By Alice Kenny
Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the former archbishop of New York, delivered the funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village this weekend for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old nonverbal boy with severe autism who disappeared from his school in Queens. His remains, after months of searching, were found last week along the East River.
Cardinal Egan saluted the outpouring of kindness New Yorkers offered when they hunted for Avonte and now as they mourn his loss.
We understand, of course, that no one but Avonte’s parents can know the challenges they faced when they struggled to protect this special boy and the searing pain they feel now.
We understand this at Catholic Charities because, day in and day out, we provide support for persons with disabilities and their families.
To live with dignity and in safety, the senior adjusting to recent blindness, the developmentally disabled child, and the emotionally challenged adult need the intensive care and support provided by Catholic Charities. Through a network of specialized services, Catholic Charities cares compassionately for the most vulnerable New Yorkers – non-Catholics and Catholics alike.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Avonte and his family.
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For more information about Avonte Oquendo’s funeral, watch this video on CBS.