by AnnaMarie Prono REFLECTING ON THE past Holy Year of Mercy, I recall my visits to holy sites and walking through the Doors of Mercy. I was fortunate in that I traveled to Fatima, a wonderful pilgrimage destination. Locally, I ventured out to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in Manorville, L.I., Graymoor and St. Patrick’s Cathedral were two other special places I visited.
Holy Year of Mercy
On March 13, 2015, Pope Francis announced a special Holy Year, which will be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, 2016. The biblical theme of the year, he said, is “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Diocese on Pilgrimage
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is leading the diocese’s Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and the Holy Land. Above, the group poses for a photo in Assisi.
Pope Makes ‘Mercy Friday’ Visit to Rescued Women
Continuing his Year of Mercy practice of going one Friday a month to visit people facing special struggles, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a community helping 20 young women get their lives back together after being rescued from prostitution.
Canarsie Mothers Make Marian Shrine Pilgrimage
I felt a connection with them and with our Blessed Mother that went deeper than words: I experienced a sense of peace.
Youth Views: How are you observing the Year of Mercy?
For the Year of Mercy, I strive to be more patient with everyone as we all grow and mature at different rates.
Prayer, Service Help Queens’ Youth Prepare for WYD
Young people from St. Bartholomew Church, Elmhurst, spent a weekend retreat focused on being Christ to others in preparation for this year’s World Youth Day in Poland. The young adults – who are part of the 400 pilgrims from the Diocese of Brooklyn going to World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow July 26-31 – are preparing their hearts through service and prayer.
Pilgrimage of Mercy in Astoria
Immaculate Conception parish, Astoria, conducted a Pilgrimage of Mercy in accordance with the Pope’s Jubilee year of Mercy on Saturday, June 11.
Bishop Leads Diocesan Contingent to National Shrine of Mercy
“The main purpose of this pilgrimage is to rediscover and celebrate the mercy of God in the cold world,” said Father John O’Connor.
Woodside Pilgrims Visit Holy Doors
Four buses of pilgrims from St. Sebastian Church visited the six Holy Doors for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Brooklyn and Queens.
Tablet Wins 11 Press Awards
The Tablet captured three first-place prizes and five second-place awards in the national competition among diocesan newspaper with a circulation of 25,000 or more.