Father Donelson Thevenin considers himself lucky to have had a wide range of experiences — from ministering to parishioners at churches to counseling sailors aboard battleships as a U.S. Navy chaplain.
The Diocese of Brooklyn marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Peter Claver Church on Sept. 9 — the saint’s feast day — with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
One can’t blame Father Christopher O’Connor for having a reaction to a weather forecast calling for rain, especially after what he and his parishioners at St. Mary’s Winfield Church went through on Sept. 1 when the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the church.
The usual peace and quiet of a Sunday afternoon on 217th St., between 92nd and 93rd avenues, in this Queens neighborhood was anything but on Sept. 12. Instead, it was transformed by the colorful and boisterous sights and sounds of a popular Indian Marian devotion: the celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Velankanni, also known as Our Lady of Good Health.
The Legion of Mary has been winning souls for Jesus, through his Blessed Mother, for 100 years. There are 1,251 “legionaries” and 1,910 auxiliary members in parishes throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn. An estimated 250 of them came to a Mass of Commemoration on Sept. 7 at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
In 2001, Father Gerard Sauer was a newly ordained priest at St. Patrick Church, helping guide a grieving parish through the horror of the 9/11 terror attack and its aftermath. Two decades later, he is the pastor of the Bay Ridge church, helping parishioners cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chris Sorrentino still has a hard time thinking about that day. But Sept. 11 never goes away for another reason: the toxic dust at ground zero that he breathed in over the next several months and the bladder cancer he developed years later.
Twenty years later, the memories of Sept. 11 are still vivid for people in the Diocese of Brooklyn. There are reminders everywhere. Over the years, churches and schools erected monuments in tribute to the parishioners and alumni they lost on that tragic day.
The cost of every container of cleaning wipes, every pump bottle of hand sanitizer, and every technology upgrade continues to add up for schools across the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead a special Mass on the Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver tonight, Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 7:30 p.m