NEW STAFF BIOS WILL BE APPEARING IN THIS SPACE DURING FALL, 2022
Always a tall, strong, strapping man, but a man of genuine humility, Father Andy Connolly would be the first person to downplay any talk of himself as a heroic figure. But the truth is, to many OLMM parishioners who can still remember our modest parish and the way it was back in the 1960s and 1970s--he is still a legend. We are all blessed and very grateful to have him back again (since 2014) as a regularly visiting priest, serving the OLMM Parish just as he did decades ago.
Father Andy knew he wanted to be a priest when he was 6 years old. Even as a child, he was a self-assured little man of firm conviction! And, apparently, he has never wavered or questioned his special calling.
Andrew P. Connolly (born July 30th, 1930) grew up as the youngest of 3 sons in St. Albans, Queens. All four of his grandparents had been born and raised in Ireland, and both parents in New York City. The Connollys attended Ss. Joachim & Anne Roman Catholic Church in nearby Queens Village. The pastor there was Father Brosnahan, a man who had a great, positive influence on young Andy--reinforcing his desire to become a priest.
Another inspiring priest at the same church who helped mold and influence the future Fr. Connolly was a Passionist named Father Leopold. He encouraged Andy to become a Passionist too, and though the idea was appealing, he ultimately chose a different path.
R Y A N O U T R E A C H Programs Director
Until recently, Naycha split her duties between the Ryan Outreach Center and OLMM....but now, the GROC is lucky to have her at their disposal as a full-time, and very important staff leader.
Ms. Florival is also Director of the Summer Camp program for the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center—the very same camp she attended as a young teenager. It’s clear that Naycha is a special individual who truly embodies the values and spirit of both OLMM, and the Outreach.
The daughter of a father from the Dominican Republic, and a mother from Haiti, Naycha was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York until the family moved to Long Island in the 1990s.
As the middle sister (between Dorline and Marjorie) Naycha can remember the Sunday mornings of her youth when the three sisters begged to watch re-runs of “The Munsters”. However, their maternal grandmother was a devout Catholic, and not a big Munsters fan. And so, leaving their tv behind, they walked to mass every Sunday together. Yes, Grandma was a very strong, important early influence.
Now, in 2016, Naycha lives in Central Islip, the community of her teen years where she graduated from Central Islip High School. She’s the mother to two children of her own--a 9-year old girl, Rolanda, and 6-year-old Zackory.
As for Naycha’s own education, she credits several years in the North Babylon school district (where her family first lived after leaving Brooklyn) for raising her appreciation of learning and academics.
Thus, when the Florivals moved to Central Islip, she became a standout honors high school student...and later, after graduating from St. Joseph’s College on a full 4-year scholarship, Naycha earned her MS in Education from Long Island University.
May 25th, 2016
The Woman Behind
~ the story of ~
The Miraculous Medal
When the Virgin Mary and Her Blessed Son were born into the world, the world had almost no knowledge of their coming, nor of the new covenant between God and man that they heralded. It was much the same in 1806 when Catherine Laboure, the visionary of the Miraculous Medal, was born. She was a country farm girl, hidden in a pocket of the Burgundian hills in France. Certainly the brilliant skeptical world of Voltaire and the proud world of Napoleon Bonaparte would have snubbed her. Yet she heralded a new Marian era that begun what many call the Age of Mary.
Catherine Laboure was born on May 2, 1806 in the tiny village of Fain-les-moutiers, France, not far from Dijon. Her father, Pierre Laboure, owned the largest farm in the village and was an educated man, having studied for the priesthood in his youth. Her mother, Madeleine Louise Gontard, was a former school mis¬tress, whose family was well respected.
Catherine was the ninth of eleven children and during her adolescence her younger sister Marie Antoinette, or “Tonine”, was her close companion.While Tonine was the friend and confidante of her childhood and adolescence, Catherine's mother was the source of her sanctity and spiritual devotion, for Madame Laboure took pains to instill in her a special love of God and to lead her in the ways of holiness.
Sadly her beloved mother died when Catherine was only nine years old. In the midst of her terrible grief at her mother's passing, Catherine turned to Our Lady. Climbing up on a chair, she reached for a statue of the Blessed Virgin that stood high on a shelf in her mother's bed¬room, clasped it to her breast, and said aloud:"Now, dear Blessed Mother, you will be my mother."
R Y A N O U T R E A C H Executive Director
Noelle Campbell was born and raised in Amityville, including her high school years spent at Queen of the Rosary Academy. A graduate of Stony Brook University (with an MSW earned in 2005) Noelle has been the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center’s hardworking chief since November, 2007.
The Ryan Center provides a range of social services for Wyandanch residents, and on occasion, for others in nearby Town of Babylon communities—helping families and individuals in times of emergency or urgent need. The Center’s work can affect, directly or indirectly, up to 900 people in a single month.
When she took on her new role, Ms. Campbell was very experienced and quite capable (having logged over 15 years as a social worker before 11/07). But nothing could have fully prepared her for the misfortune the Outreach Center was about to face: just one month after she began her tenure as Executive Director, it burned to the ground.
Noelle at Ryan Outreach
Golf Outing Fundraiser
on May 25th, 2016
Additionally, the Ryan Outreach Center “reaches out” in many other ways by running a summer camp for local youths, offering immigration assistance for many newcomers to the USA, and by organizing and managing the distribution of holiday baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.