dec)
  • Mary Stewart (dec)
  • The Stickney’s
  • St. Martin’s Church Family and Choir
  • Michael Stocklin
  • Bud Stocklin
  • Jane Stocklin
  • Ani Stoimenova
  • Stoimen Stoimenov
  • Nikola Stoimenov
  • Vasil Stoimenov
  • Straight Family
  • Carl Streuli (dec)
  • Doris Streuli (dec)
  • Strothers Family
  • Oscar and Helen Strothers (dec)
  • John R. and Margaret D. Sturtz (dec)
  • Tom Sweeney (dec)
  • Demora Talbott
  • Margaret Talbott
  • Orris H. Talbott
  • Orris Gloy Talbott
  • Helen Talvacchio
  • Mary Talvacchio
  • Lillian Tanheco (dec)
  • Alba L. Terzi
  • Hugo A. Terzi
  • Denny Theis
  • Frank Thibadeau (dec)
  • Harriet Thibadeau (dec)
  • Thistlewood Family
  • Estelle Thurston (dec)
  • James and Maryellen Tibbs
  • Julian Tortona (dec)
  • UMGC and OMA Families
  • Una
  • Hazel Unger (dec)
  • Upperman Family
  • Tony VanderWood (dec)
  • Jack VanderWood (dec)
  • Jean VanderWood (dec)
  • Timothy Vaughan
  • Dqdo Venko
  • Ventimiglia Family (dec)
  • Mathias Viard
  • Zelma Vigneau
  • Fauster Vittone
  • Joanne Vittone
  • John Guy Vittone
  • Josephine Vittone
  • Paula Jean Vittone
  • August Vittone
  • Sarah Vittone
  • Julia Vivo (dec)
  • Sr. Joyce Volpini SND (dec)
  • All Volunteers, Past and Present
  • Gregory Von Lehman Family
  • Nolan Vosmek (dec)
  • Kevin Wade (dec)
  • Wallace
  • John and Anne Waller (dec)
  • Mary M. Walker (dec)
  • Fr. Rob Walsh
  • Agnes Walther (dec)
  • Wilbur Walther (dec)
  • Bernardine Walton (dec)
  • William Walton (dec)
  • Walton-Soucek Families (dec)
  • Theresa Wang (dec)
  • Avis Ward (dec)
  • Mike and Kathleen Waskey (dec)
  • Diane Weaver (dec)
  • Edward Jr. (dec), Stephen (dec), Elizabeth Weglarz
  • Weglarz Family, Edward (dec), Frances (dec)
  • Welsh-Reissig Families (dec)
  • Horace and Rita Wells (dec)
  • James and Christina Wells (dec)
  • S. Therese Wente
  • Frank Wheatley (dec)
  • Frank Wheatley (dec)
  • Beverly White
  • Timothy White (dec)
  • Bea and Larry Wilkinson (dec)
  • Craig Wilkinson
  • Gloria Wilkinson
  • Little Cynthia Woodard (dec)
  • David Woodard (dec)
  • Estelle and James Woodard (dec)
  • Jim and Cindy Woodard
  • Woulfe Family
  • Margarite Wyman (dec)
  • Anne Yablonski (dec)
  • Yanoshik Family
  • Antoinette L. Young (dec)
  • Catherine H. Young (dec)
  • James F. Young Sr. (dec)
  • James F. Young Jr. (dec)
  • Mary A. Young (dec)
  • Robert M. Young (dec)
  • Geri Ann Zaluzec
  • Jessica Zaluzec
  • Samuel Zanger (dec)


Friars and their intentions

  • Fr. David Grenier (Monastery Vicar)
  • Fr. David Wathen
  • Fr. Benjamin Owusu
  • Fr. Larry Dunham (Monastery Guardian and Commissary)
  • Fr. James Gardiner
  • Fr. Kevin Treston
  • Fr. Manuel Ybarra
  • Friar Max Wojciechoski
  • Fr. Romuald Green
  • Fr. Ed Flanagan (Little Sisters of the Poor)
  • Fr. Mike Cusato
  • Friar Christopher
  • Friar Thomas Courtney (Little Sisters of the Poor)
  • Friar Simon McKay
  • Friar Michael Raum
  • Friar Greg Giannoni
  • Friars and Postulants of Holy Name College, Silver Spring, MD
  • Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory
  • Pope Francis
  • Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus

Students/Priests (in residence)

  • Fr. Roland Agrisola
  • Fr. Joseph Bai
  • Fr. Ryan Carlsen
  • Fr. Tad Hallock
  • Fr. Michael Kueber
  • Fr. Francis Kwon
  • Fr. Cyprien Niyitegeka
  • Fr. Ken Phillips
  • Fr. Jose Restrepo
  • Fr. Paul Sun
  • Fr. Chris Winkeljohn
  • Fr. Vincent Woo
  • Fr. Martin Yip
  • Fr. Shawn Zhu Yuan
  • Fr. Joey Zhang Yue Bing

In Memoriam

  • Friar John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond
  • The priests and brothers laid to rest in our Monastery Cemetery