Wartburg Honors Reverend Bannan of Pelham


The Reverend Peter F. Bannan, pastor of St. Catharine’s Parish in Pelham for 22 years, was honored on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Wartburg’s Annual Spiritual Caregivers Appreciation Breakfast, attended by 40 people, all of whom are connected to the spiritual care provided at Wartburg.

“For over two decades, Rev. Bannan has worked with Wartburg’s Pastoral Care Services, anointing the dying, hearing confessions, and saying Mass on campus. His dedication to our Wartburg community has been exemplary and is greatly appreciated,” said the Rev. Carol E. A. Fryer, Director of Spiritual Care and Church Relations at Wartburg.

“We are grateful to Father Bannan for his participation in Wartburg’s Spiritual Care, which is second to none, “said David Gentner, president and CEO of Wartburg.

Pastor Fryer presented Father Bannan with a gift, a traditional Icon of Christ (see photo), which she painted herself, though traditionally thought of as “written.” “I will treasure this,” remarked Father Bannan. He added, “I have always appreciated Wartburg for the wonderful care that is given to our people. It is a blessing to have Wartburg in this community.”


Wartburg is an award-winning provider of comprehensive senior services, including independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, adult day services and hospice care.  From its founding by Lutheran Pastor William A. Passavant in 1865, spiritual care has been an integral part of Wartburg. Its 34-acre campus in Mount Vernon serves seniors and their families in southern Westchester and the northern Bronx, and now the tri-state area.  Wartburg’s nursing home has been recognized by “U. S. News & World Report” as among the best nursing homes in New York State for the third straight consecutive year, in 2013.  Over the past few years, Wartburg has launched an ambitious building expansion program, including the Friedrichs Residence, providing affordable housing for seniors with 61 independent living apartments, and a rehabilitation and adult day services center of excellence both opened in 2013.


Pastor Fryer presents a hand-painted icon of Christ to Reverend Bannan.
Pastor Fryer presents a hand-painted icon of Christ to Reverend Bannan.
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