“God forgive me, but I hope the ones responsible for that altar are still in purgatory”

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post on beauty in churches, here’s a living example of a renovation gone wrong—and an effort to make it right. Last year, I posted on the remarkable renovation being undertaken at one Brooklyn parish, whose sanctuary looked like this: Now that’s changing. Here’s an update from the New York [Read More...]

A night of great beginnings for Brooklyn

Wednesday night, 18 men took part in the Rite of Candidacy for the diaconate class of 2017 in the Diocese of Brooklyn. They were admitted to candidacy at St. Kevin Church in Flushing, New York, with Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto presiding. I’m pleased and proud to report that one of the men, Thomas Jorge, is [Read More...]

“I always will be a Brooklyn kid”

The local paper, the Brooklyn Tablet, bids a fond farewell to Bishop Frank Caggiano, the day before he is to be installed as the new bishop of Bridgeport. From the special section devoted to his life and ministry: “He has an ability of getting the best out of people…to bring the good out of you,” [Read More...]

Bishop Caggiano: “Witness is the most powerful method of conversion. Not confrontation. Witness.”

A great interview with a great priest: from the National Catholic Register, a chat with Bridgeport’s new bishop, Brooklyn’s own Frank Caggiano: Please tell us little about growing up and discovering your vocation. I had a wonderful experience of what I call old-style neighborhoods, where I had perhaps 12 or 14 friends who lived on [Read More...]

Restoration: bringing back a pipe organ in Brooklyn

Left, the Rev. Michael A. Perry, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge, sat at the organ with Joseph A. Vitacco III, the mastermind of the restoration. Photo by Bryan Thomas for the New York Times Here’s a great story from the In My Backyard Desk, courtesy the New York Times:  Joseph A. Vitacco III remembers [Read More...]

Scenes from an ordination: a beautiful day in Brooklyn

My diocese ordained 10 new deacons this morning, who will by the grace of God become priests next year.  I was privileged to attend the ordination and vest Deacon Jeremy Canna.  Below are some pictures from this wonderful event. The Church is alive and well in Brooklyn, praise God!  Congratulations and welcome, brothers!  Ad multos [Read More...]

How an Italian boy from Brooklyn became bishop of Bridgeport

Photo: Gregory Shemitz A great profile of a great priest, from Greenwich Time:  For a man just appointed by Pope Francis to be bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, which covers all of Fairfield County, [Bishop Frank] Caggiano has rather humble roots. He was born on Easter Sunday 1959, into an Italian family so new [Read More...]

It’s official: Brooklyn’s Caggiano to Bridgeport—UPDATED

What had been rumored for months is now fact: [01138-01.01] APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF BRIDGEPORT (USA) The Holy Father appointed Bishop of Bridgeport (USA) Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano, until now titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn (USA).  Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano was born [Read More...]

“Parishioners Were on the Sidewalk Crying”: Vandal Strikes Brooklyn Churches, Synagogue

Details:  Police at the 68th Precinct were questioning a suspect in connection with a rash of attacks on religious institutions in Bay Ridge discovered early Tuesday morning. Four churches and a prep school were splattered with red paint, according to Police Officer Sophia Tassy-Mason, a spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. Tassy-Mason said the [Read More...]

Catechists Announced for World Youth Day—Including a Bishop from Brooklyn

To the surprise of no one east of the Hudson, it’s Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano (whom I first knew as plain old “Father Frank” a decade or so ago, when he was the director of my diocese’s diaconate program and I was a wide-eyed aspirant.) Details:  During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more [Read More...]