Bishop’s Letter to the Faithful

Read Bishop DiMarzio’s open letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn regarding the allegations put forth by the New York Daily News and New York State Assembly Member Margaret Markey, which the Bishop posted on his Facebook page:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The New York Daily News has published an article in today’s paper claiming that I attempted to bribe an elected official several years ago in order to advance the political agenda of the Catholic Church.

I want you to know that this very serious accusation against me is patently false.

This is the latest and perhaps most offensive in a series of irresponsible and inaccurate reports published by the Daily News.

Assembly Member Marge Markey told the Daily News that in a meeting in 2010 I offered her $5,000 to drop her push to reform New York State’s statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse against minors. The meeting Ms. Markey is referring to actually took place in 2007. It took place at our former Chancery located at 75 Greene Avenue, not Bishop Ford High School as she claimed. Present in that meeting was myself, Assembly Member Markey, Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Assembly Member Joseph Lentol, Assembly Member Vito Lopez, Richard Barnes who is executive director of the NYS Catholic Conference, and Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, O.P., who at the time was the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The meeting was arranged to discuss policy implications of Ms. Markey’s proposed legislation. Immediately following this broader meeting, I met separately with Assembly Member Markey and Sister Ellen Patricia to discuss a matter deeply personal to Ms. Markey. In that meeting I spoke of the counseling services and support the Church offers to victims of abuse without any conditions. There was absolutely no offer of money nor a quid pro quo. While the Daily News failed its ethical responsibility to contact Sister Ellen Patricia and to otherwise fact-check this story before printing it, Sister Ellen Patricia provided our diocesan lawyer with a statement. Her recollection supports my memory.

Sister Ellen Patricia is no longer employed by the Diocese of Brooklyn, nor under the authority of the Bishop. She is a dedicated victim’s advocate. She has no reason to support my story other than a commitment to the truth. Sister Ellen Patricia, the only other person present in that meeting nine years ago, remembers the conversation just as I do; there was absolutely no offer of money made.

The Daily News chose to put one person’s unsubstantiated accusation on its front page, placing the sale of newspapers, and the political agenda of its editors above journalistic integrity. In doing so they have impugned my character and slandered my name as Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

I have written a letter to Ms. Markey demanding a retraction of her false and defamatory charge of bribery.

Ironically, by turning a conversation from 9 years ago into front page “news,” the New York Daily News demonstrates why statutes of limitations exist in our justice system. Memories fade, witnesses die, and evidence gets lost.

As Bishop of the Diocese, I take these matters very seriously. My concern is for the souls of those who have suffered from abuse. Without any condition, counseling and support services are offered. I would never refuse to meet with anyone who comes forward with an allegation of abuse, if they wish to meet with me, along with the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator.

I am asking for your prayers for our Diocese and for me during this challenging time, as I remember you in mine.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of Brooklyn

Ordination of 10 New Priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn

On Saturday, June 4th, the Diocese of Brooklyn will rank among the top dioceses in the nation in terms of new priests when 10 men are ordained to the priesthood for service in the diocese. The ordination will take place beginning at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will be the celebrant.

Adding to the already rich diversity of the Diocese of Brooklyn, our new priests come from all over the world.  Seven were born outside the United States – in Haiti, Poland, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Poland, and Nigeria. Three were born in the diocese, all of them with Brooklyn roots.

Our new priests join the diocese with degrees ranging from Theology and Divinity to Social and Economic Studies and with experience ranging from philosophy to banking to carpentry. In discerning God’s call to serve the Church as priests, the men found inspiration in prayer, pilgrimage, family, pastoral role models, and from Pope Francis.

“We are truly blessed that these ten newly Ordained have answered God’s call to the priesthood” Bishop DiMarzio said. “Each will enrich our vibrant and multicultural diocese with their deep faith and unique backgrounds. We thank their family and friends for the support they have given to them on the road to the priesthood.”

The Diocese of Brooklyn, the eighth largest diocese in the United States and the only entirely urban diocese in the Nation, serves the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. The combined population of the boroughs stands at 4.8 million residents, of which more than 1.5 million identify themselves as Catholics.

The diocesan network New Evangelization Television (NET TV) will provide live coverage of the Priests’ Ordination, which will also be live streamed on The encore presentation is on Saturday, June 18 at 9 p.m. NET TV is a cable network featuring news and information with a Catholic point of view, and is available in the New York area on Time Warner Cable, Channel 97; Cablevision, Channel 30; Verizon FiOS, Ch. 48; and nationally on Verizon FiOS On Demand. Read more »

Restored WWI Memorial Statue to be Rededicated at Brooklyn Church

On Sunday, May 29th, immediately following 10:00am Mass, St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Carroll Gardens will unveil and rededicate a restored World War I memorial statue. The historic statue was run over in December when a car jumped the curb outside the church rectory and crashed. Click here for crash video.

Erected more than 90 years ago, the statue was dedicated to local men, living within St. Mary’s parish, who gave their lives serving in the First World War. The statue’s inscription reads, “Sacred to the Memory of St. Mary’s Boys who died in the World War.”

While preparing for the statue’s rededication, St. Mary Star of the Sea parishioner and retired NYPD officer Richard Conte was inspired to learn more about the local men who died for their country a hundred years ago.  He discovered the names of 25 men from the parish area who gave their lives in service. Church leaders will share information on all of those men and provide pictures of some during Sunday’s service.

The Church is located at 467 Court Street, Brooklyn 11231. Following 10:00am Mass, the service will begin at approximately 10:40am. To the hymn “America the Beautiful,” the church’s pastor, Father Christopher Cashman, will lead a procession from the church to the front of the rectory. After the unveiling, Father Chris will bless and rededicate the statue. The ceremony will close with the playing of Taps.

“We rededicate our statue to all those who died from our Parish serving their country in World War I,” Father Chris said.  “We also honor and remember all who died protecting our freedom in all of the wars.”

Click here for more information.

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Fatima Statue Draws Crowds to Churches in the Diocese of Brooklyn

The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. It arrived at noon today, May 20. It will remain overnight, departing on May 21 at noon. NET TV will broadcast the Statue’s arrival, LIVE on Friday, May 20, beginning at 3 PM, followed by Holy Mass at 7 PM. A farewell Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21 at 12Noon. All of these events will be broadcast LIVE on NET TV. Click here to go to NET TV. There will also be an all-night vigil.

The statue will visit a total of three churches within the Diocese of Brooklyn, two in Brooklyn and one in Queens, from May 19-23, as part of its historic two-year journey across America.

Called the Fatima Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace, the tour commemorates the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Angel of Peace (1916) and the Blessed Mother at Fatima, Portugal (1917).

The tour began in March in Metuchen, N.J., and coincides with the centenary celebrations in Fatima where Pope Francis is expected to visit in May, 2017.

The statue arrived in the Diocese of Brooklyn on Thursday, May 19. Crowds lined up to see it at its first stop, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Dyker Heights.

On Sunday, May 22, the statue will visit Our Lady of Fatima Church in East Elmhurst. The Sunday schedule will include a noon bilingual Mass with Bishop Alfonso Cabezas. During the day, there will be a procession, crowning of Mary, Mass, Marian concert, scapular enrollment, dance performance, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, consecration of the Blessed Mother, rosary, novena, Divine Mercy, veneration and benediction.

On Monday, May 23, Masses will be offered there at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 8 p.m. On that day, there also will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a school play, rosary and novena, consecration to Our Lady of Fatima and a farewell to Our Lady.

Update: Stolen Church Statue Recovered

Update 5/11/16: Click here for new video of group suspected of stealing Williamsburg church statue. This video was released by the NYPD along with the following advisory:

The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying the individuals depicted in the attached surveillance video in regards to a grand larceny that occurred within the confines of the 90 Precinct. Details are as follows: It was reported to police that on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 0207 hours, the suspects removed the statue of the “SACRED HEART” of Jesus Christ from the Saint Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church located at 71 South 3 Street.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Update: The Sacred Heart of Jesus statue stolen from outside Saints Peter and Paul Rectory was returned this morning. Just hours after thieves took it off its plinth over the weekend, a Brooklyn man found it in a trash can outside his home near South 3rd St between Berry and Bedford Avenues in Williamsburg. The man took the statue and gave it to his mother, who kept it in her apartment. After seeing local news reports indicating the statue had been stolen, the family realized it belonged to Saints Peter and Paul Parish, where they sometimes attend church services. They contacted the rectory and returned the statue this morning. The base of the statue as well as the statue’s right hand have been damaged. D’Ambrosio Ecclesiastical Art Studios, Inc has volunteered to restore the statue as well as donate a bigger, heavier version. The larger statue will go outside the rectory in the stolen statue’s place, while the recovered statue will go inside the Parish’s new church which is expected to be complete in 2019. The stolen statue was donated by a couple in New Jersey, an heirloom they say was in their family for about 100 years. It was donated in 2012 to replace a similar statue–also stolen from outside church property. Police are still looking for the 3 thieves who were caught on video taking the sacred statue.

Update: The Sacred Heart of Jesus statue stolen from outside the Saints Peter and Paul Rectory, located at 71 South 3rd St, 11249 in Williamsburg, has been found. A man spotted the statue in a trash can outside his Brooklyn apartment and gave it to his mother. After seeing media reports, the family realized where the statue belonged and contacted the rectory to return it. The statue is being restored at D’Ambrosio Ecclesiastical Art Studios, Inc. Phone number: (914) 666-6906. Saints Peter and Paul Parish’s Mother Superior and the rectory secretary will be available for interviews at the rectory at 1pm. Read more »


With thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced today the news of the appointment of Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P., by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as an auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn. Bishop Tiedemann returns to his hometown diocese after serving as bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.

“We in the Diocese of Brooklyn are delighted to welcome home Bishop Neil Tiedemann,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. Read more »

New York Catholics to Celebrate World Communications Day

On Wednesday, May 11th at 11 a.m., DeSales Media Group will host the Diocese of Brooklyn’s World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference. The 25th annual event at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Downtown Brooklyn, aligns with the Vatican’s 50th annual celebration of World Communications Day.

World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 as time to explore how modern means of social communication can best be utilized by the Church. This year’s theme chosen by Pope Francis is “Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter.”
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On Tuesday, March 22nd at 8 p.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the annual Mass of the Chrism at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY. During the Mass, the bishop will bless the oils used for sacramental anointing. He will also preside over the renewal of promises made by priests serving the diocese in Brooklyn and Queens. Read more »


The Diocese of Brooklyn, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, is launching its annual Lenten campaign to promote the Sacrament of Confession. On the Monday of Holy Week, which falls on March 21 this year, churches in the greater New York City area, New York’s upper counties and on Long Island will be open for confession from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m. This initiative, known as Reconciliation Monday, has become an annual event in the participating dioceses.

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