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‘Fore!’ the Chaplains: Bishop’s Annual Golf Classic Raises $100K for Diocese Program

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (third from right) and DeSales Media CEO William Maier (far right) present a check to members of the diocese’s Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program. Also honored at the Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic was Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson who served as a priest in the diocese for more than 20 years.

Former Brooklyn priest, Bishop Sweeney of Paterson, also honored

MANHASSET, N.Y. — It was a great day to golf and give back to those who gave their all while working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic — local hospital and nursing home chaplains.

The 26th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic — held July 22 at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, L.I., and sponsored by DeSales Media Group, the parent company of The Tablet — raised money to support the diocese’s Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program. The diocesan program provides two dozen chaplains to hospitals and nursing homes located throughout Brooklyn and Queens.

“Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, our 24 chaplains were on the frontlines ministering to the sick and the dying at an unprecedented level,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who attended the outing and presented this year’s $100,000 check to the Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presents Bishop Kevin Sweeney of Paterson, with his award.

“We owe them our sincerest gratitude and should keep them in our prayers as they continue their ministry.”

Though he was not able to be at the event in person, Deacon Julio C. Barreneche, coordinator of the Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program, said he was there in spirit.

“We are forever grateful to DeSales Media for doing this,” Deacon Barreneche said. “With the difficult times we’ve been facing, this money will help us continue the ministry and the service that we do through the hospitals and nursing homes.”

This year’s event also honored Bishop Kevin Sweeney, who was named the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Paterson last spring. Bishop Sweeney previously served as a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn for more than 20 years, including at St. Michael’s in Sunset Park, St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, and Our Lady of Sorrows in Corona.

“Then-Father Kevin Sweeney served our Diocese with a strong devotion to sharing the good news with our faithful parishioners and worked to help those answer their calling as vocations director,” Bishop DiMarzio remarked. “This outing was a chance for the Diocese of Brooklyn to celebrate his elevation to Bishop, and thank Bishop Sweeney for his service to the people of Brooklyn and Queens.”

Bishop Sweeney said he was touched to have been chosen as this year’s honoree, but was also overwhelmed by all the love and support that was present on the green.

“I had my three families there — my own family, the family from the Diocese of Brooklyn, and my new family with the priests of Paterson — participating in the golf outing,” Bishop Sweeney said, “which really made it quite a day for me.”

He continued, “I really feel at home here in Paterson now, but Brooklyn and Queens will always be a part of my heart and my life.”

One hundred and forty-four golf enthusiasts also hit the links at the country club and 280 people attended the annual dinner, including former NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon.

Throughout the reception, guests also tried their luck with winning the raffle and auction prizes, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Land through Peter’s Way Tours. One lucky winner even went home with a $5,000 cash prize from the fan-favorite 50/50 raffle.

Since 1995, the Golf Classic has raised more than $1.5 million for charities that support the mission of the Catholic Church, both locally and globally.

“Brooklyn and Queens will always be a part of my heart and my life,” said Bishop Sweeney of Paterson.