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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