FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2021
BISHOP DIMARZIO TO OFFER MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF FATHER GIOACCHINO BASILE; LOST TO COVID-19 ONE YEAR AGO
Brooklyn – The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will join the parish community of St. Gabriel’s in remembering the life of Father Gioacchino Basile at a Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 7 p.m. Father Basile passed away on April 4, 2020, from COVID-19. He was 60 years old.
Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate the memorial Mass at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, located at 26-26 98th Street in the East Elmhurst section of Queens, where Father Basile served as Pastor at the time of his death. Father Basile also served as the Spiritual Director of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Douglaston, and assisted as a chaplain at LaGuardia Airport.
Father Gioacchino Basile was born in Calabria, Italy, and was ordained to the Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Newark on May 27, 1995. He was assigned to the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2008, and was appointed as the Administrator of St. Gabriel’s. Father Basile, before coming to the Diocese of Brooklyn, spent time in service as a Priest in the Diocese of Ponce in Puerto Rico.
At the time of his passing, Bishop DiMarzio said, “Father Gioacchino Basile was small in stature but mighty in energy for the Lord. He ministered well to all of the people of his parish and the faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.”
Members of the media are invited to attend and are asked to confirm their attendance with the Diocesan press office. Masks must be worn at all times inside of the Church and social distancing guidelines must be followed.