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Rector to Be Installed At New Co-Cathedral

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will preside over the installation of the Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington as the first Rector of the newly named Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St., Prospect Heights, on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 12 p.m. St. Joseph’s was designated as a cathedral on Feb. 14, one of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s last acts before his resignation on Feb. 28.

“I appointed Msgr. Harrington five years ago as administrator of St. Joseph’s,” said Bishop DiMarzio. “During that time, he worked with many different people to make sure the infrastructure of the church was upgraded, but as we all know, a church is not just brick and mortar. A church is about its people. And over the past five years, the parish has become vibrant and grown in no small part to Msgr. Harrington and his collaborators. I am confident under his leadership, the co-cathedral will be at the heart of the development of the new Brooklyn.”

Before St. Joseph’s elevation, St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, was the only cathedral in the 160-year history of the diocese. St. James Cathedral was previously a pro-cathedral from the moment the diocese was founded; it was conceived that a new cathedral would be built. St. Joseph’s, which can accommodate 1,500 people, is one of the largest churches in the diocese. It is for this reason the bishop sought permission for it to be named a co-cathedral.

Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington, V.E., is vicar for communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He also serves as the president and chairman of the DeSales Media Group, a full-service media company that includes NET-TV, a cable television station that can be seen in New York City on Cablevision Ch. 30 and Time Warner Ch. 97, and On Demand on Verizon Fios; The Tablet, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s weekly newspaper with a circulation of 80,000 and 30,000 unique online visitors per month; a technology division overseeing 21 websites; as well as a public relations office serving ecclesiastical needs.

Since 2008, Msgr. Harrington has served as the administrator of the Church of St. Joseph. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a degree in philosophy. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a master of business administration from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.

Now-retired Bishop Thomas V. Daily ordained him a priest at St. James Cathedral-Basilica on June 2, 2001. Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of papal chaplain with the title of reverend monsignor on Sept. 3, 2009.

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St. Joseph Church Named Co-Cathedral

Designation Is Pope Benedict’s Final Gift to the Diocese

by Marie Elena Giossi 
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In one of his final acts as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI designated St. Joseph Church in Prospect Heights as a co-cathedral for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Parishioners applauded when the announcement was made during the Spanish and English Masses at the church on Sunday, March 3. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, administrator, celebrated the English Mass, assisted by transitional Deacon Dwayne Davis.
“This year will be a special year, one like none other,” Deacon Davis told the congregation, “because our Holy Father has designated St. Joseph’s to be a co-cathedral.”
St. James Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown Brooklyn, was previously the only cathedral in the 160-year history of the diocese.
Most parishioners of St. Joseph’s were aware that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio had submitted a petition to the Vatican to elevate the church’s status last year.
Bishop DiMarzio received a papal decree, predated for March 19 of this year, approving the request. However, Msgr. Harrington informed the congregation that a new decree with a corrected date was issued three days after the pope announced his resignation on Feb. 11.
web2stjoseph_mass“Since my arrival here as Bishop of Brooklyn almost 10 years ago, it was evident that St. Joseph’s, located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, is at the heart of a new Brooklyn,” Bishop DiMarzio said in a written statement.
“St. Joseph’s is in a location anticipated to be the most densely populated area in New York City, and it should be a prominent fixture in the re-development at this exciting time in our borough,” he said.
Msgr. Harrington said he feels it is appropriate for the church to become a cathedral not only due to its grandeur and vast seating capacity, which will better accommodate diocesan celebrations, but also on account of its parishioners.
“What is most precious are the people,” he said. “The church is not a building. It is the people… This is an honor conferred on you, the people of God.”
Today’s parish – an eclectic, intergenerational mix of hipsters, families, professionals and Spanish-speaking immigrants, stands on the shoulders of the Irish immigrants for whom Archbishop John Hughes of New York established the parish in 1850. The Gothic-style church was built and later dedicated by Bishop John Loughlin, Brooklyn’s first bishop, on March 18, 1861. It was the site of the funeral Mass for Brooklyn Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy in 1956.
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Due to the poverty of the area in more recent years, the church building had fallen into disrepair, but was also spared any major remodeling, which might have destroyed its original beauty.
Under Msgr. Harrington’s administration since 2006, the church has undergone extensive exterior renovations with the installation of a new roof and the cleaning and reinstallation of the church bell and stained-glass windows, which depict the life of its patron.
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Interior renovations are ongoing. A “pennies for paint” drive is currently underway to raise funds for the cost of plastering and repainting the church ceiling.
He hopes all repairs will be completed before the feast of St. Joseph, 2014, which is the anticipated date of the church’s consecration as the co-cathedral.
“This is a vibrant community and becoming more and more so,” the monsignor said, referring to the neighborhood’s revival with the opening of Barclays Center, which is ushering in new people, businesses and housing developments.
“This area of Brooklyn is blowing up,” added Ede Fox, active parishioner and N.Y. City Council candidate. 
Noting that the section around Barclays Center has one of the densest U.S. Census tracts in the city, she said,
“We need to have a central place for people to worship so this seems like the right place for a cathedral – the center and heart of Brooklyn.”web3stjoseph-stndglssdying
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For parishioner Eric Ver, last Sunday’s announcement was an answered prayer. “When I joined the parish in 2003, it was crumbling. The building was dilapidated, and there were not many people in the congregation,” he said.
“I prayed to St. Francis to rebuild this church, and then Msgr. Harrington came and started doing that.”
Over the last decade, Ver has moved several times and now lives in Astoria but returns to Pacific St. every Sunday for Mass. 
“My hope is that others come to know the Gospel of Our Lord through this church,” he said. “I believe it is part of God’s plan for the new evangelization.”

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Diocese Merges Communication Operations Into One Company

The Diocese of Brooklyn’s communications strategy took another giant leap forward recently when the two boards of directors overseeing print and broadcast operations met together for the first time and agreed to merge into one group.
The board of directors of the 103-year-old Tablet Publishing Co. and the board of Trans Video Communications (TVC) voted to merge into one board of directors that will oversee the diocese’s new communications entity, DeSales Media Group, Inc.
Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications, will be the chairman of the new board of directors. Arthur Dignam, a business executive with decades of experience overseeing mergers and acquisitions in the media industry, will be the new chief executive officer of DeSales Media Group.
“We’re unifying the diocesan voice,” said Ed Wilkinson, the editor-in-chief of The Tablet and newly appointed news director for DeSales Media Group. “The synergies of having a common communications entity will benefit not only our news gathering but also the material we produce, whether it’s in the newspaper, on television, or over the web.”
The strategy of DeSales Media Group is similar to the goals of the New Evangelization set forth by the Vatican. The new company consists of the current array of TVC media platforms as well as The Tablet all working together under one roof at New Evangelization Television (NET) and its state-of-the-art communications center that also houses the diocesan spokesperson. The media center is one block away from diocesan headquarters on Prospect Park West.
Wilkinson said that he already sees how the synergies envisioned in the media merger are playing out. Reporters for The Tablet, for instance, have been utilizing digital cameras to shoot video that can be used in evening TV broadcasts.  All journalists, whether print or broadcast, are now under one roof and sharing sources and collaborating on breaking stories.
Still, Wilkinson said, die-hard fans of The Tablet should be rest assured that the newspaper will retain its distinctive editorial identity. Not to mention the fact that popular shows like Currents will be as entertaining and informative as ever. It’s simply that there is more efficiency behind all of these media products, he said.
The creation of DeSales Media Group is the successful culmination of a mandate by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio to the then-newly installed Vicar of Communications, Msgr. Harrington, to take a disparate group of communications outlets and merge them into one streamlined media source to serve the Diocese of Brooklyn.
What Msgr. Harrington says he discovered was that although advances in communications technology now mean that virtually anyone is a few mouse clicks away from any piece of information in the history of the world, the diocese wasn’t using such technology as effectively as it could have to get to know Catholics across the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
Plus, the popularity of tech items like the Apple “Confession App” among Catholics is proof that young people in particular are looking for new ways to connect themselves with the Church, said Msgr. Harrington. One of the hallmarks of his media strategy has been to avoid the pressures to make TV broadcasts and newspaper columns one-way streets. “Someone else might have a different opinion,” he said. “We can’t enter into a dialogue when we don’t recognize that there is other news to be heard.”
Dignam was initially asked by Msgr. Harrington to speak to the various communications department heads at an all-day planning retreat in February of this year. During the retreat, Dignam outlined the many challenges each department would have to anticipate as they moved forward with the merger plans and how best to tackle these issues. He shared stories from his experiences in corporate America that included facilitating the acquisition of NBC by General Electric in the 1980s.
One of the many synergies the diocese anticipates, as the result of the creation of DeSales Media, is that it will function as a full service communications company with a strong emphasis on media.
“We are excited for the services that we are projected to roll out in the next year,” said Msgr. Harrington. “It is an exciting venture and will only further promulgate the Gospel message to Catholics through new media.”

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