Msgr. William Rodgers Made History as the First Black Priest Ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn

In his 96 years of life, Msgr. William Rodgers could boast of numerous noteworthy achievements. He mastered multiple languages and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at St. John’s University. But even more importantly, he was known as the first black priest ordained in the Diocese of Brooklyn — a distinction that made him proud. But he was humble about it.

Only in Print: ‘No Color Line In Churches’

From humble beginnings in the parlors of dedicated laypeople, the diocese’s outreach to Black Catholics has become one of the largest and most vibrant ethnic ministries in the United States.

Msgr. Bernard Quinn’s Saintly Heart of Love

On the evening of June 18, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will be presiding at a vespers in the chapel of Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, during which he will accept the findings of the diocesan investigation for the cause of the canonization of Msgr. Bernard John Quinn, who felt more comfortable when he was called “Father.”

Blessing of Turtles, Furs and Fins

For the third year in a row, St. Peter Claver Church, a worship site of St. Martin de Porres parish, Bedford-Stuyvesant, hosted its blessing of the animals service in the church parking lot.

A Filipino Fiesta with Little Jesus

A Filipino Fiesta with Little Jesus; St. Francis Catholic Singles; The Sisterhood of Catholic Women and Adolescents; The Sisters in Faith of St. Athanasius, Bensonhurst; Feast Day of St. John Bosco Bensonhurst Youth Cluster Style; Angelic Service

First Black Priest Ordained For the Diocese Dies at 95

Msgr. William J. Rodgers, the first black man ordained for and in the Diocese of Brooklyn, died Jan. 21 at Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village, where he had been living and serving as chaplain. He was 95.