Thanks to nephew, Archbishop Damiano’s chalice finds fitting home

Jul 21, 2021 219

BY: Peter G. Sánchez

The shadow of Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano looms large in South Jersey. During his seven years as the third Bishop of Camden, the prolific prelate expanded ministry to Hispanics and established three high schools, the House of Charity appeal, the Brazilian mission, and social ministries and initiatives to aid the those in need.

Now, his legacy has spread to Derry, New Hampshire’s Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish – the new home to the chalice Archbishop Damiano used during his priesthood. For more than 50 years, the priestly vessel had remained in the possession of his family, but the deceased archbishop’s nephew, Celestino “Tino” Damiano Jr., his namesake of Virginia Beach, Va., knew it needed a more fitting home.

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