On the Feast of St. Joseph, Rev. Orlando Cardozo, O.P., of St. Anthony of Padua Church, lead students, faculty and staff in a blessing of the St. Joseph Altar displayed in the Siena Center Atrium. Before the blessing, Frank Cusimano, faculty member, shared the history of the St. Joseph Altar, a tradition of Thanksgiving, Promise and Petition that originated several centuries ago in Sicily. Sr. Pat Harvat, O.P., Vice-President of Dominican Catholic Identity, will be distribute the food to three groups – a home that provides shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, a community group of families that have lost loved ones to violence, and the community food pantry at St. Anthony of Padua Church and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Dominican alum Karen Lacour Puente (’78) led volunteers who created the beautiful altar.