Meet our Friars

Fr. Jerry DiGiralamo, SA,
and Fr. John Keane, SA take care of the sacramental ministry for the patrons, a number of whom have been coming to the chapel almost since its inception.
Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA
Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA
is a minister of the spiritual life of the Chapel, and is also greatly involved in the ecumenical dimension of the area.

Bro. Thomas Banacki, SA
, gift shop manager, serves our customers with warmth and friendliness, often offering a sympathetic ear to those who bring their troubles to the gift shop with them.

Bro. Louis Marek, SA
wears many hats here at the Chapel. Among them, he is the Administrator of the Chapel.

Meet our Friars

Fr. Jerry DiGiralamo, SA
Born in 1945, Fr. Jerry DiGiralamo, SA, spent most of his younger years in Astoria, New York, not too far from Astoria Park and the Triboro Bridge. A multiethnic area, it was at that time populated by Irish, Italian, German and Greek immigrants, all basically working class people of strong faith and values.

He is now stationed in Brockton, Massachusetts, and am blessed by living with the best group of priests and brothers in the world. (He admits to being a little prejudiced). He invites everyone to visit the beautiful Chapel of Our Savior and gift shop located, within a shopping center complex (no the neighbors aren’t Lane Bryant and Burger King).

Please come by and see Fr. Jerry and the other Friars if you are in the area. You are all most welcome. Father Jerry would love to hear from you >>.

Fr. John Keane, SA
Born in Philadelphia, Pa, August 1, 1935; professed his vows as a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement July 26, 1956, and ordained to the priesthood June 7, 1962.  He served in Japan from 1962 to 1980 as Pastor of two parishes and Regional Superior.  In 1980 he served at Howard University for the Archdiocese of Washington as Campus Minister.  In 1983, he ministered as Ecumenical Officer for the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 1983 to 1992 followed by three years as Campus Minister at University of the Pacific for the Diocese of Stockton, CA.  In 1995, he became Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Ecumenical Officer and Campus Minister at California State University Monterey for the Diocese of Monterey.  In 1999, he was stationed as Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Sacramento.  In 2002, He served as Postulant Director first in Toronto, Canada, and in then in Washington, DC, for the Atonement Friars.  He received the prestigious James Fitzgerald Award from the National Association of Diocesan Officers in 2006.  In 2010, he served on the Spiritual Life Team at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, and was assigned to minister at the Chapel of Our Savior, Brockton, MA, in 2016, the year that his book, Cultural and Theological Reflections on the Japanese Quest of Divinity, was published by the Brill Academic Publishing Company .  He received his B.A. in Philosophy from New York State University; attended Atonement Seminary in collaboration with Catholic University in Washington, DC, for his B.A. in theology and attended Ottawa University for his M.A. in theology.  He is a devoted fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA
Father MacPherson was born in New Waterford, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He arrived at Graymoor in 1963. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, graduating in 1976. He was ordained in 1978. Community assignments took him to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City where he taught Catholic theology at Methodist University of Oklahoma City and served the Archdiocese as director for campus ministry. He later was appointed associate pastor in the Church of the Atonement in Windsor, Ontario, followed by his appointment as director of postulants at Graymoor. In 1984 he was assigned to St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Richmond, British Columbia and in 1985 was elected vicar general of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a position he held until 1989. He then returned to the Parish of the Atonement in Windsor, where he served as pastor for twelve years. In 1999 he was appointed director of post novitiate formation for the Friars and moved to Toronto. At that time, he was also appointed director for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto where he continues in fulltime ministry, participating in interreligious dialogue with Jews, Muslims, Anglicans and other faiths.

He is a frequent contributor to Toronto Register, and has received Catholic Press Awards. He appears on the Canadian Catholic TV Network, Salt & Light TV to talk about ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Father MacPherson is the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) appointee to the National Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue.

Bro. Thomas Banacki, SA
Brother Thomas Banacki, SA, is Guardian of Chapel of Our Savior Manager of the Gift Shop. Br. Thomas received the Franciscan Federation’s annual Peacemaker award at their 2014 annual conference in St. Louis, MO, for his 24 years of service as part of the community. Br. Thomas was nominated by the Atonement Friars’ General Council for the ministries he has carried out with humility and simplicity as an authentic Franciscan.

Each year, these awards are presented to Franciscans whose ministries reflect St. Francis and St. Clare. He has worked with the homeless and addicted at St. Christopher’s Inn at Graymoor. Brother Thomas entered the Atonement Friars in 1990, and professed his final vows poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1992. He is known and appreciated for his Franciscan hospitality and his ability to reach out to those who feel they do not fit in.

Bro. Louis Marek, SA
Bro. Louis Marek is currently service as administrator of the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton.  A Friar of the Atonement for over 50 years, Brother is a native Rhode Islander, attended local Catholic schools, and received degrees from Providence College and Boston College. Other ministries over the years included parish assignments, service as Secretary General of the community, and teaching in a Catholic high school and parish RCIA programs.

Statue of St. Francis in Prayer Garden

Statue of St. Francis
in Prayer Garden

Directions to Chapel of Our Savior >>

475 Westgate Drive  Brockton, Massachusetts 02301  Tel. 508.583.8357