Official Statement of the Diocese of Brooklyn

The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that James Lara, aka Jaime Lara, who was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1992, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized by the Holy Father.  This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.  This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is consistent with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Joseph P. Byrns, who was ordained in 1969 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2002, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that William E. Finger, who was ordained in 1962 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1980, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, which at the time was the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Stephen Placa, who was ordained in 1995 and was in active ministry until his departure in 2002, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Thomas O. Morrow, who was ordained in 1971 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1987, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Romano J. Ferraro, who was ordained in 1960 and was removed from active ministry in 1988, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Charles M. Mangini, who was ordained in 1968 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1993, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Christopher Lee Coleman, who was ordained in 1994 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2011, was dispensed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Robert McConnin, who was ordained in 1973 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2007, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Thomas Nohilly, who was ordained in 1981 and was in active ministry until his removal in 2002, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Barry E. Ryan, who was ordained in 1976 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1994, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Patrick Sexton, who was ordained in 1977 and was in active ministry until his removal in 1990, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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The Diocese of Brooklyn wishes to confirm that Daniel J. Sheehan, who was ordained in 1979 and was in active ministry until his departure in 1998, was dismissed from the clerical state, otherwise referred to as laicized, by the Holy Father. This action was communicated via an ecclesiastical decree issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric. This confirmation is being made in keeping with clause #6 of the aforementioned decree, and is in accord with the policies and procedures of the Diocese of Brooklyn, put in place for the protection of minors.

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Bishop DiMarzio’s Statement on Texas Massacre

News of yet another mass shooting in our country, this one inside a church, is devastating. To know that men, women, and children, in the midst of prayer and worship, met such violence and pain, is unfathomable. While it is so difficult to understand a tragedy like this, we must not waver in our faith. We must strengthen our prayers. And as we pray for the victims, their families, and for the perpetrator, we should take comfort in knowing that all of those who lost their lives in this tragedy are in God’s Merciful hands.

 

Passing of Reverend Joachim B. Fernando

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Joachim B. Fernando, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Fernando was born on March 10, 1935 in Sri Lanka, was ordained to the Priesthood on August 31, 1962, was incardinated into the Diocese of Brooklyn on November 6, 1989 and died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in Sri Lanka, where all arrangements have taken place.

Father Fernando ministered in the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Holy Cross (Brooklyn), Saint Malachy (Brooklyn) and Saint Pius X (Rosedale).

The Memorial Mass information is as follows:

MEMORIAL:
Saint Pius X R.C. Church
MASS 148-10 249th Street
Rosedale, New York 11422
Tel: (718) 525-9099

Sunday, November 5, 2017
11:00 AM

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to the Fernando Family, 91 Basiyawatta, Thalahena, Negombo, Sri Lanka.

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

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

Passing of Very Reverend Vartan (Thomas) Garabedian

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Very Reverend Vartan (Thomas) Garabedian, J.C.D., a priest of the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in the USA and Canada, formerly ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Garabedian was born on July 26, 1973 in Lebanon, was ordained to the Priesthood on July 6, 2003, and died Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Father Garabedian served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Judge and Adjutant Judicial Vicar for the Tribunal, with residence at the Parish of Saint Ann, Flushing.

The arrangements are as follows:

MEMORIAL:
Mary’s Nativity – Saint Ann R.C. Church MASS (Mass at Saint Ann Worship Site)
142-30 58th Avenue Flushing, New York 11355
Tel: (718) 359-5996

Thursday, November 9, 2017
7:30 PM

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

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

Passing of Deacon Joseph Campisi

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Deacon Joseph Campisi, a retired deacon of the Diocese of Brooklyn who served the Parish of Our Lady of Grace, Howard Beach. Deacon Campisi was born on May 16, 1931, was ordained to the Diaconate on March 31, 1984, and died Monday, October 23, 2017.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
James Romanelli – Stephen Funeral Home
89-01 Rockaway Boulevard Ozone Park, New York 11416
Tel: (718) 845-5151

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday, October 26, 2017
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

FUNERAL:
Our Lady of Grace R.C. Church
100-05 159th Avenue Howard Beach, New York 11414
Tel: (718) 843-6218

Friday, October 27, 2017
10:30 AM

BURIAL:
Saint John 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 the Campisi Family, 98-11 160th Avenue, Howard Beach, New York 11414.

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

Passing of Reverend Lucien Charlot

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Lucien Charlot, retired senior priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was in private residence in Florida. Father Charlot was born on November 19, 1931 in Brooklyn, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 28, 1961, and died Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Jackson South Community Hospital.

Father Charlot served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Magdalene (Springfield Garden), Our Lady of Victory (Brooklyn) and St. Gregory the Great (Brooklyn). He served as the Chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kings County Hospital and part-time Chaplain at Madonna Residence and Kings County Medical Center.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Bran Funeral Home, Inc
809 N. Krome Avenue
Homestead, Florida 33030
Tel: (305) 247-3131

Thursday, October 12, 2017
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

FUNERAL
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
106 SE 2nd Road
Homestead, Florida 33030
Tel: (305) 247-4405

Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 AM

BURIAL
Haiti

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his sister, Ms. Marguerite Francillon, 1715 NE 35th Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33030.

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

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

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s Statement On The Las Vegas Shooting

Please join me today in praying for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas and for their families after yet another senseless shooting.  Clearly, we need to look at controlling guns in the hands of those who should not have them. But in a time of helplessness such as this, there is always something we can do.  As people of faith, we must always pray.  Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Los invito a unirnos hoy en oración por las víctimas del tiroteo en Las Vegas y por sus familias. Es evidente que debemos examinar cómo hacer que las armas no lleguen a manos de personas que no deben tenerlas. Pero en momentos de desolación como este, siempre hay algo que podemos hacer. Como personas de fe, siempre debemos orar. Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, ruega por nosotros.

Passing of Reverend Monsignor Conrad R. Dietz

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor Conrad R. Dietz, retired senior priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, who was in residence at the Bishop Mugavero Residence. Monsignor Dietz was born on August 13, 1931, in the Bronx, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 1, 1957, and died Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Northshore Manhasset Hospital.

Monsignor Dietz served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Grace (Howard Beach) and Holy Name of Jesus (Brooklyn). He served as a member of the Faculty at Cathedral College (Brooklyn), Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary (Elmhurst), Cathedral College (Douglaston), House of Formation (Douglaston), and Cathedral Seminary House of Formation (Douglaston). He also served as Adjunct Professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary (Huntington). On March 10, 1999, he was named Prelate of Honor to His Holiness.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE
Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, Inc.
125 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Tel: (516) 354-0634

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

FUNERAL
Immaculate Conception Center
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362
Tel: (718) 229-8001

Monday, October 2, 2017
10:30 AM

BURIAL
St. Charles
Farmingdale, New York

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

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his niece, Ms. Catherine Dietz, 684 Beck Street, Uniondale, New York 11553.

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

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

PASSING OF REVEREND JUSTIN BIASE, OFM CONV.

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Justin Biase, OFM Conv., a priest of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Our Lady of the Angels Province and former Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province, Rensselaer, ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Biase was born on September 9, 1943, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 30, 1970, and died Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Father Biase served in the Diocese of Brooklyn at Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Church (Brooklyn).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE:
Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monday, September 25, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
138 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Tel: (718) 384-0215

FUNERAL:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Roman Catholic Church
138 Montrose Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Tel: (718) 384-0215

AM BURIAL:
St. 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.

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