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Earlier this month I went to Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I., where Cardinal Dolan was leading a retreat for the archdiocese’s permanent deacons. I arrived in time to attend … more
The Synod listening sessions to take place during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2, were initially planned for five regional sites across the archdiocese. Then the deans of the … more
Coming back to Manhattan from last Friday’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., our bus captain, Sister Mary Margaret Hope, S.V., called for short testimonies of “graces” that her fellow riders … more
Linda Mele Dougherty said she is old enough to remember when many Catholics identified where they lived by their parish affiliation. In her family’s case, the parish was Our Lady of Mercy in Forest … more
This month, Cardinal Dolan visited formerly incarcerated men now living at Ignacio House in the Bronx, where they’re transforming their lives as they pursue college studies in a supportive … more
My mother, Mary L. Woods, died at her Long Island home during the first week of Advent. She slipped away peacefully in her sleep the morning of Dec. 2 at age 88. Mom had battled a progressive … more
Last Sunday was the start of the holy season of Advent, the annual period of preparation leading to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It should be a fruitful time, … more
As the diocesan phase of her cause for canonization draws to a close, Dorothy Day probably would have felt right at home at a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to mark the occasion. The Mass, to … more
As the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture comes back to life, there’s a new executive director in charge. William “Bill” Biddle brings a host of experiences leading artistic and performing … more
At times, being the editor of Catholic New York brings me to places I would otherwise have no business going. One of those times occurred this month when I went out to Huntington, L.I., to cover a … more
Dr. Scott Hahn, the noted theologian and evangelist, kept it all in the family—the Holy Family, that is—in his public lecture at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, Oct. 1. Acknowledging … more
On Sunday afternoon, the Sheen Center in lower Manhattan hosted its first live event since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Appropriately enough, the reopening was for a … more
As far as signs of progress go, the Out and About listings in this issue of Catholic New York might not be on many people’s Top Ten list, but they are on mine. There are about a dozen listings for … more
Early on Saturday morning, Aug. 14, I drove into Brooklyn for a story. That’s not a normal occurrence because Brooklyn and Queens form the neighboring Diocese of Brooklyn, which is outside Catholic … more
Speaking to Msgr. Peter Vaccari Monday, just a day after his return from Lebanon where he visited the port of Beirut so devastated in the powerful explosion that rocked the city and surrounding area … more
Last week was a sad one at Catholic New York as we said goodbye to founding Editor in Chief Gerald M. Costello, who is remembered fondly for establishing Catholic New York 40 years ago and leading … more
When the Archdiocese of New York celebrated its bicentennial in 2008, Cardinal Dolan was a year late for the occasion, as he was not appointed Archbishop of New York until the following year when he … more
Marty Rogers walks the walk in his South Bronx neighborhood. He is usually doing something to lift up his Melrose community or Immaculate Conception parish there, often both at the same time. A … more
A remarkable retreat-style meeting took place June 9-10 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie involving a few dozen members of the John 17 Movement, which promotes the unity of all believers in … more
When he first began as chief operating officer of the nonprofit Care for the Homeless in 2016, Ronald Lawson thought that if he worked hard every day, he “would be helping our organization go out … more
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