Congratulations to Father Arthur Wendel of Most Holy Redeemer Church on 50 Years of Service
On Sunday, October 11, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh joined parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer Church on East 3rd Street and friends and family of Father Arthur Wendel, C.Ss.R., celebrating his 50 years of service as a Roman Catholic priest. At a garden party that followed an English-Spanish bilingual mass in Father Wendelís honor, Kavanagh made brief remarks and presented a proclamation of the New York State Assembly, also signed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver whose district also includes the parish.
Father Wendelís family has been in Most Holy Redeemer parish continuously since 1888, when his grandmother emigrated to the Lower East Side from Germany. Born in 1933, Father Wendel graduated from Most Holy Redeemer elementary school and the Lower East Sideís LaSalle High School, and later earned degrees from Saint Johnís University, Catholic University in Washington, and Manhattanville College. He has taught both high school and college and served for many years as a parish priest, including six years as pastor of Most Holy Redeemer, where he has lived and worked since 1996. He has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to social justice, especially through his work on behalf of homeless men and women, those addicted to drugs, and community residents living with HIV/AIDS.
Kavanagh joins current Most Holy Redeemer Pastor, Father Charles McDonald, C.Ss.R., the parish, and the community in expressing admiration and gratitude for Father Wendelís long service and wishing him well in the years ahead.