On Friday, October 10th, New Evangelization Television (NET TV) will provide live coverage of the Funeral Mass of Father Benedict Groeschel. The service will be broadcast from the Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart of the Archdiocese of Newark at 11 a.m. EST.
Born Robert Peter Groeschel in 1933 in Jersey City, N.J, Father Groeschel took the name Benedict when he entered the Capuchin Franciscan order in 1951. In 1987, he and seven other Capuchin friars founded the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a traditional group focused on serving the poor in New York City and Yonkers. He passed away Friday, October 3rd, at St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly in Totowa, N.J., at the age of 81.
“The Catholic Church has lost a great leader. We will always remember Father Groeschel’s humbleness and great humor, as well as his devotion to help those in need,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
The Funeral Mass will be broadcast live on NET TV and streamed on www.netny.tv. NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, channel 97, Cablevision, channel 30, and nationally on Verizon FiOS on Demand.