I, the undersigned Bishop of Brooklyn, decree that the Church of Saint Margaret Mary, located at 918 27th Avenue, in the Borough of Queens, which is within the territory of the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is hereby RELEGATED TO THE PROFANE BUT NOT SORDID USE according to the provisions of Can. 1222 §2.

After careful consideration of the pastoral and financial needs, a determination was reached that the cost of maintaining Saint Margaret Mary as an additional worship site was prohibitive to both the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as well as to the Diocese of Brooklyn, especially in light of the significant financial hardship being experienced by both entities.

Taking into consideration the needs of the entire Diocese of Brooklyn, especially in light of the shortage of priests available for ministry as well as the significant financial burden that this structure is imposing on the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and in view of the current demographical shifts that have resulted in a diminished number of faithful in the surrounding area, I have decided to permanently relegate this space to the profane but not sordid use.

Reverend Monsignor Cuong Pham, Pastor, wrote to request that the Church of Saint Margaret Mary be relegated from the sacred to profane. Prior to the issuance of this decree and in keeping with the universal norms of the Roman Catholic Church, after consultation with parishioners as well as the Episcopal Vicar for Queens, the Most Reverend Paul Sanchez, and after having definitely determined that the care of souls would not suffer because of this decision due to the close proximity of the parish church, I consented to this reduction.

After having determined that no other parties can legitimately claim rights for themselves in the Church of Saint Margaret Mary, I presented this matter for consultation to the Diocesan Presbyteral Council on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Having considered the matter carefully, the Council overwhelmingly supported my decision to relegate this structure.

Therefore, having carefully followed the provision set forth in Can. 1222 §2 and having determined with moral ce11itude that the care of souls would suffer no determent, I declare that this decree will take effect thirty days (30) after its publication and that by virtue of the same the Church of Saint Margaret Mary will no longer be used for divine worship. In addition, I order that any sacred furnishing and artwork, which the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel does not retain for its own use, be disposed of in a manner befitting their character and the known intentions of any donor. Furthermore, in addition to the usual requirements of the law for the valid and licit alienation by the parish of the property concerned, the sale of the church is subject to my approval as being constant with the requirements of Can. 1222 §2.

Given in Brooklyn, New York, this 2nd day of December in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twenty One.

 

 

 

Bishop Robert Brennan Installed as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn

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BISHOP ROBERT J. BRENNAN INSTALLED AS THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

Bishop Robert J. Brennan was installed as the Eighth Bishop of Brooklyn at a Mass of Installation at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, presided at the Installation Mass. Bishop Brennan, who has led the Diocese of Columbus since 2019, was named by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on September 29, 2021.

In attendance for the celebration were 45 Bishops, including 2 Cardinals, more than 300 priests and 100 deacons.

“The world is found in Brooklyn and Queens, every language, every nationality, we truly are the Diocese of Immigrants; and together with the Joy of the Gospel, we are all called to be like Andrew and work together to share the Good News, to tell others about Jesus; to share the loaves and the fish that we have, so that God will use what we have and miracles will take place.  Each community renews and reinvigorates this local church with the freshness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” preached Bishop Brennan in his homily.

Highlights of the Mass included Bishop Brennan knocking on the doors of the Co-Cathedral, and being let in by the rectors of both the Cathedral Basilica of St. James and the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, who received the new bishop at the doors of the Co-Cathedral.  Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Vicar General, presented Bishop Brennan with a crucifix to be kissed.  Bishop Neil Tiedemann, Auxiliary Bishop, then presented him with the aspergillum, the liturgical implement used to sprinkle holy water, first on himself and then on those present.

Bishop DiMarzio then welcomed everyone to St. Joseph’s for this joyful occasion. The ceremony then began with Cardinal Dolan greeting the people and inviting the apostolic letter to be read by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Pierre. After the reading, Bishop Brennan showed the letter to the College of Consultors, the Chancellor, the Curia, and the faithful.

Bishop Brennan then sat in the Cathedra, the Bishop’s teaching chair, and was presented with the Crozier (a hooked staff).  The cathedra now bears Bishop Brennan’s coat of arms. After this, Bishop Brennan greeted various representatives of the diocese, both clergy and laity.  Then the celebration of the Eucharist began.

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BISHOP ROBERT J. BRENNAN TO BE INSTALLED NEXT WEEK AS THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

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BISHOP ROBERT J. BRENNAN TO BE INSTALLED AS THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

Bishop Robert J. Brennan will be installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, will officiate as Bishop Brennan, who has led the Diocese of Columbus since 2019, was named by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio on September 29, 2021. Bishop DiMarzio’s mandatory letter of resignation sent to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on his 75th birthday was accepted on that day.

Bishop Brennan will hold a 20-minute press conference at 10:30 a.m. inside the Co-Cathedral. Invited guests will begin arriving at 12:30 p.m. and the entrance procession will begin at 1:30 p.m.  The Mass of Installation will begin at 2 p.m.

Brooklyn’s new Bishop will lead a Diocese of more than 1.3 million Catholics, known as the Diocese of Immigrants. Bishop Brennan has pledged to strengthen the Catholic schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens, work with and support the immigrant communities, and focus on evangelizing Catholics through various means of communication and social media.

 

Information about Bishop Robert J. Brennan

Bishop Brennan was born on June 7, 1962, to Robert and Patricia Brennan in the Bronx and was raised on Long Island, in Lindenhurst, New York. Bishop Brennan attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Lindenhurst and St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from St. John’s University in Queens.

Bishop Brennan completed his studies for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on May 27, 1989, by then-Bishop John McGann. His first parish assignment was at the Church of St. Patrick in Smithtown.  In 1994, he was appointed Secretary to the Bishop and served in such capacity for three bishops: Bishops John McGann, James McHugh, and William Murphy. He has previously served as the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Rockville Centre and was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre on July 25, 2012.

Bishop Brennan was appointed the 12th Bishop of Columbus on January 31, 2019, and was installed on March 29, 2019.  Among the highlights of his time in Columbus was the institution of the Diocesan-wide Real Presence, Real Future evangelization and planning initiative, a process involving clergy, lay ecclesial ministers, parish volunteers, and the faithful. The objective was to determine the best path forward to increase the presence of the Church in the Diocese of Columbus.

Bishop Brennan has served with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the Committee for Catholic Education, the Administrative Committee, and the Priorities and Plans Committee.

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Information for Media Covering the Installation on November 30th

There will be a press hospitality room open starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Bishop Daily Residence behind the Co-Cathedral at 683 Dean Street in Prospect Heights.  A parking area for news trucks has been designated on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues.

A designated press area will be set up across the street from the Co-Cathedral for the purposes of exterior video and interview opportunities facilitated by DeSales Media staff. A layout graphic is attached.

Media covering the event must have valid NYPD issued press credentials.

There will be no cameras permitted inside the Co-Cathedral during the Installation Mass. A pool feed will be provided through The Switch.

The following feeds will be available on The Switch:

DeSales1:  Regular NET Programming (NET Programming/Full Grfx / Bug)

DeSales3:  Mass Cln Feed (Mass Video / No Grfx / No Bug)

DeSales4: NET Cln Feed (NET Programming / Full Grfx / No Bug)

An SDI feed will be available in the press room and it will be a clean feed with no graphics.

There will be no media availability with Bishop Brennan following the Installation Mass, which is expected to last about two hours.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Zero Tolerance Policy Leads to Removal of Priest from Ministry Following Investigation

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY LEADS  TO REMOVAL OF PRIEST FROM MINISTRY FOLLOWING INVESTIGATION 

A claim of alleged sexual abuse of a minor, dating back to the 1970s, against 86-year-old Peter Mahoney has been investigated by the independent Diocesan Review Board (DRB) and found to be credible. Credible means the DRB believes the allegations may be true.

As a result of the DRB’s determination that the allegation is credible, Rev. Peter Mahoney, who had been ministering part-time to the Hispanic community at Saint Anne Catholic Church in Flushing, Queens, and St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, Queens, has been removed from all public ministry. That means he is not permitted to celebrate Mass publicly, cannot exercise any public ministry, and cannot live in an ecclesiastical residence. His name will also be added to the List of Credibly Accused Priests on the Diocese of Brooklyn website.

The allegation came into the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Reporting Line on October 2, 2020, and was referred for investigation and forwarded to law enforcement on that date.

The alleged abuse took place between 1975 and 1978 while Rev. Mahoney was serving at St. Martin of Tours in Brooklyn.

It should be understood that such action by the Diocese is not to be interpreted as a judgment of the guilt of the priest. However, it is recognition of the possibility that wrongdoing may have taken place, and therefore, out of concern for the safety of the faithful, it was determined necessary to remove the priest from ministry.

On April 8, 2021, a lawsuit was filed against Rev. Mahoney under the Child Victims Act with an allegation from another claimant.

The Diocese of Brooklyn is committed to providing pastoral care to victims. The Office of Victim Assistance Ministry provides supportive initial counseling, referrals for therapy, and pastoral resources for the victims of sexual abuse.  The Diocese hosts a yearly Mass of Hope and Healing where the faithful come together and pray for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Brooklyn has instituted significant programs to prevent sexual abuse and protect children. They include a Zero Tolerance policy which states that any clergy member credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor is permanently removed from ministry. The Diocese also conducts initial and ongoing background checks of all employees and volunteers and provides age-appropriate sexual abuse awareness training for children and adults.

Anyone who has been the victim of clergy sexual abuse is encouraged to report it to law enforcement or to the Toll-Free Reporting Line established by the Diocese at 1-888-634-4499. All calls are forwarded to law enforcement officials.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Creates Office for Protection of Children and Young People

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CREATES OFFICE FOR

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

 

The Diocese of Brooklyn has created the new Office for Protection of Children and Young People to enhance its strong safe environment protocols. This newly established office under its umbrella will oversee the Safe Environment Office, the Office of Victim Assistance Ministry, and the newly created 1722 Supervisor.

 

Jasmine Salazar, LMSW, currently the Diocese of Brooklyn Victim Assistance Coordinator and Vice-Chancellor, has been named the Director of the Office for Protection of Children and Young People. Salazar’s responsibilities include tracking all allegations of misconduct, ensuring their referral to the Diocesan Review Board for investigation, and tracking the progress and results of those investigations. She will serve as the liaison with the New York City Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.  Salazar will also oversee the 1722 Supervisor, who will be central in monitoring priests who have been removed from ministry.

 

“After having gone through the IRCP and the CVA, and after listening sessions I held with the faithful, I wanted to strengthen the work of the Diocese with respect to these issues, so I felt a reorganization was in order. The Diocese of Brooklyn has worked hard to implement the requirements of the Dallas Charter since 2002 and has been nationally recognized for its robust Victim Assistance Ministry. This move will solidify our ability to continue to provide safe environments for the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn and pastoral care for survivors of abuse,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.

 

The work as Victim Assistance Coordinator has been both challenging and deeply fulfilling. Being able to work with those who are survivors of abuse and accompanying them on their journey has been a true honor and privilege.  This new role will enable me to continue with this work as well as collaborate with other committed individuals who seek to bring hope and healing to the faithful,” said Salazar, who has been the Victim Assistance Coordinator since 2013.

 

Salazar’s new role became effective November 5, 2021.

 

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FUTURES IN EDUCATION RAISES $2.1 MILLION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS AT 2021 GALA

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FUTURES IN EDUCATION, BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND, RAISES $2.1 MILLION

The 2021 Futures in Education Annual Scholarship Fund Dinner was recently held at Cipriani’s Wall Street. The event raised $2.1 million to financially make possible Catholic education for students in Brooklyn and Queens. During the past 2020-2021 school year, Futures in Education awarded over $7 million in scholarships to more than 4,000 students.

Rosanna Scotto, the co-host of Good Day New York on Fox 5 New York, a Diocesan Catholic school graduate herself, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Students of St. Stanislaus-Kostka Catholic Academy in Queens performed “I Lived” by One Republic to kick off the event.

“We surpassed our fundraising goal this year and I am grateful on behalf of our students, to the generous and committed Futures in Education donors. As our supporters grappled with the devastating effects of the pandemic on our lives, they never gave up on our children or on Catholic education. Our Catholic schools have been a beacon of hope, and thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can make sure that no student will be denied a Catholic education because of financial hardship. The mission of Futures in Education continues because the children need you,” said Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The honorees included Lidia Bastianich, world-renowned Italian-American chef, television host, and author; Brooklyn attorney Frank Carone of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf and Carone, LLP; and John Loconsolo (posthumously), who passed away last year at 101 years of age. Each year, John sponsored over 100 students and became known as the face of the Angel Program.

Manuel Hernandez, an Angel Program student since the second grade, spoke about his Catholic school experience, spotlighting the Futures in Education Foundation’s Be An Angel to a Student program. To learn more about Futures in Education, or to donate, visit futuresineducation.org.

The photos attached are courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Photo #1 – Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar for Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn, speaking at the 2021 Futures in Education Gala.

Photo #2 – Students of St. Stanislaus-Kostka Catholic Academy on stage at the Futures in Education gala for their performance.

Photo #3 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello honor the life and legacy of John Loconsolo, and present an award to his family.

Photo #4 Honorees Frank Carone and Lidia Bastianich are joined by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Rosanna Scotto, and Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello.

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DECREE

I, the undersigned Bishop of Brooklyn, decree that the Church of Epiphany, located at 96 South 9th Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, which is within the territory of the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul is hereby RELEGATED TO THE PROFANE BUT NOT SORDID USE according to the provisions of Can. 1222 §2.

After careful consideration of the pastoral and financial needs, a determination was reached that the cost of maintaining Epiphany as an additional worship site was prohibitive to both the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul as well as to the Diocese of Brooklyn, especially in light of the significant financial hardship being experienced by both entities.

Taking into consideration the needs of the entire Diocese of Brooklyn, especially in light of the shortage of priests available for ministry as well as the significant financial burden that this structure is imposing on the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul and in view of the current demographical shifts that have resulted in a diminished number of faithful in the surrounding area, I have decided to permanently relegate this space to the profane but not sordid use.

Very Reverend Jason Espinal, the Administrator, wrote to request that the Church of Epiphany be relegated from the sacred to profane. Prior to the issuance of this decree and in keeping with the universal norms of the Roman Catholic Church, after consultation with parishioners as well as the Episcopal Vicar for Brooklyn, the Most Reverend Neil Tiedemann, C.P., and after having definitely determined that the care of souls would not suffer because of this decision due to the close proximity of the parish church, I consented to this reduction.

After having determined that no other parties can legitimately claim rights for themselves in the Church of Epiphany, I presented this matter for a consultation to the Diocesan Presbyteral Council on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021. Having considered the matter carefully, the Council overwhelmingly supported my decision to relegate this structure.

Therefore, having carefully followed the provision set forth in Can. 1222 §2 and having determined with moral certitude that the care of souls would suffer no determent, I declare that this decree will take effect thirty days (30) after its publication and that by virtue of the same the Church of Epiphany will no longer be used for divine worship. In addition, I order that any sacred furnishing and artwork, which the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul does not retain for its own use, be disposed of in a manner befitting their character and the known intentions of any donor. Furthermore, in addition to the usual requirements of the law for the valid and licit alienation by the parish of the property concerned, the sale of the church is subject to my approval as being constant with the requirements of Can. 1222 §2.

Given in Brooklyn, New York, this 28th day of September in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twenty One.

 


 
 

 

 

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO HOST POLISH HERITAGE MASS

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO HOST POLISH HERITAGE MASS

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead a special Mass in honor of Polish Heritage this Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

The main celebrant will be the Most Reverend Andrzej Zglejszewski, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The Most Reverends Witold Mroziewski and Octavio Cisneros, Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn, will concelebrate the Mass.

This year, the Polish Heritage Mass is being offered in celebration of last month’s beatification of Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski. Blessed Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski led the Catholic Church of Poland during the Communist era and fought for the free exercise of faith. Cardinal Wyszynski was imprisoned for his resistance from 1953-1956.  He served as a mentor to Pope St. John Paul II.

        The Polish Ambassador to the United Nations, Krzysztof Szczerski, and the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York, Adrian Kubicki, are scheduled to attend the Mass.

Polish American Heritage Month is celebrated during the month of October, to highlight the contributions that Polish Americans have made to the United States. This year, the theme of the Pulaski Day Parade was the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II.

Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to respond to this email to confirm their attendance.

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Death Notice of a Priest-Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Curran, S.T.D.

OFFICE 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 Michael J. Curran, S.T.D., a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn ministering as a faculty member in the Archdiocese of New York at Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York. Monsignor Curran was born on October 1, 1955, in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 27, 1981, and died Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Monsignor Curran served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parishes of Blessed Trinity (Rockaway Point), Saint Thomas More-Saint Edmund (Rockaway Point) and Saint Catharine of Alexandria (Brooklyn) and as Parochial Vicar of the Parish of Holy Cross (Brooklyn). He was also a member of the faculty of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, and he served as the Director of Studies and Admissions of the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He received the honor of Prelate of His Holiness in 2003.

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE: Saint Joseph’s Seminary
201 Seminary Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10704
914-968-6200

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
4:00 PM-7:30 PM

Saint Thomas More Church
204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard
Breezy Point, New York
718-634-6357

Thursday, October 14, 2021
2:30 PM-9:00 PM

VIGIL: Saint Joseph’s Seminary
201 Seminary Avenue
Yonkers, New York 10704
914-968-6200

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
7:30 PM

VIEWING: Saint Thomas More Church
204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard
Breezy Point, New York
718-634-6357

Friday, October 15, 2021
8:00 AM- 10:15 AM

FUNERAL: Saint Thomas More Church
204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard
Breezy Point, New York
718-634-6357

Friday, October 15, 2021
10:30 AM

BURIAL: Saint John Cemetery
Middle Village, New York

Priests who wish to concelebrate are asked to wear their diocesan vestments.

Clergy seeking to concelebrate the 7:30 PM Vigil Mass at Saint Joseph’s Seminary tomorrow, please RSVP to SJS.Events@dunwoodie.edu.

Priests who are not incardinated in the Diocese of Brooklyn and wish to concelebrate at the Funeral Mass, are asked to please provide the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn with a letter of good standing via email to curia@diobrook.org.

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

DECREE

Changes in the spiritual practices among the faithful, a decrease in available clergy and men and women in consecrated life, changes in the general population within our Diocese, as well as concerns regarding temporal matters have affected the means by
which the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been proclaimed within the Diocese of Brooklyn. In an effort to respond in the best possible way to the gifts of the Holy Spirit generously given to us in our current situation, I have overseen a comprehensive pastoral plan, which included the whole of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In an effort to evangelize more effectively the community in Queens, as well to administrate the temporal goods of the faithful more efficiently, Most Reverend Octavio Cisneros, Pastor of Holy Child Jesus, located at 111-11 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill,
New York 11418, and Reverend John Tino, Temporary Administrator of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, located at 9440 118th Street, South Richmond Hill, New York 11419, petitioned that they be canonically merged.

In keeping with the requirements of the Universal Law of the Church, the Presbyteral Council was consulted on February 4, 2020 (Canon 515 § 2), and after having heard the reasons for the proposed merger its members expressed their support for this action. In addition, after having consulted the territorial Episcopal Vicars, clergy, pastoral ministers and other members of the faithful of the parishes involved, I, the undersigned Bishop of Brooklyn, hereby declare and decree that the Parishes of Holy Child Jesus and Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, both within the Diocese of Brooklyn, shall be merged to form one Parish.

• This one Parish shall be named the Parish of Holy Child Jesus – Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, with the main Parish office to be located 111-11 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11418.

• Most Reverend Octavio Cisneros shall be the Pastor of the Parish.

• The territorial boundaries of the new parish shall encompass all of the territory which, up until now, has constituted the territories of Holy Child Jesus and Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.

• All assets and obligations currently belonging to aforementioned parishes are by this canonical merger, transferred to the Parish of Holy Child Jesus – Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.

• The parochial registers and the seals of the aforementioned parishes shall be kept at 111-11 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11418.

• The Parish shall have two churches for worship: The Church of Holy Child Jesus and the Church of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre.

This merger shall take effect on September 1, 2020, at which time the public juridic persons of Holy Child Jesus – Saint Benedict Joseph Labre shall be merged. Recourse action may be sought according to the norms of Canons 1732 to 1739 of the 1983 Code
of Canon Law.

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Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.
Bishop of Brooklyn

Given in Brooklyn,
This 13th day of July 2020