V.A. Tackles Issue of Veterans’ Health Care

As Veterans Day on Nov. 11 approaches, Aponte’s health struggles are reminders both of the sacrifice he and countless other veterans have made to keep the United States safe and free and of the sprawling V.A. medical system that treats them at home.

Immigrant Mom With Breast Cancer Dies

Maria Barragan, a mother from Guatemala who was battling stage 4 cancer and who was reunited with her undocumented husband in Brooklyn this past summer, passed away on Oct. 3. 

News Coverage ‘Lifts’ Giglio Feast

A fresh wave of able-bodied lifters has rejuvenated an Italian tradition that dates back more than a century in Williamsburg and more than a millennium in Nola, Italy.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio - Put Out Into the Deep

Two Beautiful Italian Traditions

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,Brooklyn celebrates many patronal feasts, but for Brooklyn and Queens, the Feasts of St. Paolino and Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Williamsburg are what the Italians call the “la festa di tutte le feste.” San Gennaro uses that expression for its feast in Manhattan, but in Brooklyn, it is Mount Carmel-St Paolino, that creates the great Italian festival each year.

Pride and Procession for Padre Pio in Williamsburg

The Italian Apostolate celebrated the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death and the 100th anniversary of his stigmata with a procession from St. Francis of Paola Church, a worship site of Divine Mercy parish, to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Mount Carmel Devotion Spans Cultures, Generations

The closing Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel took place at its namesake parish in Williamsburg July 16 during the peak of summer, but July’s rising temperatures couldn’t take away from an overflowing congregation – mostly first-generation Italian-Americans and Haitian immigrants from around the diocese. They came to honor their Blessed Mother as a devotion that traces throughout cultural and family traditions.

At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Feast Honors St. Paulinus

Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish kicked off the 131st Giglio Feast in Williamsburg. Thousands came out for the first Sunday of the feast that runs July 5-16. To honor St. Paulinus, the 80-foot tall Giglio structure that weighs four tons is “danced” through the streets.

Maryknollers from Brooklyn Observing Anniversaries

Three Maryknoll priests who are celebrating significant anniversaries this year were born in the Brooklyn Diocese. They are among 37 Maryknoll priests and brothers who will be commemorating their ordination to the priesthood or Final Oath as a Maryknoll Brother on June 24.