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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2021

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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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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN TO HOST POLISH HERITAGE MASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2021

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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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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO JOIN STUDENTS IN PRAYER BEFORE RELIC OF FIRST POSSIBLE MILLENNIAL SAINT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO JOIN STUDENTS IN PRAYER BEFORE RELIC OF FIRST POSSIBLE MILLENNIAL SAINT

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will preside over a Rosary Rally with the relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis, displayed for veneration, tomorrow, October 7, 2021 at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, located at 215-35 38th Avenue in the Bayside section of Queens.

The students of grades 5-8 of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy will participate in the service. This is the first Catholic elementary academy to have the opportunity to pray before the first-class relic, strands of the hair of the Blessed Carlo Acutis, in the Diocese of Brooklyn. 

Bishop DiMarzio requested the relic for the Diocese of Brooklyn from Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, in central Italy. The relic was received in July, and at that time, the Diocese announced plans to bring the relic to schools and parishes, in an effort to inspire the youth to deepen their faith.

Monsignor Thomas Machalski, the Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, and Monsignor David Cassato, the Vicar of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, will be in attendance.

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ABOUT BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS

Carlo Acutis passed away at the age of 15 in 2006 after his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Acutis, who attended Mass daily from the age of seven, designed a website listing “The Miracles of the Eucharist,” documenting every miracle throughout the world, associated with the bread and wine consecrated at Mass and transformed into the body and blood of Christ.  The website can be found at http://www.miracolieucaristici.org/.

Since his death, Pope Francis has attributed a miracle to Carlo Acutis, which healed a boy with a malformed pancreas after the child came in contact with one of his shirts. Carlo could become a saint if a second verified miracle is attributed to him and is recognized by the Pope.

***VIDEO UPDATE 2***BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will officially welcome The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, named the eighth Bishop of Brooklyn earlier this morning by His Holiness Pope Francis, at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in the Undercroft (lower level) of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

            Before the press conference, Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop-designate Robert Brennan will concelebrate 8 a.m. Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.netny.tv.

            Following the press conference, at 11:30 a.m.,Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will lead a prayer service and meet with Diocesan staff in the Chapel of the Chancery Office, located at 310 Prospect Park West in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn.

            At 1:30 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will visit with the students of St. Saviour Catholic Academy and St. Saviour High School, in the Church located at 611 Eighth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.          

            Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the above press conference and open press events. Press is asked to RSVP via e-mail to confirm their attendance.

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VIDEOS:

Bishop Brennan meets St. Saviour Catholic Academy and High school students at St. Saviour Church: Courtesy DeSales Media:

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Bishop Brennan Soundbites: Courtesy: “CURRENTS NEWS/NET-TV”

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***VIDEO UPDATE 1***BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will officially welcome The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, named the eighth Bishop of Brooklyn earlier this morning by His Holiness Pope Francis, at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in the Undercroft (lower level) of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

            Before the press conference, Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop-designate Robert Brennan will concelebrate 8 a.m. Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.netny.tv.

            Following the press conference, at 11:30 a.m.,Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will lead a prayer service and meet with Diocesan staff in the Chapel of the Chancery Office, located at 310 Prospect Park West in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn.

            At 1:30 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will visit with the students of St. Saviour Catholic Academy and St. Saviour High School, in the Church located at 611 Eighth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.          

            Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend the above press conference and open press events. Press is asked to RSVP via e-mail to confirm their attendance.

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VIDEOS – COURTESY DeSALES MEDIA

8 A.M. MASS – https://vimeo.com/618165776

ANNOUNCEMENT PRESS CONFERENCE – https://vimeo.com/618175173

PRAYER SERVICE WITH EMPLOYEES – https://vimeo.com/618169288

***MEDIA ADVISORY***BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

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BISHOP DIMARZIO TO INTRODUCE BISHOP-DESIGNATE ROBERT BRENNAN, THE EIGHTH BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

            The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will officially welcome The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, named the eighth Bishop of Brooklyn earlier this morning by His Holiness Pope Francis, at a press conference at 10:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, September 29, 2021, in the Undercroft (lower level) of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street, in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.

Before the press conference, Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop-designate Robert Brennan will concelebrate 8 a.m. Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.netny.tv.

Following the press conference, at 11:30 a.m., Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will lead a prayer service and meet with Diocesan staff in the Chapel of the Chancery Office, located at 310 Prospect Park West in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn.

At 1:30 p.m., Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Brennan will visit with the students of St. Saviour Catholic Academy and St. Saviour High School, in the Church located at 611 Eighth Avenue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

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POPE FRANCIS NAMES NEW BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 29, 2021

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POPE FRANCIS NAMES NEW BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has named the Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The appointment was announced this morning by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, who turned 75 years of age on June 16, 2019, had submitted his resignation on that date as required by Canon Law. His resignation was accepted today by Pope Francis.

“In the selection of Bishop Robert Brennan, the Holy Father has called upon a native New Yorker to return to lead the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens. On behalf of the Diocese of Brooklyn, I welcome Bishop Brennan who I have known for many years, with confidence in his ability to lead our Catholic community and build upon the pastoral achievements we have made. It has truly been an honor to serve as Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn for 18 years,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

“This is a historic moment for the Diocese of Brooklyn which is a very active Diocese, and Bishop Brennan’s energy makes him a perfect choice.  I ask for God’s blessings on this transition so that the work of God, in service to His people, can effectively continue for the more than 1.2 million Catholics throughout Brooklyn and Queens,” continued Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

“I came to know amazing people in the Diocese of Columbus and there is a tremendous sadness in leaving them behind. As I prepare for a return to New York, I am ready and eager to embrace the people of Brooklyn and Queens as their pastor. Knowing we are loved by Jesus, we will strive to show others his face, bearing the Joy of the Gospel and the Splendor of Truth. In the end, that’s what it is all about – in Columbus, Brooklyn, and around the world,” stated Bishop Robert Brennan, the current Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus.

Bishop Robert J. 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 has been 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 going forward.

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.

A Mass of Installation for Bishop-Designate Robert Brennan will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 2 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn.

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Photo of Bishop Robert J. Brennan, courtesy of the Diocese of Columbus, is attached.

DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2021

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN MARKS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Celebration of Guatemalan Independence, Queens Parish Feast, Among Celebrations of Hispanic Faith and Heritage

The Diocese of Brooklyn will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with two special celebrations of faith and community this week.

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 7:30 p.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will celebrate a special Mass in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Guatemalan Independence at St. Finbar Roman Catholic Church, located at the corner of Bay 20th Street and Benson Avenue, in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn.

The readings will be proclaimed in the native languages of Ki’Chee and Garifuna. The music at the Mass will include the traditional Marimba instrument. The Consul General of Guatemala in New York City, Nivia Rosemary Arauz Monzón, will be in attendance. Father Jose Henriquez is the Administrator of St. Finbar Parish.

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, located at 104-11 37th Avenue in the Corona section of Queens, will celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows and the 150th Anniversary of the parish’s founding.

Prior to the Patronal Feast, a procession will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Mass, which will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Kevin Sweeney, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, will begin at 7:00 p.m.  A community celebration will follow immediately after Mass in conjunction with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Members of the media are invited to attend these special parish events and are asked to reply to this email to confirm their attendance.

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: THERE IS A REMOTE LEARNING OPTION IN NYC

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: September 13, 2021

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DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN: THERE IS A REMOTE LEARNING OPTION IN NYC

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, which includes 70 schools and academies, today is reminding families and students that a remote learning elementary and middle school option is available in New York City.

St. Thomas Aquinas Online Catholic Academy is offering a fully online K-8 program as an option for those who want or need to continue in an online learning environment. The school offers the same Catholic education students are receiving in the classroom, only by means of a complete online learning environment.

“The Diocese of Brooklyn has worked hard to provide this opportunity to continue online learning for the students and families who wanted it to continue. We know there are people who remain uncomfortable with returning to in-person learning and want to continue learning online. They should have this option and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy provides just that. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much, including education. The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy ensures our students do not miss the opportunity to learn regardless of pandemic concerns,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of the Schools.

A majority of the more than 150 students currently enrolled in the online school are from the New York City area. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy is chartered in New York State under the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Department of Education.

 “Online learning is here now. The educational visionaries in the Diocese of Brooklyn have committed resources and are determined to make this option available,” said Stephen Haessler, Principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy.

Registration for the 2021-2022 academic year remains open. For more information on the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy, or financial assistance, please visit the school‘s website at stacoa.org.

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SAFETY PROTOCOLS IN PLACE AS BROOKLYN AND QUEENS CATHOLIC STUDENTS READY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2021

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HEALTH AND SAFETY REMINDER AS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY

Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 70 schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens, today issued a reminder to ensure a safe return to school in advance of tomorrow’s first day of school.

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health mandate announced on August 27, 2021, all students, faculty, and staff members in Catholic Academies and Parish Schools in Brooklyn and Queens will be required to wear masks inside school buildings.

“As the new school year is set to begin tomorrow, it is important that we recommit to working together for the health and well-being of all, as we did so well last year. We want a return to normalcy in our classrooms as soon as reasonably possible, but as the Coronavirus and the Delta variant continue to persist among our population, our first priority is to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Chadzutko.

“The Office of the Superintendent ~ Catholic Schools Support Services maintains our partnership and consistent communication with the NYC and NYS DOHMH. This collaboration with the city and state health agencies continues to ensure the health and safety of our school communities,” said Deputy Superintendent Joan McMaster.

School officials will continue to encourage vaccinations, while maintaining social distancing, hand washing and hand hygiene, and the rigorous daily cleaning and sanitizing of facilities as well as enhanced ventilation.

Parents will be reminded to keep their child home from school if they are sick, and their child will be required to receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider that they can safely return to in person instruction.  The Catholic Academies and Parish Schools will also continue to follow city and state guidelines regarding contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols.

Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens, in adherence to strict guidelines, opened on time for the 2020-2021 school year, and were able to offer five day a week instruction. Enrollment increased in nearly 40% of the schools last year in grades K-8. To learn more about Catholic Schools in Brooklyn and Queens, visit catholicschoolsbq.org.

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