One Photo Was 2,000 Years in the Making

More than 20 years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called on Jews and Catholics to be “a blessing to one another,” so as to be a blessing to the whole world together. The sainted pope’s words were literally fulfilled in Brooklyn last July, when newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop James Massa asked a friend of his, Rabbi Eric Greenberg, to bless him moments after his ordination to the episcopacy.

Family Day Follows Up On Papal Trip Theme

Just as Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and the World Meeting of Families had come to an end and the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was about to begin, families from Brooklyn and Queens came together for a Diocesan Family Day at Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge

Interreligious Leaders To Pray with Pope at 9/11 Memorial

On Sept. 25, Pope Francis will visit the World Trade Center memorial site of the 9/11 attacks, where nearly 3,000 people were killed by terrorists in 2001. He plans to pay his respects to the victims of the attack and meet with local religious leaders for a Multi-Religious Meeting for Peace.

Seminary Molds Men Into Best Possible Priests

At St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, third-year student Tom Griffin said he finds “a sense of camaraderie here, of belonging, that you’re not in this alone.”

Calm Winds of Change at Seminary in Yonkers

This is the fourth year that seminarians from Brooklyn and Queens will study theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. For 80 years prior to that, the men had lived at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. The change is part of a new inter-diocesan program that consolidates resources and opens up opportunities for theological studies to others besides men studying for the priesthood.

Mass for Peace in Marine Park

Parishioners in Marine Park are so concerned about Christian persecution around the world that the Men’s Fellowship Ministry of Good Shepherd parish is sponsoring a Mass for Peace, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Auxiliary Bishop James Massa, moderator of the Curia, will be the main concelebrant.

Ordination for Two New Auxiliary Bishops

Two diocesan priests with years of institutional and pastoral experience were ordained auxiliary bishops to serve Brooklyn and Queens at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights, July 20. It was the first episcopal ordination held at the site.

Auxiliary Bishops Will Be Ordained at Co-Cathedral

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, will ordain two new auxiliary bishops for the Church in Brooklyn and Queens, on Monday, July 20, at 2 p.m., at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights. Pope Francis appointed the Very Reverend James Massa, 54, and the Reverend Canon Witold Mroziewski, 49, as auxiliary bishops in May. Co-consecrating bishops will […]

New Bishop Relies on Ecumenical Experiences

As moderator of the curia, vicar for higher education and vicar for evangelization, Father James Massa wears many hats in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Next week, he will officially assume another hat – a miter to be exact – as he is ordained one of the diocese’s newest auxiliary bishops. For now, that […]