Diocesan News

PHOTOS: Holy Week 2023


An aerial view of the Palm Sunday procession down Vanderbilt Avenue towards to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Bishop Robert Brennan leads the Palm Sunday procession.

Father Christopher Heanue looks out of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph over Pacific St.

Bishop Robert Brennan blesses a family from St. Teresa of Avila Parish following the Palm Sunday Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. 


The long line of priests taking part in the procession into the co-cathedral stretched down Pacific Street.

During the opening moments of the Mass, the congregation, including women religious, were in prayerful contemplation.

Hundreds of clergy members, including priests and deacons, filled the pews in the co-cathedral for the Mass.

As Father Alonzo Cox, the director of liturgy looks on, Bishop Robert Brennan prepares the oil for the blessing. 

In a sacred moment during the Mass, Bishop Robert Brennan breathes into the container of chrism oil to signify the Holy Spirit.


A closer look at the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Lenten Pilgrimage Passport.

Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated Mass at Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth during the final stop in the 2023 Lenten Pilgrimage.

Father Joseph Gibino presents Madeline Flood with her stamped 2023 Diocesan Lenten Pilgrimage passport.

Members of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Brooklyn, present their stamped passports for the 2023 Diocesan Lenten Pilgrimage.


In a time-honored ritual, Bishop Robert Brennan and parishioners of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James re-create the moments at the Last Supper when Jesus Christ expressed his love for the disciples by lowering himself to wash their feet.

As he washed each person’s foot, Bishop Robert Brennan offered a word of thanks.

Bishop Brennan exchanges a few words with a parishioner as he washes her foot.

At the end of the Mass, Bishop Brennan processed around the entire cathedral with the Blessed Sacrament covered in a humeral veil.


Bishop Robert Brennan participates in the Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday, April 7, on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Patrick Martinez, a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Bedford-Stuyvesant, has participated in 25 Way of the Cross processions across the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (right) joined Bishop Robert Brennan at the brief service prior to the Way of the Cross procession.

Bishop Robert Brennan describes how the disciple, St. Peter, denied knowing Jesus, who, after the resurrection, forgave him and greeted him as a trusted friend to lead the early Church.


The moment Momna Younas became a Catholic. Bishop Brennan administers the sacrament of Baptism at the Easter Vigil. 

The co-cathedral is bathed in candlelight at the start of the Easter Vigil.

Bishop Robert Brennan prays over the cauldron of fire from which the Paschal candle will be lit.

Father Christopher Heanue, rector of the co-cathedral of St. Joseph, holds the Paschal candle aloft in front of the altar to show all that Jesus Christ brings light into a dark world.


Cantor Nate Irwin leads the congregation in worship as Bishop Robert Brennan celebrates Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in downtown Brooklyn.

Bishop Robert Brennan receives the offering during Easter Mass. 

Bishop Robert Brennan wishes Happy Easter to members of the congregation after Easter Mass on Sunday, April 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in downtown Brooklyn. 

Nataly Castillo celebrates her initiation into the Catholic faith during the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 8, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Windsor Terrace. Joining her were her mentors, Deacon Gerard Devine (left) and the pastor, Father Lawrence Ryan.