It’s not often a priest receives cheers for hearing confessions, but that’s exactly what happened to Father Christopher O’Connor when he traveled to Chalco, Mexico, last month to assist a group of sisters at a school they run for girls.
As a young man, Father Michael Panicali flirted with the idea of being a news reporter, even going so far as to major in journalism at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. But he ultimately found his way to the priesthood.
Leticia Orta lost nearly everything when the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded her basement apartment in Woodside on the night of Sept. 1. But she hasn’t lost her faith.
One can’t blame Father Christopher O’Connor for having a reaction to a weather forecast calling for rain, especially after what he and his parishioners at St. Mary’s Winfield Church went through on Sept. 1 when the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded the church.
The floodwaters of Hurricane Ida have receded. Now, for churches and schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn among many other sites, comes the hard part — cleaning up.