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Bishop Issues New Organizational Charts for Central Diocesan Administration




Recently, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presented a re-organization of the Central Diocesan Administration to the curia and to diocesan employees. The Bishop explained, “This structure allows us to conduct the essential services of the diocese and attain our mission of the New Evangelization in the most effective and efficient manner possible.”


He used two charts to illustrate how the various diocesan offices are structured by their functions in relation to the Episcopal Vicars and Secretariat Council. “No organizational chart, no matter how good, can really demonstrate the dynamic activity that must occur among the various offices within the Central Diocesan Administration and their relationship to the parishes,” he said.


Episcopal Vicars and Secretariat Council

The Episcopal Vicars and Secretariat Council (see Chart A), also referred to as The Bishop’s Cabinet, is composed of 16 members whose purpose is to advise and inform the Bishop and other Council members on matters relating to the responsibilities of their respective offices.


The Bishop’s Cabinet includes:


Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life

Auxiliary Bishop Raymond F. Chappetto


Moderator of the Curia and Vicar for Evangelization

Very Rev. James Massa


Judicial Vicar

Msgr. Steven J. Aguggia


Chancellor and Vicar for Canonical Affairs

Msgr. Anthony M. Hernandez


Territorial Vicar for Brooklyn

Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi


Territorial Vicar for Queens

Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger


Vicar for Financial Administration and Econome

Msgr. Michael J. Reid

Vicars for Black and Hispanic Concerns

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Vicar

Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Vicar


Vicar for Communication

Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington


Vicar for Development

Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello


Vicar for Ecumenical Interreligious Affairs

Msgr. Guy Massie, Vicar

Very Rev. Joseph M. Zwosta, Assistant Vicar


Vicar for Higher Education and Campus Ministries

Msgr. John J. Strynkowski


Vicar for Human Services

Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto, Vicar

Very Rev. Patrick J. Keating, Assistant Vicar


Vicar for Migrant and Ethnic Apostolates

Msgr. Ronald. T. Marino


Secretary for Human and Information Resources

Deacon Edward S. Gaine


Central Diocesan Administration (CDA) Offices

While the new organizational chart (see Chart B) maintains many of the structures as designed in the re-organization of 2009, it now reflects the central role of evangelization and the importance of parishes, clergy, consecrated life and vocations.


The Major Changes (see Chart C)


Office of the Vicar General and Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life

Auxiliary Bishop Raymond P. Chappetto


In addition to the canonical duties Bishop Chappetto has as Vicar General, he maintains his responsibilities as Vicar for Clergy and Consecrated Life and, as such, oversees the Office of Clergy Personnel, the Episcopal Delegate for Religious, and Senior Priest Life and Benefits.

Under the re-organization, Bishop Chappetto also will oversee Cathedral Preparatory High School, the Vocations Office and the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation.


Office of the Moderator of the Curia and

Vicar for Evangelization

Very Rev. James Massa


By creating this new position, Bishop DiMarzio has demonstrated the importance of the New Evangelization in the parishes, in schools, in faith formation and with coordination of key vicars.

In his new position, Father Massa takes on the oversight of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, the Retreat Center, the Liturgy Office, the Pilgrimage Office and the Office of Diaconate Formation.

Prior to Father Massa coming to the position, Bishop DiMarzio combined the Office of Faith Formation, with its functions of Catechetical Formation, Youth Ministry, Marriage Ministry, R.C.I.A. and Religious Education with the long-standing Pastoral Institute to create the School of Evangelization. The overall objective of consolidating the various operations is to maintain the unique content of the programs while combining many of the common functions for greater effectiveness and efficiency.

As a member of the Episcopal Vicars and Secretariat Council, Father Massa will coordinate with Vicars where opportunities for New Evangelization are identified in Higher Education and Campus Ministries, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Black and Hispanic Concerns and Migrant and Ethnic Minorities.


Deanery Structure – Office of the Territorial Vicars

Msgr. Joseph Grimaldi, Brooklyn.

Msgr. Edward Scharfenberger, Queens


By creating the deanery structure (article in The Tablet, April 27, 2013) and entrusting the coordination of the deans to his Territorial Vicars, Bishop DiMarzio seeks to create a more direct link from the parishes to the Central Diocesan Administration (CDA) to improve service and support.

In his address to the CDA, he encouraged the employees “… always remember that we here, in these offices, work to support the parishes and schools of our Diocese.”

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  1. Pax Christi! In Chart C, would you please be kind enough to identify of what The Office of “New Ecclesial Movements” consists? For the last thirteen years I have been an active member of The Sacred Heart of Jesus RC Church’s Gospel Choir. I was appointed to the position of Cantor for The English Speaking Community by our former Pastor, Reverend Father Bryan D. Patterson. Am very much missing this very good & Holy Priest & humble servant of God! When I am able to easily discern & gleen The Word during our celebrations of The Holy Eucharist & the ministry of The Sacred Heart Book Club, I can truly say that I experienced an advance in Life In The Spirit! What a blessing to have had Fr. Bryan in our midst. There is much to be said for those who convert to Catholicism; especially The Roman Rite. It is a Blessing when we can receive such a convert who also became a Priest in our Diocese! He is a brilliant Teacher & Theologian who touched the lives of many; the very young, The Youth, The Adults & those of us who are “Young At Heart”! Fr. Bryan left behind a group who were discerning their Vocation to The Priesthood. I do not know what has become of them. Please return Fr. Bryan to us. So many of us have experienced a transformation which we are finding difficult to sustain. Looking forward to your response. I remain…
    Sincerely yours-in-Christ, Patricia Patino