‘A Priest’s First Parish is Always His Most Loved’

Father Christopher Heanue recently served his final Masses as administrator of Holy Child Jesus Church, bidding farewell to hundreds of parishioners who came to wish him well. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio recently announced a new assignment for him — rector-pastor of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. 

Bishop Cisneros, An Immigrant Story

On the evening of June 5, 2006, Msgr. Octavio Cisneros, my college seminary rector, asked if I would be available to drive him somewhere the next day. He said that he would have too much on his mind to drive himself and didn’t want to get in an accident. Little did I know then that I would be driving him to the announcement of his nomination as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, along with Msgr. Sansaricq and Msgr. Caggiano. 

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros Retires, Will Remain as Pastor

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros, a native Cuban who came to the U.S. as a teenage refugee in the early 1960s without his parents, became a priest and served the Diocese of Brooklyn for 49 years, officially retired from his post on Oct. 30, after Pope Francis accepted his resignation.

A Brown Virgin Bridging Communities

Our Lady of Candelaria has made its way to Brooklyn and Queens. Parishioners of Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians (St. Mary’s Winfield), Woodside, gathered on Sunday, Feb. 2, for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas, to show their devotion for the black madonna.

A Heroic Priestly Life

Father Joseph A. Gancila, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, Dyker Heights, passed away on Jan. 6 at age 50. His Funeral Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop James Massa Jan. 9. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros and nearly sixty priests concelebrated the Mass. Father Casper Furnari, O.F.S., pastor emeritus of Holy Family Church, Fresh Meadows, was the homilist.