Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]

Ka-ching: New York may sell air rights over St. Patrick’s

Details, from the New York Daily News: The Archdiocese of New York wants to cash in on a proposed upzoning of midtown by selling the lucrative air rights to its landmark properties, including venerable St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Church officials are lobbying city agencies to be allowed to transfer their development rights to any building in [Read More...]

On sacred (under) ground: blessing a New York subway tunnel

Details:  At 7 on Monday morning, a priest in black robes approached a portal on Second Avenue that dropped down into an underground cavern. Accompanied by about 10 men in safety vests and hard hats, the priest donned similar gear and stepped into a steel mesh cage. As the cage was lowered into the hole, [Read More...]

An order disperses: “This is the most painful, emotional thing our sisters have ever been through”

The New York Times tells the story of how one community coped with its aging population:  At the foot of a long drive leading to the Franciscan Retreat Center in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., the “Welcome and Parking” sign is misleading. The convent closed in 2011, when its original population of 100 nuns had dwindled to 35, [Read More...]

Man confesses killing to priest, who calls the cops

Details:  Jonathan Smith, on the run from Ohio, was so desperate to come clean that he grabbed the first priest he could find at a Midtown church and copped to bludgeoning his girlfriend 500 miles away, sources told The Post. “Someone is dead, and I feel really bad about it,” Smith, 48, told the startled [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

Ordination update: 11 new deacons in New York

From Catholic New York: Eleven men arrived at a common junction June 23 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Each lay prostrate on the altar while their families prayed for them. Rising, they took their final steps together before each would depart again on a separate road to a common destination. But each would now travel forward, [Read More...]

One is the loneliest number: meet New York’s only new priest

The New York Times profiles the only priest ordained in the Archdiocese of New York this year, Fr. Patric F. D’Arcy: Being the archdiocese’s sole member of the Class of 2012 is a slightly uncomfortable distinction for Father D’Arcy, 33, a soft-spoken man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He is not a [Read More...]

Report: Alec Baldwin planning Catholic wedding this weekend

And the setting is not only a basilica — the only one in the Archdiocese of New York — but also a legendary church used as a movie set: Alec Baldwin will reportedly tie the knot this weekend with his yoga instructor. The Hollywood actor and his fiancée Hilaria Thomas are planning a Catholic wedding [Read More...]

For Corpus Christi: “God in the Streets of New York”

That’s the title of this short, beautiful film produced by Grassroots Films, following a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York.  Take four minutes and watch. This is Corpus Christi: the Body of Christ. [Read more...]


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