Concerts of Understanding and Commemoration

In October and November 2005 PTWF sponsored two historic concerts. The first was a collaboration with the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, to commemorate the life of Pope John Paul II. This was on October 16th, 2005, the anniversary of the Pope's election to the Throne of St. Peter.

The second concert took place in Venice Italy, where PTWF co-sponsored a multi-talented concert of classical, jazz and modern musical artists. The event producers, Ms. Antonietta Torsello and Eugenio Masiero, spent all of their waking moments on this most important project. This event occurred on November 14, 2005 in the Palazzo del Cinema on the Island of Lido in Venice.


This event recorded the performances of over 30 talented artists, in order to produce a DVD. The proceeds of the sale of this DVD were used to benefit a very special hospital in Italy. The hospital, Casa Sollievo Della Sofferenza, is a 1,500 bed facility, that serves al the people of Italy, but particularly the poor. It was founded in 1956, by St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.


Long Island Philharmonic Performance to Honor Pope John Paul II

A Tribute to the Late Holy Father

TLIC photos/Gregory A. Shemitz

Classical music lovers of all ages and faiths filled St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre on Octoberr 16 for a performance by the Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. On the program was Fauer's Requiem, in memory of Pope John Paul II's outreach to the interfaith and ecumenical communities. From left: Msgr. Donald Beckmann, Director of the Diocese's Office of Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs, Bishop William Murphy and Gary Krupp of Pave the Way Foundation, applaud the performance of cellist Jay Shulman.

Fall 2005:

A special Interreligious performance of notable music was performed at the Cathedral of St. Agnes in Rockville Centre, NY to honor the memory of His Holiness Pope John Paul II. This was sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre along with Pave the Way Foundation, and a number of Jewish and Muslim organizations. This event was televised on national religious television.


"It is with affection that I greet the members of the Pave the Way Foundation and I thank Mr. Krupp for the
kind words which he has addressed to me on your behalf"
Pope John Paul II- January 18, 2005



Jerusalem Medal from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land


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