One hundred years after the restoration of Polish independence from the German, Austrian and Russian Empires, Poles in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens gathered Oct. 20 in thanksgiving for their heritage at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights.
Father Pawel Lis of Holy Cross, Maspeth, welcomed and blessed pets of all kinds in the rectory garden. Dogs, cats, birds and even a few insects were brought out to receive the blessing and celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
New York’s Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee honored Polish-born Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski for his support for them and for his 25th anniversary of his ordination.
After having collectively ministered in Brooklyn and Queens for nearly 60 years, seven foreign-born priests have begun the new year as official priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The following members of the Diocese of Brooklyn were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Nov. 18 by Cardinal Edward O’Brien at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan:
To celebrate the silver jubilee of Bishop Witold Mroziewski’s priesthood, five bishops, representatives of the various Polish communities in the diocese, his parishioners and family, gathered Oct. 9 at Holy Cross Church, Maspeth, for a Mass of thanksgiving.
Bernard Witek, a rising senior at Loyola School, Manhattan, and a parishioner at Holy Cross, Maspeth, runs cross-country and plays baseball during the school year, but in the summer, it’s all fencing all the time.
Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski, a native of Poland, is going to World Youth Day (WYD) with 400 pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros. The bishop sees a deep connection between the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis and celebrating World Youth Day in Krakow, a city rich in history in the southern part of Poland.
The Diocese of Brooklyn and Father Dariusz Blicharz made it official June 28 at a small ceremony in the chapel at diocesan headquarters in Park Slope.
Seven of the men who are celebrating their 25th anniversaries as priests were ordained by Bishop Thomas V. Daily on June 1, 1991. Details of the other ordinations are included in these brief biographies.