Italian Procession and Mass To Remember Victims of Italian Earthquake

Diocese of Brooklyn Italian Procession and Mass
To Remember Victims of Italian Earthquake 

 SUNDAY, October 2, 2016
Procession – 3 PM
Beginning at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Procession down Vanderbilt Avenue to Pacific Street

 Mass – 4 PM
Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph
856 Pacific Street

 On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Italian Catholics will gather together as one community in prayerful remembrance of all the victims of the earthquakes in Italy that took place one month ago. The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will join over two thousand members of the Italian community living in Brooklyn and Queens for a procession and Mass. These community members represent Italian churches, religious clubs and social organizations, all under the umbrella of the Italian Apostolate, which is responsible for ensuring the spiritual needs of Italian immigrants living in Brooklyn and Queens. Read more »

Jesus Statue Damaged Outside Brooklyn Church

September 13, 2016

A “Sacred Heart of Jesus” statue was damaged outside of Saints Peter and Paul Rectory in Williamsburg. Video (click here) shows 3 people approach the statue after 4:30 am on Sunday, September 11, 2016. A man touches his hand to the statue’s hand and then pulls the statue forward, apparently trying to kiss its forehead. He and the group then run off. The police have been contacted.

This is the third time since 2012 that a “Sacred Heart of Jesus” statue outside Saints Peter and Paul rectory has been stolen and/or damaged. Read more »


On Sunday, September 11, 2016, a solemn march, Mass, and rare performance of Mozart’s Requiem will pay tribute to FDNY firefighters and all those who lost their lives in the September 11th terror attacks 15 years ago.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., firefighters from across the country will join New York City’s bravest and families of the fallen at ground zero in lower Manhattan. From there, the group will march 24 flags in single file across the Brooklyn Bridge. Each flag will represent one of 24 firefighters from Battalion 57 in Brooklyn killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Their bodies were never recovered. The journey from ground zero to Brooklyn serves to symbolically bring the brothers back home. The procession will also include an FDNY ceremonial flag for every New York City Firefighter killed on 9/11 and an American flag, in remembrance of all who died that day. Read more »



New Evangelization Television (NET TV) and The Tablet will have journalists on the ground in Krakow, Poland delivering in-depth reports for World Youth Day 2016.Currents news correspondent Michelle Powers and The Tablet reporter Maria-Pia Negro Chin will be embedded with nearly one million teenagers and young adults as they convene with Pope Francis for seven days of prayer, music, and cultural exchanges. In addition to in-depth reports broadcast nightly on Currents and published in the The Tablet’s weekly edition, reporters will be sharing pictures and video on social media including on Currents’ Facebook and Twitter pages and on The Tablet’s Facebook and Twitter pages with #WYDOB. NET TV will also broadcast Pope Francis’ Masses and other World Youth Day events in their entirety. For a complete schedule of live and taped broadcasts click here.

Special coverage of World Youth Day begins on Wednesday July 20th and ends Monday August 1st. Reports will air every evening on Currents, NET TV’s nightly news program, which airs at 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, with encores at 11:30pm and 6:30am the following day. You can follow all coverage at and

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400 pilgrims from the Diocese of Brooklyn will head to Krakow Poland from July 25th to the 31st for a once-in-a lifetime chance to encounter and pray with Pope Francis during World Youth Day 2016. They will join nearly a million young people from around the globe during the 7 day event of prayer, teaching sessions with bishops, cultural exchanges, and music. The crowd is expected to grow to 2.5 million on the event’s final day when the Holy Father celebrates Mass.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes186 parishes in Brooklyn and Queens, is sending the country’s largest diocesan group to World Youth Day.  Preparations for the journey, which began 3 years ago, have included fundraisers, community service, meditation, and prayer.

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Brooklyn’s Borough President And Bishop Invite NYPD Officers And Community Members To Join Candlelight Vigil

WHO: Community members, local police officers, NYPD Deputy Chief Chaplain Robert J. Romano, NYPD Chaplain Monsignor David L. Cassato, Rev. A.R. Bernard, Dr. Uma Mysorekar of the Hindu Temple Society, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

WHAT: Candlelight vigil for 2 men fatally shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota as well as 5 Dallas officers subsequently killed during a protest of the police-involved shootings.

WHEN: Monday July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11217

WHY: To mourn the lives lost and pray for an end to violence and the healing of police-community relations across the country.


Bishop’s Letter to the Faithful

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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

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

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

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

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Ordination of 10 New Priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn

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

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

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

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

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

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