Passing of Monsignor Joseph R. Rosa

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Rosa, a retired senior priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was residing at the Bishop Mugavero Residence. Monsignor Rosa was born on June 16, 1937 in Syracuse, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 8, 1976, and died Thursday, July 6, 2017, at NYU Lutheran Medical Center.

Monsignor Rosa served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of Most Precious Blood (Brooklyn), Our Lady of Lourdes (Brooklyn) and as Administrator and Parochial Vicar of St. Agnes (Brooklyn). He was appointed as a member of the Diocesan College of Consultors. On September 5, 1995, he was named Prelate of Honor to His Holiness.

The arrangements are as follows:

Saturday, July 8, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

Labella Funeral Home
2625 Harway Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11214
Tel: (718) 372-4242

Sunday, July 9, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Most Precious Blood R.C. Church 
70 Bay 47th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11214
Tel: (718) 372-8022

(Please note change in location for Sunday)

Vigil Mass
Most Precious Blood R.C. Church
Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

Funeral Mass
Most Precious Blood R.C. Church
Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

70 Bay 47th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11214
Tel: (718) 372-8022

The Evergreens Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Monsignor Rosa was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society. All priests are invited to concelebrate the Liturgy. Please bring your diocesan vestments.

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his niece, Ms. Patricia Rosa:
7-2 Deptford Court
Freehold, New Jersey 07728.

Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony Hernandez, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs


Surveillance video:

Police are investigating a possible hate crime tonight after a man walked inside a Prospect lights Church and threatened a nun.p

The nun, Mother Superior of her community, was praying in a pew at about 2:00 p.m. inside the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in Brooklyn, when the man approached her.

He said, “I don’t believe in this because you don’t help the poor.” When the nun did not respond, he said, “What did I say?”

The nun began to look toward a woman in another pew when the man said, “She can’t help you. I’m going to kill you.” The nun ran and called for help.

The crime was caught on surveillance video. The man is described as African-American, bald, about 6’ tall with a medium build. He was wearing khaki shorts, white sneakers, carrying a white baseball-style cap in his hand and a shirt in his back pocket.

The nun was praying in the church while another sister from the parish is leading a service mission to assist the poor in West Virginia.

The victim is available for media interviews by contacting Carolyn Erstad at 323-384-7098.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.