EL PAPA FRANCISCO ACEPTA LA JUBILACIÓN DE MONS. PAUL R. SANCHEZ, OBISPO AUXILIAR DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN

EL PAPA FRANCISCO ACEPTA LA JUBILACIÓN DE MONS. PAUL R. SANCHEZ,
OBISPO AUXILIAR DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN

El Santo Padre, el papa Francisco, aceptó la renuncia del obispo auxiliar de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, Paul R. Sánchez. La renuncia fue publicada en Washington el 30 de marzo de 2022 por el arzobispo Christophe Pierre, Nuncio Apostólico en los Estados Unidos.

Según las normas canónicas (de la Iglesia), a la edad de 75 años, todos los obispos deben presentar una carta de renuncia al cargo eclesiástico que ocupan. A partir de ese momento, queda en manos de la Santa Sede cuándo aceptar dicha renuncia.

“El obispo auxiliar emérito Paul Sánchez ha servido fielmente a Dios y a su pueblo durante todo su ministerio. La comunidad católica de Brooklyn y Queens es mejor gracias al compromiso del obispo Sánchez de proclamar las Buenas Nuevas de Jesucristo. Estoy agradecido por sus enseñanzas y aprecio mucho su voluntad de permanecer como líder espiritual aquí en nuestra Diócesis”, dijo el Rvdmo. Robert J. Brennan, obispo de Brooklyn.

“Doy gracias a Dios Todopoderoso por su abundante gracia y misericordia a lo largo de mis casi diez años como obispo auxiliar y mis 50 años como sacerdote. Estoy agradecido con los papas Benedicto y Francisco, y con los obispos DiMarzio y Brennan por sus oraciones y su apoyo. Han sido también innumerables sacerdotes, religiosos y religiosas, fieles feligreses y mi querida familia quienes me han inspirado y acompañado en el camino de la fe. Por todo lo que ha sido, digo, gracias Dios. Solo queda esperar la voluntad de Dios”, declaró el obispo auxiliar emérito Paul R. Sánchez.

El Rvdmo. Paul Sánchez nació el 26 de noviembre de 1946 en Brooklyn. Obtuvo una Licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad de St. Bonaventure, una Maestría en Artes de la Universidad de Notre Dame y una Licenciatura en Sagrada Teología de la Universidad Pontificia Gregoriana de Roma.

Fue ordenado sacerdote el 17 de diciembre de 1971 en la Basílica de San Pedro, en Roma. Durante su ministerio, fue asignado a varias parroquias en toda la Diócesis tanto en Brooklyn como en Queens, incluidas Our Lady of Mercy, en Forest Hills; St. Michael’s, en Flushing y St. Sebastian’s, en Woodside. El entonces padre Sánchez también se desempeñó como párroco en St. Agatha’s, en Brooklyn y Our Lady of Mount Carmel, en Astoria; mientras también se desempeñaba como administrador de St. Margaret Mary’s en Long Island City.

Siendo sacerdote, fue nombrado Coordinador del Vicariato para la Comisión Litúrgica diocesana en enero de 1975. También se desempeñó como miembro del Consejo Presbiteral de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, miembro del equipo diocesano para el ministerio sacerdotal y miembro de la subcomisión de la Comisión Internacional del Inglés en la Liturgia.

En 1997, el padre Sánchez fue nombrado Prelado de Honor (Monseñor) por el papa San Juan Pablo II. El 11 de julio de 2012, Mons. Sánchez fue ordenado Obispo Auxiliar de la Diócesis de Brooklyn. Anteriormente se había desempeñado como profesor adjunto en la Universidad de St. John y en el Seminario de la Inmaculada Concepción.

El obispo Sánchez seguirá siendo párroco de Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, en Forest Hills, donde ha servido desde 2012, y obispo auxiliar emérito de la Diócesis de Brooklyn.

(Foto oficial de Mons. Sánchez, cortesía de DeSales Media.)

Official Photo of Bishop Sanchez

POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS RETIREMENT OF DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN’S AUXILIARY BISHOP PAUL R. SANCHEZ

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation of Diocese of Brooklyn’s Auxiliary Bishop Paul R. Sanchez. The resignation was publicized in Washington on March 30, 2022, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

As required by Canon (Church) law, at the age of 75, all bishops must submit a letter of resignation from the ecclesiastical office that they hold. It is then a determination of the Holy See as to when to accept the resignation. 

“Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Paul Sanchez has faithfully served God and his people throughout his ministry. The Catholic community of Brooklyn and Queens is better because of Bishop Sanchez’s commitment to teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for his guidance, and very much appreciate his will to remain as a spiritual leader here in our Diocese,” said the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn.

“I give thanks to Almighty God for his abundant grace and mercy throughout my almost ten years as an auxiliary Bishop and my 50 years as a priest. I am grateful to Popes Benedict and Francis, and to Bishops DiMarzio and Brennan for their prayers and support. Countless priests, religious men and women, faithful parishioners and my beloved family have inspired and accompanied me in my journey of faith. For all that has been, I say, thank you God.  For all that will be, may God’s will be done,”  stated Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Paul R. Sanchez.

The Most Reverend Paul Sanchez was born November 26, 1946, in Brooklyn. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Bonaventure’s University, a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Paul R. Sanchez was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1971, at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Throughout his ministry, he was assigned to a number of parishes throughout the Diocese in both Brooklyn and Queens including Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills, St. Michael’s in Flushing, and St. Sebastian’s in Woodside. Then-Father Sanchez also served as pastor at St. Agatha’s in Brooklyn and at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Astoria, while also serving as administrator of St. Margaret Mary’s in Long Island City.

Then-Father Sanchez was named Vicariate Coordinator for the diocesan Liturgical Commission in January 1975. He also served as a member of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Presbyteral Council, a member of the diocesan team for ministry to priests, and a sub-committee member of the International Committee on English in the Liturgy.

In 1997, then-Father Sanchez was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by Saint John Paul II. On July 11, 2012, then-Monsignor Sanchez was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. He previously served as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University and at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.

Bishop Sanchez will remain Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Forest Hills, where he has served since 2012, and serve as an Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Official Photo of Bishop Sanchez
Official Photo of Bishop Sanchez courtesy of DeSales Media.

BISHOP BRENNAN OFFERS PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN BROOKLYN, SPIRITUALLY UNITED WITH POPE FRANCIS IN ROME

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a Holy Hour of Prayer for Peace this morning, Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James located at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

At Noon, Bishop Brennan consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Following the Act of Consecration, he celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, had asked all Bishops to join him spiritually in prayer today as he consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In the Catholic Church, to consecrate something is to make it sacred or holy. In the consecration of Ukraine and Russia, the Church is appealing to God, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to answer prayers for an end to the war in Ukraine.

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VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Courtesy: DeSales Media

https://vimeo.com/692352960

:38 Can you imagine that the whole world, everywhere in the world somebody is praying this prayer right now, begging God for peace, consecrating Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and really asking God that we too might be transformed, consecrate our own lives to the will of God.

1:03 CONSECRATION: O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you.  As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you.  Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence!  You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Yet we have strayed from that path of peace.  We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars.  We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations.  We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young.

2:12 CONSECRATION: We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace.  We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help! Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

3:15 HOMILY: Here we did something a little bit different, we all stopped in place and joined together to be one, that sense of unity is part of the act of consecration, it’s not just one person offering prayer but of us all gathering together.”

3:38 HOMILY: Behold I come to do your will, that’s the consecration. You might say that is a little odd, we just did a worldwide prayer for peace, a nice gesture but what difference is it going to make? That’s an easy thing to think, nice thought, wouldn’t be great if it works, but no. We stopped with faith and we said, we really want this to happen, we want God’s will to reign, we want God’s will to come true. Well, you might say well nice but sounds kind of tough, but did you hear what the angel Gabriel said to Mary, his last words? He said nothing is impossible for God.”

Bishop Brennan Prays at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James for Peace.
Bishop Brennan prays for peace at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
Bishop Brennan Joins in the Consecration of Immaculate Heart of Mary to Ukraine and Russia asking for God's intercession to bring peace.
Bishop Brennan joins with Pope Francis and people throughout the world in the Consecration of Immaculate Heart of Mary to Ukraine and Russia, asking for God’s intercession and to bring peace.
Bishop Brennan delivers his homily at the Mass on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Bishop Brennan delivers his homily at the Mass on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Bishop Robert Brennan blessed a family who joined in praying for peace in Ukraine and Russia, and the Mass of the Feast of the Annunciation.
Bishop Robert Brennan blessed a family who joined in praying for peace in Ukraine and Russia and celebrated the Mass of the Feast of the Annunciation.

 

 

BROOKLYN’S NEW BISHOP CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS BEFORE NYC PARADE

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BROOKLYN’S NEW BISHOP, ROBERT BRENNAN, CELEBRATES
ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS BEFORE NYC PARADE

         The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day Mass this morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. The Bronx born, Long Island raised new Bishop of Brooklyn traces his Irish ancestry to his maternal grandfather, who arrived in New York in 1927 from County Sligo, located in the Ireland province of Connacht.

“St. Patrick’s work has come a long, long way.   Look right here in New York and think of your own parents and grandparents. Think of the religious sisters and of generations of priests and missionaries, joyfully proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and promoting human dignity,” preached Bishop Brennan.

“So, it is a great day for a parade, maybe a little wet but a great day for the parade. Parades and processions are a literal expression of what you and I should be doing – and are doing – every single day: bringing our faith to the streets, into the community. We hold up St. Patrick.  We carry the Cross of Christ, and in a joyful, celebratory way, with pipes and drums, music and dance, the heart of what it is supposed to be about today is proclaiming Jesus Christ joyfully and effectively to the wider society, sharing the good news and the freedom that is found in Christ and in living His Gospel and seeing the dignity of every human person,” said Bishop Brennan.

Bishop Brennan was previously scheduled to deliver the Homily at today’s Mass. However, as a result of the absence of Cardinal Dolan due to his mother’s passing, Bishop Brennan was the main celebrant of the St. Patrick’s Day Mass.

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Mass livestream: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3xqqceujuE

37:24 Homily quote 1 above

38:03 Homily quote 2 above

 

Photos & Video – Courtesy DeSales Media

PHOTO 1: Bishop Brennan delivers Homily

PHOTO 2: Bishop Brennan at the Altar

PHOTO 3: Bishop Brennan with NYPD Chaplains

PHOTO 4: Bishop Brennan with Xaverian HS Pipes & Drums Marchers

PHOTO 5 Mayor Eric Adams, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop Edmund Whalen

VIDEO: B-roll St. Patrick’s Day Mass

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ABOUT BISHOP ROBERT J. BRENNAN

Bishop Brennan, who was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, was installed as the Eighth Bishop of Brooklyn on November 30, 2021.  A graduate of St. John’s University, Bishop Brennan holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics and computer science.

He studied for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1989, where he was first assigned to St. Patrick in Smithtown. He was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on July 25, 2012. On March 29, 2019, Bishop Brennan was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus.

More information about Bishop Brennan can be found at: https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/bishops/bishop-robert-j-brennan/

 

TWO BROOKLYN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS BRING HOME TOP HONORS AT ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn is excited to announce that two Brooklyn Catholic schools won top honors at this past weekend’s First Lego League City Championship, which featured STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects from 75 Catholic and public schools from across the five boroughs.

St. Saviour Catholic Academy, in Park Slope, took home the First Place trophy, and St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy, in Windsor Terrace, placed second in the contest.  The theme of the competition was “Cargo Connect,” with each team having to identify a problem and develop a program and robot to solve it.

The first-place winners, “The Demericorns,” from St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s Class 8A, will now be heading to the national competition in Texas this spring. The students’ project focused on mail delivery in medical facilities, looking to assist with the burden on medical staff and trying to limit potential contagion spread through the use of robots.

St. Saviour Catholic Academy Class 8B students, the “Car-Go Vroom” team, placed fourth in the First Lego League City Championship. These students designed a robot to help clean and care for cattle during the shipping process.

“A great big congratulations to our 8th grade First Lego League students and their coach, Mr. Christopher Demera, on their achievement! Yes, those 7:15 mornings paid off,” said Susan McCabe-Walsh, Principal of St. Saviour Catholic Academy.

St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s first-place winning team “The Demericorns” take a picture with their trophy.
St. Saviour Catholic Academy’s first-place winning team “The Demericorns” take a picture with their trophy.
The two winning teams from St. Saviour Catholic Academy; “The Demericorns” which placed first in the competition, and the students from the “Car-Go Vroom” team which placed fourth in the First Lego League City Championship.
The two winning teams from St. Saviour Catholic Academy; “The Demericorns” which placed first in the competition, and the students from the “Car-Go Vroom” team which placed fourth in the First Lego League City Championship.
Students from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy with their project on display at the competition.
Students from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy with their project on display at the competition.
The second place “Innovation Project Award” trophy presented to the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy team.
The second-place “Innovation Project Award” trophy was presented to the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy team.

Students of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy’s eighth-grade robotics team, under the leadership of robotics coach and teacher Lisa Nitzsche, tackled the issue of package theft. Their project created a QR scanner that would allow delivery personnel into a mailbox, or a locker, outside of a home.

“It really ties in with caring for others and thinking of others. A lot of the robotics skills they learned through this project, the teamwork, the problem solving and research, and the use of different technologies, has prepared them for their education going forward,” said teacher Lisa Nitzsche.

The FIRST LEGO League guides students through STEM learning and exploration.

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Obispo de Brooklyn anuncia nombramientos diocesanos, incluido el de Vicario general.

Obispo de Brooklyn anuncia nombramientos diocesanos, incluido el de Vicario general

Mons. Robert Brennan, obispo de Brooklyn, ha anunciado quiénes ocuparán varios puestos clave dentro de la administración de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Brooklyn, que incluyen: Vicario General, Moderador de la Curia y Vicario de Asuntos Canónicos.

Mons. Brennan ha nombrado a Mons. Joseph R. Grimaldi como nuevo Vicario General de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, reemplazando al Obispo Auxiliar retirado Raymond Chappetto.

“Monseñor Joseph Grimaldi ha sido miembro de la Diócesis de Brooklyn toda su vida, desde que era estudiante de la escuela católica hasta su liderazgo pastoral. Su conocimiento de los feligreses y del funcionamiento de las parroquias de la Diócesis, así como de la ley de la Iglesia, lo convierten en la persona ideal para servir como el próximo Vicario General. Espero trabajar de cerca con Monseñor Grimaldi para construir una comunidad de fe católica más fuerte en todo Brooklyn y Queens”, dijo el obispo Robert Brennan.

Mons. Grimaldi nació en la Diócesis de Brooklyn, en Astoria, Queens, era feligrés de la parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción y asistió a la Escuela Católica St. Francis of Assisi. Se graduó de Monsignor McClancy High School y St. John’s University. Ingresó al Seminario de la Inmaculada Concepción en Huntington en el año 1978 y fue ordenado sacerdote por el obispo Francis Mugavero en 1983, en la Catedral Basílica de St. James.

Mons. Grimaldi ha servido en varias parroquias de Brooklyn, y ha sido el párroco de St. Bernard’s en Mill Basin desde 2017. Anteriormente se desempeñó como párroco en St. Mark’s en Sheepshead Bay y como vicario parroquial en St. John the Evangelist, en Sunset Park y St. Ephrem, en Dyker Heights.

Siendo sacerdote, recibió un J.C.L. (Licentiata Juris Canonici – Licenciatura en Derecho Canónico) de la Universidad Católica de América en Washington, D.C., en 1992. Al regresar a la Diócesis de Brooklyn, el padre Grimaldi se desempeñó como Vicario Judicial Adjunto del Tribunal Diocesano, desde ese año hasta el 2000.

En 2012 fue nombrado “Capellán de Su Santidad” (Monseñor) por el Papa Benedicto XVI. Monseñor Grimaldi se desempeñó como Vicario Episcopal Territorial de Brooklyn de 2012 a 2020.

“Me produce orgullo y me honra este nombramiento como Vicario General de la Diócesis por parte del obispo Brennan. Su amable y compasivo liderazgo ha dado, en tan solo pocos meses, un nuevo sentido de esperanza a muchísimos feligreses en nuestra Diócesis, especialmente cuando intentamos restablecer los lazos de amor y apoyo mutuo tan fracturados por la pandemia del Coronavirus. El servicio generoso de tantos en nuestra Diócesis (laicos, religiosos y clérigos), trabajando juntos en la edificación del Cuerpo de Cristo siempre ha sido el sello distintivo de esta gran comunidad, a la que he tenido el privilegio de servir como sacerdote durante 38 años”, dijo Mons. Joseph R. Grimaldi.

Mons. Robert Brennan también ha hecho los siguientes nombramientos para la Administración Diocesana.

El Reverendísimo padre Patrick J. Keating, abogado, ha sido nombrado Moderador de la Curia. El Padre Keating también se desempeña como Ecónomo, Vicario de Administración Financiera y Consejero General de la Diócesis de Brooklyn. Además, el sacerdote es director general adjunto de Caridades Católicas de Brooklyn y Queens. El padre Keating fue ordenado el 4 de junio de 2005. Obtuvo su Maestría en Administración Pública de Baruch College en 2013 y un Doctorado en Jurisprudencia de la Facultad de Derecho de Brooklyn en 2017. El padre Keating fue admitido en el Colegio de Abogados del Estado de Nueva York en 2017.

El Reverendo Monseñor Steven Aguggia, J.C.L., ha sido nombrado Vicario de Asuntos Canónicos. También sirve a la Diócesis como Canciller desde el 31 de enero de 2020 y como Párroco de la Iglesia St. Pancras, en Glendale, desde el 15 de septiembre de ese mismo año. Mons. Aguggia recibió un J.C.L. (Licentiata Juris Canonici – Licenciatura en Derecho Canónico) de la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana de Roma, en el año 2000. Fue Vicario Judicial de la Diócesis de Brooklyn de 2009 a 2020. Mons. Aguggia fue ordenado sacerdote el 22 de mayo de 1993.

El Reverendo Monseñor Anthony M. Hernandez, JCL, se desempeñó anteriormente como Moderador de la Curia (2018-2022) y Vicario de Asuntos Canónicos (2008-2022) y también fue Canciller de 2009 a 2020. Seguirá siendo párroco de la Iglesia de la Transfiguración en Williamsburg. “Le estoy muy agradecido a Mons. Hernández por su servicio durante tiempos y circunstancias tan difíciles. Aprecio el trabajo que ha realizado al servicio de la administración diocesana durante más de una década. Ahora podrá dedicar todas sus energías a su trabajo pastoral”, expresó Mons. Brennan.

Maryellen Quinn ha sido nombrada Directora de la Oficina de Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, y Coordinadora de Asistencia Temporal a Víctimas. Ha sido Coordinadora de Ambiente Seguro durante 12 de los 13 años que ha trabajado para la Diócesis y, en ese rol, ha trabajado para garantizar que existan ambientes seguros para todos. Maryellen ha estado a cargo de monitorear el cumplimiento de todas las capacitaciones de concientización sobre abuso sexual a niños y adultos, asegurando que se realicen verificaciones de antecedentes penales y que se respete el Código de Conducta. También mantiene los registros de las Auditorías anuales de la “Carta para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes” para garantizar que la Diócesis apruebe la Auditoría todos los años.

“Maryellen ha venido prestando servicios en el programa Ambiente Seguro durante muchos años y es un miembro valioso del equipo en la primera línea que responde en tiempos de crisis. Su ministerio también incluye un importante trabajo con las víctimas y sobrevivientes de abuso sexual del clero. Agradezco su disposición a asumir responsabilidades adicionales en esta misión tan importante de proteger a los niños y a los más vulnerables, y atender las necesidades de las víctimas y sobrevivientes”, declaró Mons. Brennan.

Maryellen Quinn reemplaza a Jasmine Salazar, LMSW, quien renunció como Directora de la Oficina para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes, Coordinadora de Asistencia a las Víctimas y Vicecanciller.

Durante su tiempo como Coordinadora de Asistencia a las Víctimas, Jasmine Salazar brindó asistencia y apoyo a las víctimas y sus familiares, creó el Comité Asesor de Víctimas para hacer recomendaciones al obispo en nombre de las víctimas, optimizó el proceso de informes, estableció una relación con la Unidad de Víctimas Especiales del NYPD para asegurarse de que las víctimas reciban una respuesta adecuada, y junto con la junta asesora de Víctimas, organizó las Misas de Esperanza y Sanación.

“La Diócesis de Brooklyn es un modelo para todo el país por su trabajo con los sobrevivientes de abuso sexual por parte del clero. Doy crédito a Jasmine Salazar por todo su cometido y estoy agradecido por sus 13 años de servicio a la Diócesis. Su partida es una verdadera pérdida para nosotros, pero sé que algunos de los procesos que puso en marcha seguirán funcionando”, afirmó Mons. Brennan.

Todos estos nombramientos surten efecto de inmediato.

Mons. Joseph R. Grimaldi

Reverendísimo padre Patrick J. Keating

Reverendo Monseñor Steven Aguggia, J.C.L.

Maryellen Quinn

BROOKLYN CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS SEND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO THE CHILDREN OF THE UKRAINE

BROOKLYN CATHOLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS SEND LOVE AND PRAYERS TO THE CHILDREN OF THE UKRAINE

Students of St. Mark’s Catholic Academy, located in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, held a special dress-down fundraiser for the children of Ukraine on Monday, March 7, 2022.

The school raised over $2,000 for “Voices of Children,” which provides psychological and psychosocial support for children affected by war.

Photos attached are courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn/St. Mark’s Catholic Academy.

St. Mark’s Catholic Academy students participating in a dress-down fundraiser to benefit the children of Ukraine.
Students from St. Mark’s Catholic Academy send their prayers to the children of Ukraine.

Brooklyn Bishop Announces Diocesan Appointments, including Vicar General

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Brooklyn Bishop Announces Diocesan Appointments, including Vicar General

The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, has announced his selections for several key positions within the administration of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn including: Vicar General, Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar for Canonical Affairs.

Bishop Brennan has named Monsignor Joseph R. Grimaldi as the new Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn, replacing retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto.

“Monsignor Joseph Grimaldi has been a part of the Diocese of Brooklyn his entire life, from his days as a Catholic school student to his pastoral leadership. His knowledge of the people and the parishes of the Diocese, as well as Church law, make him the ideal person to serve as the next Vicar General. I look forward to working closely with Monsignor Grimaldi to build a stronger Catholic community of faith throughout Brooklyn and Queens,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

Monsignor Grimaldi was born in the Diocese of Brooklyn in Astoria, Queens, was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception parish, and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. He is a graduate of Monsignor McClancy High School and St. John’s University. He entered the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington in 1978 and was ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Francis Mugavero in 1983 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.

Monsignor Grimaldi has served in several Brooklyn parishes. He has been Pastor of St. Bernard’s in Mill Basin since 2017.  He previously served as pastor at St. Mark’s Church in Sheepshead Bay and as parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist in Sunset Park and St. Ephrem in Dyker Heights.

Then-Father Grimaldi received a J.C.L. (Juris Canonici Licentiata – Canon Law degree) from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1992.  Upon returning to the Diocese of Brooklyn, Father Grimaldi served as an Adjunct Judicial Vicar for the Diocesan Tribunal from 1992-2000.

In 2012 he was named “Chaplain of His Holiness” (Monsignor) by Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor Grimaldi served as the Territorial Episcopal Vicar for Brooklyn from 2012-2020.

“I am humbled and honored by my appointment as Vicar General of the Diocese by Bishop Brennan. His kind and compassionate leadership has, in just a few short months, given a new sense of hope to so many in our Diocese, especially as we attempt to re-establish the bonds of mutual love and support so fractured by the Coronavirus pandemic. The generous service of so many in our Diocese (laity, religious and clergy), working together in building up The Body of Christ has always been the hallmark of this great diocese; one I have been privileged to serve as a priest for 38 years,” said Monsignor Joseph R. Grimaldi.

Bishop Robert Brennan has also made the following appointments to Diocesan Administration.

Very Reverend Patrick J. Keating, Esq., has been appointed Moderator of the Curia. Father Keating also serves as the Econome, Vicar for Financial Administration, and General Counsel for the Diocese of Brooklyn. In addition, Father Keating is the Deputy CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. Father Keating was ordained on June 4, 2005. He earned his Master of Public Administration from Baruch College in 2013 and Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2017. Father Keating was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2017.

Reverend Monsignor Steven Aguggia, J.C.L., has been appointed Vicar for Canonical Affairs. He also serves the Diocese as Chancellor since January 31, 2020, and as Pastor of St. Pancras Church in Glendale since September 15, 2020. Monsignor Aguggia received a J.C.L. (Juris Canonici Licentiata – Canon Law degree) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2000. He was Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Brooklyn from 2009-2020. Monsignor Aguggia was ordained on May 22, 1993.

Reverend Monsignor Anthony M. Hernandez, J.C.L., previously served as Moderator of the Curia (2018-2022) and Vicar for Canonical Affairs (2008-2022) and was also Chancellor from 2009 to 2020. He will remain as Pastor of Transfiguration Church in Williamsburg. “I am very grateful to Monsignor Hernandez for his service during difficult times and circumstances. I appreciate the work he has done in service to Diocesan administration for more than a decade. He will now be able to devote all his energies to his pastoral work,” said Bishop Brennan.

Maryellen Quinn has been appointed Director for the Office of Protection of Children and Young People and Temporary Victim Assistance Coordinator. She has been Safe Environment Coordinator for 12 of the 13 years she has worked for the Diocese and in that role, has worked to ensure safe environments exist for all. Quinn has been in charge of monitoring compliance of all sexual abuse awareness training for children and adults, ensuring that criminal background checks are being performed, and that all Code of Conduct is adhered to. She also maintains the records for the yearly Audits of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth to ensure the Diocese passes the Audit every year.

“Maryellen has effectively served with the Safe Environment program for many years and is a valuable member of the team on the frontlines that responds in times of crisis. Maryellen’s ministry also includes her important work with the victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse. I appreciate she was willing to take extra responsibilities in this most important mission of protecting children and the vulnerable and tending to the needs of victim-survivors,” said Bishop Brennan.

Quinn replaces Jasmine Salazar, LMSW, who has resigned as Director of the Office for Protection of Children & Young People, Victim Assistance Coordinator and Vice Chancellor.

During her time as Victim Assistance Coordinator, Salazar provided outreach and support for victims and their families, created the Victim’s Advisory Board to make recommendations to the Bishop on behalf of victims, stream-lined the reporting process, formed a relationship with the NYPD Special Victims Unit to make sure that victims receive a proper response, and together with the Victim’s advisory board, organized the Masses of Hope and Healing.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn is a model around the country for its work with survivors of clergy sexual abuse. I credit Jasmine Salazar with all that and am grateful for her 13 years of service to the Diocese. Her departure is a real loss for us, but I know that some of the processes she put in place will live on,” said Bishop Brennan.

The above-mentioned appointments take effect immediately.

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Monsignor Joseph R. Grimaldi

Very Reverend Patrick J. Keating

Reverend Monsignor Steven Aguggia

Maryellen Quinn

EL PAPA FRANCISCO ACEPTA LA JUBILACIÓN DE MONS. RAYMOND F. CHAPPETTO, OBISPO AUXILIAR DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN

EL PAPA FRANCISCO ACEPTA LA JUBILACIÓN DE MONS. RAYMOND F. CHAPPETTO,
OBISPO AUXILIAR DE LA DIÓCESIS DE BROOKLYN

El Santo Padre, el papa Francisco, aceptó la renuncia del obispo auxiliar de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, Raymond F. Chappetto. La renuncia fue publicada en Washington el 7 de marzo de 2022 por el arzobispo Christophe Pierre, Nuncio Apostólico en los Estados Unidos.

Según las normas canónicas (de la Iglesia), a la edad de 75 años, todos los obispos deben presentar una carta de renuncia al cargo eclesiástico que ocupan. A partir de ese momento, queda en manos de la Santa Sede cuándo aceptar la renuncia.

“Comparto el aprecio de muchos en la diócesis por tantos años de servicio dedicado de Mons. Chappetto aquí en Brooklyn y Queens. Personalmente, le agradezco por quedarse junto a nosotros un poco después de su edad de jubilación para ayudarnos con la transición, y al papa Francisco por permitirlo”, dijo el Rvdmo. Robert J. Brennan, obispo de Brooklyn.

“Ha sido un honor y un privilegio para mí servir durante 51 años como sacerdote, 10 de ellos como obispo, para la gran Diócesis de Brooklyn. Estoy agradecido con nuestro Santo Padre, el papa Francisco, y con los obispos DiMarzio y Brennan, por apoyarme en mi ministerio”, declaró el obispo auxiliar emérito Raymond F. Chappetto.

El Rvdmo. Raymond F. Chappetto, DDiv, nació el 20 de agosto de 1945 en Astoria. Estudió en el Cathedral College en Brooklyn y obtuvo una Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario Our Lady of Angels en Albany. Mons. Chappetto también tiene una Maestría en Artes en Educación Religiosa de la Universidad de St. John y está certificado en Consejería Pastoral.

Fue ordenado sacerdote el 29 de mayo de 1971. Durante su ministerio, ha servido en varias parroquias de Brooklyn y Queens, y como vicario episcopal para Brooklyn West.

En 1997, el padre Chappetto fue nombrado Prelado de Honor (Monseñor) por el papa San Juan Pablo II.

En 2008, mientras servía como párroco de Our Lady of Snows, en Floral Park, Mons. Chappetto fue nombrado “Párroco del año” por la Asociación Nacional de Educación Católica. Durante su ministerio en dicha parroquia también fue nombrado Ministro de los Sacerdotes. En 2009 fue nombrado Vicario para el Clero y la Vida Consagrada, cargo que ocupó hasta 2021.

El 11 de julio de 2012, Mons. Chappetto fue ordenado Obispo Auxiliar de la Diócesis de Brooklyn, y en septiembre del año siguiente, fue nombrado vicario general de la Diócesis de Brooklyn.

El Rvdmo. Raymond F. Chappetto ahora se desempeñará como obispo auxiliar emérito de la Diócesis de Brooklyn con efecto inmediato.

(Foto de Mons. Raymond Chappetto, cortesía de DeSales Media.)

Bishop Chappetto Photo
Photo of Bishop Chappetto courtesy of DeSales Media.

POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS RETIREMENT OF DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN’S AUXILIARY BISHOP RAYMOND F. CHAPPETTO

POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS RETIREMENT OF DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN’S AUXILIARY BISHOP RAYMOND F. CHAPPETTO

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation of Diocese of Brooklyn’s Auxiliary Bishop Raymond F. Chappetto. The resignation was publicized in Washington on March 7, 2022, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

As required by Canon (Church) law, at the age of 75, all bishops must submit a letter of resignation from the ecclesiastical office that they hold. It is then a determination of the Holy See as to when to accept the resignation.

“I share the appreciation of so many in the diocese for Bishop Chappetto’s many years of dedicated service here in Brooklyn and Queens.  Personally, I thank him for staying on beyond the retirement age to assist with the transition, and to Pope Francis for allowing that,” said The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn.

“It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve for 51 years as a priest, 10 of those years as a Bishop, for the great Diocese of Brooklyn. I am grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and to Bishops DiMarzio and Brennan, for their support of my ministry,” stated Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond F. Chappetto.

The Most Reverend Raymond F. Chappetto, D.D., was born on August 20, 1945, in Astoria. He studied at Cathedral College in Brooklyn and was awarded a Master of Divinity from Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Albany. Bishop Chappetto also holds a Master of Arts in Religious Education from St. John’s University and is certified in Pastoral Counseling.

Raymond F. Chappetto was ordained to the priesthood on May 29, 1971. Throughout his ministry, he has served in numerous parishes in Brooklyn and Queens, and as an Episcopal Vicar for Brooklyn West. In 1997, then-Father Chappetto was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by Saint John Paul II.

In 2008, while assigned as Pastor of Our Lady of Snows in Floral Park, then-Monsignor Chappetto was named Pastor of the Year by the National Catholic Education Association. During his ministry at Our Lady of Snows, he was named Minister for Priests. In 2009, he was named Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life, a position held until 2021.

On July 11, 2012, then-Monsignor Chappetto was ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In September 2013, Bishop Chappetto was named Diocese of Brooklyn’s Vicar General.

The Most Reverend Raymond F. Chappetto will now serve as an Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Brooklyn effective immediately.

Bishop Chappetto Photo
Photo of Bishop Raymond Chappetto courtesy of DeSales Media.

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