Migration Office Honors Shining Stars

At two dinners at Gargiulo’s, Coney Island, the Diocesan Migration Office celebrated the fact that immigrants to the U.S. continue to make a significant contribution to the Church in Brooklyn and Queens. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was joined by Father Patrick Keating, director of the Catholic Migration Office, in presenting the Shining Star Award to members of the 29 ethnic apostolates in the diocese. Msgr. Ronald Marino, vicar for migrants, also addressed the audience. The recipients and their lands of origin were: Neveen Harun, Egypt; Alexssandra de Carvalho, Brazil; Walter and Gladys Galvan, Colombia; Serge and Fely Carrera, the Philippines; Kwame Agyeman-Budu, Ghana; Vanes Vieux, Haiti; Daniel and Siobhan Dennehy, Ireland; Yoon Don (Genesius) Choe, Korea; Genaro H. Sanchez, Mexico; Father Anthony T. Nzegwu, Nigeria; Felicidad Lopez, Panama; Hoang (Dominic) Tang, Vietnam; Chui Sheung (Maria) Fung of Brooklyn, China; Yi Chu Zhu of Queens, China; Amada Pablo, Cuba; Ruzena Bunza, Czech Republic; Adalgisa McKinney, Dominican Republic; Deacon Ruben and Ana Siavichay, Ecuador; Deacon Manuel Zelaya, El Salvador; Celso Yax and Micaela Velasquez-Yax, Guatemala; Thankakuttan Clement, India; Budi Mangesti, Indonesia; Nick and Maria Signorello, Italy; Dr. Giedre M. Kumpikas, Lithuania; James W. Cyprian, Pakistan; Dr. Malgorzata Witek, Poland; Ruth Meletiche, Puerto Rico; Deacon Dwayne D. Davis, vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns; and Deacon Christopher Barber, Trinidad and Tobago.

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