On Saturday, June 27, 2015, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, ordained ten men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights.

“You come to us from individual different backgrounds, from different ethnicities and cultures, from different families. You mirror clearly today what is the Diocese of Brooklyn,” said Bishop DiMarzio to the new priests during the ordination homily. “So today we recognize that all of us come with one language, the language of the Holy Spirit.”

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‘New Priests Are Committed To Sacrifice’ by Bishop DiMarzio

June 24, 2015 – Excerpted from Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Our priesthood Ordinations this year have been blessed with 10 men, seven of whom were born in the United States and three who have come to us from other countries, one of whom came to our Diocese when he was seven years old. Truly, we are blessed to have representations from all of the major ethnic groups which make up this great and complex diocese here in Brooklyn and Queens. We are also blessed to have these men who pledge to follow their vocation to the priesthood.

It has been my custom to preach a day of recollection the day prior to Ordination. In order to prepare for this day of prayer, I ask each man to present to me a short paper on their concept of the priesthood and what they wish to accomplish as priests. I recently read and re-read these papers in preparation for the day of recollection and wish to share with you some of their thoughts on the priesthood and how they wish to serve you, the people of God, in this diocese.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.

Professional Musicians Play Music Composed by a 5th Grader at St. Saviour Catholic Academy

The “Young Composers” concert at Saint Saviour Catholic Academy last week featured Filipo’s piece.  Professional musicians were brought in to play the pieces composed by 5th and 6th graders -a program brought to them by to them by their music teacher, Ted Stafford.  Filipo is a 5th grader and a parishioner.

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On Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11 a.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain ten men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights.

“These devoted men are truly a blessing to our Diocese. Their deep faith and different backgrounds will help grow and enrich our multi-cultural Church in Brooklyn and Queens,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “It is my privilege to welcome these young men to the Presbyterate of Brooklyn.” Read more »

Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Murder of Worshipers at AME Church, in Charleston

Last week we were all stunned to learn of the murder of worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. My prayers and that of the entire Catholic Community in Brooklyn and Queens are with the Emanuel AME community and the people of South Carolina. As worshipers returned to Mass on Sunday, there is no doubt it was difficult to pray and worship among grief and anger. But they have shown the world how faith can overcome even the most evil act. Join me in prayer and solidarity for the Emanuel AME community.


In light of the Haitian deportations in the Dominican Republic

WHO:  Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

WHAT:  Mass of Solidarity and Unity in light of the deportations in the Dominican Republic; with a special invitation to the Haitian and Dominican communities.

WHERE: Cathedral Basilica of St. James, 250 Cathedral Place, Brooklyn, New York 11201

WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

WHY: In light of the beginning of deportations of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic, some born there, Bishop DiMarzio has called together the Dominican and Haitian communities in a Mass of Peace and Solidarity with those being deported. “We will pray for a change of heart on the part of the Dominican government in this humanitarian crisis,” said Bishop DiMarzio.


Ante la amenaza de repatriación de haitianos en la República Dominicana

QUIÉN: Monseñor Nicholas DiMarzio, Obispo de Brooklyn.

QUÉ: Una misa de unidad y solidaridad tras las deportaciones de inmigrantes haitianos en la República Dominicana; con la participación especial de la comunidad haitiana y dominicana.

DÓNDE: Catedral Basílica de St. James, 250 Cathedral Place, Brooklyn, New York 11201

CUÁNDO: Miércoles 24 de Junio del 2015, 7:30 p.m.

POR QUÉ: Tras finalizar el plazo para acogerse a un plan dominicano de regularización, miles de inmigrantes haitianos enfrentan deportaciones, incluyendo algunos nacidos en la República Dominicana. Monseñor DiMarzio ha hecho un llamado a las comunidades haitianas y dominicanas de Brooklyn y Queens para celebrar en conjunto una misa de unidad y solidaridad, por todos aquellos en riesgo de ser repatriados. “Oraremos juntos para que el gobierno dominicano cambie de parecer en esta crisis humanitaria”, dijo Moseñor DiMarzio.

‘Father – A Title Like No Other’ by Bishop DiMarzio

June 17, 2015 – Excerpted From Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Father’s Day is a secular holiday that draws our attention to the role of paternity in our own lives and in our society. It is said to have originated in 1908 in Fairmont, W.Va. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah killed 360 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy.

Another driving force behind the establishment of Father’s Day in this country was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd of Creston, Wash. Her father, a Civil War veteran, was forced to raise six children by himself on a rural farm in Eastern Washington State. It was only after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising children on his own.

Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.


After the tragic death of NYPD officer Brian Moore, 14 Catholic schools and academies within the Diocese of Brooklyn teamed up with the 105th Precinct to raise funds and build a Memorial Garden in his honor.

The garden dedication ceremony, street naming, and 105th precinct presentation will take place on Saturday, June 20th, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Saint Gregory the Great School, 244-44 87th Avenue in Bellerose, New York. The ceremony was planned in conjunction with the 36th Annual Gregorian Summer Festival run by Saint Gregory the Great parish and school.

“Our festival runs for eleven nights, and this is a very large area so security is a major concern. Police Officer Moore was a frequent contributor towards the security effort here, and he was well known to the people of our community,” said Msgr. Edward Ryan, pastor at Saint Gregory the Great. Read more »