Bishop Honored for Evangelization Efforts

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.

Bishop DiMarzio’s Mission of Mercy to Mexico

“¡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.

Permanent Deacons Told They Will Lead the New Evangelization

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.

Little Sisters Mark 150th Year in US

The Little Sisters of the Poor celebrated their 150th anniversary of coming to the United States with a Mass of thanksgiving April 9 at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Jamaica.

Honoring the Finest of the Finest

NYPD Deputy Chief Charles M. Scholl of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South received the inaugural Bishop Thomas V. Daily Memorial Award at the NYPD Brooklyn and Queens Holy Name Society’s 98th annual Communion Mass and Breakfast March 11.

Appeal Kicks Off Campaign By Thanking Loyal Donors

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Bishop Calls for Immigration Reform

Finding a just solution for the so-called Dreamer-immigrants in the United States must be part of a larger reform of immigration policy in the country, said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

Bishop Appoints First Lay Female Vice Chancellor

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Christmas Eve Mass

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated the Christmas Eve Family Mass at St. Bernard’s Church, Mill Basin, during which he blessed the parish’s manger and witnessed the Live Nativity scene presented by the children of the parish.