2017 Oscars and Lent

Sr. Rose Pacatte

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be focusing on the 2017 Oscars and Lent. This week’s guest is Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP. She is Daughter of Saint Paul and Film Columnist at the National Catholic Reporter , as well as the Founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, California. Sr. Rose and Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will be discussing the 2017 Oscars, and sharing their thoughts on some of the films that were nominated, as well as perhaps some films that were not nominated, but ought to have been. They will also share their predictions for 89th annual Academy Awards which airs on this Sunday night, February 26th.

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Black History Month & NYC Fashion Week 2017

Jamila Codrington & Graham McAleer

This week on JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with two guests covering NYC Fashion Week 2017 and Black History Month. 

Graham McAleerProfessor of Philosophy at Loyola University in Maryland and author of  “Veneration and Refinement: The Ethics of Fashion” will be discussing with Msgr. Sullivan the fashion industry. They will be focusing on how an industry dedicated to beauty, celebrity, glamour and style squares up with the social teachings of the Church, and particularly the social teachings of both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Dr. Jamila Codrington, PhD. a  Clinical Supervisor at Astor Services for Children and Families and an Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary will be. Astor Services for Children and Families is an affiliate of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. On the show Msgr. and Dr. Codrington will be discussing the impact that the experience of racism and oppression can have on the mental health of people of African descent. They’ll also focus on what are some culturally relevant strategies might be for coping with  individual, intergenerational and community trauma.

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Theology by Beyonce: The 2017 Grammys Version – Did you miss it?

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  • – Thanksgiving to God for the gift of family and the people around us!  
  • – Voicing humanity’s bond to the cross of pain and loss – oft unspoken.
  • – Affirming, in every race, beauty, intelligence and capability! Dare we say? – The image of God that raises us above our discomfort and darkness.    
  • – A vision that blesses us with the hope to transcend our sufferings and mistakes toward a land, Dare we say? – A kingdom, of life, light and grace. Amen!

Read Bey’s full remarks…

“Thank you so much. Hi, baby.

Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor and, thank you to everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep southern culture.

… I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support. We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible.

My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable.

It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable.

This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes….

Thank you, again, for honoring Lemonade. Have a beautiful evening. Thank you for tonight. This is incredible.”

59th Grammy Awards & Lincoln’s Birthday

Alana Massey & Michael Vorenberg

On this week’s  JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with two guests about the 59th Grammy Awards and Lincoln’s Birthday. 

Alana Massey, a writer and essayist, will be talking with  Msgr Sullivan about connections between Pop music/culture and the sacred light in relation to the upcoming 59th Grammy Awards. The Grammys will broadcast this Sunday, February 12th on CBS. She will also talk about her recently published collection of essays:  “All the Lives I Want: Essays about My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers.”

This Sunday is also Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Michael Vorenberg who is Associate Professor of History at Brown University and a scholar of President Lincoln will be discussing what lessons the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln might have to teach us today with Monsignor Sullivan.

 

Marching for & Defending the Human Dignity of Others

L-R: Jodi Ziesemer & Kristan Hawkins

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about the topic of protecting and preserving human dignity.

On the show, Kristan Hawkins, of President of Students for Life of America will be speaking with Msgr. Sullivan about the work of her organization. Recently, Kristan attended the Women’s March on Washington as well as the 44th Annual “March for Life.” They will be discussing her experiences at both marches.

Also on the show is  Jodi Ziesemer, Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and the Immigration Court Help Desk at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Msgr. and Jodi will be talking about her experiences this past weekend out at Kennedy Airport in New York City including responding “on the ground” to travelers who were affected by President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order. This order restricts immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugee admissions indefinitely.

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Catholic Charities Centennial & President Trump’s Recent Inauguration

Vincent “Vinny” Ignizio & Michel R. Corbin

This week’s Justlove episode focuses on President Trump’s recent Inauguration. On the show Monsignor Sullivan speaks with Vincent “Vinny” Ignizio,Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Staten Island. Msgr. Sullivan and Vinny talks about the H.E.A.R.T. Initiative (Heroin Epidemic Archdiocesan Response Initiative), one of  Catholic Charities Centennial Initiatives.This initiative seeks to work through the structures of the local Catholic Youth Organization to address the opioid crisis on Staten Island through education, service and training.  Brian Corbin  – who is the  Executive Vice President of Member Services at Catholic Charities USA,; Msgr. and Brian will be talking about President Trump’s recent Inauguration, the new Congress and Administration in Washington D.C., and what major policy issues Catholic Charities USA will be focusing on in the coming term.

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Catholic Charities Centennial

L-R: Brendan Ryan & Bill Baccaglini

This week’s episode of will kick-off JustLove’s year-long, on-going commemoration and celebration of Catholic Charities Centennial. On the show, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with Brendan Ryan, Trustee of Catholic Charities NY and Chairman of Draftfcb. Msgr. Sullivan and Brendan will be talking about the Centennial, the legacy of service provided by our 90 affiliated agencies throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley, and Catholic Charities commitment to a New Century of Help and Hope. Also on the show is Bill Baccaglini President and CEO at the New York Foundling, an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities. The New York Foundling is is one of New York City’s oldest and largest child welfare agencies providing over 20 different services to 27,000 children, families and individuals each year. Bill will be speaking with Monsignor about one of Catholic Charities Centennial Initiatives: “Dorming For Success” – a new groundbreaking college dormitory program that addresses the financial, social-emotional, and academic barriers to college success among youth in the Foster Care System.

To learn more about the topics covered on this week’s episode, visit the below links:

– The New York Foundling’s Website 

– New York State’s  Higher Education and Services Corporation – Youth In Care’s Paying for Higher Education web page 

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2017 Inaugurations

You Mean There’s More than One?!

L-R: Shannon Kelly Director of Catholic Charities Community Services Hudson Valley Services; Beatriz Diaz Taveras Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services; Adriano Espaillat; Myself; Luz Tavarez-Salazar Director of Government and Community Relations

I, along with a few other Catholic Charities staff, went to D.C. last week for the inauguration not of the President that takes place January 20th but of the new 115th Congress on January 3rd.  The media made so little of this swearing in of 52 new members in the legislative branch of government, you almost could have ignored it.  I went because I was invited to two of these swearing in ceremonies – one for a Republican from the Hudson Valley, John Faso, and one for a Democrat from Washington Heights, Adriano Espaillat.   

I delivered one of the invocations at Congressman Espaillat’s swearing in event.  My view on invocations and political events is simple:  Engage often, endorse rarely, and pray always.  When it comes to politicians and elected officials, they and we – their constituents- can always use a prayer for God’s help.  I might add that the more problematic they are and the more we disagree with their policies, the more prayer is needed.  But that is just my opinion.  So when invited to pray I do so.  I’ve done it for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Enough about invocations.

Let me pause for a moment to discuss these two new members of Congress – very different – and yet both committed to represent their people and their concerns.  John Faso has a long history in New York State government from the Republican side of the aisle.  He is well respected for his competence as an elected official. He seems positioned to continue this record of service in D.C.  

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Changing Hearts & Changing Laws

JustLove Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. & National Migration Week

L-R: Laura Garcia & Br. Tyrone Davis

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with Br. Tyrone Davis, Director of the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York and Laura Garcia, Racial Justice Program Manager of the YMCA in Orange County, New York. On the show, Br. Tyrone talks with Monsignor about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and particularly what young people today know – and in some cases, don’t know – about this Civil Rights icon. In light of  National Migration Week, Laura Garcia will be talking about her and her family’s  experiences with immigration and DACA’s (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) future.

To learn more about the topics of the show, visit the following links:

 – The Website of The Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York

– New York University: 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week February 6 – 11, 2017 – “Essence Of A True Revolution”

– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: National Migration Week 2017

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Looking Back at 2016/ Looking Forward to 2017

Fr. Jim McDermott & Mary Poovey PhD

On JustLove, in order to review 2016 and look forward into 2017, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be speaking with two guests: Mary Poovey, Ph.D, Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities at New York University and  Fr. Jim McDermott, S.J. a Jesuit of the Wisconsin Province and Los Angeles Correspondent for America Magazine. On the show, Ms. Poovey focuses on the history of “facts”,  and how social media – among other factors – has eroded trust in “experts” by the public. Fr. Jim McDermott, S.J. will be talking about pop culture celebrities who passed away in 2016 and how they are considered as sort of “secular saints.

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