Friars honor suspense novelist and her husband
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement named Mary Higgins Clark Conheeney and her husband, John J. Conheeney, as affiliates of the Order on Dec. 11 during a luncheon at Graymoor in Garrison. Mary Conheeney, writing as Mary Higgins Clark, is the author of 51 bestselling suspense novels. The friars honored the couple because “they bear witness to the Gospel in their daily lives by their use of time, talent, substance and opportunity for the good of others.”
“The Conheeneys have shown extraordinary devotion to our Founder’s vision of Christian unity and charity, showing their concern and generosity through their support of many worthwhile charities,” explained the Very Rev. Brian F. Terry, minister general of the religious order. “As affiliates, they are entitled to participate in all the spiritual benefits of the congregation in life and death, and they are to be granted and accepted in all of the Friars’ houses.”
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement were founded in 1898 at Graymoor by Father Paul Wattson. They work for reconciliation and healing through “at-one-ment” — the unity of men and women with God and with one another — so that the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” might be fulfilled.