January 3, 2020 - After deep prayer, HR 1242 Resilience Project President, Don Victor Mooney, a devout Catholic, begins a spiritual fast, which he's calling "The Harriet Fast". He expects to culminate the fast on March 10. "Miraculous things happen during fasting. I'm praying for increase humility, wisdom, knowledge, and confidence. I invite others to fast and pray during this period," said Mooney.
During Mooney's 4th try to row across the Atlantic Ocean, he was compelled to fast because of limited food supply. 129 days later, he arrived in St. Martin (F.W.I) with a seventy-pound weight loss. With the support of US Embassy, recovering at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Mooney said, "I'm weak, but my faith is on fire."
While Don Victor Mooney kept believing that help was on it's way whilie rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with limited food supply, he was awoken one morning with a rumble on the deck of his rowboat, christened - "Spirit of Malabo". A three-hundred pound sword fish landed on his boat. What could he do, but just eat it...
The Vatican - In 2004, with the support of Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York, Alitalia Airlines, and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Don Victor Mooney received a special blessing for his crusade for AIDS awareness and evangelization. In challenging moments, Mooney recieved divine intervention from God thru Pope John Paul II.
Washington, DC - In a letter sent to Don Victor Mooney, His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre said, "this bring a real sense of promise and hope for the ongoing possibilities of unity among our people. The themes chosen for this 400 anniversary: Resilience, Faith, Healing & Partnership contribute to a spirit that helps to make us one and provide for enduring peace."
Fordham University, a sponsor for the 400 years of African-American History at the Brooklyn Bridge Park was represented by its President, Father Joseph McShane. Father Dave from Diocese of Springfield gave the opening prayer. Father Augustus Tolton, a slave turn priest, and a candidate for Sainthood was among those honored.
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