The Tablet Staff
DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, hosted the 25th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Outing Thursday, July 9, at the North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, New York.
The event honored the work and spiritual support of 23 chaplains who serve in hospitals and nursing homes throughout Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the DeSales Media Emergency Task Force, established at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $100,000 in proceeds from this year’s event will help support Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) and their ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts. During the pandemic, CCBQ has served 500,000 meals at Emergency food distribution pop-ups in addition to thousands of meals served at its 20 parish-based pantries.
The chaplains honored at the annual golf outing have been providing front line support to thousands of coronavirus patients and their families. They have also comforted families of those suffering alone and administered Last Rites and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. DeSales Media honored these Diocese of Brooklyn hospital chaplains for their personal courage and service to this vital ministry.
The chaplains honored at the event were:
Rev. Gabriel Ahiarakwem, NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst
Rev. Enel Almeus, New York-Presbyterian/Queens
Rev. Salvatore Amato, Ozanam Hall Nursing Home
Rev. Robert Ambalathingal, Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Northwell Health
Rev. Francisco Ares, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
Rev. Bryan Carney, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Rev. Andre F. St. Preux Dabel, SDB, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
Rev. Augustine Emeh, NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Rev. Lorenzo Gomez, SDV, NYC Health & Hospitals/Coney Island
Rev. Souvenir Jean-Paul, Kings County Hospital Center
Rev. Evans Julce, Queen of Peace Nursing Home
Rev. Jean Laguerre, Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens
Rev. Isaie Jean Louis, CSSp, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and
SUNY Downstate Hospital
Rev. Ernest Makata, New York-Presbyterian/Queens
Rev. Dawit T. Moroda, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital
Rev. Johnson Nedungadan, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Rev. Patrick Nwachukwu, SDV, Sts. Joachim & Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Rev. Francis Obu-Mends, Maimonides Medical Center, The Brooklyn Hospital Center Rev. Mintu G. Rozario, NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst
Rev. Radu Titonea, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills-Northwell Health
Rev. Joseph Tharackal, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Kingsbrook Psychiatric Center, NYC Health & Hospitals/Woodhull
Rev. Kieran Udeze, Mount Sinai-Brooklyn, New York Community Hospital
Rev. Michael Ugbor, Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Northwell Health
(Photos: Ed Wilkinson and Steve Aiello)
The Emergency Task Force operated for three months in numerous capacities to assist first responders and hospital workers, as well as Diocesan remote learning efforts, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. During that time, the ETF distributed more than 300,000 masks, nearly 100,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 40,000 pairs of gloves to emergency service personnel, hospitals, nursing homes, and more.
The ETF, led by Vincent LeVien, Director of External Affairs for DeSales Media, included Dennis Fisin, Robert Lynch, David Morales, Rob Rich, Joseph Vega, and Wilfredo Vega, Jr.
The group also delivered more than 50,000 pizzas to more than 40 hospitals and medical centers, as well as to NYPD police precincts, FDNY stations, food banks, and community organizations throughout the City.
The Emergency Task Force also coordinated with the Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) and the Diocesan Schools Office to deliver almost 1,000 iPads to 21 Catholic academies across Brooklyn and Queens.