Fr. Barry Chapel

Fr. Barry Frazzita
Inter-Faith Chapel

"June 6th was a beautiful day with the sun shining, balmy breezes, very moderate temperatures and the Brothers of Suanhacky Lodge #49 hosting the dedication of the Chapel at Alpine, in memory of our friend and brother Father Barry Frazzita.

"Lodge Chief Jeff Adams emceed the ceremony which had over 40 people in attendance. Rev. Baum of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (charter organization of Troop 237) gave the invocation and blessed the chapel. Lodge Adviser Jim Shaughnessy talked about the origin of this project, the construction and thanked those who made this dream a reality. Past Lodge Chief Franco Sagliocca gave a moving tribute to Father Barry. GNYC Scout Executive Charles Rosser thanked Suanhacky for their cheerful service and dedication to the Council and pledged $1,000 to help complete this project. Following the ceremony those in attendance had the opportunity to meet and greet, renew old acquaintances, make some new friends and enjoy the refreshments provided. We were very happy to have present members of the Knights of Columbus Champlain St. Joan of Arc Council 441, Francis Lewis Lodge #273 of the Free and Accepted Masons, a representative of the NYS Fraternal Insurance Counselors, the Jack Kohler Campership Association and, of course, our own Brothers, family and friends.

"The original planning committee is still intact and wants to thank those who gave so much, both financially and in many hours of cheerful service over the past nearly 6 years. We especially want to thank Jim McKay and Jim Shaughnessy, our construction managers, the Alpine Rangers (Wally Cary, Scott Bosworth and Jim Schraedley) who were with us every step of the way and our most faithful attendees at work days: Armand (the brick mover) and Lou Tognan, Travis and Andrea Dacres, Billy and Sokratis Galitsis, Joey Derrico, Kathy Geraci. Don’t worry Brothers, there is still plenty of work to do including lighting, sound system, more landscaping, clearing a little bigger area and naturally continued maintenance.

"Don’t forget whenever you are at Alpine stop at the chapel, say a prayer, meditate and help by making sure this area is trash crashed and in good order for everyone to enjoy."

The above article was copied from The Stag (Issue #87, June 2009), published by Suanhacky Lodge #49, Order of the Arrow, Queens Council, BSA.