Announcement of Death – Reverend Ralph J. Caputo

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Ralph J. Caputo, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Caputo was born on June 29, 1949 in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 3, 1975 and died Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Father Caputo served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parishes of Our Lady Help of Christians (Brooklyn), Saint Bernard (Brooklyn), and Queen of Peace (Kew Gardens). He also served as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Queen of Angels (Sunnyside) and Saint Vincent de Paul (Brooklyn). Father Caputo was in residence at the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians (Brooklyn).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE: Saint Bernard R.C. Church
2055 East 69th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11234
Tel: (718) 763-5533

Monday, June 17, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

VIGIL MASS: Saint Bernard R.C. Church
2055 East 69th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11234
Tel: (718) 763-5533

Monday, June 17, 2024
7:00 PM

FUNERAL MASS: Saint Bernard R.C. Church
2055 East 69th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11234
Tel: (718) 763-5533

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
11:00 AM

BURIAL: Saint John Cemetery
Middle Village, New York

Father Caputo was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society.

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 brother, Mr. Gerald Caputo, 6806 Madeline Court, Brooklyn, New York 11220.

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

Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

 

BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN TO ORDAIN FOUR MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD INCLUDING FIRST AMERICAN-BORN VIETNAMESE PRIEST IN THE DIOCESE

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BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN TO ORDAIN FOUR MEN TO THE PRIESTHOOD INCLUDING FIRST AMERICAN-BORN VIETNAMESE PRIEST IN THE DIOCESE

            The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain four men as priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn during a Mass of Ordination, on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. The four ordinands are:


Deacon Caetano Moura de Oliveira
Caetano Moura de Oliveira, 31, was born in the city of Jundiaí, about 60 miles from São Paulo, Brazil. He was raised in a devout Catholic family, who would pray as a family on Sundays at home before attending Mass. However, he also describes his youth as full of rock and roll concerts and mosh pits.  In 2012 on a youth pilgrimage in Brasilia, Brazil, Deacon de Oliveira heard the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him and become a priest.

Deacon de Oliveira attended the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and completed his studies at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Deacon Luis Marquez
Luis Marquez, 38, was born in Medellin, Colombia, and immigrated with his family to the United States in 2002, settling in New Jersey. Luis would go on to earn a degree in foreign languages and became a Spanish teacher in Englewood, New Jersey, prior to answering the call to the priesthood. His father, also named Luis, had considered the priesthood as a young man, and strongly encouraged him to become a priest.  He attended Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He is excited to serve in the Diocese of Brooklyn where he will be surrounded by different cultures, languages, and communities.

Deacon Randy Thanh Nguyen
Randy Thanh Nguyen, 38, was born in Minnesota to Vietnamese parents, who brought their family to Elmhurst, Queens. Deacon Randy made his sacraments of first Holy Communion and Confirmation at his home parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Astoria, Queens. Deacon Nguyen is a graduate of Hunter College and speaks three languages: Vietnamese, Spanish and English. He completed his theological studies at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Deacon Randy pursued a medical degree for a short time prior to pursuing his vocation to the priesthood.

Deacon Tobechkwu Jude Offiah
Tobechkwu Jude Offiah, 37, was born in Lagos, the former capital city of Nigeria. Faith was always important in his family, and as an incentive to attend Mass, his mom always treated him and his siblings to ice cream after Mass. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria. Soon after, he first entered the seminary in the Diocese of Akwa in 2011 but would later follow his family to the United States in 2016.  In 2019, Deacon Offiah entered St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in New York, and he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2022.

 

The Ordination Mass will be broadcast live on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese of Brooklyn. NET-TV can be found on Spectrum channel 97; Optimum channel 30; and on FiOS Channel 548. The Mass will also be live-streamed at netny.tv/watch-now.

Members of the media are welcome and asked to confirm their attendance.

The attached photos of the four ordinands are courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Deacon Caetano Moura de Oliveira

Deacon Caetano Moura de Oliveira

Deacon Luis Marquez

Deacon Luis Alfredo Marquez

Deacon Randy Thanh Nguyen

Deacon Randy Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Deacon Tobechkwu Jude Offiah

Deacon Tobechukwu Offiah

DECLARACIÓN DE LA DIOCESIS DE BROOKLYN EN RESPUESTA A LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA OFICINA DEL FISCAL GENERAL

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA: 16 de abril de 2024

DECLARACIÓN DE LA DIOCESIS DE BROOKLYN EN RESPUESTA A LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA OFICINA DEL FISCAL GENERAL

Después de una extensa investigación, con la plena cooperación de los líderes diocesanos pasados y presentes, la Diócesis de Brooklyn ha llegado a un acuerdo con la oficina de la Fiscal General del Estado de Nueva York, Letitia James, que mejorará su esfuerzo de protección infantil de dos décadas desde la aprobación de la Carta para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes de 2002 (Carta de Dallas) por los Obispos de los Estados Unidos.

Como señaló la fiscal general, “la diócesis y sus líderes, incluidos el obispo Nicholas DiMarzio y el obispo Robert J. Brennan, han cooperado plenamente con la investigación y, tanto antes como después de su inicio, han emprendido voluntariamente una serie de cambios importantes en las políticas y procedimientos de la diócesis para ayudar a abordar las preocupaciones que dieron lugar a la investigación y para evitar que se repitan.” La fiscal general también señaló en el acuerdo que “los esfuerzos de la diócesis desde 2003 hasta la actualidad para reforzar sus políticas y procedimientos fueron significativos y mejoraron la respuesta de la diócesis a los abusos sexuales… la iniciativa demostrada por la diócesis antes del inicio de la investigación para evaluar y mejorar su respuesta institucional fue un factor importante para alcanzar esta resolución voluntaria.”

La cooperación de la diócesis, según el acuerdo, “fue más allá de responder a la citación”, siendo la primera diócesis del estado en iniciar reuniones y presentar voluntariamente documentos e información a la oficina del fiscal general (OAG) en un intento de que las políticas para la gestión de las acusaciones de abusos sexuales se examinaran detenidamente para garantizar que se aplican las mejores prácticas para gestionar dichas acusaciones. Como parte de este acuerdo, la diócesis propuso el nombramiento de un tercero independiente para supervisar el cumplimiento de todas las políticas y procedimientos, entre otras cosas. Una vez aprobada la Carta de Dallas en junio de 2002, la Diócesis de Brooklyn, al igual que muchas diócesis de todo el país, se vio inundada principalmente por acusaciones de abusos sexuales que se remontaban a décadas atrás. Como puede verse en el gráfico siguiente, el número de acusaciones se disparó en 2002. Entre 2002 y 2005, la diócesis recibió 121 denuncias de abusos sexuales.

Todas las denuncias que llegaban a la diócesis se enviaban inmediatamente al fiscal del distrito correspondiente. La diócesis también colaboró con la Unidad de Víctimas Especiales de la policía de Nueva York en muchos de los casos. Ante la aparición de estas denuncias, en 2003, poco después de su toma de posesión, el obispo, Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio estableció una línea de denuncia independiente, una de las primeras del país, para que una persona ajena a la diócesis se encargara de recoger la información y denunciarla a las fuerzas del orden. Mons. DiMarzio también creó la Junta de Revisión Diocesana (DRB). La DRB, compuesta en su mayoría por antiguos agentes de las fuerzas del orden, abogados con experiencia en derecho de familia y abusos a menores, y profesionales de la salud mental, gestiona las denuncias e investigaciones de abusos sexuales a menores y hace recomendaciones de personal al obispo basándose en sus conclusiones.

La diócesis trabajó con diligencia -a menudo con información de hace décadas- para apartar del ministerio a cualquier clérigo que tuviera acusaciones creíbles. Ese compromiso nunca decayó. La fiscal general señaló que “en la mayoría de los casos, la diócesis remitió oportunamente las denuncias de abusos a la DRB y contrató a un investigador independiente para que investigara las acusaciones. Las investigaciones llevadas a cabo para la DRB solían ser exhaustivas e implicaban entrevistas a numerosos testigos por parte de investigadores cualificados que preparaban informes detallados por escrito de sus conclusiones.”

Con el tiempo, la diócesis reconoció la necesidad de mejorar la comunicación interna y con los fieles. De hecho, entre 2003 y 2021, durante el mandato de Mons. DiMarzio, se emitieron comunicados públicos sobre el resultado de las investigaciones (DRB) que condujeron a la separación del ministerio de 27 sacerdotes. Durante ese tiempo, se emitieron otras 41 comunicaciones, incluidas alertas, sobre la crisis de abusos sexuales. Desde noviembre de 2021, cuando Mons. Robert Brennan tomó posesión como octavo obispo de Brooklyn, dos sacerdotes han sido apartados del ministerio, siguiendo la recomendación de la (DRB). Además, bajo el liderazgo de Mons. Brennan, la ex detective de la policía de Nueva York de la Brigada de Abuso Infantil de Manhattan, Elizabeth Harris, fue nombrada, el 30 de septiembre de 2022, para supervisar a los sacerdotes retirados del ministerio.

https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/press-releases/brooklyn-diocese-announces-former-nypd-detective-appointed-tokey-roles-in-the-office-of-child-protection

“Este acuerdo concluye un período difícil en la vida de la Iglesia. Aunque la Iglesia debería haber sido un santuario, lamento profundamente que haya sido un lugar de trauma para las víctimas de abusos sexuales del clero. Rezo para que el poder sanador de Dios les sostenga. Hoy, seguimos adelante con las políticas más estrictas para la protección de niños y adultos”, dijo Mons. Robert Brennan, que fue investido como octavo obispo de Brooklyn el 30 de noviembre de 2021.

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Otras comunicaciones notables al público y a los fieles incluyen:

– En un comunicado pionero en su tipo en 2017, la diócesis publicó una lista de sacerdotes que fueron laicizados debido a acusaciones creíbles de abuso sexual. https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/news/official-statement-of-the-dioceseof-brooklyn/

– En el otoño de 2018, Mons. Nicholas DiMarzio y funcionarios diocesanos celebraron cuatro sesiones de escucha con los fieles en Brooklyn y Queens, donde los feligreses pudieron hacer cualquier pregunta sobre la crisis de abuso sexual del clero. Haga clic en el enlace para ver los vídeos de las sesiones de escucha.

– En 2019, la diócesis publicó su lista de sacerdotes acusados con credibilidad. https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/press-releases/diocese-of-brooklyn-releases-names-of-clergy-crediblyaccused-of-sexual-abuse

 

Diocese of Brooklyn Statement In Response to Attorney General Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2024

STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN IN RESPONSE TO THE INVESTIGATION BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

After an extensive investigation, with the full cooperation of diocesan leaders past and present, the Diocese of Brooklyn has entered into an agreement with the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James that will improve on its two-decade child protection effort since the passage of the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Dallas Charter) by the U.S. Bishops. As noted by the attorney general, “the Diocese and its leaders, including Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Bishop Robert J. Brennan, have fully cooperated with the Investigation and, both prior to and after its commencement, have voluntarily undertaken a number of important changes to the Diocese’s policies and procedures to help address the concerns that led to the Investigation and to prevent their recurrence.”

The attorney general also noted in the agreement, “the Diocese’s efforts from 2003 to the present to strengthen its policies and procedures were significant and improved the Diocese’s response to sexual abuse … the Diocese’s demonstrated initiative prior to the commencement of the Investigation to assess and improve its institutional response was an important factor in reaching this voluntary resolution.”

The diocese’s cooperation, according to the agreement, “went beyond responding to the subpoena,” being the first diocese in the state to initiate meetings and voluntarily produce documents and information to the office of the attorney general (OAG) in an attempt to have the policies for the handling of sexual abuse allegations looked at closely to ensure the best practices are in place for handling such allegations. As part of this agreement, the Diocese proposed the appointment of an independent third party to monitor its compliance with all policies and procedures, among other things.

Once the Dallas Charter was passed in June 2002, the Diocese of Brooklyn, like many dioceses around the country, was inundated with primarily decades-old sexual abuse allegations. As seen in the graph below, the number of allegations skyrocketed in 2002. Between 2002 and 2005, 121 allegations of sexual abuse were reported to the diocese.

 

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All allegations that came to the diocese were immediately sent to the appropriate district attorney. The Diocese also worked with the NYPD Special Victims Unit on many of the cases. Facing the emergence of these claims, in 2003, soon after his installation, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio set up an independent reporting line, one of the first in the country, so that an outside person would be involved in taking the information and reporting to law enforcement. Bishop DiMarzio also established the Diocesan Review Board (DRB). The DRB, mostly comprised of former law enforcement officers, lawyers with experience in family law and child abuse, and mental health professionals, manages child sexual abuse allegations and investigations and makes personnel recommendations to the bishop based on their findings.

The diocese worked diligently – often with decades-old information – to remove from ministry any clergy who had credible allegations. That commitment never wavered. The attorney general noted, “in most cases, the Diocese timely referred the Abuse Allegations to the DRB and hired an independent investigator to investigate the charges.  The investigations carried out for the DRB were usually thorough and entailed interviews of numerous witnesses by qualified investigators who prepared detailed written reports of their findings.”

Over time, the diocese recognized the need to improve communications internally and to the faithful. In fact, between 2003-2021, during Bishop DiMarzio’s tenure, public statements were released about the outcome of (DRB) investigations that led to the removal of 27 priests from ministry. During that time, an additional 41 communications, including alerts, were issued regarding the sex abuse crisis.

Since November 2021, when Bishop Robert Brennan was installed as the eighth bishop of Brooklyn, two priests have been removed from ministry, following the recommendation of the (DRB).  Additionally, under Bishop Brennan’s leadership, former Manhattan Child Abuse Squad NYPD Detective, Elizabeth Harris was appointed, on September 30, 2022, to monitor priests removed from ministry. https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/press-releases/brooklyn-diocese-announces-former-nypd-detective-appointed-to-key-roles-in-the-office-of-child-protection

“This agreement concludes a difficult period in the life of the church. While the Church should have been a sanctuary, I am deeply sorry that it was a place of trauma for the victims of clergy sexual abuse. I pray God’s healing power will sustain them. Today, we move forward with the strongest policies in place for the protection of children and adults,” said Bishop Robert Brennan, who was installed as the 8th Bishop of Brooklyn on November 30, 2021.

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Other notable communications to the public and the faithful include:


ASSURANCE OF DISCONTINUANCE AGREEMENT

 

 

Announcement of Death-Joseph A. Nugent

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Joseph A. Nugent, who died on Monday, April 15, 2024.

All arrangements and burial are private. If you have any questions concerning the arrangements, please contact the Office of the Chancellor.

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 nephew, Mr. Andrew Nugent, 3741 Lynn Lane, Wantagh, NY 11793.

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

Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Announcement of Death-Reverend Richard Zuk

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Richard Zuk, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who was released from Diocesan Assignment to serve as Prison Chaplain of the Federal Correctional Complex in Florida. Father Zuk was born on October 12, 1973, ordained to the Priesthood on June 4, 2005, and died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Father Zuk served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Administrator of the Parishes of Saint Joseph (Jamaica), and Saint Clement Pope (South Ozone Park), while in residence at the Parish of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Jamaica). He also served as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament (Jackson Heights), Saint Anastasia (Douglaston), and Saint Matthias (Ridgewood) ; and as Parochial Assistant of Saint Kevin (Flushing), and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Ozone Park). Father Zuk also served as Prison Chaplain to the Metropolitan Detention Center (Brooklyn), United States Penitentiary Cannan (Philadelphia), and the Federal Correctional Institution (Otisville and Ray Brook).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:  Michael’s Funeral Home Inc.
7922 Metropolitan Avenue Middle Village, New York 11379
Tel: (718) 894-5500
Sunday, April 14, 2024
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

VIGIL: Holy Trinity R.C. Church
14-51 143rd Street Whitestone, New York 11357
Tel: (718) 746-7730
Monday, April 15, 2024
7:30 PM

FUNERAL: Immaculate Conception Center
7200 Douglaston Parkway Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: (718) 229-8001
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
10:00 AM

BURIAL: Saint John Cemetery
Middle Village, New York

Father Zuk was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society.

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 Mr. James Dufek, 2719 Southwest 120th Terrace, Gainesville, Florida 32608.

Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Aguggia, J.C.L. Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs.

VIDEO UPDATE: CHRIST IS RISEN – BROOKLYN BISHOP PRESIDES OVER EASTER VIGIL MASS

BISHOP BRENNAN AT EASTER VIGIL IN BROOKLYN: “CHRIST IS RISEN”

Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, marked the celebration of Easter, the holiest day on the Christian calendar, with an Easter Vigil Mass Saturday evening, March 30, 2024, at The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as he was crucified for the sins of the world. The Easter Vigil begins in the dark outside the Church. That is where the Paschal candle is lit and that light is shared with all of the worshippers inside the church. The dramatic lighting of the church symbolizes the Risen Lord.

“We see the reality of sin and death all around us in the world. This morning, I was at a funeral for the police officer who was shot and killed in Queens, an act of terrible, terrible violence. And yet we don’t sing Alleluia tonight because we’re making believe that all is well in the world. We are singing Alleluia tonight because all is not well in the world. But Christ has conquered it, because we know that all is not well in our own lives, and that we need His help. And he gives us that help, and that we can believe, with all our hearts, that yes indeed in the waters of baptism we plunge with him into his death and in the living of ordinary life, we experience sorrow and pain and even our own failings and sins. But too, we rise up with him to live forever. We were made for his glory,” said Bishop Brennan in his homily. 

At the Mass, Bishop Brennan baptized four people, who are among more than 400 new Catholics baptized at Easter Vigil Masses throughout the diocese.

Later today, Sunday, March 31, 2024, Bishop Brennan will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass at 11:00 A.M. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James located at 250 Cathedral Place in downtown Brooklyn.

Easter Sunday Mass can be seen live on NET TV, the Diocesan cable channel, available on Spectrum channel 97, Optimum channel 30, and Verizon Fios channel 548, or online at netny.tv

Members of the media are invited to attend.

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Easter Vigil Video: vimeo.com/929220021 – Courtesy: DeSales Media

Easter Vigil Mass: www.youtube.com/watch – Courtesy: DeSales Media

Bishop Brennan quote above can be found at 1:01:27-1:02:33

Announcement of Death – Reverend John J. Garkowski

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend John J. Garkowski, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Garkowski was born on January 18, 1939, was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1966, and died Saturday, March 23, 2024. 

Father Garkowski served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (South Ozone Park), Saint Pancras (Glendale), and Saint Bartholomew (Elmhurst). 

The arrangements are as follows: 

WAKE:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church
111-50 115th Street
South Ozone Park, New York 11420
Tel: (718) 843-1212
Monday, April 1, 2024  – 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024  – 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM 

FUNERAL:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church
111-50 115th Street
South Ozone Park, New York 11420
Tel: (718) 843-1212
Tuesday, April 2, 2024
11:00 AM 

BURIAL:
Saint John’s Cemetery
Middle Village, New York 

Father Garkowski was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society. 

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 brother, Mr. Gary Garkowski, c/o Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, 111-50 115th Street, South Ozone Park, New York 11420. 

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

Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs 

 

Announcement of Death- Reverend John S. Wtulich

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend John S. Wtulich, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Wtulich was born on August 19, 1946 in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 27, 1972 and died Friday, March 22, 2024.

Father Wtulich served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Administrator of the Parish of Saint Virgilius (Rockaway Beach), and Pastor of the Parish of Saint Catharine of Alexandria (Brooklyn). He also served as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Saint Francis de Sales (Belle Harbor), Our Lady of the Snows (Floral Park), Saint Rosalia–Basilica of Regina Pacis (Brooklyn), Our lady of Angels (Brooklyn), Saint Robert Bellarmine (Bayside), Good Shepherd (Brooklyn), and Sacred Heart (Brooklyn). Father Wtulich was in residence at Bishop Mugavero Residence (Douglaston), and Saint Camillus–Saint Virgilius (Rockaway Beach).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:

Immaculate Conception Center 7200 Douglaston Parkway Douglaston, New York 11362 Tel: (718) 229-8001
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

FUNERAL MASS: Immaculate Conception Center
7200 Douglaston Parkway Douglaston, New York 11362 Tel: (718) 229-8001
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
11:00 AM

BURIAL:      Calvary Cemetery
Woodside, 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 sister-in-law, Mrs. Rita Wtulich, 16 Meadowbrook Lane, Goshen, New York 10924.

Reverend Monsignor Steven J. Aguggia, J.C.L.
Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

 

UPDATE: BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH MASS OF THANKSGIVING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2024

BISHOP ROBERT BRENNAN CELEBRATES MASS IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

            Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn which includes Queens, led a Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at Immaculate Conception Parish in the Jamaica section of Queens.

The theme of the Mass was “Spiritual Unity Through Cultural Diversity,” but Father Robert Seay, OFM, Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Charity in Brooklyn and homilist for the Mass, talked about the difficulties faced by Black Catholics today.

“The frustration that has happened, to especially black people when you listen, is that we are not at the table, that we, the decisions are made, and we are being eaten up by maintenance rather than mission. That’s what I hear. And I hear so many people saying I can’t take it any longer. So, the faith is shattered by a lot right now, but we also can come and celebrate the good times and look towards the future that we will be included in the church,” preached Father Seay.

“That’s exactly what Pope Francis is asking with the Synod – that we listen deeply to one another. And so, it is important for me, as we do some of our planning, to hear the voices of all people, of all races and perspectives in everything we do in the Diocese. One of the lessons I have learned is that we may or may not be able to identify with others, but we need to listen and hear people’s troubles and concerns. And that’s what the Black History Month Mass was about. It’s not just that we listen to one another when there’s something wrong, but that we’re listening to one another in the course of our day to day lives,” said Bishop Brennan.

During his tenure at the Weeksville, Brooklyn Church, Father Seay became known for his work to promote peace, and his leadership led to his membership on the Mayor’s Pastoral Council. He has dedicated his life’s work to educating the youth and improving race relations. Bishop Brennan says Father Seay’s words are important to hear now more than ever.

“The celebration on Sunday was of Black History Month. We remember the history, but we also are writing the history of now. That was a big theme at the National Black Catholic Congress, that we’re writing the history that people will look back on in the future. Coming here to Brooklyn, and Queens, I see great participation and I value the perspectives, the experiences, the hopes and the dreams of all of our people,” continued Bishop Brennan.

This year, the Vicariate Office of Black Catholic Concerns added some new features to the annual Mass. Each black ethnic apostolate was asked to participate, and the national flag of each represented country was flown during the opening procession.

Bishop Brennan is the chairman-elect of the Committee on Cultural Diversity for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sunday’s Mass was organized by the Vicariate Office of Black Catholic Concerns for the Diocese of Brooklyn. The rousing music at the Mass was led by the Sr. Thea Bowman Choir under the direction of Darcel Whitten-Wilamowski.

Diocese of Brooklyn Black History Month Mass

Courtesy: NET TV/DeSales Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgB6Tcfg9ts

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Photos 4-9 / Courtesy: Michael Davis & Jonathan Sims

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Black History Month Mass Procession
Black History Month Mass Altar
Black History Month Mass Altar
Black History Month Mass
Black History Month Mass
Bishop Robert Brennan
Bishop Robert Brennan at Black History Month Mass
Ladies of St Peter Claver
Ladies of St Peter Claver
Sr Thea Bowman Choir
Sr Thea Bowman Choir
Sr Thea Bowman Choir
Sr Thea Bowman Choir
Bishop Robert Brennan
Bishop Robert Brennan
Deacon Rachid Murad & Bishop Brennan
Deacon Rachid Murad & Bishop Brennan

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