Mass celebrates heritage, kicks off conference

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An Oct. 7 Hispanic Heritage Month Mass at Rochester’s Our Lady of the Americas Church kicked off the Diocese of Rochester’s third-annual Hispanic Ministry Leadership Conference, which occurred the following day. Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Peréz from the Diocese of Rockville Centre presided over the bilingual Mass. Following the liturgy, a celebration was held in the church hall honoring Father Laurence Tracy’s 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. During the celebration, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren awarded Father Tracy the key to the city.

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