Nearly 50 years ago, St. Clare parish was on the cusp of a cultural and ethnic transition when the original settlers in the area moved out while an influx of new settlers from the Caribbean islands moved in. Fast forward to 2019 and a thriving community of Catholics from an array of Afro-Caribbean backgrounds hold steadfast to the unifying thread of their cultural upbringing: their faith.
An interdenominational, honest and thought-provoking panel consisting of prestigious women theologians and academic scholars was held at The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA) March 10 as part of National Catholic Sisters Week. National Catholic Sisters Week started March 2014 and was created to highlight women religious through series of events across the country that would help to instruct, enlighten and bring greater focus to the lives of the sisters.
One day after the passing of St. Joseph H.S.’ first lay-principal since the school was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph more than 100 years ago, a solemn memorial service was held for Caroline Latham at the Oratory Church of St. Boniface in Downtown Brooklyn, Feb. 27.
Fathers Sebastian Tarciziu Andro, Raynolds Basilious, O.C.D., Timothy John Lambert, Jose Evangelista Lopez and Felix Sanchez joined the ranks of the Brooklyn Diocese and were no longer members of their previous dioceses by the process of incardination.
Energetic youth from across the eastern seaboard gathered at Our Lady of Refuge in Flatbush Feb. 23 to participate in the annual Youth Rally sponsored by The National Center of the Haitian Apostolate and The Brooklyn Haitian Ministry. The 2019 theme was “Lead and Be Fruitful.”
At the annual Black History Month Mass held at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston Feb. 17, nearly 40 minutes of poignant preaching set the tone for a liturgy that offered words of healing for the suffering caused by the sins of racism and words of hope as the plight toward racial equality in America continues.
Under the conditions of discipleship, Jesus asked those who wish come after Him to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him. For Angelica Taveras, the consistent restlessness in her heart became such an intricate, detailed conversation with God that she told Him if she were to trade her comfortable, corporate-world salary and work for the Church, three particular criteria would have to be met. Did God deliver?
An annual event that dates back to 1974, Catholic Schools Week is a time when Catholic schools across the country hold a variety of community-building activities that range from Masses, open houses and musical and talent showcases to “buddy days” where upper grades mentor younger students in their schools.
World Youth Day pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens are back in the diocese, having returned to the responsibilities of school and work, family life and social circles. As they go about their lives, one of the memories they carry with them is of a hot and humid morning during the final day of catechesis when the perfect storm occurred.
Balancing the role of pilgrim and reporter at my first World Youth Day in Panama was a challenge met with miles of walking, talking and being present in the moment. For so many of the pilgrims who shared their story with me, they hoped for transformation and change within their own spiritual lives. Living their faith out loud in their daily lives have been met with opposition and judgment at times.