Five Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn discovered that when they wore those official-looking clothes for a day in early August during a trip they made to a shelter in El Paso, Texas. They were helping immigrants who had just been in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody.
The donkey brayed and kicked as St. Francis of Assisi announced the birth of Jesus outside of St. Adalbert Church on Dec. 2.
Brother Xavier Castaldo, O.S.F., a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 55 years, died Oct. 20.
Brother Labre Tallman, O.S.F., died Sept. 2, in St. Catherine’s Hospital, Smithtown, L.I.
Brother Michel Bettigole, O.S.F., a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 55 years, died Sept. 2 at Coney Island Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.
This year, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens is proud to honor 72 sisters and brothers who have collectively given 3,315 years of service to the Church and the people of God. Brief bios, photos and more are included in this special supplement of The Tablet.
The Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated the first-ever Religious Brothers Day May 1, early on Sunday with a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Gregory the Great Church, Bellerose.
The gray robes worn by the Conventual Franciscan friars may not be fashionable in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, but the religious men appear to be fitting in just fine in the heart of “hipster” country.
A trip to Cape Girardeau, Mo., provided almost 30 young men and women with an opportunity to volunteer and offer service to a variety of organizations, including the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
The seven original religious communities that served the people of Brooklyn and Queens were honored at a Mass of thanksgiving in Downtown Brooklyn.