Meeting Life’s Brokenness With The Love Of Christ

Greetings from sunny central Puerto Rico! I covered a week-long mission trip to Aibonito with a large group of young adults and youth from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Youth Ambassador Program.

Celebrating America in US Territory

A group of young Catholic leaders from Brooklyn and Queens celebrated the Fourth of July in Puerto Rico while helping with the reconstruction of the island still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

In Solidarity, Local Catholic Youth Embrace Puerto Rico

Thirty-plus members of the Brooklyn Diocese’s Vicariate of Black Catholic Concern’s (VBCC) ambassador program arrived in Puerto Rico on July 1. Some of the members were out-of-state college students, and some, like Rajae Clarke, were returning to serve alongside their fellow youth ambassadors as alums of the program.

From Brooklyn and Queens to Puerto Rico, VBCC Teens Are Ready to Serve

It was the eve before a fundraising gala dinner for the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Youth Leadership Ambassador Program (VBCC), and the young leaders were learning how to sway their hips at the precise moment to the rhythm of the beat without stepping on their two feet.

Former Runaway Slave One Step Closer to Sainthood

A former runaway slave who grew up to become the first African-American Catholic priest is now one step closer to being the first black American saint.Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Father Augustus Tolton and on June 12 declared him “venerable” within the Church. With that decree, Father Tolton is still two steps away from canonization, but Catholics can pray directly to the priest as an intercessor before God.

Our Lady of Angels Class of 1969

More than 50 members from the Class of 1969 at Our Lady of Angels School (OLA), including two teachers, Brother Lawrence Boyle and Mrs. Selma Jean Matouk Quinn, gathered at Greenhouse Cafe in Bay Ridge to celebrate a milestone reunion, May 4.