Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Holy Week Schedule Announced

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Rocío Fidalgo
718-213-1955
rfidalgo@desalesmedia.org

The Holy Week Schedule for the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn,
was announced today.

Today, Holy Thursday, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s
Supper at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise, located at 319 Maple Street, in
Prospect Lefferts Gardens, at 7:30 p.m. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the
Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the
priesthood. The service also stresses the importance Jesus puts on the humility of service. The
cleansing of the apostles feet with water, prefigures baptism.

On Good Friday, Bishop DiMarzio will be joined by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to offer prayers
at St. James Cathedral Basilica, located at 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, at 10
a.m. This will be followed by a cross procession across the Brooklyn Bridge, sponsored by
Communion and Liberation.

At 12 p.m., there will be a Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Christ, followed by the
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death, at 3 p.m.

That evening, an outdoor Good Friday Service will be officiated by Bishop DiMarzio starting
at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pancras Church, located at 7222 68th Street in Glendale, Queens, and will
end at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, located in 62-81 60th Place in Ridgewood, Queens.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Easter Vigil on April 19th at the Church of the Transfiguration,
located at 263 Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, at 8 p.m. He will baptize four and thirteen will
be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

Also during this Easter, the Diocese of Brooklyn will welcome a total of 1,136 new Catholics:
580 will be baptized, 41 will receive full communion and 515 will complete their initiation.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 20th with a service at the Metropolitan
Detention Center in Brooklyn, at 8:30 a.m. This event is closed to press, however, all the other
services are open.

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Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2014

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784
sgutierrez@diobrook.org

STATEMENT OF BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO
ON BISHOP FORD CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Despite the best efforts and diligent work of the Board of Directors and Faculty of Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, the school was faced with what became insurmountable challenges. On April 13th, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to close the school at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is committed to assisting the Board of Directors in placing students in the schools of their choice.

This Holy Week, the Bishop Ford Community has a share in the passion of Christ. Our Easter celebration is a reminder that despite suffering, the darkness never overcomes the light.

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Statement on the Alleged Apparition of ‘Our Lady of the Roses’ and the Bayside Movement

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn has issued the following statement to dissipate any lingering doubts concerning the longstanding position of the Diocese of Brooklyn on the following matter:

Statement on the Alleged Apparition of “Our Lady of the Roses” and the Bayside Movement

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Over 300 Legal Permanent Residents to Receive Free Legal Assistance in Becoming U.S. Citizens at Queens ‘Mega Workshop’

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Robert McCreanor
347 472 3500 ext. 103
rmccreanor@catholicmigration.org

Catholic Migration Services (CMS) will conduct a “mega workshop” on Saturday April 5,
2014 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Astoria to assist hundreds of eligible individuals
and families complete naturalization applications, a critical step toward becoming United
States citizens. This event is a major component of the recently announced Cambia Tu Vida
(“Change Your Life”) campaign through which CMS aims to promote naturalization and raise
awareness of the benefits of citizenship. To schedule an appointment and to be screened
for eligibility, green-card holders are encouraged to call the Cambia Tu Vida hotline at 855-
622-6242.

The event is also part of the New Americans Campaign (NAC), an unprecedented
nonpartisan national network of more than 80 organizations who have come together to
encourage and assist eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in becoming U.S. citizens.
Catholic Migration Services is bringing the NAC’s message to New York City through a
series of English and Spanish language public service announcements to air on local
television stations, print and social media and grassroots publicity efforts.

There are over 8 million legal permanent residents in the United States who are eligible to
become U.S. citizens. It is estimated that that more than half a million people in the New
York City area are eligible to naturalize. The myriad benefits of naturalization include an
increase in economic opportunity, access to full civic participation, ability to travel with a
U.S. passport and greater pathways to family reunification. It will also be noted that these
new citizens bring fresh talent pools and skills to the country’s workforce and enhance the
cultural richness of U.S. society.

Through its efforts in March and April, CMS aims to assist over one thousand eligible
individuals to complete and submit applications for naturalization. This assistance will be
provided in a series of “mega workshops” staffed by CMS attorneys, counselors and pro
bono volunteers. Adopting an innovative model of service provision developed by the NAC,
CMS hopes to aid immigrants in overcoming the barriers and confusion often experienced
by those who seek to apply for naturalization.

CMS is a non-profit affiliate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. For over forty
years, it has served the needs of immigrants and refugees in Brooklyn and Queens. For
more information, please contact CMS at 347-472-3500 (Queens), 718-236-3000 (Brooklyn)
or www.catholicmigration.org.

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Cardinal Dolan, Labor Leaders, Faith Leaders, Business Leaders, Parents and Students Unite Behind Education Investment Tax Credit

With labor leaders representing more than 255,000 working women and men, group urges Gov. Cuomo and Legislature to include plan in new state budget

WHO: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archdiocese of New York
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
32BJ/SEIU
Patrick J. Lynch, President, NYPD PBA, nation’s largest law enforcement union
Steve Cassidy, President, FDNY UFA, representing over 7000 FDNY fire fighters
Tom Mungeer, President, NYS Troopers PBA, representing over 5000 State Troopers
Dennis Quirk, President, NYS Court Officers Assn., with over 3,600 court officers
Ed Mullins, NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Assn., with 11,000 active and retired sergeants
Patrick Cullen, President, NYS Supreme Court Officers Assn., with 2,400 active and retired members
Rabbi Yehiel M. Kalish, Agudath Israel
Robert Catell, former Chairman, New York City Partnership, Key Span
Parents and student beneficiaries of scholarship programs

WHEN: Today, March 10, 2014 – 10AM
WHAT: News conference urging Gov. Cuomo and Legislature to support bill that will strengthen public
school programs and support scholarships for low-income and working families, by creating a state
tax credit for charitable donations.
WHERE: CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM, 350 E. 56TH STREET (NEAR 1ST AVENUE)

MEDIA CONTACT: Joseph Zwilling, joseph.zwilling@archny.org, 646-794-2997
Bob Bellafiore, bob@stanhope-ny.com, 518-928-8471
More than 55 organizations support the Education Investment Tax Credit.

32BJ/SEIU

Agudath Israel of America

Aprendes Foundation

Association of Christian Schools International

Association of Historic Black Independent Schools

BISON Fund

Black Girl Project

Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo

Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

Brooklyn Movement Center

Brooklyn Music School

Buffalo ReformED

Business Council of Westchester

Calvary Baptist Church of White Plains

Capital District YMCA

CAUSE–NYS

Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia

Children’s Scholarship Fund

DonorsChoose.org

Federation of Catholic Teachers, OPEIU Local 153 AFL-­‐CIO

Foundation for Opportunity in Education

Friendship for Tots

Futures in Education

Groundswell

Inner-­‐City Scholarship Fund

Inner City Foundation of New York

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 30, AFL-­‐CIO

Jewish Education Project

Lutheran Schools Association

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

N.A.A.C.P. Brooklyn Branch

Nazarene Congregational UCC Church

New York City Detectives Endowment Association

New York City Outward Bound Schools

New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

New York State Association of P.B.A.s

New York State Catholic Conference

New York State Coalition for Opportunity in Education

New York State Court Officers Association

New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, ILA,  AFL-­‐CIO

New York State Troopers PBA

New York State Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools

Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations

Partnership for Inner-­‐City Education

Police Conference of New York

Say Yes to Education

Sergeants  Benevolent Association, NYPD

Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation

UJA-­‐Federation of New York

Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors FDNY, Local 2507, DC 37, AFSCME, AFL-­‐CIO

Uniformed Fire Officers Association, IFAA Local 854, AFL-­CIO

Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, Local 94 IFAA AFL-­CIO

United Black Clergy of Westchester

Wee Create BK

White Plains Housing Authority

YMCA of Greater Rochester

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

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Statement by the Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D. Bishop of Brooklyn

Please click on link to find the statement by the Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D. Bishop of Brooklyn on immigration reform.

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Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

Please click on link to find information on the Mexican Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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FILIPINO APOSTOLATE TO HOLD MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE AFTER TRAGEDY OF TYPHOON HAIYAN (YOLANDA)

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Stefanie Gutierrez

917-587-2784

sgutierrez@desalesmedia.org

Rosemarie Santiago

718-517-3118

rsantiago@desalesmedia.org

 

 FILIPINO APOSTOLATE TO HOLD MASS OF HEALING AND HOPE

AFTER TRAGEDY OF TYPHOON HAIYAN (YOLANDA)

 On Sunday, November 17th at 4 p.m., the Filipino Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn, along with the Filipino Apostolate of St. Michael’s Church, 138-25 Barclay Avenue in Flushing, will host a Mass of Healing and Hope following the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

“We are taking this opportunity to pray as a community for those who have been affected by the Typhoon not just in the Philippines but those living here in the United States,” said Father Patrick Longalong, coordinator for the Filipino Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “Many of ourkababayans have already heard good news that their family are alive but some received heart breaking news of the death of their loved ones. However, there are still those who are anxiously waiting for news. We are also coming together to support some of our brethren who might not be able to travel back to the Philippines and attend religious services for their loved ones because of immigration issues.”

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked that a voluntary second collection be taken up in each of the parishes as soon as possible. “The whole Diocese is mourning with those who lost loved ones and praying for those who are still awaiting word from their family and friends,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “We pledge to pray and support our brothers and sisters in need.”

 

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Statement by the Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D. Bishop of Brooklyn

Please click on link to find the statement by the Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D. Bishop of Brooklyn on Christ the King.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Sues Christ the King High School

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Marty McLaughlin

212-437-7373

917-282-4231

mjm@candm1.com

 

After two years of futile negotiations, the Diocese of Brooklyn was reluctantly left with no other recourse but to sue Christ the King High School for refusing to re-affirm a longstanding covenant to return the school property to the Diocese under certain limited circumstances and for conducting, without the prior consent of the Diocese, various enterprises unrelated to a Catholic high school.

The suit seeks to compel Christ the King to abide by the terms of the agreement signed in 1976 to re-convey the property to the Diocese in the event there is no longer a Catholic high school on the premise. It remains the Diocese’s fervent and prayerful hope that each of the Catholic high schools, including Christ the King, will continue to prosper and serve the children of Brooklyn and Queens.

The suit also asks that the school provide copies of all leases and pertinent agreements for the various secular business enterprises that have leased portions of the property over the years.  These include Continuing Education, a day care center run by the daughter of the school’s president and most recently a new Charter school.

Due to financial constraints encountered in the mid-70s, the Diocese restructured the Diocesan high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.  At that time, the Diocese owned and operated six Catholic High Schools within the two boroughs, consisting of Bishop Ford, Bishop Kearney and Nazareth in Brooklyn and St. Francis Prep, St. John’s Prep and Christ the King in Queens.

The Diocese agreed to transfer title to the school property at no cost to non-profit corporations operated by religious and lay people committed to continuing to operate a Catholic high school at each of the properties. These agreements provided that the entire property could only be used for a Catholic high school and if the school closed, the property would revert back to the Diocese.

Although the other five Catholic schools have reaffirmed the right of the Diocese to regain the property should their school close, Christ the King has refused.  Moreover, Christ the King has recently rented 50,000 square feet to a secular Charter school and again has refused to comply with the Diocese’s rules with regards to renting to a Charter school.

Since Charter schools directly compete with Catholic elementary schools which charge tuition, the Diocese requires that any high school or parish that rents unused space to a Charter school remit 40% of the rental revenues into the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust, which grants scholarships to disadvantaged students attending Catholic elementary schools negatively impacted by the Charter school.  None of the money held by the Trust is turned over to the Diocese.

Although the various parishes and the other Catholic High Schools in the Diocese, who have leased unused space to a Charter school, have all agreed to remit 40% of its rental income to the Trust, Christ the King again has refused.

“It is sad that we have to go to these lengths to have the rights of the people who comprise this Diocese reaffirmed by the court,” said Msgr. Steven Aguggia, judicial vicar of the Diocese. “But it’s time for the Diocese to get a full accounting from the Christ the King’s board of what has transpired over the years.”

 

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ONE-YEAR COMMEMORATION & HEALING MASS ON ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE SANDY TO BE HELD IN FAR ROCKAWAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784

sgutierrez@diobrook.org

On Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m., on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, family and friends of one of the hardest hit parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn will gather for a commemoration and healing Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea, located at 1920 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway.

After the super storm, thousands of those in this Far Rockaway community flocked to the parish for relief. Within days, a community-based disaster relief center was set up at the parish’s St. Gertrude’s location in nearby Edgemere, which helped many residents, both Catholic and non-Catholic.

Of the 1,200 parishioners of St. Mary of the Sea, over 60-percent are Spanish-speaking, including many undocumented immigrants who still feel the aftermath of the hurricane twelve months later.

Over 400 families participated in the D-SNAP program, where they received awards ranging between $700 and $900. This was the only program assisting storm victims that allowed the undocumented to participate. Many are left unable to qualify for any FEMA assistance due to their immigrant status. St. Mary Star of the Sea served as one of the pickup locations for Diocese-sponsored shuttle buses transporting the D-SNAP applicants to the New York City Human Resources Administration registration center in Downtown Brooklyn in mid-December 2012.

Father Fulgencio Gutierrez, pastor, said the church has assisted people in many ways, including helping them pay rent and providing clothing for children.

Tuesday’s Mass marking the one-year anniversary will be celebrated in hopes of “healing the psychological trauma of the past year, and to give thanks for the generosity of so many who responded to not only our physical needs but also to our spiritual anguish. During the first two weeks after the storm, we were isolated. There was no electricity and no transportation, but people came anyway to help clean, and distribute food and clothing to our brothers and sisters,” he said.

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FUTURES IN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO ASSIST IMPOVERISHED STUDENTS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 2, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784 sgutierrez@diobrook.org

FUTURES IN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND TO ASSIST IMPOVERISHED STUDENTS

Futures in Education will host the 2013 Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner on October 9th, in the Grand Ballroom of The Waldorf Astoria, New York City.

“Many families want their children to have a solid education, grounded in the Catholic faith, but do not have the financial means to make that happen,” said the Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. “We have over 30,000 students in our Catholic elementary schools and academies and over one-third of them fall below the poverty level of $27,000 a year. These are financial-based scholarships; children that would never get a good quality Catholic education if it was not for Futures in Education.”

The Futures in Education dinner brings over 1,000 people together to raise money for scholarships for the children in Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens. This year, the non-profit organization will honor Honorable Raymond Kelly, Police Commissioner for the City of New York, and an alumnus of Bishop Molloy High School, Queens, and Anthony Bonomo, CEO of Administrators for the Professions, Inc., and an alumnus of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brooklyn.

“It is a struggle for our families to pay tuition, yet our parents choose Catholic education for their children because of our caring and nurturing environment, solid test scores, high graduation rates and acceptance into four-year universities,” said Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “The leadership and support of our dinner attendees and sponsors help us in assisting underprivileged, inner-city children through the gift of education.”

More information can be found at www.futuresineducation.org.

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MSGR. KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED FIRST RECTOR OF ST. JOSEPH’S CO-CATHEDRAL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784
sgutierrez@diobrook.org

MSGR. KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED FIRST RECTOR
OF ST. JOSEPH’S CO-CATHEDRAL

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will preside over the installation of the Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington as the first Rector of the newly named Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, on Sunday, September 15th, at 12 p.m. St. Joseph’s was elevated to a cathedral on February 14th, one of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s last acts before his resignation on February 28th.

“I appointed Monsignor Harrington five years ago as administrator of St. Joseph’s,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “During that time, he worked with many different people to make sure the infrastructure of the church was upgraded, but as we all know, a church is not just brick and mortar. A church is about its people. And over the past five years, the parish has become vibrant and grown in no small part to Monsignor Harrington and his collaborators. I am confident under his leadership, the co-cathedral will be at the heart of the development of the new Brooklyn.”

Before St. Joseph’s elevation, St. James Cathedral Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, was the only cathedral in the 160-year history of the Diocese, which was founded in 1853. St. James Cathedral was previously a pro-cathedral from the moment the Diocese was founded; it was conceived that a new cathedral would be built. St. Joseph’s, which can accommodate 1,500 people, is one of the largest churches in the Diocese. It is for this reason the Bishop sought permission for it to be named a co-cathedral.

The Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, V.E., is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He also serves as the President and Chairman of DeSales Media Group, a full-service media company that includes NET NY, a cable television station that can be seen in New York City on Cablevision Ch. 30 and Time Warner Ch. 97, and On Demand on Verizon Fios; The Tablet, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s weekly newspaper with a circulation of 80,000 and 30,000 unique online visitors per month; a technology division overseeing 21 websites; as well as a public relations office serving ecclesiastical needs.

Since 2008, Monsignor Harrington has served as the Administrator of the Church of Saint Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, before his appointment to Rector after Pope Benedict XVI elevated the church to cathedral status. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a degree in Philosophy. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a Masters of Business Administration from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.

The Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily ordained him a priest at Saint James Cathedral Basilica on June 2, 2001. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of Papal Chaplain with the title of Reverend Monsignor on September 3, 2009.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn, which also encompasses the borough of Queens, was formed in 1853 and is the fifth largest diocese in the United States. It is the only entirely urban diocese in the country. The diocese serves 1.4 million Catholics in its 186 parishes. Last year, over 17,000 baptisms, 8,000 confirmations, 10,000 First Communions, and 2,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are over 30,000 students in 97 Catholic schools and academies.

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STATEMENT OF BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE APPOINTMENT OF BISHOP FRANK CAGGIANO AS FIFTH BISHOP OF BRIDGEPORT, CONN.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON
THE STATEMENT OF BISHOP DIMARZIO:
Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784
sgutierrez@diobrook.org

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON
THE DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT, CONN.:
Office of Communications
203-416-1461

STATEMENT OF BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE APPOINTMENT OF
BISHOP FRANK CAGGIANO AS FIFTH BISHOP OF BRIDGEPORT, CONN.

This morning, the Holy Father appointed the Most Reverend Frank Caggiano as the Fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Bishop Caggiano, who was ordained a priest in 1987 for the Diocese of Brooklyn, has served in a number of pastoral and administrative positions. He has been both a pastor and also responsible for the formation of men for the permanent diaconate. Since 2006, Bishop Caggiano has served as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.

First and foremost, Bishop Caggiano is an outstanding teacher, as is evidenced by the Holy See selecting him twice to offer catechesis to the young people at World Youth Days both in Madrid 2011 and just recently in Rio de Janeiro.

“For twenty-six years, Bishop Caggiano has faithfully served the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens, and I can attest that he is an outstanding priest. He has been one of my closest collaborators,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. “I had the privilege of ordaining Bishop Caggiano to the Episcopacy, and I can unequivocally state that he will be an outstanding pastor to the faithful of Bridgeport.”

Bishop DiMarzio continued, “Bishop Caggiano was at the forefront of reorganizing Catholic schools and academies to make them sustainable for many years into the future. Also under his guidance, all of our parishes were placed on firm financial footing to ensure their vibrancy for many years to come. Bishop Caggiano embodies the best of the vision that Pope Francis has for those who are called to be shepherds in the Church. I offer my prayers for Bishop Caggiano as he undertakes this new ministry in his Episcopacy.”

The announcement will be live streamed beginning at 10am this morning.  The link may be found at www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org

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First Phase of Catholic Technology Project to Launch at World Youth Day

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Diocese of Brooklyn sends nearly 300 youth to Rio de Janeiro with Prayer Coins

BROOKLYN, NY — July 23, 2013 — DeSales Media today launches Pray with the
Pope, a website and corresponding mobile app that allows individuals and
communities to dedicate prayer time in alignment with the Holy Father’s monthly
intentions.

Pray with the Pope is the first phase of a large-scale technology project designed
to welcome new members to the Church and create a unified, modern Catholic
experience.

The Diocese of Brooklyn has minted 20,000 Medallions, or prayer coins, all
which contain a unique alphanumeric code. Recipients of the coins enter the
code into the website or use the augmented reality reader embedded in the
mobile app on their smartphone to “log” the coin. They can then schedule their
prayer time to map it on the Prayer Wall among thousands of others, with the
goal of achieving universal unbroken prayer across cultures and nations.

The next feature to be released is an interactive prayer globe, where users can
view those prayers taking place in real-time as well as see where their coin has
travelled. This data visualization feature uses the recently released API from
Google Earth and is one of the first applications of this technology.

To help spread awareness of this new tool, the Diocese of Brooklyn is enabling
300 young members of the Church to travel to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth
Day. Today they will begin passing out thousands of coins to fellow attendees
and encourage them to log their coins and schedule prayer time.

Longtime Church supporter and celebrity Martin Sheen was the first person to
receive a Medallion and has expressed admiration for the project. The interview
in which he receives the coin will air as part of “Currents” on NET TV in New York
this week.

CONTACT:
Stefanie Gutierrez
Press Secretary
Diocese of Brooklyn
sgutierrez@desalesmedia.org
917-587-2784

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EIGHT MEN TO BE ORDAINED FOR THE PRIESTHOOD ON SATURDAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2013
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Stefanie Gutierrez
917-587-2784 sgutierrez@diobrook.org

Largest Ordination Class for the Diocese of Brooklyn Since 2007

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain eight men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday June 29th at 11 a.m.
Three of the men hail from Haiti, two have Korean origins, one an African-American, one an Italian- American and one a Filipino-American. They are Dwayne Davis, Raymond Flores, Stephen Giulietti, Paul Young Kim, Jun Hee Lee, Michel Pierre Louis, Killick Pierrilus and Lucon Riguad.
“The Ordination of priests has been one of the great joys of my Episcopal ministry and I have had the privilege of Ordaining 45 men to the priesthood, including our eight newly Ordained, since I came to the Diocese in 2003,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “Their language abilities certainly cover the needs of our multi-ethnic Diocese, and I admire each of these young men. Despite the many distractions of the world, they have given up everything to come and follow Christ.”
The Ordination Mass can be watched on NET TV on Cablevision Ch. 30 and TimeWarner Ch. 97, and will be live-streamed at www.netny.net.

 

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SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE: ‘TRAGIC DAY FOR MARRIAGE AND OUR NATION,’ STATE U.S. BISHOPS

Please click on link for the USCCB press release on the Supreme Court decision on marriage

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR RETIRED AUXILIARY BISHOP JOSEPH M. SULLIVAN

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2013
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Stefanie Gutierrez
718-517-3112
sgutierrez@diobrook.org

The following funeral services for Bishop Joseph Sullivan have been established. All services
listed below are open to the public.

Monday, June 10th
Wake
2 – 5 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m.
McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
9620 Third Avenue (on the corner of 97th Street)
Brooklyn, New York 11209

Tuesday, June 11th
Wake
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
McLaughlin & Sons Funeral Home
7:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Our Lady of Hope R.C. Church
61-21 71st Street (Eliot Avenue and 72nd Street)
Middle Village, New York 11379

Wednesday, June 12th
11 a.m. Funeral Mass
Church of St. Ephrem
929 Bay Ridge Parkway
(75th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway & 10th Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11228

Burial to follow
St. John’s Cemetery
8001 Metropolitan Avenue
Middle Village, New York 11379

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RETIRED AUXILIARY BISHOP JOSEPH SULLIVAN OF BROOKLYN DIES AT 83

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Stefanie Gutierrez
718-517-3112
sgutierrez@diobrook.org

RETIRED AUXILIARY BISHOP JOSEPH SULLIVAN OF BROOKLYN DIES AT 83

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn mourn his passing

Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan, died June 7, 2013, after a May 30th car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset, New York. Bishop Sullivan was critically injured in the three-car collision and was immediately airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. He died from injuries sustained from the impact.
“We mourn the passing of Bishop Joseph Sullivan,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. “During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens became a nationally recognized provider of social services. Even in retirement, Bishop Joe continued to serve on many boards for Catholic hospitals and health institutions. He epitomized the best of our Church’s teaching and the fundamental option for the poor. He was an outstanding priest.”
Bishop Sullivan was born on March 23, 1930, one of 11 children of the late Thomas and Margaret Sullivan. Bishop Sullivan attended St. Ephrem’s elementary school and St. Michael’s Diocesan High School, both in Brooklyn, and Manhattan College.
In 1950, he began studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I., and was ordained June 2, 1956, by Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy in St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn.
After a three-year period as a newly-ordained priest at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Queens Village, he was assigned to study social work, and in l961 he earned a master’s degree from the Fordham University School of Social Work. In that same year, he was appointed assistant director of Catholic Charities’ childcare division and four years later was named the director. Bishop Sullivan also earned a master’s in public administration from New York University.
In 1968, when Bishop Francis J. Mugavero became the Diocesan Bishop, he chose then–Father Sullivan to succeed him as the executive director of Catholic Charities and appointed him Secretary to the Ordinary for Charities. He was elected executive vice-president of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities in l979.
In the following year, on Oct. 7, 1980, he was one of three Brooklyn priests named Auxiliary Bishops by then Pope John Paul II. The others were late Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua and
Bishop Rene A. Valero. Bishop–elect Sullivan was also given the title of Titular Bishop of Suliana.
As an auxiliary bishop, Bishop Sullivan held the titles of Vicar for Human Services and Regional Bishop for the 62 parishes of the Brooklyn West Vicariate.
Other pastoral work in which Bishop Sullivan helped serve were health care issues and needs, where he played an instrumental role in the formation of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers, which joined the hospitals and related facilities of the Diocese with similar institutions conducted by the New York Sisters of Charity. Bishop Sullivan has served on numerous Church and civic boards concerned with health and human services on the national, State and local levels. These have included the chairmanship of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens and membership on the board of Catholic Charities USA.
Also included in his activities outside the Diocese has been his service as chairman of the Social Development and World Peace Department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Medical Mission Board for ten years, two of them as Chairman. As a Board leader, he was able to extend his commitment to meet the challenge of HIV/AIDS to countries where CMMB had programs to meet the challenge of HIV/AIDS, and visited the programs in action in Kenya.
In the late 1990s, he chaired an ad hoc committee that produced a pastoral letter on charity — “In All Things Charity: A Pastoral Challenge for the New Millennium” — approved by the U.S. bishops in November 1999. He said the message was intended “to reclaim the meaning of charity,” which he said had become a pejorative term in modern society.
Bishop Sullivan is survived by his sisters Betty, Dolly and Fran, and brothers John, Pete and Ralph; he has over 100 nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Gerard, Richard, Thomas and William.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released as they become available.

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Academy Alignment Decree

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6th, 2013.

It was with great effort that the Diocese of Brooklyn undertook in September 2008 a strategic planning initiative entitled Preserving the Vision, which sought to strengthen the mission of our Catholic elementary schools. Strengthening and enhancing our Catholic education is important in our community especially in the efforts of the new evangelization. The academy structure is a two-tier governance model, which instills a Catholic identity and which develops multiple partnerships that would enhance the academic and spiritual dimensions as well as strengthen the financial viability of the academy itself.

In adhering to the Preserving the Vision declaration, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announces the following updated alignment of parishes to the academies:

Ave Maria Catholic Academy:

Our Lady of Grace (Howard Beach)

Divine Mercy Catholic Academy:

Nativity of the BVM- St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr

Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy:

St. Anastasia
St. Robert Bellarmine

Holy Angels Catholic Academy:

Our Lady of Angels
St. Andrew the Apostle
Saint Patrick
Saint Anselm

Midwood Catholic Academy:

Our Lady Help of Christians
St. Columba
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Vincent Ferrer

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Academy:

Mary’s Nativity- St. Ann Parish
St. John Vianney
St. Michael

Notre Dame Catholic Academy:

Our Lady of Miraculous Medal
St. Aloysius

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy:

St. Teresa of Avila- St. Anthony of Padua
St. Clement Pope

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy

Our Lady of Mercy

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy (South Ozone Park)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (South Ozone Park)

Our Lady of Trust Catholic Academy:

Holy Family
Our Lady of Miracles
St. Jude
St. Laurence

John Paul II Family Academy:

St. Barbara

Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy:

Annunciation
Divine Mercy
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Most Holy Trinity-St. Mary
Our Lady of Pompeii
Ss. Peter and Paul
Transfiguration

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy

Sacred Heart, Cambria Heights
Our Lady of Light

Salve Regina Catholic Academy:

Mary Mother of the Church
Our Lady of the Presentation-Our Lady of Loreto
St. Fortunata
St. Michael-St. Malachy
St. Rita
St. Sylvester

St.Anselm Catholic Academy

Our Lady of Angels
St. Andrew the Apostle
Saint Patrick
Saint Anselm

St. Brigid Catholic Academy:

St. Brigid

St. Catherine of Genoa~St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy:

St. Catherine of Genoa
St. Therese of Lisieux
Our Lady of Refuge

St. Clare Catholic Academy

St. Clare

St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy:

St. Elizabeth

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy:

St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise
St. Teresa of Avila (Brooklyn)
St. Joseph (Pacific Street)

St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Academy:

St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy

St. Francis Xavier
Saint Augustine

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy:

Holy Cross
Holy Innocents
St. Matthew

St. Jerome Catholic Academy

Saint Jerome

St. Joseph Catholic Academy

Corpus Christi
St. Joseph (Astoria)

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy:

Holy Name of Jesus
Immaculate Heart of Mary

St. Kevin Catholic Academy

Saint Kevin

St. Mary Mother of Jesus – St. Frances Cabrini Academy:

Most Precious Blood
St. Dominic
St. Finbar
St. Frances Cabrini
St. Mary Mother of Jesus

St. Patrick Catholic Academy

Our Lady of Angels
St. Andrew the Apostle
Saint Patrick
Saint Anselm

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy

St. Rose of Lima
St. Mary, Star of the Sea – St. Gertrude

St. Saviour Catholic Academy

St. Saviour

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy:

Our Lady of Consolation
St. Anthony-St. Alphonsus
Ss. Cyril and Methodius
St. Stanislaus Kostka

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Click here for the Official  Academy Alignment Decree

 

 

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Statement of the Bishops of New York State

Please see link below  of the statement of the Bishops of New York State.

 

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Statement of the Bishops of New York State Spanish Version

Please see link below pertaining to the Bishop’s abortion statement in Spanish

Bishop’s abortion statement in Spanish

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NEW CLASS OF DEACONS REFLECTS DIVERSITY OF CHURCH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2013

Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano Will Ordain 17 Men to the Diaconate
Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano, Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will ordain 17 men to the diaconate for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at Our Lady of Angels, 7320 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m.
They recently completed theological studies in preparation for ordination and will serve the Church at parishes in Brooklyn and Queens.
“I am profoundly grateful to the 17 men who will be ordained on Saturday,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. “Their generosity and that of their wives and children is a wonderful expression of the vitality and new life present in our diocese. I wish I had the opportunity to be there with you, but I was called to Rome to meetings.”
The deacons come from various backgrounds. Most are from Brooklyn and Queens, but almost a dozen are foreign-born, reflecting the diversity of the “Diocese of Immigrants.” Their countries include Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Puerto Rico.

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SNL and Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn share laughs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2013
New York, NY – Apparently Converse’s “Chuck Taylor” sneakers are a favorite choice of footwear of both the Pope and Jesus Christ. And why shouldn’t they be? They are comfortable, colorful, and according to Seth Meyers in his SNL Weekend Update, are why more Catholics are returning to church.
Ok, maybe Seth’s comments are a little aggrandized. But the reference is appropriately suggestive of a major problem in the Church today: that most Catholics see the church as archaic and not relevant, nor valuable, to their everyday lives.
Catholics yearn for a Church they can relate to. That is what Seth Meyers was jokingly referencing, and that is what the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s new “All Faces, Everyday Understanding” marketing campaign is trying to achieve.
Launched on April 1, 2013, this campaign is geared towards reaching a younger, more diverse demographic by showing the cooler and more welcoming side of the Catholic Church. And one of the main creative pieces is “The Original Hipster.”
Who would of guessed that the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and SNL had similar senses of humor. Whatever the case, imitation is the best form of flattery and the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is thrilled that SNL can help spread its message.
“If you have faith there is never a need to take yourself too seriously; life is so much easier when you have a sense of humor. Sure we are poking fun at ourselves, but also making clear that in Catholic Churches in Brooklyn & Queens everyone is welcome.”
- Monsignor Kieran Harrington
Keep an eye out for the “All Faces, Everyday Understanding” campaign in Brooklyn and Queens. The ads are creative, funny, and suggestive of the renewed and relatable atmosphere you can find at one of the more than 230 Churches in Brooklyn and Queens.


All Faces.  Everyday Understanding Landing Page: http://dioceseofbrooklyn.com/allfaces

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SS. JOSEPH & DOMINIC CATHOLIC ACADEMY SET TO CLOSE AT END OF 2012-13 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2013

Faced with declining enrollment and increased operating costs, SS. Joseph & Dominic Catholic Academy will close in June.

Statistics indicate that enrollment has declined from 247 students in September 2011 to 165 students in September 2012. The uncollected tuition as of March 31, 2013, is $148,527. Paid re-registration as of April 8, 2013, is 35 students. The school was established in 2005, following the merger of six schools of the neighboring parishes that were formerly served by the Sisters of St. Dominic and the Sisters of St. Joseph.

“We are saddened that the academy is closing after many efforts to save it, including marketing approaches to increase enrollment and outreach to the local community,” said Sister Kieran Nduagbo, DDL, principal.

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IMMIGRATION REFORM TO BE ADDRESSED AT MIGRATION MASS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2013

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate the annual Catholic Migration Mass on Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Jay Street and Cathedral Place, in Downtown Brooklyn. Senator Charles Schumer is expected to attend, alongside city, state and federal legislators.
“America is a nation of immigrants and nowhere is this more true than here in the great Diocese of Brooklyn, under the leadership of immigration advocate second-to none, Bishop DiMarzio,” said Senator Schumer. “I am hard at work with my bi-partisan allies putting the finishing touches on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will bring 11 million people out of the shadows and onto the path to citizenship. With your help, and your prayers, I hope that we will succeed in passing this vital legislation.”
Catholics from 28 ethnic groups will gather; many will be dressed in the traditional garb of their homelands. The opening procession, historically a colorful line of costumes and banners proclaiming international backgrounds, will begin at the opening of the Mass.
Father Patrick J. Keating, CEO of Catholic Migration Services, will speak on immigration reform. “We live in a great nation, we live in a great city,” he said. “Where would we be without immigrants? Let us support immigration reform that will keep families together, let us support immigration reform that will respect and honor the legacy of the immigrants that have come before us.”
Mass is celebrated regularly in 32 different languages in the 194 parishes of Brooklyn and Queens.
Catholic Migration Services has helped over 100,000 immigrants and their families since its creation in 1971. Included within its vast scope of services is the Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program (ITAP) which improves the living conditions of low-income immigrant tenants by fighting for dignified and affordable housing, as well as the Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program, which represents workers in disputes over wage and hour violations, unsafe working conditions, and other workplace abuses commonly suffered by immigrants in New York City. For more information on Catholic Migration Services, visit www.catholicmigration.org.

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DECREE PERTAINING TO ST. IGNATIUS

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Holy Week Schedule Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25th, 2013

On Tuesday, March 26th, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of Chrism at St. James Cathedral Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, at 8 p.m.
The Catholic Church has set aside this solemn day of liturgy and ritual to bless the holy oils, or chrism, that will be used for the remainder of the Church’s calendar year following the celebration of Easter. The oils blessed at the Mass of Chrism will be used at important ceremonies like ordinations, baptisms, confirmations, and the blessing of parishes. The Mass also offers priests and deacons of the Diocese a chance to renew their vows.
Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 28th at Sacred Heart Church, Cambria Heights, at 8 p.m.
On Good Friday, Bishop DiMarzio will offer prayers at Communion and Liberation’s 18th Annual Way of the Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge, and will be present for the First Station at St. James Cathedral Basilica.
Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Easter Vigil on March 30th at Blessed Sacrament Church, Jackson Heights, at 7:30 p.m.
He will then celebrate Easter Sunday on March 31st at St. James Cathedral Basilica at 10:30 a.m.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO WELCOME TAOISEACH OF IRELAND AT ST. THOMAS MORE, BREEZY POINT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013

WHAT: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will serve as the main celebrant of Sunday morning Mass in Breezy Point. Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in attendance, in addition to several representatives from the Irish Consulate including the Consul General Noel Kilkenny and Deputy Consul General Peter Ryan.
“We in Brooklyn are honored that the Taoiseach of Ireland, the Honorable Enda Kenny, would visit us on the Feast of Glorious St. Patrick,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “For centuries, the Irish endured cruel persecution for their steadfast adherence to the Catholic faith and when forced to flea their own country because of famine, they made an invaluable contribution to the building up of the Church in the United States and in Brooklyn and Queens. Following Hurricane Sandy, the people of Ireland once again stood up to help the Church in the United States. It is fitting that on the feast day of the Irish national patron, the Prime Minister would celebrate Mass in the Church of St. Thomas More.”
WHEN: Sunday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m. Press to arrive by 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: St. Thomas More Church (Blessed Trinity Parish)
204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard Rockaway Point, New York 11697

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR POPE FRANCIS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2013

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will hold a special bilingual Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis.

The Eucharistic celebration will be held on Monday, March 18th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 240 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. Bishop DiMarzio will be joined by priests and deacons of the Diocese, as well as parishioners who are invited to celebrate the election of the new Vicar of Christ. A special invitation is made to the Latino community here in Brooklyn and Queens, and in particular to those from Argentina, as we celebrate a bilingual Mass for the first Pope from Latin America.

“St. Francis of Assisi is closely identified with the poor,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “In choosing such a name, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, signified that we are called to be a Church in service to the most vulnerable.”

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EL MONSEÑOR NICHOLAS DIMARZIO, OBISPO DE BROOKLYN, CELEBRARÁ LA MISA DE ACCIÓN DE GRACIAS PARA EL PAPA FRANCISCO

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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 14 de marzo de 2013

El Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn, celebrará una Misa bilingüe en Acción de Gracias en la celebración de la elección de Su Santidad el Papa Francisco.
La celebración eucarística se llevará a cabo el lunes, 18 de marzo, a las 7:30 pm en la Basílica Catedral de St. James, 250 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. El Monseñor DiMarzio estará acompañado por los sacerdotes y diáconos de la diócesis, así como los feligreses que están invitados a celebrar la elección del nuevo Vicario de Cristo. Una invitación especial se hace a la comunidad hispana aquí en Brooklyn y Queens, y en particular a los de Argentina, al celebrar una misa bilingüe para el primer Papa de América Latina.
“San Francisco de Asís está estrechamente identificado con los pobres,” dijo el Monseñor DiMarzio. “En la elección de ese nombre, nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, significaba que estamos llamados a ser una Iglesia al servicio para la mas vulnerables.”

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REVEREND IGNATIUS A. CATANELLO born July 23, 1938 – March 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2013  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Stefanie Gutierrez  917-587-2784    sgutierrez@diobrook.org

The Most Reverend Ignatius A. Catanello, Titular Bishop of Deultum and Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, died after a lengthy illness on Monday, March 11, 2013.

 

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, praised Bishop Catanello’s long service to the Church. “For 47 years, ‘Bishop Iggy’ as so many fondly knew him as, faithfully served the people of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In the last few years, as he struggled with illness, Bishop Catanello identified with Christ. I ask the people of the Diocese ofBrooklyn to join me as we pray for the repose of his soul. Bishop Catanello’s favorite phrase was, ‘OK pal.’ I know that he is OK now.”

Bishop Catanello lived and served in the Diocese of Brooklyn his entire life. The son of the late Nicholas and the late Mary (DeFalco) Catanello and the brother of Deacon Joseph Catanello, he wasborn on July 23, 1938.  He was a parishioner at Most Holy Trinity parish, Williamsburg, where he attended the parish elementary and high school.  He studied for one year at the seminary of the Order of Recollects of St. Augustine in Kansas City, Kansas, and then spent three years at Cathedral College, Brooklyn.

 

He graduated from St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, and attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.  Father Catanello was ordained May 28, 1966, by Archbishop Bryan J. McEntegart at St. James Pro-Cathedral, Downtown Brooklyn.

 

He earned two master’s degrees from St. John’s University and a doctorate in religious studies from New York University.  He was an adjunct professor of theology at St. John’s University. He served as an assistant pastor at St. Rita’s, Long Island City, 1966-76; St. Helen’s, Howard Beach, 1976-81; St. Ann’s, Flushing, 1981-87; and Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge, 1987-88.

 

In June 1988, he was named an Episcopal Vicar for Queens South with residence at Holy Family rectory, Flushing. He was named Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II in 1989.  From 1991 to 1994, he was principal-rector of Cathedral Prep Seminary, Elmhurst.

 

St. John’s University honored him twice, with its President’s Medal in 1975 and an honorary doctorate of law in 1989.

 

Bishop Catanello was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Aug. 22, 1994, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park, by Bishop Thomas V. Daily. Principal co-consecrators were Auxiliary Bishops Joseph M. Sullivan and Rene A. Valero.

 

His appointment as bishop came along with that of former Auxiliary Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito, who now serves as bishop ofPalm Beach, Fla. Bishop DiMarzio will serve as main celebrant of the Funeral Mass; Bishop Barbarito will serve as homilist.

 

As an auxiliary bishop, he served as Vicar for Clergy and Vicar for Consecrated Life and Apostolic Organizations.

 

Other pastoral work in which he was involved included parish and ecumenical ministry, drug rehabilitation counseling andleadership in clergy associations.  He spent nearly a decade as chairman of the diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission and was president of the Priests Senate.

 

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the retirement of Bishop Catanello in September 2010. Bishop Catanello, who was 72 at the time, requested retirement for reasons of health. Normally, bishops offer their resignations at the age of 75. The resignation also applied to his role as pastor of Holy Family parish, Flushing, where he had served as pastor since January 2007.

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POPE BENEDICT XVI ELEVATES BROOKLYN CHURCH TO CATHEDRAL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 02, 2013

POPE BENEDICT XVI ELEVATES BROOKLYN CHURCH TO CATHEDRAL

Just three days following the Holy Father’s announcement that he would resign, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was informed of Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to designate the Church of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Last year, Bishop DiMarzio submitted a petition to the Congregation for Bishops, that the Church of St. Joseph be elevated to a cathedral. The Bishop received the Ecclesiastical Approbation from the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, indicating that the Holy Father had consented to this request.

“Since my arrival here as Bishop of Brooklyn almost 10 years ago, it was evident that St. Joseph’s, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, is at the heart of a new Brooklyn,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “The Church has a large seating capacity fitting our many Diocesan celebrations. In addition, St. Joseph’s is in a location anticipated to be the most densely populated area in New York City, and it should be a prominent fixture in the re-development at this exciting time in our borough. St. Joseph’s Church should have the designation as a co-cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn.”

The late Archbishop of New York, John Hughes, established the Church in 1850 to serve the immense immigration population. The Church was named after St. Joseph, the patron of the universal Church. St. Joseph protects and guides those as he did with his adoptive son, Jesus, and is also the patron saint of families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, craftsmen and engineers.

“This is the Holy Father’s Valentine’s Day gift to the Diocese of Brooklyn,” said Msgr. Kieran Harrington, administrator of St. Joseph’s. “We received the decree a few days ago. But that is understandable, the Holy Father had a lot of other more pressing tasks to consider these last few days.”

The Bishop is the pastor of the cathedral. Certain events are normally required to take place there, such as ordinations and the Chrism Mass. This is because it is the location of the Seat of the Bishop.

St. Joseph’s is now the co-cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn, which also includes Queens. St. James Cathedral Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, was the only cathedral in the 160-year history of the Diocese, which was founded in 1853. St. James Cathedral was previously a pro-cathedral from the moment the Diocese was founded; it was conceived that a new cathedral would be built. St. Joseph’s, which can accommodate 1,500 people, is one of the largest churches in the Diocese. It is for this reason the Bishop sought permissions for it to be named a co-cathedral.

Press are welcome to Sunday Mass at St. Josephís, 856 Pacific Street. Spanish Mass is at 10:30 a.m.; English Mass is at 12 p.m. Media are invited to speak with parishioners and Msgr. Harrington following either of the Eucharistic celebrations.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2013

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the 12 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 13th, at St. James Cathedral Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Brooklyn, to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.

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STATEMENT OF BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ON THE PASSING OF FORMER MAYOR ED KOCH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2013

The Catholic community in Brooklyn and Queens joins all New Yorkers in mourning the passing of Edward I. Koch, a compelling leader who became a symbol of New York City as its “mayor for life.”
He never forgot the common folk, even as he transcended to greatness and became a legend. He was as concerned about residents in the outer boroughs as much as he was for those in Manhattan. He brought New York City back from the brink of economic crisis and financial ruin, and managed to foster a sense of small town Americana in our big city.

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STUDENTS FROM ST. FRANCIS DE SALES, BELLE HARBOR, TO RETURN TO SCHOOL BUILDING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 22ND

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2013

Students from St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, will return to classes in their school building on Tuesday, January 22nd, for the first time in three months after Hurricane Sandy. They will be welcomed back with banners and balloons.

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ST. FIDELIS SCHOOL, COLLEGE POINT, SET TO CLOSE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2013

Faced with declining enrollment and increased operating costs, St. Fidelis School in College Point will close in June.

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Pope Benedict XVI Elevates Brooklyn Church To Minor Basilica-This Saturday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2012

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to Mark Occasion on Saturday, Dec. 8th with Pontifical Mass

On Nov. 19th, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was informed by Pope Benedict XVI of the decision to designate Regina Pacis Church, 1230 65th Street, Brooklyn, a minor basilica.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO VISIT CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AT ST. ROSE OF LIMA, FAR ROCKAWAY, TOMORROW: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2012

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, announced this afternoon that he will visit with Catholic school students at St. Rose of Lima Elementary School, 154 Beach 84th Street, Rockaway Beach, tomorrow, Friday, November 16th, at 8:15 a.m.

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STATEMENT FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS REGARDING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN HOWARD BEACH AND THE ROCKAWAYS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2012

Over the course of the past three weeks since Hurricane Sandy, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Superintendent of Schools office has worked diligently with Local, State and Federal officials to facilitate the reopening of Catholic schools in Howard Beach and the Rockaways. This included securing generators for the sites, assessing the extent of the damage to electrical and heating systems, determining necessary repair time, and taking precautions that included air quality testing.

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SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS RELEASES 800 NUMBER FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES IN HOWARD BEACH AND THE ROCKAWAYS

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2012

Catholic elementary schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn will re-open on Monday, Nov. 5th, with the exception of the following schools: Ave Maria Catholic Academy, Howard Beach; St. Camillus School, Rockaway Beach; St. Francis de Sales School, Belle Harbor; St. Helenís School, Howard Beach; and St. Rose of Lima School, Rockaway Beach.

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UPDATE REGARDING FIVE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2012

Over 1,400 children in Catholic schools have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy from five schools which include Ave Maria Catholic Academy, Howard Beach; St. Camillus School, Rockaway Beach; St. Francis de Sales School, Belle Harbor; St. Helen’s School, Howard Beach; and St. Rose of Lima School, Rockaway Beach. Officials from the Office of the Superintendent have been working closely with the principals and pastors of these schools, other diocesan offices and local officials to create a transition plan designed to meet the immediate needs of these students and their families, ensure their ability to continue to receive a Catholic education and if possible, maintain these school communities intact.

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BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO TO CELEBRATE MASS IN BREEZY POINT ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, AT 12 P.M.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2012

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate Mass at St. Thomas More Church, 204-25 Rockaway Point Blvd., this Sunday, Nov. 4th at 12 p.m. Almost every single family in the parish was displaced due to Hurricane Sandy.

“When confronted by natural disasters I am reminded of the words of the Lord found in the prophet Isaiah ‘O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in precious metal, and lay your foundations with sapphires.’ While we humans have learned how to mitigate against natural calamity, we cannot despite these advances, change the reality that life is fragile,” Bishop DiMarzio said in a statement in response to the devastation left by the hurricane.

The bishop also announced that all parishes in the diocese will take up a second collection to assist those who are in distress as a result of this natural disaster. “Most of our families throughout Brooklyn and Queens are middle-class or working poor. All are so incredibly generous to those suffering in other parts of our country and world. Now we need to come together to assist our neighbors,” he said.

For information on relief efforts in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as volunteer opportunities, visit www.dioceseofbrooklyn.org.

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Pope Benedict XVI Elevates Brooklyn Church To Minor Basilica

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct 31, 2012.

Regina Pacis Named Third Basilica in Diocese of Brooklyn, Only 74 in U.S.

 This morning, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, was informed by Pope Benedict XVI of the decision to designate Regina Pacis Church, 1230 65th Street, Brooklyn, a minor basilica.

Last year, Bishop DiMarzio submitted a petition to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of the Vatican, requesting the honor of minor basilica for Regina Pacis. The request also required approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Status of Catholic Schools in Howard Beach & The Rockaways

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 31, 2012.

Over the course of the past three weeks since Hurricane Sandy, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Superintendent of Schools office has worked diligently with Local, State and Federal officials to facilitate the reopening of Catholic schools in Howard Beach and the Rockaways. This included securing generators for the sites, assessing the extent of the damage to electrical and heating systems, determining necessary repair time, and taking precautions that included air quality testing.

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Statement From The Superintendent Of Schools (Schools In Howard Beach And The Rockaways)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2012.

Over the course of the past three weeks since Hurricane Sandy, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Superintendent of Schools office has worked diligently with Local, State and Federal officials to facilitate the reopening of Catholic schools in Howard Beach and the Rockaways. This included securing generators for the sites, assessing the extent of the damage to electrical and heating systems, determining necessary repair time, and taking precautions that included air quality testing.

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Pope Benedict XVI Bestows Papal Honor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI Bestows Papal Honor Upon Brooklyn Native Dr. Frank J. Macchiarola Awarded Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy Order of St. Gregory the Great

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Vespers Opening the Year of Faith

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 09, 2012.

All are invited to attend a prayer service led by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as the diocese officially opens its observance of the Year of Faith on Thursday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m. Bishop DiMarzio will lead Vespers at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint James, Jay Street and Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn.

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Two Priests to be Ordained Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2012.

TWO PRIESTS TO BE ORDAINED AUXILIARY BISHOPS FOR THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain two bishops for the Church in Brooklyn and Queens today at 2 p.m. at a Mass of Episcopal Ordination to be celebrated at Our Lady of Angels R.C. Church, 7320 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. Pope Benedict XVI appointed the two priests – Msgr. Raymond Chappetto, 66, and Msgr. Paul Sanchez, 65 – as auxiliary bishops for Brooklyn.

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Six Priests to be Ordained for Diocese of Brooklyn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2012

SIX PRIESTS TO BE ORDAINED FOR DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a
Mass at St. James Cathedral Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday,
June 23 at 11 a.m.

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Diocese of Brooklyn to Observe Fortnight for Freedom

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2012
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO OBSERVE FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM;
BEGINS NON-PARTISAN VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN
The Diocese of Brooklyn joins with Catholics throughout the United States to observe the
Fortnight for Freedom. This call by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for a 14-day
period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom begins June 21st
and ends July 4th.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Partners with Fordham University

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2012

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN PARTNERS WITH FORDHAM UNIVERSITY TO ESTABLISH CATHOLIC SCHOOL ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION

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Statement Regarding Msgr. Thomas Brady

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2012

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn was recently informed that the grand jury reviewing the complaints against Monsignor Thomas Brady has decided not to pursue a criminal indictment against him. In light of this, and following the directions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, Monsignor Brady has been removed from administrative leave. Taking into consideration his diminishing health, however, he remains restricted from public ministry.

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Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio Congratulates Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2012 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio congratulated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore on their elevation to the dignity of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI today.

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Pope Names Two Priests as Auxiliary Bishops for Brooklyn Diocese

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed two priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn – Msgr. Raymond Chappetto, 66, and Msgr. Paul Sanchez, 65 – as auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement public today in Washington, D.C.

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Holy Week Schedule Announced

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2012

 

On Palm Sunday, April 1st, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate an 11 a.m. bilingual Mass at St. John the Baptist, 75 Lewis Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Welcomes 949 Individuals to Rite of Election; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to Preside

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 23, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 23, 2012 – A total of 949 catechumens and candidates will be present at Christ the King Regional High School, 6802 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, on Sunday, Feb. 26th, for this year’s Rite of Election. It will take place in two sessions, given the great number of attendees. The first will be at 2 p.m. and the second at 4:30 p.m.
During this rite, the Catholic Church acknowledges that one enters the universal faith community of the Church in addition to their particular parish.
The Rite of Election is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.), and marks the final stage of preparation for those preparing to join the Church at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. This year, that date is April 7th.

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Bishop DiMarzio to Celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 20, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2012 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate the 12 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at St. James Cathedral Basilica (Jay Street and Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn) to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.

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Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio on The Health & Human Services Mandate

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 2, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 2, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion – inducing drugs and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

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Bishop DiMarzio On The Passing Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 2, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2012 – Together, with priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn, I was saddened to learn this morning of the death of His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, retired archbishop of Philadelphia. He was born in Brooklyn in 1923 and ordained a priest for our “Diocese of Immigrants” in 1949.

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St. Raphael’s School To Close At End Of Academic Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2011 – St. Raphael’s School, Long Island City, will close at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year in June 2012 due to declining enrollment and escalating costs, it was announced on Friday.

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Corpus Christi School To Close At End Of Academic Year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2012 – Corpus Christi School, Woodside, will close at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year in June 2012 due to rising debt and low enrollment, it was announced last week.

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Bishop DiMarzio Congratulates Cardinal-DesignateTimothy Dolan And Edwin O’Brien

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2012.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2012 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio congratulated Cardinal- designate Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O’Brien, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, on their elevation to the dignity of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI today.

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Rett Syndrome

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 12, 2011.

Stair-climbing may not be a groundbreaking experience to the average Joe, but if you saw Bella, Isold, or Sammi’s dress rehearsal last weekend, you would realize: it is.

They are three girls who live with Rett, a neurological genetic disorder that mainly affects girls. Children with Rett usually develop normally to between six and 18 months, before losing acquired speech and hand skills. More than half of the girls with Rett live in wheelchairs, have seizures, and rely on feeding tubes for their nutrition.

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NET To Host 2nd Annual Faith Film Festival

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2011.

Brooklyn, NY, Sept 28, 2011 – On Oct 6th, New Evangelization Television (NET) is honored to host the Second Annual Faith Film Festival, an extension of the their highly successful television show, Faith Film Festival. The event, which will feature six of the best independent films of the year, will be held on the campus of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights.

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Bishop DiMarzio To Officiate 9/11 Mass Of Remembrance

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 6, 2011 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will celebrate the diocesan Mass of Remembrance at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Cathedral Basilica, Jay St. and Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, for families of 9/11 victims.

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Bishop DiMarzio Lifts Obligation To Attend Mass In Areas Facing Mandatory Evacuation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 26, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2011 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said today in a statement regarding Hurricane Irene:

“In light of the serious threat posed by Hurricane Irene, which is due to hit our area over the weekend, I urge the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn to use caution and prepare for this dangerous storm.

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Teacher Terminated Over Allegations Of Abuse

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2011 – Paul Gruber, a teacher at Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, has been terminated after an investigation into allegations of alleged abuse proved credible. The alleged abuse took place between 1986-88, with young female members of St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Group, Park Slope.

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Diocese Celebrates World Communications Day

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2011.

Connects Secular and Religious Media At Annual Celebration

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Diocese of Brooklyn will host its 20th annual World Communications Day luncheon on Friday, June 24th.

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Statement Of Bishop DiMarzio Regarding Passage Of Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2011.

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have deconstructed the single most important institution in human history. Republicans and Democrats alike succumbed to powerful political elites and have passed legislation that will undermine our families and as a consequence, our society.

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Three Priests To Be Ordained For Diocese Of Brooklyn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain three men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m.

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New Class Of Deacons Reflects Diversity Of Diocese

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2011.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Will Ordain 27 Men to the Diaconate

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain 27 men to the diaconate for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge, on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m.

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Father Canon Thomas Machalski Appointed Chancellor And Rector

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Father Canon Thomas C. Machalski, Jr., pastor of St. Josaphat’s parish, Bayside, and adjutant judicial vicar on the Diocesan Tribunal, has been appointed Chancellor and Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, St. Mary’s Preparatory, and the Orchard Lake Polish Mission, by His Excellency Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, effective July 1, 2011.

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Statement Addressing the John Jay Report

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2011.

John Jay The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 finds sexual abuse of minors to be a human problem that all of society must always guard against. Safe environments, where appropriate boundaries between and adults and children are maintained, is seen as key to prevention.

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Sacrament of Confession Promoted

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2011.

VIDEO CONTEST PROMOTES SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION

In an innovative campaign, the Metro New York and Long Island Catholic dioceses have turned to young people to help spread the word about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre have offered students an opportunity to create and submit short (up to 1 minute in length) YouTube style videos to promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The contest, which is open to students in any accredited institution of learning from across the country, carries a top prize of $25,000 for the winner, with an additional $25,000 going to the student’s school or parish. A second prize of $10,000 and multiple third place prizes of $1,000 will also be awarded.

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New Academies to Open in September 2011

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2011.

After eighteen months of strategic planning, three new academies will open their doors in September 2011.

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Two Queens’ Catholic School Expansions Announced;Eight Additional Academies To Open in Brooklyn & Queens

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2011.

Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2011 – Since 2008, the Diocese of Brooklyn has been involved in a strategic planning initiative for Catholic education, titled Preserving the Vision. Over the course of three years, seventeen new Catholic academies have been established.

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Bishop DiMarzio Addresses Abortion

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2011.

The great strength of our city is our diversity. We are different colors from many different ethnic and religious traditions. I stand here this afternoon appalled by the vital statistics in our City which seem to suggest that so many of our young mothers are opting to terminate the lives of unborn children. As the leaders of faith based communities in our City we must redouble our efforts to ensure that young mothers have the support systems necessary to cope with potential alienation from family and loved ones as well as continue to meet the demands of education and/or work.

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Diocese Of Brooklyn Implements First Phase Of Parish Reconfigurations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2010.

Brooklyn, NY (November 14, 2010) – After an inclusive, eight-month process with participation from a full range of religious and lay stakeholders, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has begun implementation of a strategy designed to ensure the long-term viability of parishes throughout the Diocese.  The announcement was made today on the Diocesan website, www.DioceseofBrooklyn.org.

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Statement on Fire at St. Mary Magdalene

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2010.

Last night at 11pm the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene was ravaged by fire. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The parish was founded in 1913 and the present church was built in 1927. Located in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens, the parish serves over 400 congregants. All religious artifacts were destroyed by the fire.

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Statement on the Safety of the Children

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 18, 2010.

The Gavin Group, Inc., a Boston-based independent firm headed by William A. Gavin, a retired FBI official, reported that the Diocese of Brooklyn continues to be in full compliance with the requirements of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The most recent audit covered the period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The results are based on an exhaustive review of policies, documents, and interviews with Diocesan officials, parish and community members.

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Statement from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Vicar General for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 4, 2010.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn is actively working with parish leaders in all 198 parishes to create a long-term reconfiguration plan to sustain and strengthen the church throughout Brooklyn and Queens well into the future.

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Saint Charles Cemetery Vandalized

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2010.

Vandals gained entrance to three private family mausoleums at Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Sadly, there was physical damage to each of the monuments.

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Canonization of Brooklyn Priest Monsignor Bernard Quinn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2010.

On Thursday, June 24, 2010 at a 7 PM Vespers Service at the Church of St. Peter Claver, Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will officially open the Canonical inquiry into the Cause of Canonization of Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn.

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Bishop DiMarzio’s Statement on The New York Times

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2010.

In his homily to the priests and people of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, called upon the priests and people of the Diocese of Brooklyn to stand up with him and “besiege The New York Times. Send a message loud and clear that the Pope, our Church, and bishops and our priests will no longer be the personal punching bag of The New York Times.”

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Memorial Mass for the Haitian Earthquake Victims

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2010.

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The earthquake in Haiti has given us much cause to think and pray for the victims of this tragedy in Haiti and for those who suffer because of the loss of their relatives and friends. Perhaps, it also leads us to wonder why earthquakes occur. From a scientific view, seismologists can tell us how and why they happen. That is not a satisfactory answer because, somehow, we view natural disasters as part of the problem of evil that humankind has struggled to understand since its very beginning.

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Bishop DiMarzio to Celebrate Mass for the Victims of the Haitian Earthquake

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2010.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate a Memorial Mass of Remembrance for the Victims of the Haitian earthquake at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn on Friday February 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. The Most Reverend Guy Sansariq, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and the first Haitian born Bishop to be consecrated in the United States will preach the sermon.

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Investigation Into Alleged Violation Of Child Pornography Laws

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 22, 2010.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has announced that Monsignor Michael Dempsey was placed on administrative leave. The Diocese of Brooklyn was recently informed by Monsignor Dempsey that federal law enforcement is investigating him for the violation of internet child pornography laws which he does not deny. Allow me to share with you that no information presented in the investigation involved any members of this parish.

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Diocese of Brooklyn takes seriously its responsibility for the safety and security of young people in our care

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2010.

The Diocese of Brooklyn takes seriously its responsibility for the safety and security of young people in our care.  We are confident that few if any non-profit, community or governmental agencies go to the same great lengths as our institutions to protect children from abusers.  Nevertheless, we must always be vigilant to discover what more can be done to protect our children.

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Pope Benedict XVI Names New Monsignor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 8, 2009.

Eight Brooklyn Priests Are Recognized for Their Service to the Catholic Church

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, announced that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, conferred the honor of Chaplains to His Holiness to seven priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn, an honor which carries the title of Reverend Monsignor and entitles them to wear a black cassock with fuchsia piping and buttons along with a fuchsia sash. The title is effective immediately.

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Bishop DiMarzio Undergoes Surgery

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 10, 2009.

On Tuesday, June, 16, 2009 the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio will undergo cardiac surgery. He will undergo the procedure at a local Catholic Hospital.

Three weeks ago, in the midst of his daily exercise regime, the Bishop noticed a significantly elevated heart rate. His physician initially prescribed an out patient procedure. Upon closer examination, it was determined that bypass surgery was necessary correct the blockage.

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Pope Benedict XVI Bestowed Papal Honors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2009.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has bestowed papal honors upon 41 laywoman and laymen of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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“Preserving the Vision”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 12, 2009.

As president of each parish corporation, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked that a diocesan wide strategic planning process, that would ensure the long term stability of Catholic schools in the diocese, be undertaken. The Diocesan Reconfiguration Committee (DRC) submitted its twenty-nine (29) regional proposals to ensure the long term vitality and strength of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Christmas Comes Early to 50 Students in Catholic Schools Within the Diocese of Brooklyn

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 18, 2008.

Thanks to the generosity of the Tri State Italian American Congress, 50 students from the Catholic Elementary Schools and Catholic High Schools received a scholarship of $500 to be applied to this year’s tuition.

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2009/2010 Registration Information Available

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2008.

The Diocesan Reconfiguration Committee expects to release all its draft regional proposals to the appropriate constituents by January 11, 2009. A broad based consultation on the various proposals will be conducted immediately in every region of the Diocese following the release of the proposals. The consultation will conclude on Friday, February 12, 2009.

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Statement of the Diocese of Brooklyn Regarding Churches United

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:December 1, 2008.

The New York Daily News article entitled “Cleric who fought land deal axed” published on November 27, 2008 is an example of shoddy reporting. No serious effort was made to contact the Diocese of Brooklyn or Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to verify any of the claims found in the “story”.

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Cathedral Preparatory Seminary One of 50 Top Catholic High Schools in United States

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:November 14, 2008.

Cathedral Preparatory Seminary earned a spot as one of the Top 50 Best Catholic High Schools in the country. The Catholic High School Honor Roll is an initiative designed to recognize and encourage excellence in Catholic Secondary education. The Honor Roll ranked academics, Catholic Identity and civic education.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Regarding Reverend Elvis Elano

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 30, 2008.

In August of 2008 Ms. Judith Rodrigues-Lytwyn informed the Diocese of Brooklyn that she had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a priest who had served in the diocese. Despite repeated requests on the part of diocesan officials, she neither would name the priest nor would she identify the parish in which the priest had served.

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St. Matthew Parish

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 23, 2008.

As a faith community, the parish of Saint Matthew is deeply concerned with the dignity and well being our employees. At the same time, we are required to be good stewards of the property and resources in our care.

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A Catholic View on Immigration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:September 24, 2008.

In the latest edition of The Shepherd’s Voice Series, Brothers and Sisters in Christ: A Catholic Teaching on the Issue of Immigration, The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, examines the morality of immigration policy and the responsibility of Catholic citizens to ensure that the laws of their country always support the inherent human dignity of all people, regardless of where they were born.

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St. Bernadette’s in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, Hailed a Blue Ribbon School

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:September 10, 2008.

On September 9, 2008 U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced that St. Bernadette’s will be one of only 320 schools in the entire country awarded the highly regarded No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon distinction. To qualify for this honor a school must either show dramatic gains in the achievement of their students or be judged as academically superior by the U. S. Department of Education.

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Saint John the Baptist (Bedford Stuyvesant) and Saint Catherine of Sienna (Saint Albans) set to close in June; Local Communities apply to open as Charter Schools in September

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April 28, 2008.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2008 Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio announced that Parish School Buildings may become the sites for two new Charter Schools if the New York City Schools Chancellor and the New York State Board of Regents approve the Charter Applications.

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Music Will Fill the Air when the Holy Father Visits

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2008.

The guests attending the arrival and departure ceremonies at Kennedy Airport for Pope Benedict XV when he comes to New York in April will witness the musical talents of 250 singers and musicians drawn from parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Two Park Slope Parishes Merge

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2008.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn has issued a canonical decree on the merger of two Park Slope parishes that became effective March 1.

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Bishop Outlines Norms For “Faithful Citizenship”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 20, 2008.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn delivered an address at the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s annual dinner that drew on the guidance o political issues contained in the U.S. Bishops’ 2007 document.  ”Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility.”

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Response to Daily News Article on 2/15/08

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2008.

In response to a New York Daily News article on February 15, 2008 the Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn issued the following statement.

On January 31, 2008 I received an honorary doctorate in Theology from St. John’s University. Prior to the commencement ceremony Father Donald Harrington, President of the University, indicated that Senator Frank Padavan had repeatedly disparaged the student body in an attempt to galvanize opposition to proposed off-campus development. I was told that the student body was so offended that student groups intended to hold voter registration drives and get out the vote efforts.

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