Youth and Young Adults Ministry – On Social Media!

We would like to invite you to follow new social media profiles dedicated to youth and young adults in the Diocese of Brooklyn!

We will post actual information about youth & young adults ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn, events, and invitations from your parishes, interesting spiritual activities, Church teaching for youth, etc.

You are invited to create content for these profiles too!

Do you want to share an invitation? Do you want to share a relation? Do you want to help as a volunteer? Just send an e-mail: eparafiniuk@diobrook.org

(If you want to be a volunteer, you have to be 18+)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YouthMinistryBrooklyn

Instagram: @bklynyouth

Religious Education Program at St. Catherine of Genoa Church, a success story

Children are gifts to parents, communities, and society. The children who participate in Sunday religious instructions at St. Catherine of Genoa parish are, indeed, special gifts to our parish. We cherish our gifts and work hard to nourish their minds and teach them the Catholic faith with their parents’ help.

The month of March marked exactly one year since we transformed religious education classes from in-person classes to online instruction in our parish. In the beginning, it was a struggle for some catechists and the families they serve, but together we smoothed out the rough waves and sailed ahead. When the new semester began in September last year, our DRE, Parents, Catechists, and the Pastor worked together through a variety of workshops to make the 2020/2021 school year a success. One of the highlights of our new school year was the parent workshops.

In December 2020, the fifth and sixth-grade students and their parents came together to discuss Friendship and Bullying: Healthy Relationships.  Last month, February 2021, the catechists, students, and parents came together again to discuss Digital Discipleship: Safe and healthy habits in online environments. Brenda Henry-Offor, one of the devoted Catechists, facilitated these two events. Parents welcomed the open forum sessions where they felt free to discuss various ideas and issues relating to the topics discussed. Students felt comfortable sharing and discussing their thoughts, fears, and other relevant issues. It was truly encouraging to watch parents discussing these topics with their children. One of the most significant outcomes of the workshops is that parents felt supported when their children accepted the guidance in the workshop that they were trying to impart at home about online safety. On both occasions, parents and students reported that they found the workshops helpful and informative. We are looking forward to future workshops using the same in-person format.

Above is a glimpse of the attendees at the second workshop with a discussion about Digital Discipleship. As cold as it was on that day in February, some parents and the children managed to attend. We had fifteen (15) attendees at the second workshop, bearing in mind that there are eleven (11) 6th  Graders and five (5) 5th Graders in our Religious  Education Program.  Twenty-four (24) people participated in the first workshop. We give thanks to the Almighty for all His mercies!

 

Preparation for WYD Lisbon 2023

In unity with the Local Organizing Committee Lisbon 2023, every 23rd of the month will be an occasion to pray for World Youth Day in Lisbon. We have started our spiritual preparation on 23 rd April, at San Damiano Mission, 21 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn.

 

The Catholic Community Shalom was a host of this meeting. In Rome members of this Community looks after the Cross and the Icon of Holy Mary “Salus Populi Romani” – symbols of WYD.

We were praying together for our spiritual preparation, for all young people from the Diocese of Brooklyn who will participate, and for all people who are preparing this meeting.

The next prayer will take place at San Damiano Mission on 23rd May. Time will be posted on our social media profiles:

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YouthMinistryBrooklyn

Instagram: @bklynyouth

More information about WYD Lisbon you can find here: https://www.lisboa2023.org/en/about

If you need any further information, have an idea, wish to share your experience about WYD – please do not hesitate to contact me:

Rev. Emil Parafiniuk: eparafiniuk@diobrook.org

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO HOST FORUM ON THE YEAR OF RENEWAL FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO HOST FORUM ON THE YEAR OF RENEWAL FOR CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of School Support Services for the Diocese of Brooklyn, has announced the 2021 Catholic Education Year of Renewal Summit will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  The virtual event will celebrate the students, teachers, staff, and parish communities throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens who have made Catholic education possible throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will offer the opening prayer and remarks. A panel discussion will include Monsignor David Cassato, Vicar for Catholic Schools, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development, Father Joseph Gibino, Vicar for Evangelization and Catechesis, and Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of School Support Services.

“Teachers and principals have been so strong, dedicated and present for their students.  We opened fully in-person in September and while taking all of the necessary precautions, have supported our students as they adjusted and pushed forward in this new world. The 2021 Catholic Education Year of Renewal Summit will be a special night that will warm your heart,” said Superintendent Thomas Chadzutko.

The 69 Catholic elementary schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens opened on time and have maintained safe and consistent in-person instruction from Nursery (PreK-3) through the 8th grade. An innovative online program with live instruction is also offered to those needing, or choosing, to keep their children at home. K-8 enrollment has increased at 40% of the elementary schools this year.

The dual-language program at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Flushing will be among the curriculum highlights of programs taking place within the Diocesan schools. Father Alonzo Cox, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Coordinator of the African-American Apostolate, will speak about cultural integration in the schools and religious education.

The event will also feature interviews with priests, principals, students, teachers, and parents of Diocesan schools and Religious Education programs, both essential to the growth of parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Throughout this pandemic, the Catholic schools, academies, and Religious Education programs have been a source of strength for communities, joining together to help afflicted families.

Members of the media are invited to participate in this virtual event and can receive the event link by emailing jquaglione@desalesmedia.org.

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO OFFER MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER GIOACCHINO BASILE; LOST TO COVID-19 ONE YEAR AGO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
646-241-9805
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John Quaglione 
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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO OFFER MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER GIOACCHINO BASILE; LOST TO COVID-19 ONE YEAR AGO

Brooklyn – The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will join the parish community of St. Gabriel’s in remembering the life of Father Gioacchino Basile at a Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 7 p.m. Father Basile passed away on April 4, 2020, from COVID-19. He was 60 years old.

Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the memorial Mass at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, located at 26-26 98th Street in the East Elmhurst section of Queens, where Father Basile served as Pastor at the time of his death. Father Basile also served as the Spiritual Director of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Douglaston, and assisted as a chaplain at LaGuardia Airport.

Father Gioacchino Basile was born in Calabria, Italy, and was ordained to the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Newark on May 27, 1995. He was assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2008, and was appointed as the Administrator of St. Gabriel’s. Father Basile, before coming to the Diocese of Brooklyn, spent time in service as a Priest in the Diocese of Ponce in Puerto Rico.

At the time of his passing, Bishop DiMarzio said, “Father Gioacchino Basile was small in stature but mighty in energy for the Lord. He ministered well to all of the people of his parish and the faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.”

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to confirm their attendance with the Diocesan press office. Masks must be worn at all times inside of the Church and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

 

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MONSEÑOR KIERAN HARRINGTON, VICARIO DE COMUNICACIONES DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN, ES NOMBRADO DIRECTOR NACIONAL DE LAS OBRAS MISIONALES PONTIFICIAS

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 14 de abril de 2021

CONTACTOS DE PRENSA:

Adriana Rodríguez

646-241-9805

arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione

718-576-9180

jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

 

MONSEÑOR KIERAN HARRINGTON, VICARIO DE COMUNICACIONES

DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN, ES NOMBRADO DIRECTOR

NACIONAL DE LAS OBRAS MISIONALES PONTIFICIAS

 

Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio, obispo de Brooklyn, tiene el placer de anunciar el nombramiento de Mons. Kieran E. Harrington como nuevo director nacional de las Obras Misionales Pontificias. El nombramiento fue hecho por el cardenal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefecto de la Congregación Vaticana para la Evangelización de los Pueblos. Las Obras Misionales Pontificias son organizaciones bajo la dirección del Santo Padre, el papa Francisco. Su propósito es la promoción de un espíritu misionero universal entre todos los católicos bautizados.

“He trabajado con Mons. Harrington en numerosas funciones durante los últimos 17 años o más, cinco de ellos viviendo en la Residencia del Obispo, y sé que su elección para esta asignación es absolutamente correcta. Siempre ha sentido un inmenso deseo de llevar las buenas nuevas de Jesucristo y la fe cristiana a lo demás, no solo en su parroquia, sino en todo el mundo. Mons. Harrington se destacará en este puesto por esa profunda fe y motivación para evangelizar. La Iglesia Universal se beneficiará gracias a la devoción de Mons. Harrington a nuestro Señor y a la comunidad a la que la Iglesia Católica está llamada a servir”, dijo Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio en un comunicado.

“Agradezco al obispo DiMarzio por su tutela y la confianza que ha depositado en mí como Rector / Párroco de la Concatedral de San José y la Iglesia de Santa Teresa. Además, estoy agradecido por la oportunidad de haber servido como Vicario de Comunicaciones de la Diócesis de Brooklyn y presidente y director ejecutivo de Desales Media”, dijo Monseñor Harrington. “También estoy agradecido al Cardenal Tagle por esta oportunidad de servir a la Iglesia Universal en este ministerio nacional para volver a despertar el impulso misionero en cada uno de nosotros, que está en el corazón de nuestro llamado bautismal”.

Ordenado sacerdote de la Diócesis de Brooklyn en el año 2001, Mons Harrington fue nombrado Vicario de Comunicaciones en 2006 y, dos años después, Rector de la Concatedral de San José en Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Su Santidad el papa Benedicto XVI lo elevó al rango de Capellán Papal con el título de Reverendo Monseñor el 3 de septiembre de 2009. Desde el año 2011, Mons. Harrington se ha desempeñado como presidente y director ejecutivo de DeSales Media Group, la compañía sin fines de lucro de comunicaciones y tecnología de la Diócesis de Brooklyn. En este cargo, Mons. Harrington ha supervisado el periódico diocesano, The Tablet, NET, la estación de cable de la Diócesis de Brooklyn y las oficinas de asuntos gubernamentales y políticas públicas. Desde 2009 hasta 2018, Monseñor Harrington presentó In The Arena, un programa semanal en la radio WOR, que contó con invitados de renombre mundial, debates intensos y fascinantes entrevistas sobre temas actuales desde una perspectiva cultural católica.

“Ha sido un privilegio durante estos últimos trece años supervisar la restauración y el renacimiento de la Concatedral de San José. Durante este mandato, me encantó presenciar una primavera de renovación en la vida parroquial. Asimismo, reunir a un equipo de profesionales talentosos y llenos de fe para enfrentar los innumerables y complejos desafíos de comunicar el mensaje del Evangelio en un entorno de medios rápidamente cambiante, secular y muchas veces hostil, me ha permitido crecer espiritual y profesionalmente. Estoy en deuda con mis colegas y feligreses, por ayudarme a crecer en mi fe y en mi vida como cristiano”, declaró Mons. Harrington.

“Monseñor Kieran Harrington, mientras se desempeñaba como Rector de la Concatedral de San José —donde supervisó la hermosa restauración de la iglesia— y párroco de Santa Teresa de Ávila, pudo enfrentar muchos de los desafíos más grandes en nuestra Diócesis. Bajo su liderazgo con DeSales Media, ha liderado los esfuerzos para actualizar la tecnología en nuestras escuelas e iglesias, ha mejorado significativamente la presencia en las redes sociales y digitales de la Diócesis de Brooklyn y ha trabajado para aumentar la presencia de nuestros medios católicos locales. Agradezco a Mons. Harrington sus años de servicio, que le han permitido compartir sus múltiples talentos con nosotros, como un verdadero líder pastoral y de comunicación. Le pido al Señor que lo bendiga mientras asume este nuevo papel en la Iglesia”, continuó el obispo DiMarzio.

Mons. Harrington se graduó con honores de la Universidad de St. John con una licenciatura en Filosofía. Tiene una Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario de la Inmaculada Concepción y una Maestría en la Escuela de Negocios Stern de la Universidad de Nueva York.

Mons. Harrington es Caballero de la Orden Ecuestre del Santo Sepulcro, Caballero de Colón y miembro de la Antigua Orden de los Hibernianos. Es miembro de las juntas directivas de Futures in Education Foundation, Catholic Technology Network y Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. Ha recibido numerosos premios y distinciones, incluidos el premio Saint Thomas More del Catholic Lawyers Guild, el premio Father Mychal Judge Award en la Great Irish Fair en Brooklyn, Nueva York, y el John Paul II Distinguished Stewardship Award.

Mons. Harrington sucede al padre Andrew Small, OMI, quien está completando su segundo mandato de cinco años como director de las Obras Misionales Pontificias. Las cuatro sociedades: la Sociedad para la Propagación de la Fe, la Asociación de la Santa Infancia, la Sociedad de San Pedro Apóstol y la Unión Misionera de Sacerdotes y Religiosos, recibieron el título de “pontificia” en 1922 para indicar su condición de instrumentos oficiales del Papa y de la Iglesia católica universal. El director nacional encabeza las cuatro sociedades en los Estados Unidos y supervisa la Colecta Dominical de Misiones Mundiales, que se lleva a cabo el tercer domingo de octubre de cada año.

(Se adjunta una foto de Mons. Kieran E. Harrington).

 

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DECLARACIÓN DEL OBISPO NICHOLAS DIMARZIO SOBRE LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA MARIHUANA EN EL ESTADO DE NUEVA YORK

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 31 de marzo de 2021

CONTACTOS DE PRENSA:

Adriana Rodríguez

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John Quaglione

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DECLARACIÓN DEL OBISPO NICHOLAS DIMARZIO SOBRE LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA MARIHUANA EN EL ESTADO DE NUEVA YORK

Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio, obispo de Brooklyn, ha emitido la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la aprobación de la Legislatura del estado de Nueva York de un proyecto de ley que legaliza la marihuana en el estado de Nueva York, firmada por el gobernador Andrew Cuomo. El obispo ha expresado constantemente su oposición a la legalización de la marihuana como parte de este debate actual y durante intentos anteriores de los legisladores de Nueva York.

“Estoy muy decepcionado de que la marihuana recreativa pronto sea legal en el estado de Nueva York. La ciencia es clara y la estamos ignorando. La marihuana es una ‘droga de entrada’ que no es buena para la salud y tiene los mismos efectos cancerígenos que los cigarrillos. Con esta ley, más jóvenes empezarán a consumir marihuana porque piensan que son invencibles y que nada les afectará”.

“Esto no es bueno para nuestra sociedad”, añadió, “en Nueva York ni en ningún otro lugar. La marihuana recreativa también adormece los sentidos y no nos permite rendir al máximo. Nuestra fe aboga porque no hagamos nada que ponga en riesgo nuestra salud y nuestra vida. Evidentemente, esta es una ley que pondría a muchos católicos en desacuerdo con sus obligaciones morales”.

DECLARACIÓN DEL OBISPO NICHOLAS DIMARZIO SOBRE LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA MARIHUANA EN EL ESTADO DE NUEVA YORKDECLARACIÓN DEL OBISPO NICHOLAS DIMARZIO SOBRE LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA MARIHUANA EN EL ESTADO DE NUEVA YORK“Rezo por todos los neoyorquinos”, concluyó Mons. DiMarzio. “Pero especialmente por nuestros niños y jóvenes, a quienes estamos poniendo en peligro con la adopción de esta lamentable ley”.

 

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN VICAR FOR COMMUNICATIONS MONSIGNOR KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
646-241-9805
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione 
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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN VICAR FOR COMMUNICATIONS

MONSIGNOR KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, as the new national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appointment was made by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The Pontifical Mission Societies are organizations under the direction of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Their purpose is the promotion of a universal missionary spirit among all baptized Catholics.

“I have worked with Monsignor Harrington in many capacities for the past 17 plus years, five of which were spent living at the Bishop’s Residence, and I know his selection for this assignment is the absolute right choice. There has always been an extraordinary desire within him to bring the good news of Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith, to the people not only of his parish, but throughout the world. Monsignor Harrington will excel in this position because of this deep faith and motivation to evangelize. The Universal Church will benefit because of Msgr. Harrington’s devotion to Our Lord, and to the people the Catholic Church is called to serve,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

“I am grateful to Bishop DiMarzio for his tutelage and the confidence he entrusted to me as Rector/pastor of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph and Church of St. Teresa. Moreover, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and President and Chairman of DeSales Media,” said Monsignor Harrington. “I am also thankful to Cardinal Tagle for this opportunity to serve the Universal Church in this national ministry to re-awaken the missionary impulse in each of us, which is at the heart of our baptismal calling.”

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2001, Monsignor Harrington, was appointed Vicar for Communications in 2006 and Rector of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in 2008. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of Papal Chaplain with the title of Reverend Monsignor on September 3, 2009. Since 2011, Monsignor Harrington has served as the President and Chairman of DeSales Media Group, the communications, and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In this role, Monsignor Harrington has overseen the diocesan newspaper, The Tablet, NET, the cable station of the Diocese, and the diocesan public information and governmental affairs offices. From 2009 through 2018, Monsignor Harrington hosted ‘In The Arena,’ a weekly program on WOR radio, which featured world-renowned guests, intense debates, and compelling interviews on current topics from a Catholic cultural perspective.

“It has been a privilege over these last thirteen years to oversee the restoration and rebirth of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.  During this tenure, I was delighted to witness a springtime of renewal in parochial life. Likewise, drawing together a faith-filled and talented team of professionals to face the myriad and complex challenges of communicating the Gospel message in a rapidly changing, secular, and sometimes hostile media environment has enabled me to grow spiritually and professionally.  I am indebted to colleagues and parishioners for helping me to grow in my faith and life as a Christian,” said Monsignor Harrington.

“Monsignor Kieran Harrington, while serving as Rector of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, where he oversaw the beautiful restoration of the church, and Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila, was able to take on many of the great challenges facing our Diocese. Under his leadership with DeSales Media, he has led efforts to upgrade technology in our schools and churches, has significantly enhanced the digital and social media presence of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and has worked to grow the presence of our local Catholic media. I thank Monsignor Harrington for his years of service which have allowed him to share his many talents with us, as a true pastoral and communications leader. I ask the Lord to bless him as he takes this new role in the Church,” continued Bishop DiMarzio.

Monsignor Harrington graduated with honors from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Monsignor Harrington is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Knight of Columbus, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He serves on the boards of the Futures in Education Foundation, the Catholic Technology Network, and Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Saint Thomas More Award of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Father Mychal Judge Award at the Great Irish Fair in Brooklyn, New York, and the John Paul II Distinguished Stewardship Award.

Monsignor Harrington succeeds Father Andrew Small, OMI, who is completing his second five-year term as director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The four societies, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious each received the title “pontifical” in 1922 to indicate their status as official instruments of the pope and of the universal Catholic Church. The national director heads the four societies in the United States and oversees the World Missions Sunday Collection, which is taken up on the third Sunday of October each year.

Photo of Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington is attached.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN VICAR FOR COMMUNICATIONS MONSIGNOR KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
646-241-9805
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione 
718-576-9180
jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN VICAR FOR COMMUNICATIONS

MONSIGNOR KIERAN HARRINGTON APPOINTED

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE PONTIFICAL MISSION SOCIETIES

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, as the new national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The appointment was made by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The Pontifical Mission Societies are organizations under the direction of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Their purpose is the promotion of a universal missionary spirit among all baptized Catholics.

“I have worked with Monsignor Harrington in many capacities for the past 17 plus years, five of which were spent living at the Bishop’s Residence, and I know his selection for this assignment is the absolute right choice. There has always been an extraordinary desire within him to bring the good news of Jesus Christ, and the Christian faith, to the people not only of his parish, but throughout the world. Monsignor Harrington will excel in this position because of this deep faith and motivation to evangelize. The Universal Church will benefit because of Msgr. Harrington’s devotion to Our Lord, and to the people the Catholic Church is called to serve,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

“I am grateful to Bishop DiMarzio for his tutelage and the confidence he entrusted to me as Rector/pastor of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph and Church of St. Teresa. Moreover, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, and President and Chairman of DeSales Media,” said Monsignor Harrington. “I am also thankful to Cardinal Tagle for this opportunity to serve the Universal Church in this national ministry to re-awaken the missionary impulse in each of us, which is at the heart of our baptismal calling.”

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2001, Monsignor Harrington, was appointed Vicar for Communications in 2006 and Rector of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in 2008. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of Papal Chaplain with the title of Reverend Monsignor on September 3, 2009. Since 2011, Monsignor Harrington has served as the President and Chairman of DeSales Media Group, the communications, and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In this role, Monsignor Harrington has overseen the diocesan newspaper, The Tablet, NET, the cable station of the Diocese, and the diocesan public information and governmental affairs offices. From 2009 through 2018, Monsignor Harrington hosted ‘In The Arena,’ a weekly program on WOR radio, which featured world-renowned guests, intense debates, and compelling interviews on current topics from a Catholic cultural perspective.

“It has been a privilege over these last thirteen years to oversee the restoration and rebirth of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.  During this tenure, I was delighted to witness a springtime of renewal in parochial life. Likewise, drawing together a faith-filled and talented team of professionals to face the myriad and complex challenges of communicating the Gospel message in a rapidly changing, secular, and sometimes hostile media environment has enabled me to grow spiritually and professionally.  I am indebted to colleagues and parishioners for helping me to grow in my faith and life as a Christian,” said Monsignor Harrington.

“Monsignor Kieran Harrington, while serving as Rector of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, where he oversaw the beautiful restoration of the church, and Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila, was able to take on many of the great challenges facing our Diocese. Under his leadership with DeSales Media, he has led efforts to upgrade technology in our schools and churches, has significantly enhanced the digital and social media presence of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and has worked to grow the presence of our local Catholic media. I thank Monsignor Harrington for his years of service which have allowed him to share his many talents with us, as a true pastoral and communications leader. I ask the Lord to bless him as he takes this new role in the Church,” continued Bishop DiMarzio.

Monsignor Harrington graduated with honors from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Monsignor Harrington is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Knight of Columbus, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He serves on the boards of the Futures in Education Foundation, the Catholic Technology Network, and Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Saint Thomas More Award of the Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Father Mychal Judge Award at the Great Irish Fair in Brooklyn, New York, and the John Paul II Distinguished Stewardship Award.

Monsignor Harrington succeeds Father Andrew Small, OMI, who is completing his second five-year term as director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The four societies, the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Holy Childhood Association, the Society of St. Peter the Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious each received the title “pontifical” in 1922 to indicate their status as official instruments of the pope and of the universal Catholic Church. The national director heads the four societies in the United States and oversees the World Missions Sunday Collection, which is taken up on the third Sunday of October each year.

Photo of Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington is attached.

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NEW CURRICULUM LESSON CHALLENGES CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXTRACT THEIR OWN DNA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
646-241-9805
arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione 
718-576-9180
jquaglione@desalesmedia.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NEW CURRICULUM LESSON CHALLENGES CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS TO EXTRACT THEIR OWN DNA

            The students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located at 111-10 115th Street in the South Ozone Park section of Queens, will have a chance to extract their own DNA as part of a hands-on lesson and activity, this Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 12:45 p.m.

Students will use soap to help dissolve the cell membrane and use salt to break up protein chains that hold nucleic acids together, thus releasing the DNA strands. The challenge is for the students to extract their own DNA which will be floating on top of the solution. The students have already been introduced to Captain Barrington Irving’s Regenerative Medicine Expedition, to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he learned about the role of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).

Students of grades 3, 4, and 5 will be participating in the hands-on activity. The materials to be used as part of this experiment include dish detergent, table salt, rubbing alcohol, food coloring, and plastic cups, along with a number of tools including gloves, a magnifying glass, a wooden craft stick, and a measuring cup.

The lesson is part of The Flying Classroom STEM supplemental curriculum recently incorporated in schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Captain Irving, the first Black person to pilot a plane around the world solo, and at the time the youngest, is the founder of The Flying Classroom program.

Members of the media are invited to attend and asked to notify the Diocesan Press Office of their attendance.

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