Well-known for his many decades of service to higher education, Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University was recently interviewed by Sr. Camile D’Arienzo RSM.
Lives in: New Hyde Park, N.Y., and employed in Queens, N.Y., at the university, which is located in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Sister Camille: Mr. Sciame, you recently received Knighthood in the Order of Pope St. Sylvester. [Editor’s note: The Tablet, the newspaper for the Diocese of Brooklyn, described this honor as “conferred upon Catholics and non-Catholics alike, who by their example in business, military, and society have lived exemplary lives. “] Were you surprised to receive this award from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio?
Sciame: Yes, I was in fact “shocked,” for based on my Catholic training in Catholic schools all my life, and my involvement in Church activities, I knew it was a most high honor. And then when I reviewed it in detail, I became more awed to a point where for two days I avoided talking to people, until I called my sister in Florida, where she and the family now reside, and I just started to get choked up and cried a bit. When the honor was presented on November 1, 2015 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, all I could do was embrace the bishop in thanksgiving for all that I have been given. A Knight in the Order of St. Sylvester, Pope … what an honor is what I could only think!
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