Community gatherings for prayers for the principal of Saint-Pierre who fights against COVID
STATEN ISLAND, NY – The Staten Island high school community is rallying around Michael Cosentino, the popular and well-respected principal of St. Peter’s Boys High School, New Brighton, who is hospitalized at Richmond University Medical Center with COVID-19.
Cosentino’s own school as well as Bishop Farrell and St. Joseph Hill have taken to social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, to ask for prayers.
John Fodera, former principal and current president of St. Peter’s Boys High School, is devastated by Cosentino’s hospitalization.
“Mike Cosentino exemplifies the spirit of a young man who is the leader and role model for anyone who comes in contact with him,” Fodera said over the phone, holding back tears. “He is like a son to me who, in four years, has helped me carry on the great energy, spirit and foresight of St. Peter’s Boys High School for another hundred years.
“The support and overwhelming prayers of Cardinal O’Connor, Bishop O’Hara, Bishop Whalen and Father Cichon, in unison with the St. Peters family, Our Lady of Good Counsel and from the entire Staten Island community, are more than me. have never seen in all my years of leadership in education, ”added Fodera.
The Staten Island Catholic School Region posted on Facebook: “On behalf of the communities of St. Peter’s Boys High School and Our Lady of Good Counsel, we ask you to join in the prayer for Michael Cosentino’s speedy and rapid recovery from COVID19 , husband, father and manager of St. Peter’s Boys HS.
Former students of the St. Peter’s Boys are also mobilizing prayers for the head of the school.
“We ask everyone to take the time to keep the principal of St. Peter’s Boys High School Michael Cosentino and his in-laws in your prayers for a full and speedy recovery from Covid-19,” wrote Monsignor Farrell High School on St Peter’s Alumni The Facebook page. “We are all with you Mike and all of our brothers in St. Peter’s.
“Never underestimate the power of a little prayer,” Patricia Wing, an STP mom, said on her Facebook page. “Please keep STP Director Mike Cosentino in your prayers for a speedy recovery from COVID-19. “
Vincent Innocente, who sits on the advisory board of St. Peter’s Boys High School, posted on Facebook: “Thinking of you Mike, you’re gonna beat this! I pray for you everyday, my brother, ”he captioned a photo at an event at St. Peter’s Boys High School.
Former student Jack Muraca wrote: “This Father’s Day weekend we ask our alumni, family and friends to please take a moment and say a special prayer for our principal / alumnus Mr. Michael Cosentino ’03 as he battles Covid-19 at the University of Richmond. Medical Center as well for his wife Angela and their daughters that he is coming home soon! Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
Mary Beth Russo, whose children attend Our Lady of Good School in Tompkinsville, wrote: “On behalf of the West Brighton community, including the Cosentino family friends of Our Lady of Good Counsel and Saint Peters Boys HS, we have decided to create a way to come together to come together in faith and prayer to uplift Mike Cosentino and his family at this time.
ZOOM PRAYER LINK
For Staten Islanders who wish to lend their prayers, a Zoom link has been established every night at 8:30 p.m. Please join them for a recurring prayer zoom, 8:30 p.m. ”This prayer group will continue every night until Mike is back home with his five favorite daughters. Mass Monday through Friday at 7:30 am and Saturday’s 9:00 am Mass at Notre-Dame du Bon Conseil will also be offered to Mike until he is back on his feet, ”said Russo.
Meeting number: 867 1807 0900
Access code: 055996
COSENTINO HAS BEEN MAIN SINCE 2017
Cosentino himself is a former student of St. Peter’s Boys High School, where he was a high school football player – an Advance All Star, who played for his father, Mike Cosentino.
He was appointed principal of the school in 2017 and has led students and staff through the pandemic for the past year and a half.
At the start of St. Peter’s 2020, he addressed the crowd with words of encouragement on strength and perseverance:
Reminding his elders of one of his favorite quotes from Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Consentino said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but where he finds himself in times of challenge and controversy. . “
Cosentino marveled at how Saint-Pierre’s new graduating class responded to the challenges and adversity they faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As tragic and unfair as it may be, I can only see the valuable life lesson of persistence and overcoming adversity,” said Cosentino. “It is a perfect example of the strength that faith and love will give you to persevere in the most difficult times of life.”