Diocese of Brooklyn Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Brooklyn is releasing its list of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. By credible, diocesan officials believe that the allegation(s) may be true. The comprehensive list spans the 166-year history of the diocese. This list, which can be found here, contains names of clergy who have been convicted, who have admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor or have had allegations determined credible by the Independent Diocesan Review Board.

The list is categorized into two sections:

  • Clergy Members of the Diocese of Brooklyn with Credible Allegations (67)
  • Diocese of Brooklyn Clergy who were Deceased/or Resigned prior to a finding of credibility (41)

The fact that this list contains the names of clergy who are deceased differentiates it from other dioceses.

“We know this list will generate many emotions for victims who have suffered terribly. For their suffering, I am truly sorry,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. “I have met with many victims who have told me that more than anything, they want an acknowledgment of what was done to them. This list gives that recognition and I hope it will add another layer of healing for them on their journey toward wholeness.”

The list shows the number of incidents of clergy sexual abuse peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, but the reports largely came in post-2002 after the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was enacted and peaked again in 2017 (Graph 1) when the diocese started the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). This program is administered independently by Kenneth Feinberg, whose firm handled the 9-11 Compensation Fund. The IRCP is another possible mechanism for healing that may help bring closure to victims-survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

Other key points about the list are illustrated in graphs seen below:

  • The 108 names represent less than five percent (5%) of clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn (Graph 2)
  • About two-thirds of accused priests are deceased (Graph 3)
  • The vast majority of cases involved priests who were ordained between 1930-1979 (Graph 4)

Bishop DiMarzio committed to releasing the list at regional meetings (video below) he held with the lay faithful late last year where he answered parishioners’ questions about the sex abuse crisis. In those meetings, the diocese outlined the numerous programs mandated by the charter, including, but not limited to, a zero tolerance policy in which any clergy member credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor is permanently removed from ministry. Since 2002, the Diocese of Brooklyn has shared all of its files and allegations against clergy with the District Attorneys of Brooklyn and Queens.

The charter also mandates sexual abuse awareness training for children and adults; specifically all clergy members, teachers, parish and academy/school employees, catechists and volunteers who work directly with children. Employees and volunteers also must agree to initial and ongoing criminal background checks and must sign a code of conduct.

To help victims, the Office of Victim Assistance provides referrals for therapy, support groups for survivors and a yearly Healing Mass to pray for all who have been impacted by sexual abuse.

In 2004, Bishop DiMarzio established an Independent Reporting Line for anyone to report allegations of abuse. That phone number is 1-888-634-4499. All reports generated are immediately reported to the Brooklyn or Queens District Attorney.

Evidence to date shows that the Charter has worked. Since 2002, there have been two credible cases involving active diocesan clergy.

“While even one is too many, this shows that we are on the right path to ensuring these horrendous acts of abuse are never repeated,” Bishop DiMarzio said.

The “List of Diocesan Clergy for whom the Diocese received allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor” can be found here.

Video statement by Bishop DiMarzio (English):
https://vimeo.com/317481719

Video statement by Bishop DiMarzio (Spanish):
https://vimeo.com/317482137

Video of Bishop DiMarzio’s Regional Meetings with the Lay Faithful (English):
https://vimeo.com/315322688

Video of Bishop DiMarzio’s Regional Meetings with the Lay Faithful (Spanish):
https://vimeo.com/315895204

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THREE CATHOLIC ACADEMIES WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR; TWO CATHOLIC ACADEMIES WILL MERGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2018

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                  THREE CATHOLIC ACADEMIES WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR;
TWO CATHOLIC ACADEMIES WILL MERGE

The Board of Members and Board of Directors of Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Academy and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Academy, both in Brooklyn, and St. Camillus Catholic Academy in Queens have voted to close the schools at the end of this school year. The difficult decision was made due to declining enrollment and the severe budget deficits that have resulted.

Two Catholic academies in Bushwick, Brooklyn will merge, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. They are St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy and St. Brigid Catholic Academy. The new school, to be located at St. Brigid’s, will be called St Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy.

The students at all the affected schools will be accommodated at nearby Catholic academies. They will automatically receive a $500 tuition assistance grant if they attend an academy or parish school within the Diocese of Brooklyn, as long as they have met all of their financial obligations. That one-time grant is made possible by the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust.

“It’s an emotional time for the diocese when schools have to close because it is affecting the lives of students, parents, and faculty. The decisions come after intense analysis of enrollment trends and the financial picture of each academy,” said Thomas Chadzutko, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools.

  • At Mary Queen of Heaven in Mill Basin, enrollment is down almost 60 percent from five years ago. The budget for this school year shows a nearly $250,000 deficit and the Academy’s fund balance is more than $300,000 in the red.
  • The financial situation is similar at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dyker Heights, where the current school year deficit is more than $200,000. Enrollment is down 35% in the last five years.
  • At St. Camillus in Rockaway, the current school year budget is running a deficit of more than $20,000. And with deficits of more than $100,000 the two previous years, the academy has limited funds to meet expenses. Enrollment here is down almost 25% from five years ago.
  • The building repairs at St. Frances Cabrini have continued to increase and last year, the Board of Directors spent over $200,000 in unexpected repairs. That along with declining enrollment at both schools is the reason for the merger.

“I respect the boards’ decisions on these matters,” said Chadzutko. “When resources are constrained, it affects all aspects of the learning environment, which eventually impacts students and their needs. Our children are our first priority.”

Information Night meetings will begin next week at the academies scheduled to close. Administrators and personnel from neighboring Catholic academies will be on hand to present their programs and answer any questions parents may have.

“It is the goal of the office to assist all parents in placing their children in their neighboring school if they so choose as well as working with faculty and staff who have dedicated their lives to Catholic education,” said Chadzutko. “It is our hope that the changing demographics of Brooklyn and Queens stabilizes so that enrollment in Catholic academies throughout the diocese can increase in the future,” he said.

The merged St Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy will be designated an Embassy School. As a result, it will receive additional funding from the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Trust. The merged academy will also receive technology updates to the infrastructure through DeSales Media Group, the communications, and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

For more information on the school closures, you can contact Adriana Rodriguez at (646) 241-9805 or at arodriguez@desalesmedia.org.

New Communications Director/Press Secretary at Brooklyn Diocese

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2019

NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AND PRESS SECRETARY
APPOINTED AT THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, is pleased to announce Adriana Rodriguez has been promoted to the position of Director of Communications and Press Secretary, effective January 2, 2019.

In the last year, Ms. Rodriguez has excelled at handling the variety of inquiries that have come into the busy press office. In addition, she organized two volunteer trips to help hurricane victims in Houston and Puerto Rico.

Before joining DeSales Media Group in 2017, she held numerous positions over a 25-year career in local and national TV news. She was an on-air reporter for 12 years, including locally at WNBC and WABC, and covered the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Ms. Rodriguez grew up in Queens and attended Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary elementary school and St. Francis Preparatory School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at New York University and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Public Relations at Hofstra University.

She is a parishioner at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City, where she lives with her husband, Mike, two teenage children, Sophia and Ryan, and their dog, Maddie.

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CHURCHES OPEN FOR CONFESSION ON RECONCILIATION MONDAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2018

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CHURCHES OPEN FOR CONFESSION ON RECONCILIATION MONDAY

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, in partnership with Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, is reminding New York Catholics that December 17th, the Monday before Christmas, is Reconciliation Monday.

From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., parishes throughout the diocese and archdiocese will be open for walk-in confessions. The goal of Reconciliation Monday is to encourage Catholics to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas.

This day also allows the faithful to confess their sins in anonymity. “One of the advantages is that you do not have to go to your own parish, as you can go to another Church and be unknown if there is some embarrassment in knowing the priest who will hear your confession. This is the time when the priest is merely an instrument of God’s grace and that the real absolver is Jesus Christ, Himself,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

To find a parish near you, go to dioceseofbrooklyn.org/parishes/locator

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THOUSANDS OF BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLICS MAKE ANNUAL  PILGRIMAGE TO HONOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2018

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THOUSANDS OF BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLICS MAKE ANNUAL
PILGRIMAGE TO HONOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Today the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, in Prospect Heights, followed by the traditional torch walk to 35 Catholic Churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

The day’s events began at 10:30 a.m. with Catechesis. At noon, Mass was celebrated in Spanish by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and concelebrated by 20 priests as well as auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who delivered the homily.

Following Mass, Bishop DiMarzio blessed and lit about 35 torches of the faithful. After that, more than 2,000 participants departed for their pilgrimage to participating parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens. There are five routes; three will end in Queens, and two will terminate in Brooklyn.

The group of pilgrims represents, in its vast majority, the Mexican-Catholic population of Brooklyn and Queens. According to the 2015 National Census, there are nearly 200,000 Mexicans living in Brooklyn and Queens.

Attached are pictures of the colorful celebration. If you need higher resolution images or a video clip, contact Adriana Rodriguez at (646) 241-9805 or at arodriguez@desalesmedia.org.

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THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS EXPECTED TO MAKE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO HONOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2018

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THOUSANDS OF CATHOLICS EXPECTED TO MAKE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO HONOR OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

On Wednesday, December 12, the Diocese of Brooklyn will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, in Prospect Heights, followed by the traditional torch walk to 35 Catholic Churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

The day’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. with Catechesis. At noon, the Mass will be celebrated in Spanish by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, and concelebrated by 20 priests as well as auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, who will deliver the homily.

Following Mass, at about 1:30 pm, Bishop DiMarzio will bless and light the 35 torches of the faithful. At 1:45 pm, more than 2,000 participants are expected to depart and make their pilgrimage to participating parishes. There are five routes, three will end in Queens, and two will terminate in Brooklyn.

The group of pilgrims represents, in its vast majority, the Mexican-Catholic population of Brooklyn and Queens. According to the 2015 National Census, there are nearly 200,000 Mexicans living in Brooklyn and Queens.

This event is organized by Reverend Jorge Ortiz-Garay, Director of the Mexican Apostolate.

For more information, contact Adriana Rodriguez at (646) 241-9805 or at arodriguez@desalesmedia.org.

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT GRAND ARMY PLAZA

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2018

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT GRAND ARMY PLAZA

On Tuesday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m., Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will bless the life-size Nativity crèche and light a giant Christmas tree at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Parishioners from Brooklyn and Queens will fill the plaza for the annual kickoff to the Christmas season in Brooklyn.

The festivities will be hosted by actor Anthony Mangano, and include performances by the St. Saviour Gospel Choir, 14-year-old budding opera singer Diana Marie Paunetto and cabaret singer Charlie Romo.

The 35-foot Balsam Fir Christmas tree at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch is decorated with thousands of colored lights to represent the Diversity of Brooklyn. The tree and Nativity will be on display until early January.

Tomorrow’s tree lighting event is made possible by DeSales Media Group, the Communications, and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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FOX NEWS ANCHOR TO HEADLINE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CHRISTMAS CONCERT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2018

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Adriana Rodriguez
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FOX NEWS ANCHOR TO HEADLINE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On December 6, 2018, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, will host a live Christmas Concert co-hosted by Currents News Anchor, Liz Faublas and Anthony Mangano, actor and host of City of Churches.

The concert will feature Emmy Award Winning Fox News Anchor, Kelly Wright. Wright is also an accomplished recording artist, who has performed on programs featuring Shirley Caesar, Cissy Houston, Bobby Caldwell, the late James Brown, and more.

Also performing at the concert will be Anthony Mangano and Diana Marie Paunetto, a 14-year-old Opera singer who hails from Bensonhurst and has performed at many parades and festivals in the area.

A coat drive will also be held at the concert. Everyone is invited to donate either new or used coats and other warm clothing for St. Dominic’s Homeless Outreach Center.

For more information on Thursday’s concert, please contact Adriana Rodriguez at arodriguez@desalesmedia.org or at 718-517-3143

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DESALES MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PUBLICATIONS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2018

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DESALES MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES
NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF PUBLICATIONS

Editor of Nuestra VozJorge I. Domínguez-López has been promoted to editor-in-chief of publications for DeSales Media Group. The move puts Domínguez-López at the helm of the two award-winning newspapers of the Brooklyn Diocese: the English-language The Tablet and the Spanish-language Nuestra Voz.

“Jorge was the clear choice for this new role,” said Vito Formica, executive director of news content and development. Formica, who leads the DeSales Media Group’s news department, which also includes the nightly newscast Currents News, went on to say, “Jorge’s impressive credentials and his deep understanding of the Church will play a critical role in our strategy to provide all readers in the diocese and beyond with even more high-quality, faith-based journalism across all media platforms.”

A Cuban-American editor and writer, Domínguez-López was born in Havana. He studied cybernetics and mathematics at the University of Havana and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. John’s University. In the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of the Studies Center of the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba, and Vivarium magazine, the first independent and Catholic publication in Cuba since 1959. After immigrating to the United States, Jorge worked as a translator, editor and writer for the Education Department at McGraw-Hill Companies. He has worked as a freelance writer, translator and editor for HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown and Company among others. In New York, he was the founding editor of Béisbol Mundial, a sports magazine with a monthly circulation of one million copies. For three decades, Jorge has written for newspapers and digital publications (Miami’s El Nuevo Herald, Madrid’s Diario de Cuba and Barcelona’s Penúltimos Días) about Catholic issues as well as Cuban politics, literature and history.

Since May 2015, he has been the editor of Nuestra Voz. During this time, Nuestra Voz has become one of the leading Spanish Catholic newspapers in North America, with 51 Catholic Press Association awards, including second place for Spanish Publication of the Year, Best Spanish Editorial Page and Editor of the Year. Nuestra Voz has evolved from a monthly print newspaper to a daily online source of Catholic news in Spanish with an international audience. Recently, Nuestra Voz became the most followed page among the Brooklyn Diocese social media pages.

Domínguez-López regularly appears on NET-TV’s Currents News to provide analysis on breaking news stories and during live coverage of papal trips. He is the co-host of Al Pan, Pan, a talk show with Father Tomás del Valle on NET-TV.

Jorge is also a member of the Academy of Cuban History in Exile.

In addition to Domínguez-López’s new role, Formica announced that long-time reporter for The Tablet, Marie Elena Giossi has been promoted to managing editor. Giossi reports to Domínguez-López, and assists him in overseeing the day-to-day operation and production of the newspaper.

Giossi is a Brooklyn native and joined The Tablet staff in 2003. She started as the youth editor and has assumed greater editorial duties through the years.

Highlights of her Tablet career include covering two papal visits to New York, 2008 and 2015; two World Youth Days, Germany, 2005, and Australia, 2008, and the National Catholic Youth Conference in Ohio, 2007.

Giossi says she is proud to have been part of The Tablet teams that won Catholic Press Association Awards for Newspaper of the Year, Best News Writing, Best Reporting on Teenagers, Best Coverage of World Youth Day, Best Coverage of the Year of Mercy and Best Coverage of Mother Teresa’s Canonization.

Previously, she was the health editor and a staff reporter at The Brooklyn Skyline newspaper. She has also written for Catholic News Service, the Knights of Columbus’ Columbia magazine and CatholicMom.com.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University, Lincoln Center, and has completed graduate courses in religious education at Fordham.

Former editor of The Tablet, Ed Wilkinson will stay on staff as editor emeritus. In his expanded role, Wilkinson will serve as an editorial advisor, he will create a detailed newspaper archive, and he will work directly with Chief Operating Officer of DeSales Media Group William Maier. Together, they are implementing a plan that will reduce bulk newspaper deliveries to parishes by increasing individual subscriptions. Wilkinson will also continue to host his popular TV show On the Block and substitute for Anchor Liz Faublas on Currents News. 

The Tablet and Nuestra Voz are the official newspapers of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which also serves the borough of Queens. Combined, they have a circulation of 92,000 newspapers.

Readers are encouraged to send story ideas and news tips to newstips@desalesmedia.org

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BISHOP DIMARZIO LEADS DELEGATION OF CATHOLIC AND BUDDHIST LEADERS WHO MET WITH POPE FRANCIS ON GREEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2018

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BISHOP DIMARZIO LEADS DELEGATION OF CATHOLIC AND BUDDHIST LEADERS
WHO MET WITH POPE FRANCIS ON GREEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a group of Catholic and Buddhist leaders from Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles at a meeting with Pope Francis Wednesday. The delegation presented the Holy Father with sustainable projects they are working on that will provide affordable housing to serve vulnerable populations, like the elderly and formerly homeless.

The group, which includes Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and Enterprise Community Partners, is called the Dialogue of Fraternity. They were tasked three years ago by Pope Francis “to plant seeds together.” Inspired by the Holy Father’s commitment to helping the poor and conserving the environment, the group decided on building Green Affordable Housing Dialogue of Fraternity Projects in their cities.

Bishop DiMarzio says this kind of collaboration is something he wants to replicate. “Around the world, it is difficult for interreligious dialogue. In the United States, we do have an ability that other people don’t have, we can work together, we can collaborate, we can give a model to the rest of the world. This is how religions can work together for the benefit of the general population.”

For this project, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is preparing to develop a 100+ unit affordable senior housing residence with social services that will include a senior center on the ground floor. The new building will be a state of the art green building designed for seniors with “Aging in Place” features and sustainable technologies. Right now the exact location has not been determined.

“Our meeting with Pope Francis highlighted three important aspects this delegation has been working on: 1) the need for affordable housing for seniors and the formerly homeless, 2) the importance of sustainable building as stressed by “Laudato Si,” the Pope’s encyclical on the environment and 3) the importance of Catholics to collaborate with leaders of other religions, in this case, the Buddhists,” said Father Patrick Keating, Deputy CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn Queens.

“I’m very proud of my own project in Brooklyn and Queens because as we’re planning for the future, we recognize that we’re in what they call an aging tsunami,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “The baby boomers are coming, and they’re going to be living in the city. And they’re going to have more need for housing, supportive housing, and subsidized housing.”

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is the largest provider of affordable senior housing in New York City with 25 residences, but that is not nearly enough for the demand. A recent survey of 277 New York City-based senior housing providers found that over 200,000 seniors were on waiting lists for this type of housing.

Video of Bishop DiMarzio greeting Pope Francis on Wednesday, September 12:

Bishop DiMarzio presenting the project to Pope Francis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Patrick Keating handing project document to Pope Francis:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis looking over project documents:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis with Dialogue of Fraternity delegation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dialogue of Fraternity delegation (Brooklyn group):
Seen from left to right:

Po-Wen Yen, Tzu Chi Foundation, Ven. Chang Hwa (Nan-Jun Yu), Dharma Drum Mountain, Kenny Theam Hock Tan, Dharma Drum Mountain, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, Most Reverend Miguel Angel Ayuso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue; Very Reverend, Patrick J. Keating, Deputy CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn; Timothy McManus, VP of Housing, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn; William R. Frey, Senior Advisor, Enterprise Community Partners