‘Foot Soldiers’ of Christ in the Brooklyn Diocese

“For a chaplain or priest to be there, it gives them some sense of peace and calm … and moments like this put us [chaplains] in a situation to exercise pastoral judgement. It’s about giving compassion, empathy and care. Bringing comfort to the family — that’s at the core of pastoral care, of what we do.”

Pakistani Ministry Marks 25th Year in Diocese

On the first Sunday of Advent, the diocesan ministry to Pakistani immigrants marked its 25th anniversary with an evening Mass, celebrated in English and Urdu, and a reception at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Windsor Terrace.

Father Robert Mema

Growing up as a nominal Catholic, Father Robert H.C. Mema, 28, never thought about becoming a priest until he journeyed through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Sister Ann Helen Seguljic, I.H.M.

Sister Ann Helen Seguljic, I.H.M., 86, formerly Sister M. St. Ignatius of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Peace Residence, Scranton, Pa.

12 New Acolytes on Road to the Diaconate

Twelve men who are studying to become permanent deacons for the parishes in Brooklyn and Queens, were admitted as Acolytes June 22 at Immaculate Conception Center, Douglaston. Auxiliary Bishop James Massa presided.

Father Ralph Edel

Father Ralph Edel, 25, is looking forward to being a joyful priest, who radiates the fact that his encounter with Jesus Christ has transformed him.