My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,Brooklyn celebrates many patronal feasts, but for Brooklyn and Queens, the Feasts of St. Paolino and Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg are what the Italians call the “la festa di tutte le feste.” San Gennaro uses that expression for its feast in Manhattan, but in Brooklyn, it is Mount Carmel-St Paolino, that creates the great Italian festival each year.
The Church has a long tradition of carefully examining the causes of the saints. In fact, there is an entire department at the Vatican devoted to this important task. Saints are presented to us as models of Christian living, not only to encourage us for greater efforts of sanctity but at the same time becoming our intercessors before the throne of God. After more than ten years of diocesan investigation, last week we concluded the diocesan phase of the study, so that the life of the Reverend Msgr. Bernard John Quinn has been able to be presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Holy See.
Upon returning from the Spring General Meeting of the Bishops of the United States, I am happy to report the results of our very intense meeting.
It is hard to believe that in the State of New York our legislators introduced a bill this session to legalize prostitution. Unfortunately, the so-called progressive politics of today has one aim; to make individual rights override social norms and societal responsibilities.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,On Sunday, June 16, I will celebrate my 75th Birthday. As Canon Law dictates, I must submit my resignation as Bishop of Brooklyn to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Holy Father usually does not immediately accept such a resignation, however, as it generally is the custom to do so when a successor is named. Normally, in today’s world that comes before the end of the 75th year.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,As all of our Catholic high schools are coming close to graduation day, this may be a good opportunity to consider the network of Catholic high schools that remain in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.
As we look toward the priestly ordinations on June 1, my thoughts turn toward all those I have ordained to the priesthood since I have been the Bishop of Brooklyn. I have been fortunate to be able to impose hands on 88 men for the service of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.
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.
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.
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.