DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE

The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing a significant step in its ongoing response to the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) will allow survivors of sexual abuse by priests or deacons of the Diocese to seek financial compensation. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is implementing the voluntary program in Brooklyn and Queens to promote healing and to bring some element of closure.

“I am well aware that no amount of money will ever heal the scars of abuse, but this compensation program is a concrete expression of our contrition and our desire to make amends,” Bishop DiMarzio said in a video statement announcing the IRCP. (Read Bishop DiMarzio’s written statement here)

How the Program Works
The Diocese of Brooklyn’s IRCP will be administered by renowned settlement administrators and compensation experts Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros. Modeled after a program launched last October by the Archdiocese of New York, Feinberg and Biros will have total independence in determining compensation for survivors, and the Diocese will abide by their decisions. To further ensure public confidence in the IRCP, the Independent Oversight Committee has been established. Retired NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Joseph P. Dunne, retired New York State Supreme Court Justice Joseph G. Golia, and former president of the Queens Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association Dr. Barbara L. Ponieman have agreed to serve on this committee. Commissioner Dunne and Justice Golia have reviewed and approved the program’s protocol and will oversee its implementation and administration. The decisions made by Feinberg and Biros will not, however, be subject to appeal and cannot be overturned by the committee or the Diocese.

“We commend Bishop DiMarzio and the Brooklyn Diocese for their decision to implement the Brooklyn IRCP,” Feinberg said. “The Brooklyn Program continues the successful implementation of our work with the New York Archdiocese for which we have made payments to over 120 eligible individuals. We look forward to working with the Diocese and the Independent Oversight Committee.”

Policy on Reporting Abuse and Issues of Confidentiality
The Diocese of Brooklyn reports all claims of sexual abuse against a minor, irrespective of when the alleged abuse occurred, to the appropriate law enforcement agencies including the local district attorney.

Along with law enforcement authorities, the Diocese understands the importance of protecting the identity of victims of sexual abuse. To that end, the Diocese and the IRCP will respect the privacy of participants. However, participants themselves will not be bound by any type of confidentiality agreement and are free to discuss any and all aspects of their case and the compensation they may receive with anyone they wish.

Continued Victim Outreach
The Diocese of Brooklyn’s Office of Victim Assistance will continue all of its past efforts to support victims, such as paying the cost of therapy provided by independent professionals who are unaffiliated with the Church, offering various support groups, providing monthly prayer groups, and holding our annual Mass of Hope and Healing. Bishop DiMarzio will continue to listen to and be guided by the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Survivors Advisory Committee, whose members were victims of clergy abuse, in developing new ways to respond to the needs of victims.

Victim Response to the IRCP
Anthony Hughes, 41, came forward in 2006 to report being abused by a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn in the 1980s. Hughes says at first the Church was unsupportive and he felt that he was not believed, but in recent years there has been a significant shift. “This Bishop [DiMarzio] is listening to survivors. People need to know that the Church is moving in the right direction.” Today, Hughes is a member of the Survivors Advisory Committee and speaks publicly about his story.

Funding the IRCP
The Diocese will take out a loan to pay for the cost of compensating survivors. Donations given by the faithful in support of parishes, schools, charitable works, ministries, apostolates, and the Generations of Faith fundraising campaign will not be used to fund the IRCP.

How to File a Claim
The Diocese has already begun reaching out to survivors who have previously reported abuse by a diocesan clergy member. These known survivors are invited to participate in Phase I of the IRCP. In the next few days, these individuals will be receiving further information by mail from Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros with details about the IRCP process and instructions for submitting a claim. (The deadline for filing a claim in Phase I of the IRCP is September 30, 2017.)

Those who may come forward with a previously unreported allegation of abuse will be eligible to participate in Phase II by first registering through the program’s website to receive information for Phase II when it becomes available.

To learn more about the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program and for information on how to file a claim, go to www.BrooklynDiocese-IRCP.com or call toll free 855-796-3463.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE

The Diocese of Brooklyn is announcing a significant step in its ongoing response to the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) will allow survivors of sexual abuse by priests or deacons of the Diocese to seek financial compensation. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is implementing the voluntary program in Brooklyn and Queens to promote healing and to bring some element of closure.

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Bishop James Massa’s Address to Parents and Students

Dear Parents and Students,

I am writing to clear up some misinformation that was disseminated by the administrations of Christ The King Catholic High School and Middle Village Preparatory Charter School. Letters sent home to students and parents indicated that the Diocese of Brooklyn is ordering the closure of Middle Village Prep. This is a misrepresentation of the truth and we at the diocese feel it is our obligation to clarify the facts.

The Diocese of Brooklyn believes in education, both parochial and public. Multiple charter schools currently utilize or share space in Catholic high school and parish buildings throughout the Diocese with the full support of the Church. We wish to see all of these schools, including Middle Village Prep, continue to thrive. But the power to keep Middle Village Prep open lies with Christ the King High School.

In recent years Christ the King has refused to re-affirm and honor its long-standing covenant with the Diocese of Brooklyn—a covenant that is honored by all other Catholic regional high schools in the Diocese. This covenant requires that these high schools operate in consultation with the Diocese when conducting enterprises unrelated to their function as Catholic schools.

After years of unsuccessful efforts to work in cooperation with Christ the King High School, the Diocese of Brooklyn was left with no other recourse but to file a lawsuit. In March of 2017, and after several years of litigation, the Supreme Court ruled that use of the premises for the operation of a charter school is a breach of Christ the King’s agreement with the Diocese. The court ordered Christ the King to discontinue the use of the premises for a charter school without the permission of the Diocese, effective at the end of the current academic year.

The diocese has made it clear to Christ the King that it will permit use of the property for a charter school, hence allowing Middle Village Prep to remain open. The diocese’s sole requirement is that Christ the King adhere to the same conditions accepted by all other Catholic regional high schools and parishes in the diocese.

It is the Diocese of Brooklyn’s fervent hope and prayer that Christ the King will forever continue to serve the young men and women of the Diocese and that the property will continue to serve the most worthy cause of education.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

 

Bishop James Massa

Diocese of Brooklyn

Lady of Guadalupe Run Routes 2016

 

ROUTE MAP

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QUEENS ROUTE 1: Immaculate Conception, Astoria

 

ORIGIN: Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph | 856 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NYpicture-1

  • Head east on Pacific St toward Underhill Ave
  • Turn left onto Underhill Ave
  • Turn right onto Atlantic Ave
  • Turn left onto Washington Ave
  • Turn right onto Greene Ave
  • Turn left at Marcy Ave
  • Turn right to Lafayette Ave
  • Turn left toward Lafayette Ave
  • Slight right onto Lafayette Ave
  • Turn left onto Throop Ave

ALL SAINTS |
115 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head northwest on Father Donald J. Kenna Way/Throop Ave toward Whipple Street
  • Turn right onto Whipple St
  • Turn left onto Broadway
  • Right onto Manhattan Ave
  • Turn right onto Moore St
  • Turn left onto Bushwick Ave
  • Turn right onto Seigel St

O.L. OF THE ROSARY POMPEII | 225 Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head east on Seigel St toward Seigel Ct
  • Turn left onto Bogart St
  • Turn right onto Harrison Pl
  • Turn left onto Morgan Ave
  • Turn right onto Grand St
  • Turn left onto Page Pl
  • Turn right onto Maspeth Ave

CORNER OF RUST ST AND MAURICE AVE

  • Head northwest on Rust St toward 56th Terrace
  • Continue onto 56th Rd
  • Turn right onto 50th St
  • Turn left onto 54th Rd
  • Turn right onto 48th St
  • Turn left to stay on 48th St
  • Turn left onto Queens Blvd
  • Turn right onto 45th ST
  • Turn left onto Skillman Ave

QUEEN OF ANGELS | 4404 Skillman Ave, Sunnyside

  • Head west on Skillman Ave toward 44 St
  • Turn right onto 43rd St
  • Slight right onto 42 Pl
  • Turn right onto Northern Blvd
  • Turn left onto 43rd St
  • Turn right onto 30th Ave

SAINT JOSEPH | 43-19 30th Ave, LIC, NY 11103

  • Head northwest on 30th Ave toward 43rd St
  • Slight right onto Newtown Ave

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL | 2320 Newtown Ave, LIC, NY 11102

  • Head southeast on Newtown Ave toward Crescent ST
  • Turn left onto Crescent ST
  • Turn right onto Astoria Blvd
  • Turn left onto 27th ST
  • Turn right onto Ditmars Blvd
  • Turn left onto 29th ST

DESTINATION: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION | 21-47 29th St, Astoria, NY 11105

 

QUEENS ROUTE 2: Saint Leo, Corona
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ORIGIN: Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph | 856 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head east on Pacific St toward Underhill Avepicture-2
  • Turn left onto Underhill Ave
  • Turn right onto Atlantic Ave
  • Turn left onto Washington Ave
  • Turn right onto Greene Ave
  • Turn left at Marcy Ave
  • Turn right to Lafayette Ave
  • Turn left toward Lafayette Ave
  • Slight right onto Lafayette Ave
  • Turn left onto Throop Ave

ALL SAINTS |
115 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head northwest on Father Donald J. Kenna Way/Throop Ave toward Whipple Street
  • Turn right onto Whipple St
  • Turn left onto Broadway
  • Slight right onto Manhattan Ave
  • Turn right onto Moore St
  • Turn left onto Bushwick Ave
  • Turn right onto Seigel St

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY POMPEII | 225 Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

  • Head east on Seigel St toward Seigel Ct
  • Turn left onto Bogart St
  • Turn right onto Harrison Pl
  • Turn left onto Morgan Ave
  • Turn right onto Grand St
  • Turn left onto Page Pl
  • Turn right onto Maspeth Ave

CORNER OF RUST ST AND MAURICE AVE

  • Head east on Maspeth Ave toward 57th Pl
  • Slight left onto Maurice Ave
  • Turn left onto 66th ST
  • Turn right onto Garfield Ave
  • Turn left onto 70th St
  • Turn right onto 48thAVe
  • Turn left onto 72nd St

SAINT MARY’S HELP OF CHRISTIANS | 7031 48th Ave, Woodside, NY, 11377

  • Head north on 72nd St toward 47th Ave
  • Turn right onto 47th Ave
  • Turn left onto 73rd St
  • Turn right onto New York 25 Service/Queens Blvd
  • Slight left onto 51st Ave
  • Turn left onto Junction Blvd
  • Turn right onto Corona Ave
  • Turn right onto Alstyne Ave
  • Turn left onto 104th St
  • Turn right onto 49th Ave

DESTINATION: SAINT LEO | 104-05 49th Ave, Corona, NY 11368

 

QUEENS ROUTE 3: Our Lady of the Presentation

 

ORIGIN: CO-CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOSEPH | 856 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head east on Pacific St toward Underhill Ave
  • Turn right onto Ralph Ave
  • Turn left onto St. Marks Ave

OUR LADY – PRESENTATION AND LORETO | 1677 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head southeast on St Marks Ave toward Eastern Parkway
  • Turn left onto Eastern Parkway
  • Turn right onto Bergen St
  • Slight left onto E New York Ave
  • Slight right to stay on E New York Ave
  • Continue onto Atlantic Ave
  • Turn right onto Shepherd Ave

SAINT RITA | 275 Shepherd Ave, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head south on Shepherd Ave toward Liberty Ave
  • Turn left onto Liberty Ave
  • Slight left to stay on Liberty Ave
  • Continue onto 101st Ave/ Jerome Ave

SAINT MARY GATE OF HEAVEN | 103-12 101st Ave, Ozone Park, NY 11416

  • Head east on 101st Ave toward 104th St
  • Continue onto Liberty Ave
  • Turn left onto 150th St
  • Turn right onto Jamaica Ave
  • Turn left toward 153rd St
  • Turn left onto 153rd St
  • Turn right onto 89th Ave
  • Turn left onto Parsons Blvd

DESTINATION: O.L. OF THE PRESENTATION | 88-19 Parsons Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432


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BROOKLYN ROUTE 1: Regina Pacis, 1230 65th St, Brooklyn, NY

 

ORIGIN: CO-CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOSEPH | 856 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head west on Pacific St toward Vanderbilt Ave
  • Turn left onto Vanderbilt Ave
  • Turn right onto Bergen Street
  • Turn left onto 4th Ave
  • Turn left onto 60th Street
  • Turn left onto 5th Ave
  • Turn right onto 59th Street

BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP | 526 59th St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head southeast on 59th St toward 6th Ave
  • Turn right onto 6th Ave
  • Turn left onto 65th Street

DESTINATION: REGINA PACIS | 1230 65th St, Brooklyn, NY

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BROOKLYN ROUTE 2: Our Lady of Solace, Coney Island

 

ORIGIN: CO-CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOSEPH | 856 Pacific St, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head west on Pacific St toward Vanderbilt Avepicture-5
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Vanderbilt Ave
  • Continue onto Grand Army Plaza
  • Slight right toward Prospect Park West
  • Continue straight onto Prospect Park West
  • At the traffic circle, take the 4thexit onto stay on Prospect Park southwest
  • At traffic circle, take the 5th exit onto Coney Island Ave
  • Turn right onto Church Ave
  • Turn left onto E 8th St
  • Turn right onto Parkville Ave

SAINT ROSE OF LIMA |
269 Parkville Ave, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head northeast on Parkville Ave toward E 8th St
  • Turn right onto E 8th St
  • Turn left onto Foster Ave
  • Turn right onto Coney Island Ave
  • Turn left onto Ave J
  • Turn right onto E 12th St

SAINT BRENDAN |
1525 East 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY

  • Head south on E 12th St toward Ave P
  • Turn right onto Kings Hwy
  • Turn left onto McDonald Ave
  • Continue onto Shell Rd
  • Turn right onto Neptune Ave
  • Turn left onto W 17th St

DESTINATION: OUR LADY OF SOLACE | 2866 W 17th St, Brooklyn, NY

NET TV AND THE TABLET REPORTING FROM WORLD YOUTH DAY AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

NET TV AND THE TABLET REPORTING FROM WORLD YOUTH DAY AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS 

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 www.netny.tv/wyd2016 and www.thetablet.org/wyd2016.

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UPDATE: Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2016

Update: (2:30pm) The base and right hand sustained damage.

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

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

Press Advisory:

A statue of Jesus was stolen on Saturday night from Saints Peter and Paul Church in Williamsburg, located at 82 S 2nd St, Brooklyn NY 11249. Surveillance video shows a group of suspects taking the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue from outside the church. The same type of statue was stolen from Saints Peter and Paul Church in 2012. A replacement statue, which was donated by a couple from New Jersey, was taken on Saturday. The church is asking anyone who may recognize the people in the video to come forward. The Mother Superior assigned to this parish will be available for media interviews at 2:30pm at the Church. Please email Carolyn Erstad directly for better quality video and for more information.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Carolyn Erstad
718-517-3112
cerstad@desalesmedia.org