Thanksgiving Day Show

On this week’s JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with two guests and one family about supporting those in need on Thanksgiving.

Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer  of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will be joining the show on the phone. Cynthia will be updating our listeners about how her organization is helping the displaced recover from Hurricane Harvey, as well as how they are helping to feed the less fortunate in the Archdiocese  of Galveston-Houston on Thanksgiving Day

The Tone family – Don, Cathleen, and their daughter Maggie (age 15 years) – are parishioners of  Resurrection Parish  in Rye, NY.  The Family will be speaking to Msgr. Sullivan about their experience volunteering  for the past 7 years – down at  “Part of the Solution – P.O.T.S.”  in the Bronx. They and other families from their parish annually help to serve nearly 1,000 meals – including 230 freshly cooked turkeys – to people visiting the P.O.T.S. community dining room on Thanksgiving Day.

Richard Espinal, Associate Director for Parish and Community Engagement  in the  Department of Social & Community Development at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Richard will be sharing with our listeners a bit about Catholic CharitiesCampaign for Charity and Justice” collection, which is being held here in the Archdiocese of New York on the occasion of the first “World Day of the Poor” declared by Pope Francis on November 19th

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Update on Relief and Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

I would like to provide an update on the relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, which is so dear to the hearts of many New Yorkers. 

One of our reasons for concern is the damage and hurt suffered by the families of the Head Start programs run by the New York Foundling at 41 sites throughout the island of Puerto Rico.  I know of the dedicated work being done by the leadership of the New York Foundling in NY, especially William Baccaglini, Jr. and Carmen Jirau-Rivera, to support these families. These efforts will continue for many years.

I was able to join Cardinal Dolan a few weeks ago to visit and show solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico.  This very brief trip, captured in the recent issue of Catholic New York, included a stop at the offices of Caritas Puerto Rico to learn of the work they are doing to provide relief throughout the country.  We were told that Caritas Puerto Rico was singled out by FEMA for their efforts because they are the only aid organization reaching out to all 75 of Puerto Rico’s municipalities.  Fr. Enrique Camacho, the Executive Director of Caritas Puerto Rico and his staff are proving extraordinary service.

This Sunday, November 19th, the Mass of Our Lady of the Divine Providence, Patroness of Puerto Rico, will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

A special commemoration will be offered for the people of Puerto Rico who are currently suffering the effects of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  Fr. Enrique Camacho will serve as the celebrant and homilist of the Mass.

The numbers of persons displaced from Puerto Rico are hard to estimate.  We do know that in the past month, more than 1,100 families displaced have sought services at the New York City Reception Center that Catholic Charities has been staffing, along with City agencies. 

Catholic Charities has provided gifts cards, food, metro cards, and counseling on the services available to those relocating to New York City.  A very high priority is ensuring adequate housing for those unable to stay with family or friends.

Through the generosity of numerous donors, Catholic Charities has already been able to provide funds to both Caritas Puerto Rico and the New York Foundling for their relief efforts.  We anticipate providing additional funds shortly. 

We have also partnered with the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Comité Noviembre to serve as a conduit for their Estoy Con Puerto Rico campaign.  I intend to accompany this group, along with few other Catholic Charities staff, in early December to visit the distant towns of Puerto Rico and make sure aid is reaching those hard to reach areas.

I ask that you keep the wonderful people of Puerto Rico in your prayers,

 

Veteran’s Day 2017

Vanessa K. Russell, Mathew “Griff” Griffin and Justin Miller

On this week’s episode of JustLove Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with three guests about Veteran’s Day.

Vanessa K. Russell Chief Executive Officer  of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta will be calling into the studio. Vanessa will be speaking to Msgr. about the work that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta  does with the significant veteran’s population in Georgia, as well as speaking about their inaugural “Help, Hoppe and Honor Campaign” that they are coordinating with Archdiocesan schools in Atlanta to educate students on the importance of Veteran’s Day, raise awareness of the charities’ Veteran’s Services Programs, and collect donations to support those programs and give back to those who gave in defense of our country. 

Also calling into the studio is Mathew “Griff” Griffin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the “Combat Flip Flops.” “Combat Flip Flops” is a mission-based business – similar to “Tom’s Shoes” – which is dedicated to helping those in conflict zones to improve their lives through “business and not bullets.”  Griff who is also a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a former Army Ranger, will be speaking to Msgr. Sullivan about the work of “Combat Flip Flops”, and how through manufacturing footwear in Columbia, scarfs in Kabul, Afghanistan, and jewelry in Laos, Combat Flip Flops is able to help fund girls education in Afghanistan and the removal of unexploded ordinances in Southeast Asia and other former combat zones throughout the world in partnership with Mines Advisory Group” (MAG) 

Justin Miller Co-Founder and the Director of Veterans and Military Affairs of  “Objective Zero” will be on the show. “Objective Zero” is a nonprofit that has developed a mobile app to anonymously connect veterans who may be contemplating harming themselves. The app provides suicide prevention resources and a community of veterans, counselors and other concerned citizens dedicated to listening to veteran’s concerns at their times of crisis.  Justin, who served 11 years in the armed forces including two deployments to Iraq, will be sharing his own personal struggles about returning to civilian life with Msgr. Sullivan. He will also talk about how a conversation that he had with a friend and fellow veteran during a moment of difficulty led the two of them, along with others, to develop  Objective Zero.

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Update on Hurricane recovery in the Caribbean

On this week’s episode of  JustLoveMonsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the status of Caribbean after Hurricane Maria with two guests .

On the show Fr. Enrique Camacho, Executive Director of Caritas Puerto Rico joins us in the studio. Msgr. Sullivan and Fr. Camacho will talk about the work of Caritas Puerto Rico  and how it is helping the people of the island recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

Cathy Howard, Section Chief of the Coordination and Response Division of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, will be talking to Msgr. Sullivan about those who were severely impacted by Hurricane Maria including citizens of Dominica.

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