J1794

Honoring Reverend Robert Rodriguez upon the occasion of being appointed the first Puerto Rican American minister of the Fort Washing...

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  • 10 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 21 / May / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J1794


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Reverend Robert Rodriguez upon the occa-
sion of being appointed the first Puerto Rican American minister of the
Fort Washington Collegiate Church in October 2013

WHEREAS, The spiritual guidance and nurturing of the citizens of the
State of New York is of great importance to the vitality and well-being
of our communities; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those men and women of religious commitment
who accept the responsibility of moral leadership and render the wisdom
of human understanding; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor
Reverend Robert Rodriguez upon the occasion of being appointed the first
Puerto Rican American minister of the Fort Washington Collegiate Church;
he will be installed as its Senior Minister in October 2013; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Robert Rodriguez, a native of the Washington Heights
area, has dedicated his life of ministry to improving the social welfare
of his community; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Robert Rodriguez first worked with the Fort Washing-
ton Collegiate Church in 1997 when he served as Director of Christian
Education; in that capacity, he worked diligently and successfully to
revive the church's membership by bridging cultural gaps among Spanish-
speaking worshippers; and
WHEREAS, Although he left the parish in 2003, Reverend Robert Rodri-
guez has been a part of the ministry for the past 20 years, serving
various congregations with his unique passion, love and appreciation for
education, faith, and the combination of both; and
WHEREAS, Reverend Robert Rodriguez received a Master of Divinity from
Drew Theological Seminary, and holds two graduate degrees in the field
of Education; and
WHEREAS, Committed to the public good, Reverend Robert Rodriguez
worked in education, including serving as an Assistant Superintendent in
Peekskill, before entering the ministry full time; and
WHEREAS, Upon his installation as Senior Minister, Reverend Robert
Rodriguez looks forward to working with the church and members of the
community to address social issues, such as affordable housing, mental
illness and gun violence, that impact the community; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when a person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention, it
is appropriate to publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend that
individual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Reverend Robert Rodriguez upon the occasion of being appointed the
first Puerto Rican American minister of the Fort Washington Collegiate
Church; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Robert Rodriguez.

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