Brooklynites Find Unity, Hope at Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

An interfaith Thanksgiving service in Brooklyn offered a chance for Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbors to come together in a show of unity and mutual support, particularly in a political climate so hostile to immigrants and in light of recent anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism.

Vocation Awareness in Sunset Park

St. Agatha parish, Sunset Park, marked National Vocation Awareness Week by celebrating Sister Rosa Pham’s final vows as a Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the World. Students and teachers from the parish faith formation program dressed as saints and angels for the special Mass.

Catholic Schools in Diocese Outperform City, State

The New York State standardized test results are in – and students in Brooklyn and Queens Catholic elementary schools surpassed their public-school peers in English language arts, while earning comparable scores in math.

Borough Park Polish School Celebrates Silver Jubilee

A little Polish school in Borough Park, which started off as a religious education program for St. Frances de Chantal parish, has over the past 25 years gained international renown, even performing a concert for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.

St. Francis of Paola: An Italian Refuge for 100 Years

One hundred years after the Bishop of Brooklyn established a home for Italians looking for a place where they could belong, the congregation at St. Francis of Paola Church in Williamsburg gave thanks to God for their piece of heaven on Earth.

Five Communities, One Purpose – Prayer

The Monastery of the Precious Blood in Borough Park is blessed to have two religious communities: the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood and the Sisters Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará.

Praying For and With Contemplative Sisters

St. John Paul II established Pro Orantibus Day (“For Those Who Pray”) in 1997 to provide spiritual and material support to “the Church’s vanguard” whose silent, separated life serves as “a leaven of renewal and of presence of the spirit of Christ in the world. It is a day of thanksgiving, solidarity and support for contemplative religious who spend their lives in total dedication to God in union with Jesus and interceding for the salvation of all.”

New Deacons on The Way to Priesthood

Thirteen men were ordained to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the main chapel at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie. Five men from the Brooklyn Diocese, five men from the Rockville Centre Diocese, and three men from New York Archdiocese were ordained.

Future Priests Get Together To Pray and Play Ball

More than 200 students from all levels of seminary formation celebrated the Inter-Seminary Day of Prayer and Fellowship Nov. 1 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. The day started with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.