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2021 SOAR! New York Awards Gala

September 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The SOAR! Board of Directors cordially invite you to the

35th Annual New York Awards Gala

a VIRTUAL signature event

Download a PDF of the virtual journal

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 7 PM EDT

Event link for the SOAR! New York Awards Gala.

For more information, please contact Kevin Callahan, special events director, at events@soar-usa.org.

Bishop John J. O’Hara
Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese of New York 

Bishop John Joseph O’Hara was ordained to the episcopacy in 2014. Appointed by Cardinal Dolan as Episcopal Vicar of both southern Manhattan and Staten Island, Bishop O’Hara also served the archdiocese as Vicar for Planning.  Pope Francis accepted his resignation in April after reaching the retirement age of 75, but he plans to continue to remain in ministry serving the Archdiocese of New York.  

Bishop O’Hara was ordained to the priesthood in 1984 in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. He served as parochial vicar at Saint Charles Parish in Oakwood Heights, Staten Island, and as parochial vicar and then pastor at the Parish of Saint Teresa of the Infant Jesus in Castleton Corners, Staten Island.  

During his years on Staten Island, Bishop O’Hara was very involved in interreligious dialogue, seeking to build bridges of communication and understanding among the Island’s very diverse faith communities.

In 2012, Cardinal Dolan appointed Bishop O’Hara to be the first Director of the Office of Strategic Pastoral Planning. In this capacity, Bishop O’Hara supervised the ongoing reorganization of parishes throughout the archdiocese. 

Bishop O’Hara was appointed by Cardinal Dolan as a member of the ecumenical/interfaith Committee of Religious Leaders, which meets to address issues of community concern and to provide leadership in promoting understanding and dialogue among all peoples living with the five boroughs of New York City.  

A chaplain to and member of both the Knights of Malta and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, Bishop O’Hara also serves as a board member of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America. 

The Mara Family 
To be accepted by John and Denise Mara
New York Giants 

SOAR! is presenting the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award to the Mara Family, represented by John and Denise Mara. In particular, SOAR! presents the Seton Award to the Mara Family in honor of John’s late parents, Ann and Wellington Mara, who were original donors to our organization, dating back to the founding of SOAR! in August 1986.

The Mara family and the New York Giants have a long history of supporting the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. John Mara served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, the School of the Holy Child, and Iona Prep, his alma mater. He is also on the boards of Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, NY, and Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, and he recently joined CHART, Covenant House Action and Reaction Tank, as a founding member, which focuses on combatting human trafficking.

In addition to working side-by-side with John on his philanthropic activities, Denise Mara is deeply involved with New York Pet Rescue.


Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP, D.Min
Archdiocese of Newark 

Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP, D.Min. of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, has served as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark since September 1, 2018.   

Prior to her appointment, Sister Donna spent 11 years as the principal and founder of the Church Leadership Consultation, an organization that specializes in pastoral planning and leadership training.  

Sister Donna is involved in many professional organizations and community activities. She serves on the Caldwell University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Center for Ministry Development. She is the Chairperson of the North American Forum for Small Christian Communities and is also a consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Company.  

Her articles have appeared in Today’s Parish, Liguorian, Church magazine, and in publications from Crossroads, Paulist Press, and St. Anthony Messenger Press. Her most recent Lent book is entitled “Conversations that Matter.”  

She is the recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Papal Award, the Diocesan Award of the Diocese of Malolos, Philippines for outstanding service to the people of that diocese, the Diocesan Award of the Archdiocese of Agana, Guam, and the Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler award from Renew International. 

Sister Donna is a longtime supporter of Support Our Aging Religious and has served for many years on the SOAR! New York Awards Gala Committee.


September 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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