Identification of Painting as 17th-Century Masterwork Brings Joy to Parish

A parish in a neighborhood that once had the highest concentration of COVID-19 cases in the country has found new joy in the discovery that a familiar painting over the transept doorway of its church is a 17th-century masterpiece.

Thomas Ruggio, a fine art and art history professor at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., is seen Sept. 13, 2021, standing next to Cesare Dandini’s 17th-century masterpiece “Holy Family with the Infant St. John” in the atrium of the school’s Ryan Library. The artwork is on loan to Iona from Holy Family Church in New Rochelle. Ruggio was surprised to discover the painting during a visit to the church earlier this year. (Photo: CNS/courtesy Iona College)

Music, Quiet Prayer, Heartfelt Petitions Offered for Haiti, Afghanistan

A candlelight service at St. Francis of Assisi Church Aug. 23 offered uplifting music, quiet prayer and heartfelt petitions for those struggling in the chaos of Haiti and Afghanistan. The event incorporated Scripture, silent reflection, musical response and prayer.

Young People Garden and Farm for a Better Future

A staggered group of seven ecology interns and Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) volunteers lived on the 212-acre Brentwood property between the end of May and the beginning of August — pursuing their passions and making the Earth a greener place, one row of plants at a time.

New York State Lawmakers Warn Of A Cuomo Comeback

Some New York State lawmakers are unsure if Andrew Cuomo can be impeached after resigning from office. Others, like Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens, believes Cuomo can and should be impeached to prevent him from making a political comeback.

Late Queens Pastor Remembered at Upstate NY Scout Camp Museum

The memory of the late Rev. Bartholomew “Barry” Frazzitta — who served in the Diocese of Brooklyn for nearly 50 years and was a chaplain to the Boy Scouts of America — will live on for years to come, thanks to the Ten Mile River Scout Camps Museum.

Cabrini Shrine Celebrates Patron Saint’s Anniversaries

Following the unveilings of two larger-than-life statues of Mother Cabrini in Manhattan and Brooklyn (in October 2020 and June 2021 respectively), the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine decided to commemorate two other significant moments in the saint’s life. On July 17, the community celebrated Mother Cabrini’s belated 171st birthday (July 15) and the 75th anniversary of her canonization.