Father Daniel Mitzel –
Sr. Anna Cosgrave, OSF, arrived at Holy Trinity, during the summer of 1976, to become Superior and teach in the school. She was transferred after six years but returned to Holy Trinity a year later on August 9, 1983.
She coordinates religious education in the school and parish. Sister has been described as a person who “lives and loves for others.” During the decades she served as a pastoral assistant. In addition she works with seniors, tutors mentally challenged children, cleans, paints and helps those unable to perform such chores. A humble and pious individual who goes about her work in a very quiet manner.
Born in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as a candidate in March 1964 at Mallow, County Cork. Sister Anna made her first profession of vows on August 11, 1967 and her final vows six years later on August 11, 1973.
Her Bachelor of Arts degree in French was awarded at Our Lady of Angels College (now Neumann College) and a few years later she earned a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from St. John’s University.
On February 28, 1993, Sister Anna was named a recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award. She was one of six individuals from the Susquehanna Valley to receive the honor during ceremonies at the Hershey Convention Center. Sister was recognized for outstanding service to the parish and the community of Columbia. This special national honor was bestowed by WGAL-TV.
In Loving Memory…
Father Kenneth Lawrence is a native of Hanover, Pennsylvania and was a member of St. Vincent’s Parish there. Upon completing the eighth grade he decided to begin the arduous task of studying to become a priest.
He entered St. Charles Minor Seminary in Catonsville, Maryland where he spent six years. Four of these years included his high school studies. The next two years involved college courses. Upon completing his studies at St. Charles he was transferred to St. Mary’s Major Seminary in Baltimore.
It was here that he completed his college course work and spent an additional four years studying theology and philosophy. Most Reverend George L. Leech, Bishop of Harrisburg, ordained Father Lawrence on May 14, 1960 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg. The next day he offered his first Solemn Mass at St. Vincent’s Church in Hanover.
His first assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Lancaster. He later served as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in York, St. Theresa’s in New Cumberland and then back to York for assignment to St. Joseph’s Parish.
In 1973 he was named pastor at St. Andrew’s Church in Waynesboro, Franklin County where he served as pastor for ten years. His next pastoral assignment was St. Francis Xavier Church in Gettysburg. Father spent over eleven years with his flock in Adams County.
Father Lawrence was named eight pastor of Holy Trinity by Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo succeeding the late Father Stephen Rolko. The appointment was made March 9, 1994.
After more than 21 years as pastor he retired on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2015 and was named Pastor Emeritus of Holy Trinity Parish.
Father Kenneth F. Lawrence, Pastor Emeritus and beloved retired pastor of Holy Trinity, passed peacefully from his labors in this world on August 24, 2017.
Hear with favor our prayers, which we humbly offer, O Lord,
for the salvation of the soul of Kenneth, your servant and Priest,
that he, who devoted a faithful ministry to your name,
may rejoice in the perpetual company of your Saints.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.