BISHOP BRENNAN VISITS CATHOLIC ACADEMY IN BUSHWICK TO START CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a special Mass in honor of the start of Catholic Schools Week this morning at St. Brigid Roman Catholic Church, located in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.

Bishop Brennan joined students, faculty, and families of St. Brigid-St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Academy at the Mass. Following the Mass, Bishop Brennan visited the academy for the ribbon cutting ceremony and blessed the recently renovated Kindergarten classroom. The school is working to renovate all the classrooms by September.

In his Homily, Bishop Brennan stated, “Our schools teach everything that you can learn in any other school, math, social studies, and language arts. But we also learn the truth of who we are, and the truth of who God is. We learn what it means to be a child of God who loves us very, very much. We learn to see how God blesses us in our lives to discover our talents and abilities, to share with one another.”

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week begins annually on the last Sunday of January and is a week dedicated to celebrating Catholic education. The theme this year for National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.”

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of National Catholic Schools Week. This week, Bishop Brennan is scheduled to visit schools throughout Brooklyn and Queens for a chance to meet students and faculty and catch a glimpse of the incredible education being offered in the Diocese each and every day.

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Bishop Brennan gives a Homily at the opening Mass for Catholic Schools Week at St. Brigid’s.
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Students from St. Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy attended Mass as a school community to kick-off Catholic Schools Week.
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After Mass, Bishop Brennan greeted and blessed many who attended the special Mass dedicated to Catholic Schools Week.
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Bishop Robert Brennan visited and blessed the newly renovated Kindergarten classroom at St. Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy.

Announcement of Death – Reverend James J.M. Reynolds

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend James J.M. Reynolds, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Reynolds was born on February 15, 1956 in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on June 30, 1984 and died Friday, January 12, 2024.

Father Reynolds served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Saint Helen (Howard Beach), Saint Patrick (Brooklyn), Saint Matthias (Ridgewood), Holy Child Jesus (Richmond Hill), Saint Brendan (Brooklyn), Our Lady of Mercy (Forest Hills), and Saint Thomas Aquinas (Flatlands). He was also in residence at Bishop Mugavero Residence (Douglaston), Saint Virgilius (Broad Channel), and Our Lady of the Snows (Floral Park).

The arrangements are as follows:

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

FUNERAL MASS: Immaculate Conception Center

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 11:00 AM
7200 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11362

BURIAL: Saint Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York

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

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his brother, Mr. Stephen Reynolds, 385 Lathrop Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10302.

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

Announcement of Death – Reverend Jerome E. Nadine

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Jerome E. Nadine, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Nadine was born on June 10, 1933, was ordained to the priesthood on May 24, 1958, and died on Saturday, September 30, 2023 in California where all arrangements will take place. Father Nadine served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Parochial Vicar at the Parishes of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Ridgewood), Saint Catherine of Sienna (St. Albans), and Holy Rosary (Brooklyn). He also served as Military Chaplain at the U.S. Air Forces. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family and friends. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord. If you wish to send condolences, please mail to Mr. Sam DeSanctis, 318 Mason Road, Vista, California 92084.

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

BISHOP BRENNAN ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF MONSIGNOR PAUL JERVIS, A CHAMPION OF RACIAL HARMONY

The Diocese of Brooklyn has announced the passing of Monsignor Paul W. Jervis, who served as a priest for more than 40 years in parishes throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

Born in Guyana on December 1, 1953, Monsignor Paul Jervis immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 21, 1983. On September 4, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the title of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness upon Monsignor Jervis. He died Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the age of 69.

For nearly 10 years, Monsignor Paul Jervis served as the postulator in the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Bernard Quinn. Through research and interviews, a case for the canonization of Monsignor Quinn was presented to the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints in 2019. The documents remain under review at the Vatican office.

“Monsignor Paul Jervis saw the dignity of every human being and worked tirelessly to open the eyes of all people to love one another. Much like Monsignor Bernard Quinn, Monsignor Jervis devoted his life to fostering peace in the face of hatred. He made a lasting impression on those he met, especially within our African American and Guyanese Catholic communities, and with his brother priests as well. His work will continue in the lives of those he inspired,” said Bishop Robert Brennan.

In 2005, Monsignor Jervis authored a book titled, Quintessential Priest: The Life of Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn. The book profiled the life of Monsignor Bernard Quinn who established the first church for Black Catholics in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Monsignor Quinn served as Pastor of the parish of St. Peter Claver, the patron saint of slaves, African missions, and interracial justice.

“Monsignor Paul Jervis was a vibrant pioneer for the Black Catholic community here in Brooklyn and Queens. His leadership inspired not only Black and Caribbean Catholics to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, but also to share their culture with the entire Church of Brooklyn and Queens. Throughout his 40 years of priesthood, Monsignor Jervis made known his love for the Lord and His Church to the souls entrusted to his care,” said Father Alonzo Cox, Pastor of St. Peter Claver Church, and Director of the Brooklyn Vicariate Office of Black Catholic Concerns.

Monsignor Jervis served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parishes of Saint Francis Assisi –Saint Blaise (Brooklyn), Saint Martin de Porres (Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Victory, and Saint Peter Claver in Brooklyn), and Saint Paul the Apostle (Corona). He also served as Administrator of the Parishes Saint Catherine of Genoa (Brooklyn), Holy Rosary (Brooklyn), Our Lady of Victory (Brooklyn), and Saint Peter Claver (Brooklyn); and as Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Saint Clare (Rosedale), Saint Fortunata (Brooklyn), and Saint Peter Claver (Brooklyn). 

Bishop Robert Brennan will preside at the funeral Mass for Monsignor Jervis on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise Church, located at 319 Maple Street in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Brooklyn.

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Msgr. Paul W. Jervis, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, was born in Guyana and ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1983. He died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, at age 69.

BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ST. JAMES, THE FIRST CATHOLIC PARISH ON ALL OF LONG ISLAND, CONCLUDES WITH SPECIAL MASS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2023

BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF ST. JAMES, THE FIRST CATHOLIC PARISH ON ALL OF LONG ISLAND, CONCLUDES WITH SPECIAL MASS

Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, today joined with Father Bryan Patterson, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, for a special Mass to conclude the Jubilee Year, the 200th Anniversary of the parish of St. James which was officially dedicated on August 28, 1823.

Prior to this church’s establishment, residents of the Village of Brooklyn had to take a ferry across the East River to attend Mass in Lower Manhattan. The faithful would go on to petition the Archbishop of New York to have a church opened in Brooklyn.

“They may have thought 200 years ago this day, wow we got the Church all built, but that was just the beginning.  Here we are, along the way, continuing to build it up. The real building that took place 200 years ago continues today; it is joining the people of God in praise and worship, together with their priests and religious, together with their local bishop and together with the Universal Church and with our Holy Father,” said Bishop Brennan in his Homily this afternoon.

“Thanks to all those whose shoulders we stand, and now to you, I say thank you. Thank you for the way you come together to form the living body of Christ here in Brooklyn, and through your works of charity, your mutual love of each other, and your love of God.  You proclaim with Peter and the whole Church, you are the Christ, you are the Son of the living God,” said Bishop Brennan prior to the final blessing.

The parish of St. James was founded in 1822, designated a cathedral in 1853, and was elevated to a minor Papal Basilica in 1982. The Cathedral Basilica of St. James is located at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn.

VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/858790426

The photos attached are from today’s Mass which took place at the St. James at Noon.

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Bishop Brennan gives his Homily at the Mass concluding the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
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Procession at the conclusion of the 200th Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
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Father Paterson, Bishop Brennan, and Father
Joshy Vazhappilly, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, a visiting priest.

BISHOP BRENNAN LEADS NYPD MEMORIAL MASS REMEMBERING 132 FALLEN HEROES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2023

Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Brooklyn today served as the main celebrant at the NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Memorial Mass held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.

The annual Mass is organized to honor and remember those who served Patrol Borough Brooklyn South and lost their lives in the line of duty. The names of 132 men and women of the NYPD were read aloud at the Mass.

“Every day that you put that uniform on, every day you step out, you take risks, and you make sacrifices. I have always noted how families of police officers make sacrifices, on a daily basis. They are the small sacrifices, dealing with the calendar, different tours, dealing with having to change plans and go to work, or stay beyond for overtime; because it’s part of the job, part of the territory,” said Bishop Robert Brennan during his homily.

“But there’s also that greater sacrifice, that the men and women we remember today, made on the day that they went home to God,” continued Bishop Brennan.

NYPD Assistant Chief Chaplain Monsignor Robert Romano, the Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Brennan.

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VIDEO: vimeo.com/836340509

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The New York City Police Department Honor Guard at the 2023 Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Annual Memorial Mass.
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Bishop Robert Brennan gives his homily, speaking of the sacrifice of police officers and their families.
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Bishop Robert Brennan joins the families of NYPD members of service lost in the line of duty at the Memorial Mass.

Announcement of Death – Reverend Emilio J. Salerno

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Emilio J. Salerno, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Salerno was born on December 27, 1933 in New York, was ordained to the Priesthood on May 30, 1959 and died Thursday, May 11, 2023.

Father Salerno served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of the Parishes of Saint Francis of Assisi (Astoria), and Saint Frances Cabrini (Brooklyn). He also served as Administrator of the Parish of Saint John the Evangelist (Brooklyn), and Parochial Vicar of the Parishes of Mary Queen of Heaven (Brooklyn), Saint Francis of Paola (Brooklyn), and Saint Blaise (Brooklyn).

The arrangements are as follows:

WAKE: Immaculate Conception Center

Sunday, May 21, 2023

3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, New York 11362

Tel: (718) 229-8001

VIGIL MASS: Immaculate Conception Center

7:00 PM

7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, New York 11362

FUNERAL MASS: Immaculate Conception Center

Monday, May 22, 2023

11:00 AM

7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, New York 11362

BURIAL: Mount Saint Mary Cemetery

Flushing, New York

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

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

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to his sister, Mrs. Norma Guidice, 6 Saint James Place, Hempstead, New York 11550.

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

Chancellor

Announcement of Death for Reverend Monsignor George T. Deas

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Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, regrets to inform you of the death of Reverend Monsignor George T. Deas, a retired priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Monsignor Deas was born on December 16, 1925, was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1951, and died Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

Monsignor Deas served the Diocese of Brooklyn as Pastor of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Bayside) and parochial vicar of Saint Francis of Assisi (Brooklyn). He served as Episcopal Vicar and a member of the Diocesan Priests’ Senate, Diocesan Presbyteral Council, Assignment Board, Ministerial Development Committee and Priests Personnel Board. Monsignor Deas received the honor of Prelate of His Holiness in 1976.

The arrangements are as follows:

Thursday, May 18, 2023

WAKE: Immaculate Conception Center

2:00 PM-5:00 PM

7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, New York 11362

Tel: (718) 229-8001

VIGIL MASS: Immaculate Conception Center

7:00 PM

7200 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, New York 11362

Friday, May 19, 2023

FUNERAL: Immaculate Conception Center

11:00 AM

7200 Douglaston Parkway Douglaston, New York 11362

BURIAL: Saint John Cemetery

Middle Village, New York

Monsignor Deas was a member of the Priests’ Purgatorial Society.

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

If you wish to send condolences, please mail to Reverend William Rueger, PO Box 472, East Hampton, New York 11937.

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

Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Sex Abuse Crisis Communications 2003-2021 

Announcements of Sex Abuse Investigation Results 2003-2021

 

November 22, 2021 – Diocese of Brooklyn Zero Tolerance Policy Leads to Removal of Priest From Ministry Following Investigation 

July 15, 2021 – Former CYO Sports Director Named in Two Child Abuse Lawsuits

July 29, 2020 – A Letter to the Faith Community of Saint Pancras – August 2 & 2, 2020

August 13, 2019 – Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Decision Reached in Four Investigations 

February 15, 2019- Diocese of Brooklyn Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

January 21, 2019 – The Tablet: Laicized B’klyn Priest Still Cause For Concern

November 9, 2017 – Official Statement of the Diocese of Brooklyn

November 9, 2017 – NY Times: Brooklyn Diocese Names 8 Priests Who Sexually Abused Children

May 26, 2012 – Statement Regarding Msgr. Thomas Brady

October 22, 2011 – Bishop Places Retired Priest on Administrative Leave

January 30, 2010 –  Priest Under Investigation for Inappropriate Behavior

May 16, 2009 – Bedford-Stuyvesant Pastor Removed Over Allegation of Sexual Abuse

June 2007 – Bishop Places Retired Pastor from Queens on an Administrative Leave

December 2007 – Queens Pastor Administrative Leave

November 2007 – Former Queens Pastor on Leave from Ministry

February 7, 2007 – Jamaica Pastor placed on Leave

April 29, 2006 – Bishop places Priest on Administrative Leave

October 29, 2005 – Bishop Comments on Priest’s Arrest

June 28, 2005 – Capellupo

November 6, 2004 – Accusations Not Credible

August 23, 2004 – Official Statement by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

August 14, 2004 – Pastor placed on Leave

July 3, 2004 – Charges against Priest found to be Credible

February 28, 2004 – Statement by Bishop DiMarzio on Clergy Sexual Abuse

November 1, 2003 – Bishop Bars Priest from Active Ministry

General Communication On Sex Abuse

 

November 10, 2021 – Diocese of Brooklyn Creates Office For Protection of Children and Young People

November 10, 2021- Column Child Victims Act Lawsuits Reveal More Facts About Sexual Abuse Cases

August 14, 2019 – Statement By Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio As New York’s Child Victims Act Takes Effect

August 7, 2019 Column – The Continuing Fight vs. Sexual Abuse

October – November 2018 – Regional Meetings With The Faithful

November 21, 2018 – The Tablet: Bishop DiMarzio Holds A Dialogue With the Faithful About Sexual Abuse in the Church

August 27, 2018 – Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

June 22, 2017 – Diocese of Brooklyn Announces Independent Reconciliation and Conpensation Program For Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

January 7 2017 – New Support Group for Survivors of Sex Abuse article

August 30, 2016 – Chancery Alert

August 20, 2016 – Chancery Alert

July 30, 2016 – Chancery Alert

April 16, 2016  – The Healing from Abuse continues Column

April 16, 2016 – Protecting Children Safe Environment Office

April 9, 2016 – Prayers for continued Healling Guest column

March 19, 2016 Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse Column

March 19, 2016 – Chancery Alert

January 16, 2016 – Chancery Alert

January 16, 2016 – Parenting group offered for clergy abuse victims

October 17, 2015  – Protecting our Children Column

March 21, 2015 – Praying with Survivors of Sexual Abuse Column

July 20, 2013 – Introducing New Victim Assistance Coordinator

August 27, 2011 Teacher Terminated over Abuse Allegations

June 11,  2011 – A Valuable Tool to Fight Sexual Abuse

May 18, 2011 – Statement on the John Jay Report

October, 2010 – Audit Diocese Found in Compliance

July 2, 2010 – New Norms for Sexual Abuse

April 17, 2010 – Column Justice and Forgiveness

April 25, 2009 – Column From Shadow to Light

Oct 4, 2008 – 43 People Trained to Teach Child Safety

July 2008 – Column The Effects of Sexual Abuse

December 22, 2007 – Audit Compliance

May 5, 2007 – Protecting Children Column

April 20, 2007 – Diocese Updates Policy-Sexual Abuse by Clergy

May 6, 2006 – Diocesan Services Respond to Sexual Abuse Allegations

January 28, 2006 – Diocese in Compliance with Child Safety

December 18, 2004 –  Diocese Protects Kids from Pedophiles’ Lures

October 23, 2004 – Creating a Safe Environment for Children

September 11, 2004 – Toll Free Number to Report Sexual Abuse

August 7, 2004 – Diocesan Sex Abuse Hotline

February 28, 2004 –  Statement by Bishop DiMarzio on Clergy Sexual Abuse

January 31, 2004  – Diocese Sets 4 Child Protection Workshops

Diocese Moves Ahead with Anti-Abuse Campaign