Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, has issued the following statement in response to the New York City Fire Department’s announcement of the investigation into the cause of the Easter Sunday fire at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii, which has officially been declared accidental, caused by a hot object and hot embers:

“I am exceptionally grateful to the men and women of the New York City Fire Department for the skill they showed in fighting this five-alarm fire at Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii on Easter Sunday. Their response prevented any loss of life, or major injuries, and saved the church building from the raging fire that engulfed the rectory and parish center. The respect and love for the Church shown by the members of the FDNY was amazing. 

As a result of this investigation by the FDNY Fire Marshals, the Diocese of Brooklyn plans to work with the FDNY to review fire safety and prevention measures. At all times during Mass, the safety of everyone in attendance is our priority.

This past Sunday, I joined the faithful of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii for their regularly scheduled morning Mass held at their aligned church, All Saints.  As the property lost to fire has been safely secured and is pending demolition, all Masses for the foreseeable future will be held at All Saints.

I continue to pray for those who had to evacuate from their Easter Sunday Mass due to the smoke and flames. I do not doubt God was watching over them and the church.”


On Sunday, Bishop Brennan led Mass for the parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii at their aligned parish, All Saints Church, where he asked for a round of applause to show the appreciation of the parish for the FDNY and all law enforcement who responded.

All Saints Roman Catholic Church merged with Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii officially as one parish on June 30, 2019.

Video from Sunday’s Mass can be found here: