Photo by Alan M. Dumoff
Bishop Joseph A. Galante congratulates Msgr. Edward Alleyne, who was honored at the 20th annual Afternoon of Jazz, Plus, sponsored by the Black Catholic Ministry Advisory Council of the Diocese of Camden. It was held Sunday, Feb. 13, at Masso’s Crystal Manor, Glassboro. Msgr. Alleyne, a retired pastor and priest of 50 years, was one of the founders of the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry. Honored at the event posthumously was the office’s co-founder, Preston Williams, who died Oct. 2, 2010. Williams was an honorary member of the Knights of St. Peter Claver and was the recipient of two Bishop’s Medals, as well as the Knight of St. Gregory Medal. Accepting the award for Williams was his wife of 54 years, Thelma. Proceeds from the Afternoon of Jazz, Plus benefit Catholic high school scholarships. A scholarship recipient, Brianna Gaskins of Sicklerville, spoke. Music for the event was provided by the group To the Max.