June 20, 2020








Golden Jubilarians - Pages C2–C10 | Silver Jubilarians - Pages C12–C22

Photo: Elimelec Soriano


June 20, 2020 |

Bishop DiMarzio: Half a Century of

Bishop and nine other priests mark 50th anniversaries

by Ed Wilkinson & Jorge I. Domínguez-López

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who has

served as the seventh Bishop of Brooklyn

since 2003, is celebrating the golden

anniversary as a priest.

Born in Newark, N.J., he grew up across

the street from Sacred Heart Cathedral

Basilica and attended the Cathedral’s

grammar school; St. Benedict’s

Preparatory School; Immaculate

Conception Seminary, Darlington; and

Seton Hall University.

His Vocation to the Priesthood

“My vocation really came from living

across the street from the church.

Couldn’t get any closer, I lived in the

church,” recalled Bishop DiMarzio in

an interview with The Tablet. “And the

school, and the sisters, and the parish

priest, all of them helped nurture a

vocation, to say, ‘This is something that I

wanted to do.’

“By the time I graduated high school, I

had already made the decision to go right

to the College Seminary. It’s a process.

You think things through. The other thing

I would like to have done is become a

doctor, but the idea didn’t stay with me as

much as the priesthood.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sacred

Theology from the Catholic University of

America, a master’s in Social Work from

Fordham University and a doctorate in

Social Work Research and Policy from

Rutgers University.

He is a certified social worker and

fluent in Italian and Spanish and

proficient in French.

The Beginning of a Life-long Mission

Bishop DiMarzio was ordained for the

Archdiocese of Newark on May 30, 1970,

by Archbishop Thomas Boland.

His parish assignments included

being an associate pastor at St. Nicholas

Church, Jersey City, 1970–77; associate

pastor at Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City,

1977–79; administrator and pastor of St.

Boniface Church, Jersey City, 1979–80;

chaplain of Holy Rosary Academy, Union

City, 1980–84; pastor of Holy Rosary

Church, Jersey City, 1984–85; associate

pastor at Mount Carmel Church, Newark,

1985–88 and 1996; and pastor at Mount

Carmel Church, Newark, 1996-99.

“I was first sent to a German national

parish, but the pastor realized there were

many Italians in the parish.

“It just wasn’t Italian-Americans, but

they were new immigrants because this

was 1970. There were new immigrants

who didn’t speak English. So that was

the first thing that encountered in the

parish. And when they see someone with

an Italian name, they knew I spoke some


“I went out to the avenue, it was on

Central Ave., and there were a lot of

empty storefronts because it was kind

of depressed at that time. So, I rented

a store for $70 a month and we started

the office. But soon as we did that, I

took immigration courses too, to learn

immigration law because people were

asking questions about it. So I’d help

them and there were people from Latin

America. So, once you start, there were

people walking in, and everybody wants

to help.”

An internationally recognized expert on

immigration policy, he began his ministry

among migrants in 1976, when he served

as the archdiocese’s refugee resettlement

director for nine years, during which

time he also served a two-year term as

director of the Office of Migration of

Newark’s Catholic Community Services,

now Catholic Charities.

He moved to Washington, D.C. in

1985, when he was appointed executive

director for Migration and Refugee

Services for the U.S. Catholic Conference

and served there for six years. He was

named a monsignor in 1986.

“In 1985, I had just finished the

doctorate and they wanted a new director

for the office in Washington. So, I asked

my bishop, ‘Can I apply?’ and I had just

taken a parish,” said Bishop DiMarzio.

“He said, ‘Yeah, apply. If they want you,

I’ll let you go.’

“I did get chosen, so I had to leave the


“So that’s how I got to Washington, it

was six years I was there, then I came

back to New Jersey.”

He created the Catholic Legal

Immigration Network, known as CLINIC,

In 2018, Bishop DiMarzio was received with cheers, flower petals and confetti in

Tlapanalá, a city in the state of Puebla, Mexico. He brough a donation of $140,000 to

help rebuild the town’s church that was partially destroyed by an earthquake. Below:

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio greets Pope Francis at the Vatican. (File photos)

Faithful Service

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a legal services corporation through

which dioceses offer new immigrants

help in resettling. He later served as its

chairman for six years.

Episcopal Ordination

When he returned to Newark in 1991,

he was appointed associate executive

director of Catholic Community Services

and a year later became executive

director, a position he held for five years.

He also served as Vicar for Human

Services, and Vice President of the Board

of the archdiocesan Cathedral Healthcare

Systems, overseeing its hospitals.

In 1996, Pope John Paul II elevated

him to the rank of Auxiliary Bishop for the

Archdiocese of Newark.

From 1998 until 2001

he chaired the Migration

Committee of the U.S.

Conference of Catholic


In 2000, he was

appointed a member of

the Pontifical Council

for the Pastoral Care of

Migrants and Itinerant


The Sixth Bishop of


He was appointed the sixth Bishop of

Camden, N.J., on June 8, 1999. There he

established an Office of Ethnic Ministries,

an Office of Black Catholic Ministry, and

an Office of Hispanic Ministry. He also

created an apostolate to the Haitian

community and founded two missions

to serve the Korean and Vietnamese


The Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn

On Aug. 1, 2003, he was named Bishop

of Brooklyn and installed at Our Lady of

Perpetual Help Basilica, Sunset Park, on

Oct. 3, 2003.

When he arrived in the diocese, he

explained that much of his ministry would

be centered on a simple phrase from the


That’s Luke’s gospel 6 (Luke 6) when

Jesus says, “Put out into the deep,” and

basically, I applied it,” he said. “But this

is where people get frustrated. They try

all these things. ‘We have been fishing all

night and we didn’t catch anything,’ they

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

when he was at the

seminary. (File photo)

say to the priest. They’ve given up. ‘What

do we do? How many things?’ Well, try

again. Try it again. Have confidence that

God will give us the catch, the growth that

we need if we keep trying to be faithful to

what our responsibilities are.

“People kind of give up. They get

depressed. They don’t want to try

anything. Basically, since I came here,

that’s all I kept talking about. Even at the

installation, it was the same points of

reviving Evangelization, trying over again.

Trying harder to do what we’ve done. It’s

not so much new things we can do but

we do what we’re supposed to do, with

greater zeal. And that’s Evangelization.”

The Bishop of Immigrants

One of his first acts

as Bishop of Brooklyn

was to speak at the

Immigrant Workers

Freedom Ride Rally at

Flushing Meadows Park.

In November 2003, he

joined Brooklyn’s Muslim

community at a Ramadan

celebration in Sunset Park

and attended the Fifth

World Congress of the

Pontifical Council for the

Pastoral Care of Migrants

and Itinerant People in Rome.

He served as the only U.S. resident on

the Global Commission on International

Migration, sponsored by the Secretary-

General of the United Nations and a

number of governments. It began its

work in December 2003, and concluded

Dec. 31, 2005, after completing a report,

entitled “Migration in an interconnected

world; New directions for action”. The

Bishop was the only U.S. resident on the

19-member commission.

A National Figure

From 2004 to 2007, Bishop DiMarzio

chaired the Domestic Policy Committee

of the U.S. Conference of Catholic

Bishops. During his tenure, the committee

formulated “Forming Consciences for

Faithful Citizenship”, published in 2008,

a call to political responsibility from the

Catholic bishops of the U.S.

He has also served as chairman of

the Bishops’ Migration Committee, and

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Rev. Gordon P. Kusi,

Rev. Michael K.

Onyekwere, SDV


Rev. Krystian Piasta.

Celebrating 25 Years

Many Blessings and


on your

25th Anniversary

of Priesthood from

Deanery Queens South 9.


June 20, 2020 |

50th Anniversary: 10 Diocesan Priests Mark Golden Jubilees

Father Dennis Corrado, c.o.

Father Corrado, c.o., was raised in St.

Robert Bellarmine parish, Bayside Hills, and

attended Cathedral College, Brooklyn; and

Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure

University. He was ordained May 30, 1970

by Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St.

James Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at Good

Shepherd, Marine Park, 1970-73. He

then did further studies at the University

of Denver for a mass communications

graduate degree. He continued in the

doctoral program at USC’s Department

of Cinema Studies where he taught film

history and aesthetics. When he returned to

the Diocese, he was assigned to the Office

of Education and later to the Office of

Pastoral Communications.

He joined the team ministry at St. James

Pro-Cathedral in 1979. During his 12 years

there, the Cathedral was named a minor

basilica, was renovated, the former school

redeveloped as a pastoral center, and the

former convent welcomed back the Sisters

of Mercy at their foundation site as a group

Father Dennis Corrado, c.o.

home for disabled boys.

With the permission of Bishop Mugavero,

he co-founded a new community branch

of the Pontifical Congregation of St.

Philip Neri. Leaving his incardination

in the Diocese, he became and served

as the Provincial Superior of the new

Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip

Neri, brothers and laity for 30 years. The

congregation was officially given the

Church of St. Boniface as its home in the

Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto

heart of MetroTech, where he served as its

pastor administrator for ten years.

He was elected to represent the U.S.

houses of the Oratorians to the Permanent

of Deputation to the Holy See in Rome for

12 years. At the same time, he worked for

20 years as a retreat and mission preacher

in 22 states and four foreign countries.

At the request of the Diocese, he signed

an agreement to assume a second parish

— Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

in Brooklyn Heights — where he and the

community continue to reside and serve

both parishes.

Plans for an anniversary celebration are

on hold during the pandemic.

Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto

Msgr. LoPinto, diocesan vicar for Human

Services and chief executive officer of

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, is

a Brooklyn native, who attended PS 155,

Our Lady of Loreto School, both East New

York; Xavier H.S., Manhattan; St. John’s

University, Jamaica; and Immaculate

Conception Seminary, Huntington. He did

further studies at Iona College, Columbia

University School of Social Work, and the

Catholic University, Ponce, Puerto Rico.

He was ordained May 30, 1970, by

Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St. James

Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at Our Lady of

Fatima, East Elmhurst, 1970-71; St. Gregory

the Great, Bellerose, 1971-81; and as a

member of the staff of Catholic Charities,

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Our Golden Jubilarians

Father Daniel S. Murphy

Continued from Page 4

1981-85. In 1985, he was appointed as

the executive director of the U.S. Bishops’

Campaign for Human Development,

Washington, DC, and served in that position

until 1990.

In 1990, at the request of Bishop Phillip

Straling of San Bernardino, he became an

executive director of the diocesan Catholic

Charities there and served as the rector of

the diocesan Cathedral of the Holy Rosary.

He returned to the Brooklyn Diocese

in 1998 and after a six-month sabbatical

at Mount Savior, Elmira, NY, he became

an assistant at St. Camillus, Rockaway,

before being named pastor of St. Therese

of Lisieux, East Flatbush, where he served

until 2007. In 2005, he was appointed as

vicar for Human Services and executive

vice-president of Catholic Charities

Brooklyn and Queens, while continuing to

be pastor at St. Therese of Lisieux.

In 2007, he was named a monsignor and

that June was assigned to be administrator

of St. Charles Borromeo parish, Brooklyn

Heights, while continuing as vicar for

Human Services. In September 2008,

he became pastor of St. Helen’s parish,

Howard Beach, while continuing as vicar

for Human Services.

In 2015, he became president and chief

executive officer of Catholic Charities. He

resides at Charles Borromeo rectory.

Father Daniel S. Murphy

Father Murphy, who is retired and

serving in Florida, is a Brooklyn native,

who attended Our Lady of Angels School,

Bay Ridge; St. Augustine Diocesan H.S.,

Park Slope; Cathedral College, Brooklyn;

and Immaculate Conception Seminary,

Huntington. He was ordained May 30,

Msgr. Kevin Noone

1970, by Bishop Francis J. Mugavero, at St.

James Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Mary

Star of the Sea, Far Rockaway, 1970-73;

St. Brigid, Bushwick, 1973-74; and was

diocesan director for Worldwide Marriage

Encounter, 1974-76.

He also served as an assistant at

Resurrection-Ascension, Rego Park,

1978-84, and Our Lady Help of Christians,

Brooklyn, 1984-91. He was the chaplain to

the New York Mets, 1984-90.

In 1991, he was named pastor of Andrew

the Apostle, Bay Ridge, and in 2000,

became pastor of St. Saviour, Park Slope.

He retired from diocesan duty in 2015

and currently serves as a parochial vicar at

Holy Cross parish, Vero Beach, Fla.

He will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving

at St. Saviour’s Church, Park Slope, on

Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 5 p.m. A

reception will follow in the parish hall.

Msgr. Kevin Noone

Msgr. Noone, pastor of Our Lady of

Angels, Bay Ridge, is a native of Bay Ridge,

who grew up in Our Lady of Angels parish.

He attended the parish school, Xavier H.S.,

Manhattan; Cathedral College, Brooklyn;

Christ the King Seminary, St. Bonaventure

University, NY; and did graduate studies at

the Catholic University, Ponce, Puerto Rico.

He was ordained May 30, 1970, by Bishop

Francis J. Mugavero at St. James Pro-

Cathedral Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Leo,

Corona, 1970-78; Most Holy Trinity,

Williamsburg, 1978-81; and St. Joseph,

Astoria, 1981-87. From 1987 to 1988, he

was administrator of St. Joseph’s.

He was pastor at St. Gabriel, East

Elmhurst, 1988-96; Our Lady of Guadalupe,

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Rev. Msgr. Michael Cantley


Rev. Leonard F. Badia

Rev. Donald M. Berran

Rev. Kenneth J. Calder

Rev. James T. Devine

Rev. William F. Gaffney, CSsR

Rev. Msgr. James Kelly

Rev. Msgr. John F. Keppler

Rev. Robert E. Lauder

Rev. James M. Leone

Rev. Charles J. Matonti

Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Phillips

Rev. Joseph P. Quigley

Rev. Msgr. Philip J. Reilly

Most Rev. Guy A. Sansaricq, DD

Rev. Raymond F. Schmidt

Rev. Luke Wei


Very Rev. Dennis M. Corrado, CO

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D.

50 YEARS (continued)

Rev. Brice Edwards, CP

Rev. Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto

Rev. Daniel S. Murphy

Rev. Msgr. Kevin B. Noone

Rev. Josephtan Tri Pham

Rev. Anthony M. Rucando

Rev. Robert J. Sadlack

Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman

Rev. James L. Tighe


Rev. Robert J. Armato

Rev. James K. Cunningham

Rev. Patrick J. Geinzer, CP

Rev. Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello

Rev. Msgr. Anthony M. Hernandez

Rev. Gordon P. Kusi

Rev. Jean G. Laguerre

Rev. Michael M. Nguyen, CM

Rev. Lazaro Nuñez, FMAP

Rev. Michael K. Onyekwere, SDV

Rev. Krystian Piasta

Rev. Kieran O. Udeze


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Our Golden


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Bensonhurst, 1996-2004, and then served

as episcopal vicar for Brooklyn West, 2004-

09. In 2009, he became pastor of Our Lady

of Angels. In June, he plans to retire and

take up residence at St. Mel’s, Flushing.

He also serves as diocesan director of

the Bishop Francis X. Ford Guild.

He has served as a member of the

Diocesan Personnel Board and the

Presbyteral Council. In 1989, he was coarchivist

for the Diocese.

His anniversary celebration will take

place at a time yet to be determined.

Father Joseph T. Pham

Father Joseph T. Pham, was born in

Kat-Sat province, Hai-Duong, Vietnam,

and attended Blessed Phuc-Liem minor

seminary, My Tho, and St. Paul’s Major

Seminary, Saigon. He was ordained April

30, 1970, by Bishop Le-Van An for the

Diocese of Xuan-Loc. Following ordination,

Father Joseph T. Pham Father Anthony M. Rucando Father Robert J. Sadlack

he went to Rome to study Canon Law at the

Urbanianum University, where he earned a

doctorate degree.

In 1976, he came to the Brooklyn

Diocese, and served at St. Nicholas of

Tolentine, Jamaica, and then was assigned

to St. Jude, Canarsie, where he remained

until 1982 when he was transferred to

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Astoria. Now

retired, he continues to reside at Our Lady

of Mount Carmel.

He was incardinated as a priest of the

Brooklyn Diocese in 1984.

His anniversary celebration, originally

scheduled for the weekend of May 8-9, has

been postponed indefinitely.

Father Anthony M. Rucando

Father Anthony M. Rucando, who is

retired and living at St. Anastasia Parish,

Douglaston, was born in Manhattan and

attended St. Joseph’s School, Astoria; Our

Lady of Fatima School, East Elmhurst;

Cathedral Prep and College, Brooklyn; and

Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Albany.

He was ordained May 30, 1970, by

Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St. James

Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Frances

Cabrini, Bensonhurst, 1970-72; Most

Precious Blood, Astoria, 1972-77; and St.

Saviour, Park Slope, 1977-78.

He taught and was spiritual director at

Nazareth H.S., Brooklyn, 1978-81.

In 1981, he was appointed pastor of

Queen of All Saints, Fort Greene, where he

served until 1995 when he became pastor

of Our Lady Help of Christians, Midwood.

In 2008, he was named pastor at Our

Lady of Grace, Howard Beach, where he

retired in 2018.

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With Joy and much Love

The Catholic Cemeteries Family of the

Diocese of Brooklyn

join all people in the Family of Faith

as we celebrate

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph. D., D.D.

for his Service and Inspiring Ministry

to the people of God

on the occasion of his 50th Anniversary

May God continue to

grant you many blessings

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of His people

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Plans for an anniversary celebration

will be determined at a later date.

Father Robert J. Sadlack

Father Sadlack, who was born in Jersey

City, attended Our Lady of Sorrows

and Our Lady Czestochowa Schools;

St. Aloysius H.S.; St. Peter’s College;

Seton Hall University, South Orange;

and Immaculate Conception Seminary,

Darlington, NJ.

He was ordained by Archbishop

Thomas Boland on May 30, 1970, and

assigned as an assistant at Holy Rosary

parish, Elizabeth, NJ. He then went on an

extended leave from the priesthood but in

2003, his faculties were restored after a

year of theological update at Immaculate

Conception Seminary.

He served as an assistant at St.

Raymond, Villas, NJ, and then served

for three years as chaplain at Woodbury

Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman

Memorial Hospital while residing at St.

Patrick’s, Woodbury.

In 2008, he came to the Brooklyn Diocese

and has been serving as a parochial vicar at

St. Gabriel’s, East Elmhurst.

Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman

Msgr. Sherman, pastor of St. Anastasia

Parish, Douglaston, was born in Queens

and attended St. Bartholomew’s School,

Elmhurst; Cathedral Prep and College,

Brooklyn; St. Bernard’s Seminary,

Rochester; and Canisianum College,

Innsbruck, Austria. He was ordained Feb.

Father James L. Tighe

28, 1970, in Innsbruck by Bishop Paul

Rausch.He served as an assistant at St.

Matthias, Ridgewood, 1970-75, before

returning to Innsbruck for further studies

and received his doctorate in Sacred

Theology in 1978.

Returning to the diocese, he was

assigned as an assistant at St. Benedict

Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill. In 1979,

he became the executive director of the

Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

From 1991 to 2002, he was pastor of

St. Matthias parish, Ridgewood.

Following that pastorate, he went to

Washington, DC, and served as associate

director and then director of the U.S.

Bishops’ Secretariat for the Divine Liturgy.

In 2012, he was named administrator

of St. Anastasia Parish, and became

pastor there the following year.

He was named a monsignor in 1986.

Father James L. Tighe

Father Tighe, the retired pastor of Queen

of Peace parish, Kew Gardens Hills, is

a native of Manhattan who attended

Our Lady of Victory School, Floral Park;

Cathedral Prep and College, Brooklyn;

and Immaculate Conception Seminary,

Huntington. He was ordained May 30,

1970 by Bishop Francis J. Mugavero at St.

James Pro-Cathedral, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St.

Pancras parish, Glendale, 1970-80.

In 1980, he was appointed to the

faculty of Cathedral Prep, where he

taught at the Brooklyn campus until 1985

when he moved to the Elmhurst building.

In 1990, he was named an assistant

at Our Lady of Grace, Gravesend, and in

2001, he was named pastor of Queen of

Peace. He retired as pastor emeritus last




Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio


all the Jubilarians, especially

Father James Tighe

our Pastor Emeritus

The People of Queen of Peace Parish

Kew Gardens Hills

Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Hardiman, Pastor

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The Priests, Staff

and Parishioners



Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Our Pastor

Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman


Rev. Anthony M., Rucando

(In Residence)

On their 50th Jubilee

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Twelve Priests Mark

Silver Jubilees

Father Robert J. Armato

Father Robert J. Armato

Father Armato, pastor of St. Margaret’s

parish, Middle Village, is a native of

Elmhurst, who attended PS 102; Our Lady

of Hope School, Christ the King H.S., both

Middle Village; Queens College; St. John’s

University, Jamaica; St. Meinrad Seminary,

Indianapolis; and Immaculate Conception

Seminary, Huntington.

From 1974 to 1985, he worked as

an insurance underwriter for several


He was ordained May 20, 1995, by

Bishop Thomas V. Daily, at St. James

Cathedral-Basilica, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at Incarnation,

Queens Village, 1995-2000; St. Bernadette,

Dyker Heights, 2000-02; and St. Joseph,

Astoria, 2002-04.

From 2005 to 2009, he was pastor of St.

Frances Cabrini, Bensonhurst.

He was a parochial vicar at St. Joseph,

Astoria, 2005-09; and Our Lady of Hope,

Middle Village, 2012-17.

In 2017, he was assigned to his current


He also has served as a member of

the Diocesan Insurance Commission, the

Presbyteral Council, the Diocesan Liturgical

Commission, the board of directors of the

Parish Service Corp., and the Peter Turner

Insurance Co.

He intended a private celebration of the

anniversary but also was scheduled to be

honored at the parish’s 160th-anniversary

dinner-dance, which has been postponed

due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Father James K. Cunningham

Father James K. Cunningham

Father Cunningham, parochial vicar

at St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor,

was born in Elmhurst and attended

St. Sebastian School, Woodside;

St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows;

St. John’s University College of

Business Administration, Jamaica;

and Immaculate Conception Seminary,


He was ordained May 20, 1995, by

Bishop Thomas V. Daily, at St. James

Cathedral-Basilica, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at Good

Shepherd, Marine Park, 1995-2000; and

St. Bartholomew, Elmhurst, 2000-02.

In 2002, he became pastor of St. Mary

Star of the Sea, Far Rockaway, and in

2008 assumed the pastor’s role at the

newly-merged St. Mary Star of the Sea-

St. Gertrude parish.

He served there until 2010 when he

became pastor of Holy Name, Windsor


He served 18 years as a member of

The Tablet and DeSales Media Group’s

board of directors, including two terms

as chairman of The Tablet board.

He also is chaplain to the Catholic

Teachers Association and the Rockaway

division of the Ancient Board of


He will celebrate a Mass of

thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m.

at St. Francis de Sales Church.

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Best Wishes



Most Reverend

Nicholas A. DiMarzio

On 50 Years of Service

in the Priesthood

& To All Jubilarian’s

Ad Multos Annos!

Saint Andrew Avellino Parish

Flushing, New York


Joseph T. Holcomb, Pastor

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Diocesan Priests Celebrate Their 25th Anniversaries

Continued from Page 12

Father Patrick Geinzer, CP

Father Geinzer, CP, was born in

Pittsburgh and attended Catholic grade

and high school in local parish schools,

and Duquesne University where he

earned a degree in Biology.

For 25 years he worked as a medical

technologist in Pittsburgh hospitals and

the U.S. Army bases.

In 1988, he entered formation in the

Passionist congregation, professing vows

on Sept. 8, 1991. His theology studies

were at Catholic Theological Union in

Chicago. He was ordained in Immaculate

Conception Church, Jamaica, on June 15,


He has served as an assistant at

St. Anne Basilica parish, Scranton,

Pa., 1995-2000; St. Peter’s parish,

Greenville, NC, 2000-03; and Immaculate

Conception Monastery parish, Jamaica,


He was transferred to St. Paul of the

Cross Retreat Center, Pittsburgh, where

Father Patrick Geinzer, CP

he served as associate director and later

as Vicar of the Passionist Monastery.

In 2019, he returned to Immaculate

Conception Monastery, Jamaica, to serve

as a health care advocate for the elderly

infirm priests and brothers.

He plans to quietly celebrate his

25th anniversary with the Passionist

community at Immaculate Conception

and then with his family in Pittsburgh at a

later date.

Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello

Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello

Msgr. Gigantiello, pastor of Our Lady of

Mount Carmel and Annunciation parish,

Williamsburg, and the Diocesan Vicar for

Development, was born in Queens and

attended St. Patrick’s School, Long Island

City H.S., both L.I.C.; Baruch College,

Manhattan, the Culinary Institute, Hyde

Park, NY; and Immaculate Conception

Seminary, Huntington.

Before entering the seminary, he worked

for ten years in the culinary field at several

Manhattan hotels and he taught cooking

and hotel management at Erasmus Hall,

Brooklyn, for three years.

He was ordained May 20, 1995, by

Bishop Thomas V. Daily at St. James

Cathedral-Basilica, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Patrick,

Bay Ridge, 1995-2000; and Mary Queen of

Heaven, Mill Basin, 2000-02.

In 2002, he was named pastor of Mary

Queen of Heaven, and in 2013, he was

named pastor of St. Bernard, Mill Basin.

He was installed as pastor of Our Lady of

Mount Carmel and Annunciation in 2017.

He was appointed as Vicar for

Development in 2009 with responsibility

for conducting the Annual Catholic Appeal

and directing the Futures in Education and

Generations of Faith campaigns.

He is active in numerous community

organizations and oversees the annual

Bishop’s Christmas Luncheon that raises

funds for Catholic schools and diocesan

youth ministry.

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Msgr. Gigantiello is the host of NET-TV’s

award-winning show, Breaking Bread.

He plans to celebrate his anniversary

next May.

Msgr. Anthony M. Hernandez

Msgr. Hernandez, pastor of

Transfiguration Parish, Williamsburg,

and the Moderator of the Curia, was

born in Brooklyn and attended St. Agnes

School, Cobble Hill; Cathedral Prep,

Brooklyn; Cathedral College, Douglaston;

and Immaculate Conception Seminary,


He was ordained May 20, 1995, by

Bishop Thomas V. Daily at St. James

Cathedral-Basilica, Brooklyn.

He served as an assistant at St. Mary

Star of the Sea, Far Rockaway, 1995-2000;

and Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, 2000-02.

In 2002, he was appointed to the

Diocesan Tribunal, where he served

Msgr. Anthony M. Hernandez Father Gordon Kusi Father Jean Laguerre

as Associate Judicial Vicar. In 2005,

he was assigned to Transfiguration as

administrator, becoming pastor in 2007.

In 2009, he was named as Chancellor

of the Diocese and a defender of the Bond

at the Tribunal, while remaining as pastor

at Transfiguration. In 2019, he became

Moderator of the Curia.

Father Gordon Kusi

Father Kusi, pastor of Christ the King

and St. Mary Magdalene parish, Springfield

Gardens, was born in Ghana and attended

St. Hubert Minor Seminary; St. Paul

Major Seminary, Accra; St. Peter’s Major

Seminary, Cape Coast; and the University

of Ghana, Legon.

He was ordained in July 1995, by Bishop

T.K. Mensah for the newly-established

Diocese of Obuasi, Ghana.

He came to the United States in 1999

and studied at St. John’s University,

Jamaica, where he earned a master’s in

Sociology and a professional diploma in

education. He served as an assistant at

Presentation BVM, Jamaica; Our Lady

of Miracles, Brooklyn; and St. Pancras,

Glendale, 2005-08. He also ministered

as a chaplain at the Bernard Fineson

Developmental Center in Brooklyn.

He became pastor of St. Benedict the

Moor and St. Bonaventure, both Jamaica,

in 2008. In 2017, he was named pastor in

Springfield Gardens. He became the first

African-born priest to be incardinated into

the Brooklyn Diocese in 2007.

Father Jean Laguerre

Father Laguerre was born in Bainet,

Jacmel, Haiti, and attended College Le

Normalien. Port-au-Prince; and Grand

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to Our Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Phillips

for his 60th Anniversary of Ordination

We wish him and all Jubilarian

Priests continued blessings

Reverend Monsignor

John W. Maloney


and The Parish of St. Anselm

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Our Silver Jubilarians

Father Michael M. Nguyen, CM

Father Lázaro Núñez, F.M.A.P.

Continued from Page 16

Seminaire Notre-Dame a Cazeau; and

Grand Seminaire Notre-Dame a Turgeau.

He was ordained June 29, 1995 at St.

James and St. Philip Church, Jacmel,


He served in four different parishes in

the Diocese of Jacmel, and for the past

10 years, he has been engaged in hospital

ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn. He

resides at St. Joseph’s rectory, Astoria

Father Michael M. Nguyen, CM

Father Nguyen, CM, a member of the

board of trustees of St. John’s University,

Jamaica, was born in Vietnam near

Saigon. He was among the “Boat People”

who emigrated from there and arrived

in Philadelphia in 1981. He attended St.

Joseph’s Seminary, Princeton; St. John’s

University; and lived in Ozone Park at the

Vincentian Fathers’ house of formation

during his college years.

He was ordained a Vincentian priest

in 1997 and served in the Order’s parish

in North Carolina as a pastor. He also

served three terms as a consultor for the

Congregation’s Eastern Province.

After studying Canon Law, he was a

member of the Tribunal staff in Trenton,

NJ. He currently resides at Miraculous

Medal House, Jamaica, where he is the

rector and formation director for college

students studying for the Vincentian


Father Lázaro Núñez, F.M.A.P.

Father Lázaro Núñez, who was born in

El Salta, Durango, Mexico, attended high

school and college in Gomez, Durango.

He went to the Diocesan Seminary of

Guadalajara, Jalisco, and the Seminary of

Obregon, Sonora.

He was ordained June 8, 1995 in

Guadalajara, Jalisco by Bishop Vicente

Garcia Bernal.

The first five years of his ministry

were in the Diocese of Obregon’s City

of Sonora. He then served as spiritual

director of the Seminary of the Apostles

of the Word in Mexico City, 2000-02, and

regional director of the Apostles of the

Word in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, 2002-10.

He came to the United States in 2011.

From 2011 to 2014, he was director of

Radio Maria and accessor of the Apostles

of the Word. He has served in the parishes

of St. Joseph, Manhattan, 2011-12; St.

Teresa of Avila, Manhattan, 2012-14; Holy

Innocents, Flatbush, 2014-17; St. Teresa

of Avila, Crown Heights, 2017-18; and St.

Martin of Tours, Bushwick, 2018 to the


He also serves as national advisor to

the Apostles of the Word.

Father Michael Onyekwere

Father Onyekwere, pastor of St.

Clement Pope, South Ozone Park, was

born in Umuoma Umuhu, Okwuato of

Imo State in Nigeria. He attended St.

Gregory’s Primary School, and Mbaise

Secondary School. He worked at United

Bank for Africa at Idumagbo, Lagos,

1979-80, entering religious life in 1980

as a postulant of the Society of Divine

Vocations, studying at the Dominican

Institute of Philosophy and Theology; Ss.

Peter and Paul Major Seminary Ibadan,

and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Arriving in the United States in 1991, he

completed priestly formation studies

at Seton Hall University, South Orange,

NJ, and at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary,

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Continued from Page 18

from May 24 until Sept. 20.

Emmitsburg, MD.

He was ordained a priest on May 18,

1995, at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral,

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, by Bishop

Thomas G. Elliott.

From 1995 to 2011, he worked in the

USVI, New York, and Nigeria. Most of his

ministry was in parishes, teaching in the

schools, and working as a healthcare

chaplain. Since 2011, he also served in

the Dioceses of Metuchen, NJ; Diocese of

Burlington, VT; and Diocese of Brooklyn,

where he has been chaplain at SS

Joachim and Anne Nursing Home, Coney


He did post-ordination studies at

Thomas Edison State College; Passaic

County Community College; and Empire

State College. He also did post-graduate

seminars from Oxford and GTF where

he completed his doctoral work in

Theological Studies.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he

has changed his anniversary celebration

Father Krystian Piasta

Father Piasta, pastor of St. Joseph

parish, Jamaica, and administrator of

Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at Kennedy

Airport, was born in Katowice, Silesia,

Poland, He attended Catholic University

of Lublin, Poland, 1995, and was ordained

May 11, 1995, in Katowice by Bishop

Damian Zimon.

He earned a master’d degree in Media

Ecology: Studies in Communication at

New York University.

Since coming to the United States,

he has served as a catechist and

spiritual director at St. Anthony School,

Manhattan, 1997-99; was chaplain at the

INS Detention Center, Manhattan, 1997-

98; and chaplain to the Sisters Convent,

Prince St., Manhattan, 1997-2000.

He also worked with youth and young

adults at St. Anthony Parish, Manhattan,


From 2000 to 2002, he was part of a

sacramental ministry team in the Diocese

Father Michael Onyekwere

of Mainz, Germany, and later was a

member of an auxiliary ministry team

covering Austria, Southern Germany, and


He also worked in campus ministry

as a chaplain at the Newman Catholic

Student Center at Southern Illinois

University, Carbondale, IL, 2002-05;

assisted at Holy Spirit parish, Carterville,

IL, 2002-05; and was an adjunct

counselor, Southern Illinois University,

Carbondale, IL, 2002-05.

Since arriving in the Diocese of

Brooklyn, he has served as a parochial

Father Krystian Piasta

vicar at St. Anastasia, Douglaston,

2005-10; administrator, St. Joseph

Parish, South Jamaica, 2010-13;

chaplain, Our Lady of the Skies Chapel

at John F. Kennedy International Airport,

2010-present; chaplain at LaGuardia

Airport, 2013-present; and pastor of St.

Joseph, South Jamaica, 2013-present.

He has no plans for a public celebration

of his anniversary.

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Father Kieran Udeze

Father Udeze, who was born in Azia in

the Nigerian state of Anambra, attended

St. Joseph Major Seminary, Ikot Ekpene,

Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria

He was ordained for the Archdiocese

of Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria, on

July 15, 1995.

He served as an assistant pastor at

various parishes in the Archdiocese

of Onitsha before becoming pastor of

St. Martin of Tours, Abatete, Anambra,


From 2013 to 2016, he studied at St.

John’s University, Jamaica, where he

earned a master’s degree in pastoral

theology and psychology.

He has been a parochial vicar at St

Fortunata parish, Brooklyn 2016-17, and

at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands, 2017–

present. He has served as a chaplain

Father Kieran Udeze

at Mount Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn, and

Brooklyn Community Hospital on Kings

Highway since 2017.

He planned to celebrate his silver

jubilee at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

on July 18, and at home in Nigeria in

January 2021. But those plans are

on hold because of the COVID-19


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June 20, 2020 |

Neighbors of St. Anselm’s Rectory wave as a parade goes by to honor the 60th an

A Car Parade to Honor

Msgr. Phillips’ 60 Years

Of Service as a Priest

by Ed Wilkinson

To get Msgr. Michael Phillips out of St.

Anselm’s Rectory, he was instructed to

join the other priests of the parish out on

the rectory steps.

“They just told me to come out. There

wasn’t much dialogue,” he said.

Little did he know that the drive-by going

past the priests’ residence on 82 St. in Bay

Ridge was in honor of his 60th anniversary

as a priest.

Two fire trucks and a fire chief’s car

led the parade of about 60 vehicles that

paid tribute to the 85-year-old priest,

who waved to the passers-by with great

excitement and enthusiasm. At his side

were Msgr. John Maloney, pastor, and

Father Anthony Alimnonu, CSSp, parochial


“I saw the fire trucks and then the signs

and I figured out what was going on,” he

said. “I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t

believe it.”

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic,

everyone tried to keep socially distant.

But several people approached the rectory

steps and presented their former pastor

with cards and balloons.

Msgr. Kevin Noone, pastor of Our

Lady of Angels and a former altar server

for Msgr. Phillips, got out of the OLA

clergy car to present their neighbor with

certificates of his first baptism and

wedding performed at his first assignm

at OLA.

“The wedding was actually my cousin

Msgr. Phillips recalled. “Father Frank

Labita was at OLA and he was suppose

to do the wedding, but then I got assign

there as a newly-ordained and I did it.”

Msgr. Phillips is one of 16 priests in

the diocese who are marking their 60th

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anniversaries this year. There were 40

priests in that ordination class.

Recalling May 28, 1960, Msgr. Phillips

says he remembers that about five or six

limousines drove up the driveway at the

Huntington seminary to bring the men to

St. James Pro-Cathedral in Brooklyn.

“We were going over the Kosciuszko

Bridge and I pointed to St. Cecilia’s and

asked the fellow next to me what church

that was,” said the monsignor. “ I told

him I was a Queens boy. I didn’t know

Brooklyn. He told me I better get a map of


Msgr. Phillips has spent 38 years of

his priesthood in Bay Ridge parishes.

Following ordination May 28, 1960, he

was assigned as a curate to Our Lady

of Angels parish and he served there for

eight years. Since 1989, he has been

at St. Anselm’s for 15 years as pastor

and now in residence with the title of

Pastor Emeritus. In between Brooklyn

assignments, he was a member of the

staff of the Office of Catholic Education.

Frank Keating, who drove his red van in

the line of well-wishers, said he was there

because he remembers Msgr. Phillips

from his first days of priesthood.

“I was going into kindergarten when

he was assigned to OLA,” said Keating. “I

was an altar boy for him. When I saw the

notice on Facebook, I said I have to be

there. He’s such a great guy.”

Keating circled the block and passed by

the rectory a second time. He then parked

his car and stepped out to offer a personal


Mary Alice Kozak, a parishioner,

recalled that her 29-year-old son, Andrew,

was Msgr. Phillips’ first baptism at St.


“And I also remember him when I was

a young girl at OLA. He took care of and

chaperoned all the dances for teenagers

there,” she said.

Parishioner Tom McCarthy said he

came “to honor Msgr. Phillips and his

great service to the Church and to the


The pastor emeritus is known for his

kindness, gentleness, and intelligence.

The makeshift celebration was the idea

of parishioner Dan Texeira.

“I was home cleaning up as we all are

during the pandemic and I came across a

commemorative glass from Monsignor’s

50th anniversary. I said we have to do

something. So, I put it on Facebook and it

generated a huge amount of interest,” said


He also reached out to retired NYFD

Capt. Brian Gorman to get the fire trucks

involved because Msgr. Phillips’ father

was a member of the Bravest.

Texeira said that Msgr. Phillips often

tells the story about how his firefighting

father would pray in front of the Christmas

tree every year so that it would not catch


“He had very strict rules about never

leaving the tree lit when no one else

was in the room,” recalled Msgr. Phillips.

“Christmas was a busy season for


Msgr. Moloney announced that a

more formal celebration in church and a

reception to honor Msgr. Phillips would

take place when the virus restrictions are










Ordination Anniversaries this year.


The Priests, Staff and Parishioners


Immaculate Conception

Msgr. Fernando Ferrarese


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Msgr. Michael Kosak — From Brooklyn to the Virgin Islands

A Brooklyn-born priest, who has been

serving in the Virgin Islands for 50 years,

is marking the 50th anniversary of his


Msgr. Michael F. Kosak, the pastor of

St. Ann Church in St. Croix, Virgin Islands,

was baptized in St. Brigid’s Church,

Bushwick, and attended St. John’s

School, Rockaway Park, and Boys H.S.,

Brooklyn, before joining the U.S. Marine


After four years with the Marines, he

began working in public relations for

The Title Guarantee and Trust Co. and

as a counselor at St. John’s Residence,

Rockaway Park, while studying at St.

John’s University. He received his

bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College

in Kentucky, and entered St. Mary’s

Seminary, Baltimore.

He was ordained as the first priest

for the Prelature of the Virgin Islands

on June 6, 1970, by Bishop Edward J.

Harper, CSSR, at Our Lady of Perpetual

Help Basilica, Brooklyn.

Following ordination, he served as

pastor of St. Ann’s Church, Barrenspot

Hill, St. Croix, Virgin Islands. He

also directed the Vocations Office,

Charismatic Renewal, Office of

the Permanent Diaconate, and


From 1981 to 1987, he was Episcopal

Vicar for St. Croix and then served as

Vicar General.

In 1989, he was appointed as pastor of

SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral. St. Thomas,

VI. He also was spiritual director of the

Regional Seminary, St. John Vianney/

Martyrs of Uganda Mt. St. Benedict,

Trinidad, West Indies.

In 1995, he became pastor of St.

Ann’s, St. Croix, and began construction

of SS. Joachim and Ann Church while

renovating an old sugar mill as the Shrine

of Our Lady of Barrenspot.

In 2005, he was appointed as Vicar

General for the Diocese of St. Thomas.

When St. Thomas Bishop George Murry

became Bishop of Youngstown, Ohio,

Msgr. Kosak was named Apostolic

Administrator for St. Thomas until the

appointment of Bishop Herbert A. Bevard.

Msgr. Kosak continued in his role as

vicar general until 2013. He was named

a Monsignor in 1989, and in 2010, he

received the papal honor of Protonotary


In 2014, he retired but continued

to serve as a diocesan consultor

and advisor for health care, property

insurance, and pension issues.

In 2019, he was reappointed as pastor

of St. Ann, St. Croix.

The Memoirs of Msgr. Kosak, Journey

of a Homeboy is available on Amazon.


“I was a trumpet player in the band

at St. John’s Home and St. Vincent’s

Home,” said Msgr. Kosak. “I have three

special memories: playing in the band on

a truck going over the Brooklyn Bridge

in 1950 honoring Jackie Robinson;

marching every St. Patrick’s Day and

passing Cardinal Spellman in front of

St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and going to St.

Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, every

year for some important event (only road

was the Jericho Turnpike) and playing for

the children whose photos are plastered

throughout the walls of the modern

hospital today.”





Most Reverend Bishop

Nicholas DiMarzio

On his 50 th Anniversary of Ordination into the Priesthood

Rev. Eugeniusz Kotlinski, C.M. Pastor,

Rev. Slawomir Szucki, C.M.

Rev. Joseph Wisniewski, C.M.

and the Parishioners


SS. Cyril & Methodius Church

150 Dupont Street. Brooklyn, NY 11222

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60th Anniversary Celebrants

The following priests of the Brooklyn

Diocese are marking their 60th

anniversaries of ordination this year:

Father Leonard F. Badia

Retired, lives in Delray Beach, Fla.

Father Donald M. Berran

Retired, resides at Our Lady of Perpetual

Help rectory, South Ozone Park

Father Kenneth J. Calder

Retired, lives at Our Lady of Angels

rectory, Bay Ridge

Father James T. Devine

Retired, lives at Bishop Mugavero

Residence, Douglaston

Father William F. Gaffney, CSsR

Parochial vicar at Our Lady of Perpetual

Help, Sunset Park

Msgr. James J. Kelly

Retired, lives at St. Brigid’s rectory,


Msgr. John F. Keppler

Retired, living at Bishop Mugavero

Residence, Douglaston

Father Robert E. Lauder

Professor at St. John’s University,

Jamaica, lives at Immaculate Conception

Center, Douglaston

Father James Leone

Retired U.S. Navy chaplain, lives in Mastic

Beach, L.I.

Father Charles J. Matonti

Retired, lives on Staten Island

Msgr. Michael Philips

Retired, lives at St. Anselm’s rectory, Bay


Father Joseph P. Quigley

Retired chaplain at Coney Island Hospital,

lives at St. Mark’s rectory, Sheepshead


Msgr. Philip J. Reilly

Director of the Helpers of God’s Precious

Infants, resides at Bishop Mugavero

Residence, Douglaston

Bishop Guy A. Sansaricq

Retired auxiliary bishop, resides at St.

Gregory the Great rectory, Crown Heights

Father Raymond F. Schmidt

Retired, lives in Baldwin, L.I.

Father Luke Wei

Retired, lives in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The Parish


Saint Vincent Ferrer

925 East 37th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11210


Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

on the

Golden Jubilee of his Priestly Ordination

and all of the


of the Diocese of Brooklyn

Ad Multos Annos!






Ad Multos Años!!!!

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Father Basile Died From COVID-19 Before his Silver Jubilee

Remembered as ‘full of

joy’ and a father to all

by Jessica Easthope


service and a father to all is how Father

Gioacchino Basile is described by those

who knew him best. Father Basile would

have celebrated the 25th anniversary

of his ordination last May. His life was

tragically cut short April 4.

Father Basile, pastor of Saint Gabriel’s

in East Elmhurst, Queens, was the second

priest in our diocese to pass away due to

complications associated with COVID-19.

Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

said in a statement: “Father Gioacchino

Basile, a native of Calabria, Italy who died

today, was small in stature, but mighty in

energy for the Lord. Unfortunately, Father’s

underlying health conditions made it

difficult for him to fight the virus. In addition

to English and Italian, Father spoke Spanish

fluently and ministered well to all of the

people of his parish and the faithful of the

Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.”

Father Basile, 60, was ordained a priest

on May 27, 1995. He first ministered as

parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s in New

Jersey, was then released to work in the

Diocese of Ponce (Puerto Rico), and then

released to the Diocese of Brooklyn, where

he was assigned Administrator of Saint

Gabriel’s in 2008.

A video of Father Basile singing at a

priest’s retreat is how his closest friend,

Father Sean Manson, wants to remember


“He was full of joy. He wasn’t pompous,

he wasn’t preachy, he was a down-toearth

guy. You saw that God exists

looking at him,” explained Father Manson,

pastor of Our Lady Mother of the Church

in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Father Basile’s death came one week

after the passing of Father Jorge Ortiz-

Garay, the first U.S. priest believed to

have died from complications associated

with the coronavirus.

Father Gioacchino’s parishioners

considered him a spiritual guide, looking

to him during times of sadness and grief.

Jessie Lema is one of them.

Father Gioacchino Basile was to

celebrate the 25th anniversary of his

ordination to the priesthood on May 27.

“Maybe because I loved him so much,

he was a saint,” Lema said. “I give thanks

to God that he gave me the chance to

know him.”

“He always had a smile and made you

feel welcome, he heard my confessions

and was always available. He was a

spiritual father to me,” recalled Father

Miguel Angel Cervantes, now acting pastor

at St. Gabriel’s. He believes Father Basile

contracted the virus at church.

Father Basile was already on medical

leave from his duties as pastor at St.

Gabriel’s when it was discovered he had

contracted coronavirus.

“We had positive cases of coronavirus

in the parish and that’s how he got

the virus,” Cervantes said. “He was in

contact with the people when no one

knew it was present. “

Father Basile was trained in the

Neocatecumenal Movement and served

as the Spiritual Director of Redemptoris

Mater Seminary in Douglaston. He also

assisted as a chaplain at LaGuardia Airport.

St. Gabriel’s vicar, Father Bob Sandlack,

had been serving alongside Father Basile

for years. He said his parish has lost a

father, and he has lost a friend.

“In any situation, he was able to laugh.

He had an uplifting spirit, nothing saddened

him,” Sandlack recalled. “I’ll miss his love.”

A memorial Mass at St. Gabriel’s was

livestreamed on Wednesday, April 8, at

3:30 p.m. When social distancing is no

longer required, a public Mass will be held

in Father Basile’s honor.


to Father Dominick i F. Cutrone on his

65 th Anniversary

of Ordination to the Priesthood

June 4 1955 to June 4 2020


Father Vincent, Father Roy, Father Cassar,

Deacon Phil, Harry, Staff, and

the People of the Parish.


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to the Most Reverend

Bishop Nicholas

DiMarzio on his

50th Anniversary

in the Priesthood

and Congratulations to all


Shrine Church of St. Jude

Canarsie, Brooklyn


Heart of Mary Parish


Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D.,D.D.

on his priestly Golden Anniversary


Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello

on his priestly Silver Anniversary

Our Lady of the Miraculous

Medal Parish Family


God’s blessings on you both & thank you

for all you do in the service of God.

Rev. Ilyas Gill, Pastor

Immaculate Heart of Mary

2805 Fort Hamilton Parkway

Brooklyn, New York 11218

Rev. Anthony J Sansone

on his

40th Anniversary of Ordination

June 21 2020

Thank You, Pray for You, Love You!

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Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio: Half a Century of Faithful Service

Continued from Page 3

a member of the board of directors of

Catholic Relief Services and chairman

of its finance committee, and a member

of the Bishops’ Task Force on Catholic

Bishops and Politicians.

The Fight Against Sexual Abuse

In his 17 years as Bishop of Brooklyn,

he has been known as a strong advocate

for those abused by the clergy, and a

fierce supporter of Catholic schools as

well as immigrants’ rights. He led the

Diocese through structural reforms of its

parishes and diocesan structures.

Brooklyn is Always Changing

“Brooklyn is always constantly

changing. You can’t set too many goals

long term, otherwise, you’re going to

be disappointed,” said the Bishop.

“Neighborhoods change, people change,

less Catholics basically. Less Catholics

participating in the church, less Catholics

live here.

“When we lose 1,000 kids from school

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Msgr.

Jamie Gigantiello, pastor of Our Lady of

Mount Carmel and Annunciation parish,

and the Diocesan Vicar for Development,

at the 2018 Columbus Day Parade in

Manhattan. (File photo)

every year — 60-70% — they moved out of

the city. It wasn’t that the schools were

bad; they wanted to go someplace else.

They couldn’t afford living in the city.

They wanted better housing. You don’t

know the answer to that. But that is going

to be always a problem.”

Looking Back

The Bishop says he has found great

satisfaction in his 50 years as a priest.

“No, regrets. Actually, I’ve been

fortunate. It’s been a happy ministry,

painful at times, different things, but I

can’t say that it wasn’t satisfying, that

I didn’t feel I accomplished something.

You know, you can’t judge yourself, but I

wouldn’t have any regret,” he said.

What’s been his greatest satisfaction?

“Obviously, the celebration of liturgy,

working with the people, going out to

the parishes, talking to people, that’s

the most enjoyable,” he explained. “All

this paperwork, you can’t enjoy papers.

Administration is necessary but it’s not

something that’s enjoyable. It’s necessary

but not satisfying.”


And his prospects for retirement?

“I’m not looking forward to retirement,”

he said. “I know this is the law. But, when

you are at the top of your game, it’s

difficult. It takes a long time to be able to

say that I know more or less what this job

is about, how to do it. But nobody could

work forever.

“You don’t have the energy when you’re

75 as you did at 65. It’s just not the same

energy, even though you do things, it

takes a greater toll, you’re tired, it can’t be


“So again, let’s leave it to God’s hands.

And I’ll be available for the new bishop

if he wants any advice. So, I’m not going

to give up on being a bishop or being a

person. As I said, I want to work more on

migration issues. I want something that

sustains me, and I could do something

with that.”

Bishop DiMarzio had planned to

celebrate his 50th anniversary with a

Mass of thanksgiving at St. Joseph’s Co-

Cathedral but that has been postponed

because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Most Reverend

Nicholas DiMarzio


all of our priest jubilarians of the Diocese of Brooklyn

Most Reverend Paul R. Sanchez

Reverend Antonín Kocurek

Deacon Greg Kandra

Mrs. Anne Zuschlag, Principal

OLQM Catholic Academy

Very Reverend Francis J. Passenant

Reverend Msgr.

Joseph L. Cunningham

Deacon Thomas Jorge, Director

of Religious Education

and the Parishioners of

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

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Learn From People’s Suffering, Pope Says to Priests

by Cindy Wooden


fear, and anger fueled riots across the

United States, Pope Francis wrote to the

priests of the Diocese of Rome, urging

them to learn from the suffering of

the coronavirus and start building new

communities of care for one another.

“Dear brothers,” he wrote, “as a priestly

community we are called to announce

and prophesy the future, like the sentinel

announcing the dawn that brings a new

day: Either it will be something new, or it

will be much, much worse.”

Pope Francis said he wanted to write

the letter, released by the Vatican May

30, the eve of Pentecost, because he

had not been able to celebrate the Holy

Week chrism Mass with the priests of his


The letter made no mention of what

was happening in the United States, but

it did trace an outline of attitudes and

actions Christians should have in facing

the aftermath of the epidemic and forging

a new way of relating to others.

Pope Francis also said he had heard

from many priests about the suffering

and challenges they faced as they

watched parishioners die from the

coronavirus or work to the point of

exhaustion in health care and other

essential services, yet the lockdown

meant they could not celebrate Mass with

their people or, in most cases, visit face

to face with people who were hurting.

Yet, the fact that Easter occurred

during the lockdown should make

people think, he said. For Catholics,

“the Resurrection is not only a historical

Pope Francis greets members of the

media after celebrating Mass marking the

feast of Divine Mercy at the Church of the

Holy Spirit near the Vatican in Rome April

19. (Photo: CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

event of the past to be remembered and

celebrated; it is more, much more: It is

the proclamation of the salvation of a

new time ... the future that the Lord calls

us to build.”

“Faith allows us a realistic and creative

imagination, capable of abandoning

the logic of repetition, replacement or

preservation,” he said. “It invites us to

establish an ever-new time: the time of

the Lord.”

The coronavirus, “an invisible, silent,

expansive and viral presence” put the

whole world in crisis, the pope wrote.

In response, Christians should let the

“discreet, respectful and non-invasive”

presence of the Holy Spirit “call us again

and teach us not to be afraid to face


“If an impalpable presence has been

Continued on Page 36

St. Cecilia Church – Divine Mercy Parish

Expresses its gratitude for the priesthood


Msgr. Michael Phillips

Pastor of St. Cecilia in Divine Mercy Parish

1980 to 1991

on the 60th Anniversary of his ordination

Fr. Thomas Vassalotti, Pastor

Divine Mercy Parish

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Msgr. Jamie J. Gigantiello

Vicar for Development

On his

25th Jubilee

May God continue to bless him

and his ministry to the Church

in Brooklyn and Queens.

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Learn From People’s Suffering

Continued from Page 34

able to disrupt and overturn the priorities

and seemingly irremovable global

agendas that so suffocate and devastate

our communities and our sister earth,”

he said, “let us not fear that it is the

presence of the Risen One that traces our

path, opens horizons and gives us the

courage to live this historic and unique


As he often has done, the pope

reminded priests that when Jesus

appeared to the disciples after the

resurrection, he still bore the wounds of

his crucifixion.

The wounds, he said, are a sign of

the “harsh and unjust” treatment Jesus

endured and should encourage Christians

“not to turn our backs on the harsh

and difficult reality of our brothers and


Pope Francis prayed that the risen Lord

would teach them “to accompany, heal,

and dress the wounds of our people” with

boldness, courage, concern, and joy.

They should reach out, he said, “with

the reconciling embrace of the father

who knows forgiveness; with the piety,

gentleness and tenderness of Mary

of Bethany; (and) with the meekness,

patience, and intelligence of the Lord’s

missionary disciples.”

Pope Francis urged the priests to

learn from the faith of their people in

a way that would “shape and temper

our shepherd hearts with meekness

and compassion, with the humility and

magnanimity of active, supportive,

patient and courageous resistance,

which does not remain indifferent, but

denies and unmasks all skepticism and


“The Resurrection is the announcement

that things can change,” he insisted. And

believing in the Resurrection should “lead

us creatively to the places where hope

and life are fighting, where suffering

and pain become a context favorable

to corruption and speculation, where

aggression and violence seem to be the

only way out.”

Pope Francis waves as he looks out on an empty St. Peter’s Square after leading

the “Regina Coeli” prayer from his library in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican

May 10. (Photo: CNS photo/Vatican Media)

The Pro-Life Newspaper | June 20, 2020 C37

The Parish Family


Our Lady of Mount

Carmel –– Annunciation


Our Pastor

Msgr. Jamie

J. Gigantiello

On his

25 th Jubilee

May God continue to bless

him and his ministry.

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Catholics Urged to Remember Priests as ‘Spiritual Fathers’

by Catholic News Service

OMAHA, Neb. — Stories of Catholic

priests’ “creativity, sacrifice and

compassionate service” during this time

of the coronavirus have inspired an effort

led by the Institute for Priestly Formation

in Omaha to recognize and celebrate

“these spiritual fathers” on Father’s Day,

which is June 21.

These priests are among “the front-line

workers, especially during the pandemic

and social unrest, continue to inspire us

as we witness their selfless acts,” said a

June 8 news release.

The institute said it is calling on all

people to remember their spiritual

fathers by sending Father’s Day wishes

via a card, email, text or phone call “as

an expression of gratitude for all they

have and continue to do — especially for

reminding us of God’s abundant graces

as we navigate these challenging times.”

“We have so many reasons to say

thank you. The pandemic and social

unrest have definitely underscored our

need for happy, healthy, holy priests,”

The Parish of

St. Camillus –

St. Virgilius



DiMarzio,Ph. D, D.D.

Mary Buttell, president of the Institute for

Priestly Formation Foundation, said in a

statement. “Our priests are among the

On the50thAnniversary

of HisPriestlyOrdination.

Maythe Lord blessyou

for your Priestly Ministry.

many selfless front-line responders. We

thought Father’s Day offered the perfect

opportunity for people to express their


Over the past several weeks, she said,

the institute has heard story after story

of its alumni who have found creative

ways to hear confessions in parking lots

during the nation’s lockdown because of


They have livestreamed Masses to

their congregations as well as consoled

“disappointed couples and grief-stricken

families who were allowed only 10

people to attend their wedding or funeral

services,” she said.

Priests also have offered support

to those who have lost their livelihood

due to the shutdown and been on call

to anoint COVID-19 patients “and then

isolate so as to not put anyone else’s

health at risk,” Buttell added. Priests are

also ministering at this time to victims of

violence, she said.

“Everyone appreciates being

appreciated,” she said. “So, we hope

many, many people will reach out to

their priests and let them know they

make a difference and that their work is


The Institute for Priestly Formation,, offers

spiritual resources to priests.

It also runs an annual nine-week

summer program on the campus of

Jesuit-run Creighton University’s campus

in Omaha to enhance spiritual formation

of diocesan seminarians from the U.S.

and Canada.

When it was founded 25 years ago

this year, the institute said it had six

seminarians for its program, and to

date, it has served more than 3,000

seminarians and more than 1,000

priests from 165 U.S. dioceses and 55

international dioceses.

Editor’s Note: People also can offer

a tribute to a priest with a monetary

gift in his name to the Institute for

Priestly Formation through its website,

Each priest will receive a letter about

the gift given in his name.

The Pro-Life Newspaper | June 20, 2020 C39

Our Lady of Czestochowa

St. Casimir Church

183 25th Street

Brooklyn, New York 11232

Phone: 718-768-5724 | Fax: 718 - 768 - 4996


& Continued Blessings

on the

50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination


His Excellency The Most Reverend

Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D.,D.D.

and to all

Jubilirian Priests


Rev. Janusz Dymek - Pastor

Rev. Cezariusz Jastrzębski - Parochial Vicar

& Parishioners

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Priests of the diocese laying hands on the heads of the ordinands during the

2018 Mass of Ordination at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. (File photo)

CARA Study on New Ordinands

Spots Trends Worth Watching

by Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The annual

survey of seminarians scheduled for

priestly ordination this year reveals

continuing trends and suggests potential

trends in the making.

“We’ve been consistent over the last 20

years in terms of the age of men being

ordained to the priesthood. It continues

to hover into the low to mid-30s,” said

Father Luke Ballman, executive director

of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy,

Consecrated Life, and Vocations.

“Consistently over the last 20 years,

the age has slightly decreased each year

such that we’re seeing a slight reduction

by a couple of years in terms of the

average age of the man being ordained,”

Father Ballman said.

“One of the things we have studied

is cultural ethnicity and vocations

where you have different immigrant

groups, cultural groups, (with a)

disproportionately high number of

vocations,” said Jesuit Father Thomas

Gaunt, executive director of the Center

for Applied Research in the Apostolate

at Georgetown University in Washington,

which conducts the survey each year.

“Vietnamese, I don’t even think, is a

percent of population but they make up

several percent (of new priests). The

same thing with Nigerians, Colombians,”

Father Gaunt added. “We’ve been looking

at that question. The family dimensions

that are essential in discerning


Father Gaunt said: “About 25% (of

ordinands) are foreign-born. That reflects

almost to a ‘T’ the proportion of foreignborn

Catholics in the United States. And

so we often forget that approximately a

quarter of all the adult Catholics in the

U.S. are foreign-born immigrants — and

the number of seminarians also reflects

that proportion.” Over the past 20 years,

the percentage of foreign-born new

priests is 29%.

It’s not as if foreign-born new priests

are coming to the United States just to

study for the priesthood, he said.

Most of the foreign-born ordinands

“came here 11 years ago. The majority

of them would have come before their

seminary training,” Father Gaunt told

Catholic News Service.

Still, about two-thirds of the ordination

class of 2020 are white men of European

ancestry, although the second-largest

group is Hispanics, said Father Ballman,

a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

“One of the things that the National

Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference

of Catholic Bishops, and the bishops in

general, have been interested in is that

we provide everyone the opportunity,” he


“We’re building off the results of the

V Encuentro process, just recognizing

that the Latino Catholic population in the

United States continues to grow. And still,

the majority of men who are in seminary

and who are being ordained are white

Caucasian. It’s just something we want

to continue to look at. God calls, God is

faithful in calling, but we want to be sure

we are able to support that call.”

The 46-page report, released April 23,

found a host of facts about the incoming

group of priests.

Less than half reported having

attended a Catholic school at any level

prior to seminary, but their Catholic

school attendance was five percentage

points higher than the general Catholic

population. Another 10% were homeschooled,

an average of eight years each.

By the time they entered the seminary,

28% of them carried educational debt,

which averaged $28,828.

Fifty-one percent participated in a

parish youth group, the only churchaffiliated

activity drawing more than half

of the ordinands. The next highest was

29% participating in Catholic campus

ministry or Newman centers.

In the case of both-and, 89% report

being encouraged to consider the

priesthood by someone in their life, but

52% indicate that they were discouraged

from pursuing the priesthood.

The stage of life when they remember

first considering priesthood was

elementary school, 36%, and college, 23%.

In this year’s group of priests, 84% will

be ordained by age 40, almost evenly

split between the under-30 cohort and

the 31-40 age group. One-third of the new

priests will serve in the Midwest.

A slight majority of 58% of diocesan

seminarians reported having seen the

DVD “Fishers of Men,” published by the

USCCB, before entering the seminary, but

two out of three men being ordained for

religious orders did not see it.

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As You Celebrate

50 Years Of Faithful Service

In The Lord’s Vineyard And For

Your Dedication To The People

Of God In The Diocese

Of Brooklyn.

The Clergy, Religious

And Faithful Of

Most Precious Blood -

Sts. Simon And Jude Parish

Our Lady of SolaceParish

Coney Island, NY




On his 50 th Anniversary

Thank you for your years of

priesthood and service to the church.

Bishop DiMarzio ordaining Father Patrick Dorelus at the Co-Cathedral of St.

Joseph in June 2018. (File photo)

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to Almighty


the People of

St. Margaret Parish

Middle Village,


our Pastor,

Fr. Robert J. Armato,

on his Silver Jubilee



to all

of the 2020 Priest


Ad multos annos!


and prayerful best wishes to

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

and all the Priest Jubilarians.

Thank you for your service and

devotion toGod's People.

Ad Multos Annos

St. Mary Mother of Jesus Parish

Our Lady of Solace Parish

Coney Island, NY




On his

25th Anniversary.

We are thankful for your service

and friendship to the faithful.

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Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D.,D.D.

on your

50th Anniversary in the Priesthood

Thank you

for your

service and


Saint Joseph Patron Church

185 Suydam Street

Brooklyn, NY 11221



to Very Rev. Fr.JohnJosephOConnor

Joseph for celebrating 27 years of priesthood.

We thank you for being our pastor/shepherd for 11 years.

We sadly say goodbye as you move on to another parish.

People of IncarnationParish, Queens

Rev. Leonard Badia

Congratulations on the

60th Anniversary of your Ordination

May the Lord Bless and Keep You

St.Francis of Assisi

Catholic Academy,


Class of 1948






On his 50th Anniversary of

Ordination into the Priesthood



On his 25th Anniversary of

Ordination into the Priesthood


On his 60th Anniversary of

Ordination into the Priesthood


On his 60th Anniversary of

Ordination into the Priesthood

to all

Jubilarian Priests

God Bless You All

Warm Wishes & Blessings

from the DeMatteis Family

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Rev. Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto

50th Anniversary

in the Priesthood


Rev. James K. Cunningham

25th Anniversary

in the Priesthood

For your selfless service and

dedication to the people of God

Sr. Joanne Walters, O.P.,

John Americo, St. Helen’s Howard Beach



Happy25 th


to adearfriend andawonderful priest!



Congratulations and Blessings

From Tom and Arlene Jablonski on

Your 60th Anniversary



Congratulations and Blessings

From Tom and Arlene Jablonski on

Your Golden Anniversary

Vinny, Maria,

Anthonyand Franky Camastro

Rev. Msgr. Philip J. Reilly


Bright Dawn Ministry salutes you Rev. Msgr.

Philip J. Reilly for the many years

you fought in the battle for Life, where

an enormous number of children are alive

today because of your great courage.


– Sr. Dorothy Rochar, C.S.J.

Rev. Msgr. Philip J. Reilly


May God bless you abundantly for your

valiant witnessing of the inestimable value

of human life.


–Rev. Msgr. Raymond J. Kelly


Fr. Michael

Onyekwere, S.D.V.

Pastor of St. Clement Pope Church,

Jamaica NY on your

25th Anniversary

in the Priesthood

Corinne Crawford

& Jannie Crawford

Father James L. Tighe

Congratulations on your

50 th Anniversary

and on your retirement.

Thank you for your friendship and

support over the years.

Best, The McKernan Family

With Much Love

And Joy

The Kearney Family




On His60 th Anniversary

In The Priesthood

Father Robert J.Armato


Father Bob, our Pastor,

on your 25th Anniversary

from the members of the St. Vincent

de Paul Society, St. Margaret Church

Blessings and Best Wishes

to our longtime friend,

Rev. James Tighe,

on the celebration of

your 50 th Jubilee

~ The Bicknese and

D’Archangelis Families

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Congratulations Jubilarians 2020

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio,

Happy 50th Anniversary!

Msgr. Anthony Hernandez,

Happy 25th Anniversary!

May God Bless you now and forever!

Vinny, Maria, Anthony and Franky Camastro

Father JimCunningham,

Tanti Auguri

Per 25 Anni!

Nonna Lina


Rev. KennethJ.Calder &

Rev. Msgr.Michael J. Phillips

on your 60 th Anniversary


Rev. Msgr.Kevin B. Noone

on your 50 th Anniversary

From theGorton Family

of OurLadyOfAngels


ratulations on your 50th Jubilee,

Rev. Msgr. Kevin B. Noone,

from Elizabeth Ann Harrison Pietromonaco And Family



ratulations on your 25th Jubilee,

Rev. Robert Amato,

from Betty Pietromonaco and Family.



ratulations to all the Jubilarian Priests

May God Bless you for your service, as you have been a Blessing to His Church.

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