• JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    JustLove’s Look on Teaching Heroism

    This week on JustLove, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan talks about teaching heroism to our communities and giving teens an alternative to a life on the street as the murder case of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman Feliz continues to unravel. Dr. Phillip Zimbardo was a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University until 2003 and Founder of the Heroic Imagination Project. The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) is a non-profit organization that develops and implements education programs, research and public initiatives to inspire and encourage everyday heroism. Dr. Zimbardo will be talking to Msgr. Sullivan about the mission of HIP is to help people take effective action in challenging situations, preparing them to act with integrity,…

  • Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    In the Bronx, Catholic Charities found “Room in the Inn.”

    On Tuesday evening, when the first two families separated at the border were reunited in New York, I, along with a few other Catholic Charities staff welcomed them to the warmth and safety of one of our agencies in the Bronx. One was a dad from Guatemala, Adan, and his four-year-old son Juan. The other, Javier from Honduras with his son, William, also four. We ate a simple meal together in a family-like dining room. We prayed the Our Father together. One of our staff lent the dads her cell phone to contact their families back home to let them know they were safe and back together. Their rooms were…

  • Holidays and Holy Days

    JustLove’s Look at Bastille Day

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan celebrates Bastille Day and France going to the World Cup Final. Father Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He was born in the Philippines and now residing in the Baltimore area. Fr. Leo is the Founder, Host and Director of “Plating Grace” – an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationships through God’s gift of a family meal. Fr. Leo is also a best-selling author, and the host of “Savoring our Faith” on EWTN, which was developed following his win on the cooking competition: “Throw Down with Bobby…

  • JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

    The death of Lesandro Junior Guzman-Feliz, Combating Gang Violence in the Bronx, and Social Justice Summer Camps

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be talking about the tragic death of 15 year old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz and also social justice summer camps for youth. Father Jonathan Morris, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx, celebrated the funeral mass on last Wednesday – June 27th – for 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman after he was killed in an alleged case of mistaken identity by members of the Trinitarios street gang. Fr. Morris will be speaking about Lesandro and his family and what is being done to address gang violence in that Bronx neighborhood where Lesandro’s murder took place. Stephanie Peddicord, President at the…

  • JustLove,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Support and Solidarity for those suffering from recent shifts in Immigration Enforcement Policies and What is Gerrymandering

    On this week’s show of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about support and standing in solidarity with those who are suffering because of the immigration enforcement policies and also gerrymandering and what it means in elections. Father Esteban Sanchez, Administrator of Assumption Church in Peekskill, accompanied Msgr. Sullivan and others on June 21st on an interfaith mission of prayer, support and solidarity to those suffering from recent shifts in immigration enforcement policy down to McAllen, Texas. Fr. Esteban shares his experiences with visiting children and families at the Catholic Charities Respite Center a few miles from the United States border with Mexico. Amaris White, Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities…

  • Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Providing Help and Hope to Families at the Border and a Review on the Summer Solstice

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the separation of families at the border and he also talks about the Summer Solstice. Kenneth Ferrone, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico, talks to Msgr. Sullivan about the help that Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico is providing to detained parents and their children on our southern border. Kenneth also talks about the situation with a locally detained Guatemalan asylum seeker who recently contacted Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico about his 7-year-old daughter who was separated from him by immigration enforcement agents only to be transferred to a detention facility in New York. Catholic…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    JustLove’s Father’s Day Show and a Look at K-Pop

    On this week’s episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the Korean phenomenon K-Pop and Father’s Day. Fanny Gomez, Social Media Specialist at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York will be speaking about another global phenomenon from Korea that has captured the world’s attention, namely Korean Popular Music, or “K-Pop,” during this week when the world attention was turned to the Korean Peninsula for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. Prof. Claire Vallotton, Associate Professor for Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University, talks about some new research findings regarding the important role that Fathers play in the child’s development,…

  • JustLove

    JustLove’s Look at Puerto Rico’s Recovery from Hurricane Maria and Ireland’s Vote to Repeal the 8th Amendment

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about Puerto Rico and Ireland’s 8th Amendment Vote. The Honorable Yesmin M. Valdivieso, CPA, Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, speaks with Msgr. Sullivan about the current situation on the island of Puerto Rico as they still recover from the devastation that Hurricane Maria wrought when it hit the island back on September 20, 2017 and the challenges lay ahead. Breda O’Brien is a Teacher at Muckross Park College which is an all-girls Secondary School in Dublin, Ireland, and a weekly columnist for The Irish Times.  Breda discusses the recent referendum vote on May 23, 2018, to repeal the 8th…

  • JustLove

    The United States’ New Embassy in Jerusalem and Catholic Charities Hawaii

    On this week’s JustLove episode, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan talks about the US moving the embassy to Jerusalem and also the volcanic eruption in Hawaii. Lena Alhusseini, Executive Director of Lifeworks of Sonoma County  in California and whose career has been focused on child welfare and international aid and development both here in the United States and in the Middle East, talks to Monsignor Sullivan about her reaction to the Trump Administration’s moving of the United States Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem earlier this month, and the protests and violence that ensued after that move was made. Terry Walsh, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Hawaii, shares with…

  • Commentary

    “Congress shall have the power… to declare War.”

    Last evening, I attended an important event focusing on the first amendment right of religious liberty. This is critically important as religious liberty, domestically and globally, is currently threatened in diverse and challenging ways. In the gift bag was a miniature copy of the Constitution. Since it was the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, I perused it and found Section 8 that states very simply: “Congress shall have the power… to declare War.” This weekend we will remember with appreciation and prayer those who gave their lives fighting wars. Sadly, our political system is so paralyzed and compromised that with regularity men and women of the United States are…