Praises first responders
HIGHLANDS – The Rev. Martin Biglin of Atlantic Highlands, was principal speaker at the annual Breakfast sponsored by the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Perpetual Help St Agnes parish held Sunday at Bahrs Restaurant.
Father Biglin, who was ordained in 1967 by Francis Cardinal Spellman at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and retired last year, spoke on numerous accounts and incidents that impacted his life during his half century as a priest.
The priest retired as administrator of Holy Name of Jesus parish, New Rochelle, in 2016, where he had also served as pastor for 15 years, also served as temporary administrator at Blessed Sacrament, New Rochelle, for two years and was regional vicar of the South Shore Vicariate in 2010. He also served as co-pastor of Holy Cross, Manhattan, for five years, parochial vicar of St. Barnabas, the Bronx, for 14 years, and served in Sacred Heart, Tarrytown, the early years of his priesthood.
Now retired, and assisting at the OLPH St. Agnes parish, Father Biglin said he feels a part of this parish family and tanked the more than 100 at the breakfast for welcoming him. Referring to the day’s Gospel in which people are called to be God’s responders, he compared today’s parishioners as first responders as well, citing the recent Blue Mass at St. Agnes Church. That mass was held Oct. 16 and honored firemen, police officers, Coast |Guard, EMTs, first aid members and National Park Service personnel for being there to respond to the needs of others. He praised the heroes of World War II who were the first responders of their era, a well as those who ministered during the Civil War and other wars and disasters in which the nation has been involved. He said the parishioners have answered and continue to answer the call to action of St. Vincent DePaul and his followers, and noted the various ministries in the parish, including the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the volunteers at the Food Pantry and Thrift Shop and all others who volunteer to help others as modern-day responders in the spirit of the Gospel. The priest cited his own experiences when he volunteered to help save victims in Puerto Rico after the hurricane that left so many homeless and destitute, and said that all those who offer help and assistance to others “are doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”