Citation Presented to Father Dan Leary

Photo: Derrick Scott Father Dan Leary (third right) of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, accepts a citation from Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Embassy on June 7. The citation was presented on behalf of Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Also sharing in the occasion are members of the St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church.

Story Highlights

  • Father Dan Leary of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the latest recipient of a citation from Prime Minister, the Most Andrew Holness, for his contribution to the building of Jamaica.
  • Presented recently by Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, on behalf of the Prime Minister, the citation detailed Fr. Leary’s efforts that resulted in six new homes built on the Jacob’s Ladder property in Moneague, St. Ann. They house mentally challenged individuals aged 18 and older.
  • Father Leary, who is from Ireland, pastors a church with of over 1,700 members. For the past four years, his congregation has partnered with the Good Shepherd Foundation to assist the needy in Jamaica.

Father Dan Leary of St. Andrew Apostle Catholic Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the latest recipient of a citation from Prime Minister, the Most Andrew Holness, for his contribution to the building of Jamaica.

The Prime Minister said Father Leary’s philanthropy has significantly transformed the lives of the mentally and physically challenged.

Presented recently by Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, on behalf of the Prime Minister, the citation detailed Fr. Leary’s efforts that resulted in six new homes built on the Jacob’s Ladder property in Moneague, St. Ann. They house mentally challenged individuals aged 18 and older.

“Father Leary’s benevolence knows no bounds as he continues to solicit international and local support for those who are less fortunate. His contribution through the Mustard Seed Communities has played a pivotal and life-changing role in the lives of many Jamaicans,” he said.

The Prime Minister thanked the priest for his resolve to improve the lives of the needy and vulnerable in Jamaica and for his commitment and dedication to serving the people of Jamaica.

Father Leary, who is from Ireland, pastors a church with of over 1,700 members.

For the past four years, his congregation has partnered with the Good Shepherd Foundation to assist the needy in Jamaica.

One of the main beneficiaries is the Jacob’s Ladder Community Project in Moneague.

Located on 100 acres of land, the facility houses about 110 residents, and according to Father Leary, the vision is to accommodate about 500 adults and to develop the land into a hub for sustainable agricultural projects.

Ambassador Marks offered her own high praises for Father Leary and his congregation for their mission to serve the poor and needy in Jamaica.

She said the Embassy of Jamaica stood ready to facilitate any endeavour to benefit Jamaica and the citizens, and that assistance from friends of Jamaica is very special.

Father Leary said it is “an honour to accept this citation on behalf of the people of St. Andrew, and I am elated that the Prime Minister of Jamaica has seen it fit to recognise us with this citation.”

“It is a blessing to receive this honour, and we will continue to work for the people of Jamaica, especially the vulnerable and the poor, the abandoned and the orphaned,” he said.

The citation was presented during a brief ceremony at the Embassy of Jamaica.

Also present were Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy, Mrs. Marsha Coore-Lobban; lawyer and former Ambassador to the UN, Curtis Ward; and Ms. Joy DuFour, sister of former Roman Catholic Bishop of Jamaica, the Most Reverend Charles DuFour; as well as members of the St. Andrew Mission.

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