The Origin of Our Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

This is the full text of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s homily at the Healing Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish, Newark, on July 18.

Answering the Call of Duty During These Trying Times

On the first weekend after the quarantine began, my first task before individually calling each of the pastors of our parishes in Brooklyn and Queens, I placed a call to each of our hospital chaplains. Truly, they were on the front lines in their ministry in the hospitals of Brooklyn and Queens.

The Birth of Our Democracy

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we come upon the July 4th holiday, we must recognize what this day is truly about. We celebrate the independence of our Nation from British Colonial rule. The Declaration of Independence, a document that is far from perfect, gave us a democracy.

The Essence of the Priesthood

Since the first time I ordained priests for service to the faithful of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2004, 96 have been Ordained to the priesthood.

Golden Jubilee: A Time for Reflection and Celebration

Jubilees in religious and priestly life mark significant milestones that certainly need to be celebrated. This year because of the coronavirus, unfortunately, our celebrations have been personal and rather muted.

The Evil of Racism Must End Now

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As we have seemingly come to a slowdown of the coronavirus pandemic, in the last ten days, we have experienced a more terrible type of virus in that of racism that seems to have made itself visible among us. The horrible death of George Floyd at the hands of one policeman with others standing by has opened a wound in our society, pointing to deeper inequalities that people of color and other minorities must bear.

The Greatest Gift We Ever Received

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

We have just celebrated the Feast of Pentecost, and perhaps a reflection on the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives is in order.

The Lessons of Laudato Si’

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

May 24th marked the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment entitled Laudato Si’. Remember, Laudato Si’ are the words of the prayer of Saint Francis composed to praise all creation.

St. John Paul II, the Migrant Pope

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

On May 18, we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyla, who became Pope John Paul II, and now St. John Paul II. I would like to share my reflection about St. John Paul II and me.