Amid what hasn’t exactly been the best run for Pope Francis lately, Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio brought the pontiff a bit of happy news last week: His ecological vision in “Laudato Si’” is flowering in America in the form of three new “green” affordable housing projects for seniors in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
New Yorkers are discovering something that Catholics always have known – the Bishop of Brooklyn is an important person.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, on Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m.
The five men becoming priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn June 30 were ordained transitional deacons during three separate Masses in Rome, Yonkers and Astoria.
While no one expected the U.S. Catholic bishops to use the beachfront hotel meeting site for their bi-annual meeting as a time for sunbathing and relaxation, few had predicted that this week’s gathering would gain such national attention.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the six auxiliary bishops and 130 priests of Brooklyn and Queens participated in a Prayer of Repentance and Sanctification of Clergy on Friday, June 8, at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston.
A Catholic priest, a Jewish hospital executive, a police chief and a Brooklyn businessman were the recipients of the Bishop’s Good Scout Award April 1 at the annual scouting Awards Dinner.
The diocesan Assembly on Evangelization took time out of its program to honor Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio for his emphasis on evangelization over the past 15 years that he has been the spiritual leader of Brooklyn and Queens.
Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Vicar General of the Diocese, presented Bishop DiMarzio with three tokens of appreciation.
The first was an icon of Jesus.
The second was a book of Bishop DiMarzio’s “Put Out Into the Deep” columns on evangelization that have appeared in The Tablet.
Thirdly, he was named the recipient of the first annual Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Duc in Altum Award – Latin for “Put Out Into the Deep” – that will be presented each year by the diocese’s Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis to a person who demonstrates a lifetime commitment to the work and mission of the New Evangelization.
Bishop Chappetto pointed out that the presentations were a surprise for Bishop DiMarzio.
“The Bishop has often said ‘There are no surprises in the Church, only mysteries,’ but I think we surprised him with this,” said Bishop Chappetto.
Bishop DiMarzio was also the subject of a video tribute in which members of the diocese said “Thank you” to him for his contributions to the Church.
Appearing in the video were Peter Damour, youth minister at St. Clare’s parish, Rosedale; Michael Loccisano, a sixth grader at Good Shepherd Catholic Academy, Marine Park; the Cywinski Family, representing the Polish community; Susana Villegas, Hispanic catechetical leader; and Sister Clara, from St. Agatha parish, Sunset Park.
“This historic Assembly on Evangelization and the diocesan celebration of the V Encuentro will go down as a watershed moment in the life of the people of the diocese in Brooklyn and Queens and beyond,” said Theodore Musco, director of the Diocesan School of Evangelization, which organized the two-day event at St. John’s University.
“After participating in the Mass of the New Evangelization and listening to our wonderful keynote addresses and workshop presentation, how can we help not be determined to ‘put out into the deep.’ We have been given the gift of seeing that a new ‘springtime’ in the life of the Church is certainly within our reach,” the bishop said.
The Assembly on Evangelization featured a keynote address in English and Spanish by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
“¡A la bio, a la bao, a la bin bon ban!” was the chant as the people of Tlapanalá, a city in the state of Puebla, Mexico, received Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio with traditional Mexican cheers, flower petals and plenty of confetti when he visited the town on Tuesday, April 17.
That was the message from Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano as he addressed the annual Diocesan Diaconate Convocation in Douglaston. The April 15 meeting at the Immaculate Conception Center was a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the permanent diaconate to the Brooklyn Diocese and the 50th anniversary of the revival of the Order by the Second Vatican Council.