CCBQ Turkey Giveaway Provides Food, Joy and Relief For Families

Many families in need will be having a turkey for Thanksgiving, despite the high price for the bird — nearly $2 per pound according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (73% higher than last year) — thanks to Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens, which distributed free turkeys at Holy Innocents Church in Flatbush, on Monday, Nov. 21.

CCBQ Honors Five; Raises $1.8M At Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The ballroom of Cipriani Wall Street was so crowded for the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner on Sept. 29 that Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens, remarked, “You couldn’t put another table in here if you tried.”

Navy Chaplain Rise in Rank Draws on Experiences in NYC

Father Donelson Thevenin considers himself lucky to have had a wide range of experiences — from ministering to parishioners at churches to counseling sailors aboard battleships as a U.S. Navy chaplain.

Center for Migration Studies Looks at Immigrants’ Health Risks

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) of New York issued a 40-page study, “Mapping Key Determinants of Immigrants’ Health in Brooklyn and Queens,” on Feb. 23 and looked at the two boroughs neighborhood by neighborhood to determine which non-citizen immigrant communities are most at risk.

Catholic Charities Stays on Its Quest for Affordable Housing

Construction of a new home for low-income people was about to start last spring in Queens, but the COVID-19 pandemic rattled all aspects of normalcy worldwide.
The Bishop Valero Residence, a project of Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens, is expected to add 102 badly-needed apartments for seniors and formerly homeless adults. It’s located at 23-11 31st Road in Astoria, Queens.

Lawyers Pray for ‘Spirit of Truth’

Law professionals from all faiths are invited each year to take part in the Mass, which — according to Sarah Gozo, a former president of the local Catholic Lawyers Guild — aims to remind lawyers of their mission to help and love others.