Rev. Msgr. Donald McE. Beckmann named honorary canon of Cathedral of the Incarnation
On Sunday, June 6 the Rev. Msgr. Donald McE. Beckmann was made an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in recognition of his interfaith and ecumenical work on Long Island and in the world. Msgr Beckmann is a Roman Catholic priest who has served as lector and responder at the Cathedral of the Incarnation's daily services of Morning Prayer and Compline for the past year.
Bishop Provenzano said, "Msgr. Beckmann being named an honorary canon of the Cathedral of the Incarnation is a fitting tribute to a remarkable priest whose life, ministry, and teaching over the past 50 years exemplifies our most sincere longing for unity in the church. He is a brilliant, faithful and hard working priest, and in honoring his contribution to the witness of the wider church, we acknowledge the calling we all share in the Body of Christ. “
Raised on Long Island's North Shore, Donald McE. Beckmann received a graduate degree in theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic seminary in Huntington. He was ordained a presbyter of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1970. After serving parishes in Rockville Centre and Huntington, he became Catholic Chaplain at Hofstra University and Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry. He was appointed Diocesan Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and served on the national Orthodox Christian-Roman Catholic dialogue, the national Muslim-Catholic dialogue, and the national Orthodox Jewish-Catholic dialogue.
Msgr. Beckmann was ecumenical representative from the Catholic Church in the United States to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for eight years. His most memorable work was his involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 80s and 90s. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Long Island Council of Churches. In recognition of his ecumenical and interfaith work, he was named an Honorary Prelate by Pope John Paul II.