It Was a Privilege to Welcome Pope to NY (with slide shows)

The Diocese of Brooklyn is quite unique. It is the smallest, in terms of territory, in the United States and yet, it is the most densely populated. It shares the boundaries of its city with an archdiocese – one of the few places in the world where that happens. So it was only appropriate that […]

80 New Lay Leaders Come Forward to Serve

At two recent full-day orientation sessions, the diocesan Pastoral Institute welcomed 80 new participants for the Lay Ministry Program. Coming from parishes across the diocese, lay leaders embark on a three-year course of intellectual, spiritual, human and pastoral formation that will prepare them for service in their parishes. Thirty-nine will follow the Spanish-language track, while […]

A Messenger of Peace

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, This article is written on the eve of the Apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. As we await his arrival from Cuba, we express our hopes that his visit to our Nation will bring about a better understanding of human dignity and the need for […]

Our New Bishops Bring Unique Talents

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, To be called to be a successor of the Apostles is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. During the week of July 5, the two Bishops-elect, James Massa and Witold Mroziewski, and I spent a week on retreat at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie.

Push Is On for Education Tax Credits

Push Is On for Education Tax Credits

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington and several New York bishops and representatives from the states’ dioceses met with Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 1 to encourage them to pass a bill that would be key for the future of Catholic schools and other religious and independent schools in the state.

Welcome to Our Permanent Deacons

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, As we approach the end of May, we are blessed with ordinations to both the Transitional Diaconate, as well as the Permanent Diaconate. We will ordain four Transitional Deacons now this spring and four on Nov. 7, for Ordination to the Priesthood in 2016. At the same time, I was privileged to ordain 19 permanent deacons on Saturday, May 23, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.