Former Nursing Sisters Head Was a Pioneer in Ministry

Sister Bernadette S. Downes, C.I.J., former president of the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, also known as the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, and former director of Disabled Persons for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Brooklyn, died peacefully Jan. 8, following a long illness.

Thanks, Catholic Charities

Dear Editor: I am writing on behalf of the seniors from Narrows Senior Center. We seniors are transported by vans each day by Maddy and Samuel, the drivers. We are treated with very much respect and tender care. Many thanks! We are taken to our doctors’ appointments, trips, and in some cases, shopping.

Obituary: Sister Margaret Williams, C.I.J.

Sister Margaret Williams, C.I.J., a member of the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor for 73 years, died on May 11 at Villa St. Joseph, Rockville Centre. She was 92.

Father Keating Named Deputy CEO of Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has announced that Very Reverend Patrick J. Keating, associate vicar for Human Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and chief executive officer of Catholic Migration Services, will also serve as deputy chief executive officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Diocese Honors Those Who Gave Their Blood

At a reception in Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio honored the parishes that have made significant contributions to the New York Blood Center over the past year.

Obituary: Rosemary Oliva

Rosemary Oliva, a member of St. Bernadette’s parish, Dyker Heights, who worked almost four decades at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, died on Feb. 9.

Panthers’ Linebacker Keeps Focus on Faith

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, the team going up against the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life.

Bishops Act on Porn and Politics at National Meet

The U.S. bishops approved a formal statement on pornography and additions to their quadrennial statement on political responsibility at their Nov. 16-19 fall general meeting in Baltimore, Md.