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Peaceful Protest over Transfer of Father Angel to Bronx Parish

Several hundred gathered this weekend in front of St. Teresa's on Beekman to protest the transfer of their beloved priest of only several years.

The announcement of the transfer to another parish of the priest lovingly known as "Father Angel" stirred a peaceful protest across from on Saturday.

For about an hour on the sunny afternoon, as a Bishop met inside with church officials to confirm the move of Father Gilberto Angel-Neri to another parish in the Bronx, about 200 people gathered outside on his behalf.

They sought permission beforehand from the Sleepy Hollow Board to do so, and police had erected barricades for them on a portion of the Beekman Avenue sidewalk. People waved signs and chanted a bit, but, said Lieutenant Frank Hrotko, were well-behaved and "dispersed when they were supposed to."

Angel-Neri had only been with the church a few years, said church staff member Yubelkys Gaveras, but he made a big impact in his short time there. "He touched so many people in different ways," she said. "He was there for everyone."

Gaveras said she couldn't offer many details about the transfer, or what's to come. "All I know is people in this community wish he would come back," she said. "We don't know anything about it." 

Gaveras did say that masses will go on as usual, Saturdays and Sunday in English and Spanish, and that there is a church meeting on the matter on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

AA June 27, 2012 at 07:41 PM
The community is very Sad and upset with the transfer (without explanation). We need to know what happened because Father Angel wants to stay in Saint Theresa of Avila (Sleepy Hollow). ***The community asks his return ASAP****
Krista Madsen June 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Seemed mysterious to me. Why an unexplained transfer? He is going somewhere in the Bronx but I'm not sure on name of church.
RUTH July 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
La comunidad de Santa Teresa de Avila necesita el regreso del Padre Angel lo mas pronto posible porque esta es su comunidad a la cual a hecho mucho bien, por favor Sr. Arsobispo regresenos al Padre Angel.
Andy Cabreja August 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Padre angel si usted be este commentaries yo la madre de UNO de Los ultimos monaguillo que usted preparo una ves le dige que mi familia y yo esta bamos orgulloso de tener un sacerdotal como usted en nuestra comunidad hoy seguimos mucho Mas orgulloso de usted que dios lo bendiga y que en este dia de la asuncion de la virgen Maria ella lo cubra con su precioso manto Andy Cabreja y familia lo exstranamos mucho y Siempre lo bamos a llevar en nuestra corazones vendisiones padre angel
Rosa polanco August 15, 2012 at 08:20 PM
El traslado de el padre angel nos a déjà do a todos Los que apresiamos su gran labor muy triste ya que no tuvimos la oportunidad de dejarle saver Lo agradesido que estabamos por todo el trabajoy su dedication toda las a tensione que el tenia con su comunidad gracias mil padre angel la familia Cabreja polanco Siempre Lo llevaremos. En El corazon y en nuestras orasiones Lo queremos mucho en el amor de cristo jesus

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