Cardinal Dolan to Hold Press Conference on Reopening of Churches in the Archdiocese of New York, Bishop DiMarzio to Attend

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York delivers his homily during Mass Aug. 8 at the Steubenville NYC youth conference at St. John’s University in 2016. (Photo: CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

The Tablet Staff

The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. today at Our Saviour Parish in Manhattan, regarding the reopening of churches in the archdiocese amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Monsignor Joseph P. LaMorte, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New York and head of the re-opening task force, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, pastor of Our Saviour will also attend the press conference. 

Following a May 20 announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that houses of worship may reopen for private prayer and gatherings of up to 10 people, Cardinal Dolan will be discussing which preparations must be made in order for the archdiocese’s 288 parishes to open with the approval of both health and state officials. 

The press conference will be streamed live on the Currents News Facebook page and YouTube channel. The press conference will be followed by in-depth analysis from the Currents News team and special guests.

In the Diocese of Brooklyn, churches have been closed for two months. Bishop DiMarzio has similarly assembled a special committee to help him develop a roadmap on how churches will be able to reopen and what changes will need to be made.

He has appointed Joseph Esposito, the former commissioner of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and the retired Chief of Department of the NYPD, to chair that committee.