Deacons Are True Servants in the Diocese

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,On Saturday, May 25, I will ordain 18 Permanent Deacons for service to the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as one Transitional Deacon who is well on his way to the priesthood.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,Each year, the 4th Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday since the Gospel always portrays in some way the theme of the Good Shepherd.

Communicating the Faith

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,For over 50 years, the Holy See has published a message from the Holy Father for World Communications Day. This year, the theme is “We are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25) This is a reference to the social network communities to which we belong that should contribute to the whole human community.

A Plan to Help Young People Be Disciples

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Last October, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, brought together a Synod on Young People in the Church. In the recently published Post-Synodal Exhortation entitled “Christus Vivit,” or Christ is Alive, the Holy Father brings together his own thoughts and that of the Synod Fathers regarding two questions: […]

Power and Pain of the Priesthood

Our Church in the last year has undergone a terrible crisis caused by the sexual abuse scandal. We must also remember that the Church, the Body of Christ, is always the spotless bride whom Christ chooses to be His representative in the world. It is not to an institution to which we owe our loyalty, but it is rather to Jesus, Himself, who is present in His Church.

Jesus Lives After Rising from the Dead

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,A film was recently made by National Geographic, which obtained the rights to film the reconstruction of the Tomb of Jesus Christ.

These Days of Passion and Preparation

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,As we approach Holy Week, the Church bids us to prepare more intently for the celebration of Easter and the reception of the grace that comes with the power of the Resurrection of Jesus.

Assuring a Safe Environment for Children

There are many months named for particular causes, none which is timelier certainly for we who work in the Church than National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and promotes the social and educational well-being of children and families.

We Need the Feminine Genius

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,As we come to the end of the National Women’s History Month and the International Woman’s Day recently celebrated, it is certainly important that we recognize the place of women in the Church and the yearning that women have for greater recognition especially as they have contributed so much to the life of the Church.

The Deep Waters of Persecution

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,The persecution of Christians around the world is on the rise. It is a phenomenon that is under-reported and not noticed by mainstream media.