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