From the In My Backyard Desk (h/t to Deacon John Giglio), some news about one of my deacon classmates who was taken from us far too soon:

City Councilman Robert Holden celebrated the street co-naming after the late Deacon David Ciorciari with his family members on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Maspeth.

The street, 61st Street and Maspeth Avenue, was co-named “Deacon David Ciorciari Way,” in honor of the deacon of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church who died of 9/11-related illness at the age of 61 in 2018.

His family, who have advocated for the street co-naming since 2019, were there to celebrate the moment, including Ciorciari’s wife Eileen Beattie Ciorciari, their daughters Nicole and Annamarie, granddaughter Cadence as well as other family members of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

Eileen presented the co-naming petition during a Community Board 5 meeting in 2019.

“He devoted his life to trying to make the world a better place. He did a lot of community work by doing religious things: Baptizing children in the schools as well as visiting the homebound in nursing homes,” she said. “My family and I would like to have a street co-named in David’s honor as he lived a life of service.”

Read more and see additional pictures.

Well done, good and faithful servant. God bless you, brother. Pray for us!