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

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. Read more »

Bishop Nicholas Dimarzio on The Health & Human Services Mandate


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. Read more »

Bishop DiMarzio On The Passing Of Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua



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. Read more »