DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN CELEBRA EL MES DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 13 de septiembre de 2021

CONTACTOS DE PRENSA:

Adriana Rodríguez

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John Quaglione

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DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN CELEBRA EL MES DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA

 Conmemoración de la Independencia de Guatemala y fiesta patronal en Queens, entre las celebraciones de la fe y la herencia hispana

Esta semana, la Diócesis de Brooklyn da inicio al Mes de la Herencia Hispana con dos celebraciones especiales de fe y espíritu comunitario.

El martes 14 de septiembre de 2021, a las 7:30 pm, Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio, obispo de Brooklyn, celebrará una Misa especial en honor al 200 Aniversario de la Independencia de Guatemala en la parroquia St. Finbar, ubicada en la esquina de Bay 20th Street y Benson Avenue, en el barrio de Bath Beach, en Brooklyn.

Las lecturas de la Misa se harán en las lenguas étnicas Ki’Chee y Garifuna, y el coro será acompañado por un instrumento tradicional guatemalteco, la marimba, considerada “Símbolo Patrio”. Asistirá la Cónsul General de Guatemala en la ciudad de Nueva York, Nivia Rosemary Arauz Monzón. El padre José Henríquez es el Administrador de la parroquia San Finbar.

El miércoles 15 de septiembre de 2021, la Iglesia Our Lady of Sorrows (Nuestra Señora de los Dolores) ubicada en 104-11 37th Avenue en la sección Corona de Queens, celebrará su fiesta patronal y el 150 aniversario de la fundación de la parroquia.

Antes de la Misa, se realizará una procesión a partir de las 6:00 p.m. La celebración Eucarística será presidida por Mons. Kevin Sweeney, obispo de la Diócesis de Paterson, y comenzará a las 7:00 p.m. Una fiesta comunitaria seguirá inmediatamente después de la Misa para dar inicio al Mes de la Herencia Hispana.

Invitamos a los miembros de los medios de comunicación a asistir a estos eventos parroquiales especiales, solicitándoles que respondan a este correo electrónico para confirmar su asistencia.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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John Quaglione 
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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Celebration of Guatemalan Independence, Queens Parish Feast, Among Celebrations of Hispanic Faith and Heritage

The Diocese of Brooklyn will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with two special celebrations of faith and community this week.

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate a special Mass in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Guatemalan Independence at St. Finbar Roman Catholic Church, located at the corner of Bay 20th Street and Benson Avenue, in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn.

The readings will be proclaimed in the native languages of Ki’Chee and Garifuna. The music at the Mass will include the traditional Marimba instrument. The Consul General of Guatemala in New York City, Nivia Rosemary Arauz Monzón, will be in attendance. Father Jose Henriquez is the Administrator of St. Finbar Parish.

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, located at 104-11 37th Avenue in the Corona section of Queens, will celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows and the 150th Anniversary of the parish’s founding.

Prior to the Patronal Feast, a procession will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Mass, which will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Kevin Sweeney, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, will begin at 7:00 p.m.  A community celebration will follow immediately after Mass in conjunction with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Members of the media are invited to attend these special parish events and are asked to reply to this email to confirm their attendance.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: THERE IS A REMOTE LEARNING OPTION IN NYC

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: September 13, 2021

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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John Quaglione 
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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: THERE IS A REMOTE LEARNING OPTION IN NYC

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, which includes 70 schools and academies, today is reminding families and students that a remote learning elementary and middle school option is available in New York City.

St. Thomas Aquinas Online Catholic Academy is offering a fully online K-8 program as an option for those who want or need to continue in an online learning environment. The school offers the same Catholic education students are receiving in the classroom, only by means of a complete online learning environment.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn has worked hard to provide this opportunity to continue online learning for the students and families who wanted it to continue. We know there are people who remain uncomfortable with returning to in-person learning and want to continue learning online. They should have this option and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy provides just that. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much, including education. The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy ensures our students do not miss the opportunity to learn regardless of pandemic concerns,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of the Schools.

A majority of the more than 150 students currently enrolled in the online school are from the New York City area. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy is chartered in New York State under the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Department of Education.

 “Online learning is here now. The educational visionaries in the Diocese of Brooklyn have committed resources and are determined to make this option available,” said Stephen Haessler, Principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy.

Registration for the 2021-2022 academic year remains open. For more information on the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy, or financial assistance, please visit the school‘s website at stacoa.org.

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SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AS BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC STUDENTS READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2021

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Adriana Rodriguez
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HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDER AS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 70 schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens, today issued a reminder to ensure a safe return to school in advance of tomorrow’s first day of school.

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health mandate announced on August 27, 2021, all students, faculty, and staff members in Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will be required to wear masks inside school buildings.

“As the new school year is set to begin tomorrow, it is important that we recommit to working together for the health and well-being of all, as we did so well last year. We want a return to normalcy in our classrooms as soon as reasonably possible, but as the Coronavirus and the Delta variant continue to persist among our population, our first priority is to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

“The Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic Schools Support Services maintains our partnership and consistent communication with the NYC and NYS DOHMH. This collaboration with the city and state health agencies continues to ensure the health and safety of our school communities,” said Deputy Superintendent Joan McMaster.

School officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, while maintaining social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, and the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation.

Parents will be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick, and their child will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that they can safely return to in person instruction.  The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

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Comentarios de Mons. DiMarzio sobre la conclusión de la investigación de Vos Estis

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 1 de septiembre de 2021

CONTACTOS DE PRENSA:

Adriana Rodriguez
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arodriguez@desalesmedia.org

John Quaglione 
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Declaración del obispo de Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio

El Reverendísimo Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio, obispo de Brooklyn, ha emitido hoy el siguiente comunicado sobre el fallo de la investigación “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“Vosotros sois la luz del mundo”), sobre las acusaciones formuladas en su contra:

“Repito lo que he dicho desde el principio. Nada detrás de estas acusaciones es cierto. A lo largo de mis más de 50 años de ministerio como sacerdote, nunca he abusado de nadie.

Como prometí, cooperé totalmente con esta investigación porque sé que no actué mal en ningún momento. He orado por la conclusión de esta investigación, y los resultados finales verifican aún más, como he dicho constantemente, que estas acusaciones no tienen absolutamente ningún fundamento.

Sigo enfocado en liderar la Diócesis de Brooklyn mientras salimos de las tinieblas de la pandemia del coronavirus. Les pido sus oraciones mientras continúo luchando contra las demandas derivadas de estas dos acusaciones y ahora espero la restauración de mi buen nombre en los tribunales estatales de Nueva Jersey”.

Por su parte, Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. de Pashman Stein Walder Hayden en Hackensack, abogado del obispo Nicholas DiMarzio declaró:

“Esta decisión de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe se tomó después de una investigación objetiva imparcial y rigurosa realizada por el ex fiscal federal John O’Donnell, asociado de Herbert Smith Freehills, así como por la firma de investigación fundada por el exdirector del FBI Louis Freeh. Ambos son ex funcionarios con experiencia probada e integridad impecable, encargados de hacer cumplir la ley, por lo que el resultado de la investigación no debe dejar lugar a dudas. Tal como lo establece la decisión, queda demostrado que las acusaciones contra el obispo DiMarzio son inverosímiles”.Comentarios de Mons. DiMarzio sobre la conclusión de la investigación de Vos Estis

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Death Notice of Rev. Msgr. John O’Brien

Death Notice of a Priest-O’Brien, Rev. Msgr. JohnOFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

310 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 ● 718.399.5990 ● FAX: 718.399.5934

E-mail: curia@diobrook.org

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor John H. O’Brien, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Monsignor O’Brien was born on July 28, 1935, in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1962, and died, Monday, August 30, 2021.

Monsignor O’Brien served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the parishes of Saint Benedict Labre (Richmond Hill), and Saint Francis Xavier (Brooklyn), Administrator of the parish of Sacred Heart Chapel (Brooklyn), Temporary Administrator of Saint Bartholomew (East Elmhurst), Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Epiphany (Brooklyn) and The Cathedral Basilica of Saint James (Brooklyn), and was in residence at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Jamaica).

He served as the Diocesan Spanish Apostolate Coordinator, Diocesan Spanish Advisory Board Member and Diocesan Spanish Congregation Chairman. Additionally, Monsignor O’Brien served as a member of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council. He was named Prelate of Honor in 1988.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:      Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Thursday, September 2, 2021
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

VIGIL:   Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Thursday, September 2, 2021
7:30 PM

FUNERAL: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

88-19 Parsons Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 739-0241

Friday, September 3, 2021
10:30 AM

BURIAL: Saint John’s Cemetery

Middle Village, New York

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.

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his niece, Patrice A. Ruscigno, 445 Berkshire Road, Southbury, Connecticut 06488.

Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Aguggia, J.C.L.
Chancellor

Bishop DiMarzio Comments on Conclusion of Vos Estis Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2021

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Statement by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio 

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, today has released the following statement regarding the announcement of the results of the ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi’ investigation into allegations made against him:

“I repeat what I have said from the beginning. There is no truth to these allegations. Throughout my more than 50-year ministry as a priest, I have never abused anyone.

As promised, I fully cooperated with this inquiry, because I know I did nothing wrong. I have prayed for a conclusion to this investigation, and these final results further verify, as I have consistently said, that these allegations have absolutely no merit.

I remain focused on leading the Diocese of Brooklyn as we are emerging from the darkness of the Coronavirus pandemic.  I ask for your prayers as I continue to fight against the lawsuits stemming from these two allegations, and as I now look forward to clearing my name in the New Jersey state courts.”

            Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden in Hackensack, attorney for Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio stated:

“This decision by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was rendered after an impartial and rigorous factual investigation conducted by former federal prosecutor John O’Donnell, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, as well as the investigative firm founded by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. Both are former law enforcement officials with proven experience and impeccable integrity and the result of their investigation should leave no doubt. As the language of the decision stated, the allegations against Bishop DiMarzio have been found to have no semblance of truth.”

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