God is always willing to welcome His sons and daughters back to His merciful embrace. That was the message resonating at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Downtown Brooklyn, as the Diocese of Brooklyn started “24 Hours for the Lord.”
At St. Agatha Church, Sunset Park, about 300 Chinese parishioners plus a few dozen others joined Auxiliary Bishop James Massa, moderator of the Curia, in a joyful Chinese New Year celebration.
Year in Review: The diocese rejoiced May 19 with the naming of two new auxiliary bishops for Brooklyn and Queens – Bishops Witold Mroziewski and James Massa.
Fifteen new academies opened this fall and diocesan bishops have been visiting them to commemorate their first year.
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.
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
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.
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.”
On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Marine Park residents prayed for the fallen of 9/11 and for Christians suffering persecution in the world.
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.