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Column: Assemblyman Phil Palmesano
Remembering Fr. Lewis Brown and a special prayer he shared
Our community has lost a dedicated and caring servant. Fr. Lewis Brown recently passed away, leaving a hole in the heart of our community. Those who knew Fr. Brown know the word “servant” described him well. He served God. He served his country. And he served his community.
Born and raised in Elmira, he served in several parishes in our region over his 53 years in the priesthood, including St. Ann in Hornell (1972-77), Immaculate Conception in Ithaca (1981-85) and, most recently, since 2008, at All Saints Parish in Corning. Father Brown also served 22 years in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain. His life and vocation were dedicated to service. He will be greatly missed.
I want to take this opportunity to share and leave with you a special prayer that Fr. Brown shared with the NYS Legislature when he came to Albany in 2016 to give the opening prayer in the Assembly and Senate. Although he modified the prayer to pray for the Legislature, the words of the prayer certainly apply to all of us, especially today, during these challenging times. So I will conclude this column with Fr. Brown's words as he spoke them that day in the Assembly Chamber. I hope they mean as much to you as they meant to us.
"Mother Theresa," Fr. Brown said, "would daily say the prayer of St. Francis,
People are often unreasonable,
If you are kind,
If you are successful,
If you are honest and frank,
What you spend years building,
If you find serenity and happiness,
The good you do today,
Give the world the best you have,
You see, in the final analysis,
"Today, I add: Lord, guide our legislators in deliberating the issues
Thank you, Fr. Brown, for being a dedicated servant. Rest in Peace!
Earlier, Assemblyman Palmesano urged his constituents to participate in the 2020 Census. To see that column, click here.
Top row (from left): Carl Blowers, Jim Howell, Michael Lausell, Van Harp
Bottom row: Gary Gray, David Reed, Phil Barnes, Mark Rondinaro
Carl Blowers, 535-6174 or 237-5469
Gary Gray, 292-9922
Van Harp, 329-2160
Jim Howell, 535-7266 or 227-1141
David M. Reed, 796-9558
Michael Lausell, 227- 9226
Phil Barnes, Watkins Glen, 481-0482
Mark Rondinaro, 398-0648
County Clerk: Theresa Philbin, 535-8133
Sheriff: William Yessman, 535-8222
Undersheriff: Breck Spaulding, 535-8222
County Treasurer: Holley Sokolowski, 535-8181
District Attorney: Joseph Fazzary, 535-8383
State, Federal Officials for Schuyler County
Sen. Charles E. Schumer
United States Senate
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand
United States Senate
State Senator Tom O'Mara -- Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates, western Tompkins, Enfield, Ithaca (Town and City), Newfield, Ulysses(Trumansburg)
Room 812, Legislative Office Building
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano--
Steuben, Schuyler, Yates
P.O. Box 365
Odessa, New York 14869