For decades, or even centuries in some cases, our religious institutions have played a critical role in defining and supporting our communities in Ward 5. Our churches and mosques are always ready to partner to do the work of our community, often times without fanfare or recognition. Today, I want to take a moment to share D.C. Council recognitions I have been able to present to a few of them.
- Last week, I was honored to introduce a D.C. Council Ceremonial Resolution recognizing St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish’s 125th Anniversary. Since before the first houses were being built in Brookland, the Parish has continued to be a cornerstone of the community.
- Masjid Muhammad Mosque on 4th Street NW received a ceremonial resolution to honor their 80th anniversary earlier this year. The leaders and members of the Mosque have opened their house of worship and worked to engage residents to engender a greater understanding of the Muslim faith.
- Last week, I introduced legislation to rename the block of Saratoga Avenue, NE in front of Israel Baptist Church to honor the church’s contributions to the community under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr.
- In 2013, we renamed the block on Rhode Island Avenue, NE that is home to Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church. The ceremonial designation was given to honor the church and all they have done to serve the community.
Additionally, we recently celebrated and recognized Father Michael Kelley’s 40 years of pastoral leadership at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, my home Parish, located in Bloomingdale.
It is a privilege to work with these institutions and recognize their contributions to Ward 5 and our city. As we enter the time of giving thanks, I hope you will join me in thanking and recognizing these longstanding institutions who continue to serve and lead in our community