Bishop DiMarzio Timeline




AUG. 1 – Appointed seventh Bishop of Brooklyn.OCT. 3 – Installed as Bishop of Brooklyn at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park.
OCT. 4 – Speaks at Immigration Rally at Flushing Meadow Park.
OCT. 16 – Attends The Tablet’s 95th Anniversary Dinner at the Brooklyn Marriott.
OCT. 18 – Writes first “Put Out Into the Deep” column for The Tablet.
OCT. 18 – Participates for the first time in a pro-life vigil conducted by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, St. Michael’s, Sunset Park.
NOV. 1 – First Confirmation in the diocese‚ St. Rose of Lima, Rockaway Beach.
NOV. 6 – Celebrates end of Ramadan with Islamic leaders in Sunset Park.
NOV. 13 – Elected Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Policy.
NOV. 16 – Closes Sesquicentennial Year of the Diocese, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park.
NOV. 21 – Meets with Pope John Paul II in Rome while attending the meeting of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.



FEB. 28 – Issues statement on sexual abuse in the Church, offering apology and setting days of prayer  and penance for the sins of sexual abuse. 

APRIL 7 – Meets with Muslim leaders in Brooklyn. 

APRIL 19 – Addresses Knights of  Columbus rally in Albany, urging  Catholics to speak up for their rights.

MAY 17-20 – Attends plenary session of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and  Itinerant People in Rome. 

JUNE 12 – Announces new organizational chart for diocesan structures. 

JULY 19 – Leads special hearing on immigration issues at St. Francis  College, Brooklyn Heights. 

SEPT. 18 – Announces Strategic  Plan to Increase Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. 

OCT. 3 – Marks first anniversary as Bishop of Brooklyn with his first pastoral letter, “The New Evangelization in Brooklyn and Queens.”  

OCT. 3 – Makes first Ad Limina visit to the Vatican as bishop of Brooklyn. 

OCT. 20 – First Rosary Rally for school children throughout the diocese. 

OCT. 23 – Leads diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 

NOV. 6 – Closes celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. James Cathedral. 

NOV. 18 – Assumes position as chairman of the USCCB’s  Domestic Policy Committee.


FEB. 9 – Announces plans to consolidate 26 parish elementary schools. 

FEB. 27-MARCH 5 – Meeting of the  Global Commission on International  Migration, Cape Town, South Africa.

JULY 6 – Meets Pope Benedict XVI  at the Vatican. 

AUG. 20 – Attends World Youth Day,  Cologne, Germany. 

OCT. 11 – Presents a four-day retreat on The Prayer Channel on the special Year of the Eucharist. 

OCT. 15 – Issues second pastoral  letter to the diocese, “The Family: the  Hope of the New Evangelization.”



FEB. 14 – Leads Parents Rally in  Albany for tuition tax relief. 

MAY 6 – Honored by the Italian American Museum in Manhattan. MAY 15-17 – Meets Pope Benedict  XVI while in Rome for meeting of the  Pontifical Council for the Pastoral  Council of Migrants. 

JUNE 6 – Announces appointment of Auxiliary Bishops Frank Caggiano,  Octavio Cisneros and Guy Sansaricq. JUNE 15 – Appears with Cardinal  Roger Mahony of Los Angeles and Bishop Gerard Barnes of San  Bernardino at a press conference in Los Angeles urging immigration reform. 

AUG. 22 – Ordains Auxiliary Bishops  Caggiano, Cisneros and Sansaricq  

at Our Lady of Angels Church, Bay  Ridge. 

SEPT. 2 – Issues statement on  “Immigration and Work.” 

DEC. 12 – First Bishop’s Christmas  Luncheon to benefit Bishop’s Scholarship Fund. 


JAN. 7 – Participates in Three Kings  Parade in Williamsburg. 

MAY 19 – Ordains 36 new permanent deacons for the diocese.

MAY 26 – Ordains 16 Spanish speaking permanent deacons.

JULY 5 – Catholic Relief Services sponsored trip to Mideast. Visits  Lebanon, Jordan and Syria and meets with Iraqi families in exile.

OCT. 18 – Issues third pastoral  letter, “Do Not Be Afraid – A Pastoral  Vision for the New Evangelization.”

NOV. 14 – Introduces “Forming  Consciences for Faithful Citizenship:  A Call to Political Responsibility from  the Catholic Bishops of the United  States” at general meeting of the  U.S. Bishops in Baltimore.


FEB. 20 – Holds joint press conference at The Chancery with  Sen. Charles Schumer to address the mortgage and foreclosure crisis’  effect on Brooklyn and Queens.

APRIL 11 – Participates in The  Tablet’s 100th-anniversary dinner at the Brooklyn Marriott. 

APRIL 18 – Welcomes Pope  Benedict XVI to New York City at  Kennedy Airport. 

APRIL 20 – Hosts departure ceremony for Pope Benedict at  Kennedy Airport as he returns to  Rome. 

APRIL 21-28 – Leads diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes and Paris. JUNE 20-22 – Participates in diocesan pilgrimage to 49th  International Eucharistic Congress,  Quebec City, Canada. 

JULY 15-20 – Attends World Youth  Day in Sydney, Australia. 

OCT. 25 – Diocesan pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the  Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 


JAN. 17 –  Announces  “Preserving the  Vision,” a five-year plan to reorganize  Catholic schools. 

JAN. 29 – Speaks to the annual dinner of The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, urging laypeople to take a more active role in politics and community affairs.

FEB. 7 – Appears at a joint press conference with Mayor Michael  Bloomberg at City Hall to explore the possibility of converting some  Catholic elementary school buildings into charter schools. 

FEB. 28 – Announces plans for Pope John Paul II Family Academy,  a tuition-free elementary school in  Bushwick. 

APRIL 6 – Participates in the diocese’s “Reconciliation Monday” in all parishes. 

JUNE 16 – Undergoes quadruple bypass open heart surgery on his  65th birthday. 

AUG. 15 – Resumes weekly column in The Tablet following his surgery. SEPT. 7 – West Indian Festival Mass at St. Matthew’s Church, Crown  Heights, first public liturgy since surgery. 

SEPT. 12 – Announces the start of the  Parish Support Program. 

NOV. 9-12 – Attends World  Congress on the Pastoral Care of  Migrants and Refugees, Rome; visits  L’Aquila, Italy, site of earthquake in February 2009.



JAN. 13 –Forms committee to organize diocesan response to earthquake victims in Haiti 

FEB. 12 – Celebrates one-month anniversary Mass for victims of  Haitian earthquake. 

MARCH 1 – Issues pastoral letter,  “Renewing the Vision: Christ Jesus  Our Hope.” 

MAY 30 – Celebrates 40th  anniversary of Ordination Mass of Thanksgiving at St. James Cathedral Basilica 

JUNE 24 – Sends documentation to Rome to open the inquiry for the cause of canonization for former  Brooklyn pastor, Msgr. Bernard Quinn 

JULY 26-19 – Visits earthquake victims in Haiti 

OCT. 30 – Leads diocesan pilgrimage to National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. 


AUG. 16-21 – Leads diocesan  delegation to World Youth Day,  Madrid, Spain. 

AUG. – Suspends Mass obligation for those in evacuation path of  Hurricane Irene. 

SEPT. 11 – Celebrates tenth  anniversary Mass at St. James  Cathedral-Basilica for families of  victims and survivors of terrorists  attack upon World Trade Center.

SEPT. 25 – Serves as Grand Marshal for the sixth annual Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach. 

NOV. 10 – Announces plan to merge seminary system with Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of  Rockville Centre at press conference at Immaculate Conception Seminary,  Huntington. 

NOV. 26 – Makes  Ad Limina visit to the Vatican and meets with Pope Benedict XVI.



FEB. 5 letter to the Diocese criticizing  the provisions of ObamaCare health plan that would violate the conscience and rights of Catholics

MARCH 26-29 – Participates in  Pope Benedict XVI’s pastoral visit  to Cuba 

APRIL 7 – Baptizes 60 people of  Chinese descent at Easter Vigil at St.  John Vianney Church, Flushing

APRIL 22 – Announces plans to  petition the Vatican to name St. Joseph’s Church, Prospect Heights,  as the Co-Cathedral of the Diocese

MAY 2 – Announces the appointment of two new auxiliary  bishops – Raymond Chappetto and  Paul Sanchez 

JULY 11 – Ordains Bishops  Chappetto and Sanchez to the  episcopacy 

SEPT. 20 – Hosts conference “The  Manhattan Declaration Crosses  the River” on religious liberty at St.  John’s University 

NOV. 4 – In the aftermath of  Hurricane Sandy, celebrates Mass at  St. Thomas More Church and visits  Breezy Point and Belle Harbor 

NOV. 22 – Celebrates Thanksgiving  Day Mass at St. Rose of Lima,  Rockaway Beach, hard hit by Hurricane Sandy

DEC. 8 – Dedicates Regina Pacis  Church, Bensonhurst, as a Basilica



MARCH 3 – Announces St. Joseph  Church has been designated as the  Diocese’s Co-Cathedral

APRIL – Makes ten-day visit to  China, meets with Cardinal John  Thong Hon

APRIL 28 – Installs 22 priests to  lead new diocesan deanery structure

MAY — Meets Pope Francis for first  time in Rome during the Plenary Meeting of the Pontifical Council for  the Pastoral Care of Migrants and  Itinerant People

JULY 23-28 – Attends World Youth  Day in Rio de Janeiro

AUGUST – Makes Pastoral Visit to Poland with Msgr. Zendzian  and Father Mroziewski 

SEPT. 8 – Prays with  Immigrants at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona 

SEPT. 19 – Attends  installation of Bishop Caggiano in Bridgeport


FEB. – Issues New Organizational  Chart for Central Diocesan  Administration 

MARCH 2 – Announces Migration  Services will assist legal permanent  residents, press conference at Our  Lady of Sorrows with Sen. Charles  Schumer 

MARCH 10 – Press Conference with Cardinal Dolan at 1011 First Ave. to kick off campaign for Education  Investment Tax Credits 

MARCH 18 – Leads rally for tax  credits (education) in Albany

APRIL 10 – Attends Ordination  and Installation of Bishop Scharfenberger in Albany 

MAY 13 – Dedicates St. Joseph’s  Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights

JULY 20 – Blesses new Father  Thomas Jung Education Center for  Koreans at St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Church,  Flushing 

SEPT. 6 – Presides at prayer service  for peace and reconciliation in the  neighborhoods at St. Peter Claver  Church, Bedford-Stuyvesant 

OCT. 4 – Attends beatification of  Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich  in Newark 

OCT. 25 – Leads diocesan pilgrimage  to National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

NOV.21 – Meets Pope Francis at VII  World Congress of Pontifical Council  on the Pastoral Care of Migrant and  Itinerant People



FEB. 15 — Celebrates Mass at Our  Lady of Sorrows, one month after  fire destroyed church 

MARCH 10 – Attends funeral for  Cardinal Edward Egan 

APRIL – Visits the burial site of Msgr.  Bernard Quinn in Westbury on the  75th anniversary of his death

APRIL 15 – Celebrates first Mass  of Hope and Healing with victims of  sexual abuse 

MAY – Announces Generations of  Faith capital campaign 

MAY 19 – Announces naming of  Auxiliary Bishops James Massa and  Witold Mroziewski 

JULY 20 – Ordains Auxiliary Bishops  Massa and Mroziewski at St.  Joseph’s Co-Cathedral 

AUGUST – Blesses new altar at  Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camp in  upstate New York 

SEPT. 24 – Welcomes Pope Francis  to New York at Kennedy Airport

SEPT. 25 – Celebrates Mass with  Pope Francis in Madison Square  Garden 

SEPT. 26 – Attends departure ceremony for Pope Francis from New York’s  Kennedy Airport 

NOV. 1 – Presents Papal Honors at  St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral 

DEC. 5 – Issues Pastoral Letter for Year of Mercy – “Merciful Like the  Father” 

DEC. 13 – Opens Holy Door for  Year of Mercy at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral



APRIL – Blesses Bishop Joseph M.  Sullivan Way at Our Lady of Hope,  Middle Village 

APRIL 21 – Celebrates second  Mass of Hope and Healing at Our  Lady Queen of Martyrs, Forest Hills

APRIL 29 – Announces appointment of Bishop Neil Tiedemann as Auxiliary Bishop

MAY 3 – Attends Ordination and  Installation of Bishop James  Checchio in Metuchen 

JUNE 18 – Leads diocesan pilgrimage to National Shrine of  Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

JULY 11 – Leads prayer service in  Grand Army Plaza for peace and  racial harmony in neighborhoods

JULY – AUGUST – Attends World  Youth day in Poland 

OCT. – Holy Year Diocesan  Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and the  Holy Land 

OCT. 30 – Marks 20 years as a  bishop at Mass of Thanksgiving in  Douglaston


JAN. 31 – Attends installation of  Bishop John Barres in Rockville  Centre 

APRIL 5 – Dedicates Bishop  Thomas V. Daily Residence in  Prospect Heights 

APRIL 11 – Declares a Year for  Vocations in the Diocese of Brooklyn 

APRIL 26 – Third Mass of Hope and  Healing, St. Anselm’s, Bay Ridge

APRIL 30 – Honored at the 25th-anniversary dinner of Bridge for Life

MAY 19 – Celebrates funeral Mass  of Bishop Daily 

JULY – Attends the first Convocation of  Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Fla. 

AUG. 4 – Year of Vocations begins with liturgy in Douglaston. 

AUG. 24 – Celebrates Mass for  Racial Harmony at St. James  Cathedral-Basilica, Downtown  Brooklyn 

SEPT. 9 – Celebrates Mass at  Catholic Day in CitiField, Flushing 

OCT. 30 – Visits hurricane-ravaged  Puerto Rico with Cardinal Dolan

DEC. 3 – Announces campaign to  seek sainthood for Bishop Francis  X. Ford 



APRIL 17 – Visits Puebla, Mexico,  with check from Diocese to assist earthquake victims. 

JUNE 22 – Main celebrant of the V Encuentro regional Mass in Albany. 

JULY 29 – Named by City and State of New York as one of the Top 50 most powerful people in Brooklyn. 

SEPT. 12 – Meets Pope Francis at Vatican while attending housing meeting with Buddhists 

OCT. 3-6 – Hosts Magnificat National Conference in Brooklyn 

OCT. 17 – Hosts first of four listening sessions about clergy sex abuse scandal in the Church. 



JAN. 2 – Attends Retreat-Meeting of  U.S. Bishops in Chicago to pray over the sexual abuse crisis in the Church

JAN. 24-27 – Attends World Youth  Day in Panama 

FEB. 15 – Releases a list of 108  priests who were credibly accused  of sexual abuse of a minor 

MARCH 24 – Rededicates Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Williamsburg

APRIL 18 – Celebrates Holy Thursday mass including Washing of the Feet of victim-survivor of clergy sexual abuse 

APRIL 30 – Celebrates fifth Mass of Hope and Healing 

JUNE 16 – Turns 75 and submits resignation to the Vatican, to be  accepted at the Pope’s discretion

JUNE 18 – Presides at Vespers in  Douglaston to mark the end of diocesan investigation into the cause for  Msgr. Quinn. 

OCT. 3 – Appointed by the Holy See to conduct Apostolic Visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo 

OCT. 6 – Leads Mass & procession calling for the construction of a public statue recognizing Mother Cabrini 

OCT. 31 – Concludes Apostolic Visitation of the Diocese of Buffalo 


FEB. 26 – Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Agatha to stand in solidarity with Asian Community at the outset of Coronavirus. 

MARCH 19 – Bishop begins video reflections from his home chapel during quarantine due to the Coronavirus 

MARCH 29 – Announces death of Fr Jorge Ortiz-Garay, believed to be first Catholic priest in the U.S. to die of Coronavirus 

APRIL 3 – -Announces Dioceses Churches to ring Bells for Hope to pray for an end to the Coronavirus 

APRIL 5 – Announces death of Father Gioacchino Basile due to Coronavirus 

APRIL 14 – Receives condolences from Pope Francis on the deaths of two priests due to Coronavirus 

JUNE 7 – Bishop delivered a Homily Message on Racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death 

JUNE 26 – Releases video in seven languages on how to safely return to Mass during COVID 

JULY 9 – Bishop DiMarzio Golf Outing Honors Front Line Workers including Diocesan Hospital Chaplains 

OCT. 8 – Files federal lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for Violation of Religious Freedom stemming from COVID capacity restrictions 

OCT. 12 – Attends Mother Cabrini statue dedication in Battery Park 

NOV 26. – Announces U.S. Supreme Court victory in religious freedom case filed due to COVID capacity restrictions 

DEC. 8 – Unveils Christmas Tree and “Angels Unawares” Vatican replica of sculpture honoring migrants 


XXXXXXX – Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Bishop DiMarzio.