Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe & What Archeology Is Telling Us About Jesus

Kristin Romey and Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering

On this week’s episode of Justlove Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and What Archeology says about Jesus.

Ambassador Diego Gomez Pickering,  who is Consul General of Mexico to New York City will be joining the show. Ambassador Gomez Pickering will be speaking to Msgr. Sullivan during this week when we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December 12th – about his work representing the Mexican people here in New York City at the United Nations and other venues. 

Kristin RomeyArcheology Editor at National Geographic will be on as part of Advent. Msgr. Sullivan and Kristin will be talking to us about the December cover story on The Real Jesus: What Archeology Reveals about His Life” brought to us exclusively by National Geographic magazine 

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Pope Francis’ Pastoral Journey to Myanmar & Bangladesh & Hospitality at the Leo House

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh and Hospitality at the Leo House with three guests.

Catholic Relief Services Emergency Communications Director Caroline Brennan who just returned from visiting the Rohingya refugee camps run by Caritas Bangladesh,  shares her personal experiences there, stories of the refugees, and will talk about CRS and Caritas’s work in that region.

The Leo House’s Executive Director David J. Smith and Chairman and President of the Board Michael P. Coneys will be in the studio.  David and Michael will be sharing with Msgr. Sullivan stories of the Leo House, and sharing with him their plans for their first annual Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Gala and Award being held at the Yale Club on December 11th . The Leo House is a non-profit Catholic guest house – affiliated with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York – that is located on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan that offers affordable, temporary accommodations to travelers of all nationalities and faiths, including clergy, religious, persons visiting the sick, students and travelers from around the world.

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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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Halloween 2017

Dr. Michael Oberschneider & Tony, Anthony, and Deanne Alfano

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan hosts a Halloween themed show with two guests.

On the show, child psychologist and children’s author, Dr. Michael Oberschneider will talk about some of the factors behind a child’s choice of what to dress up as. Monsignor Sullivan will also talk with Oberschneider about the most significant aspects of celebrating Halloween in the US, 

Also joining the show is Deanna Alfano, mother of Anthony Alfano who is known for his elaborate Halloween costumes in the news . Deanna will talk about how her and her husband Tony create costumes that incorporate Anthony’s wheelchair. Her and Monsignor will also talk about how Halloween has become the one day of the year that people can “stop looking at the wheelchair and just see the boy in the costume.” 

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International Poverty

Jonathan Glennie, Tess Hart and Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D. on JustLove

Jonathan Glennie, Tess Hart and Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D.

On this week’s episode, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with three guests about international poverty.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will be talking to Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D. and Tess Hart about Fordham University’s 2017 Pope Francis Global Poverty Index, a multi-dimensional measurement of international poverty. It relies on seven primary indicators of material well-being and spiritual well-being, which itself is based upon measures that Pope Francis proposed in his speech delivered to the United Nation’s General Assembly back on September 25th, 2015.

Also on the show is Jonathan Glennie, Director of the Sustainable Development Research Center at the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre in Londo. Monsignor Sullivan will be speaking with Jonathan about an article that he wrote for The Guardian entitled: “The Saddest Thing in the World is not Poverty, It’s a Loss of Dignity.”

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National Bullying Prevention Month

Bailey Lindgren & John Guenther

This week’s episode of Justlove will focus on observing National Bullying Prevention Month.

On the phone, Bailey Lindgren, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center Associate, a national training and information center dedicated to bullying prevention located in Minniapolis, Minnesota will be on be joining us. Msgr. andBailey will be speaking about the work of the organization’s, National Bullying Prevention month happening during the month of October. They’ll also focus on what parents, families, and children can do to end the scourge of bullying in their classrooms and communities.

John Guenther, who is Managing Director of Executive Communications at BNY Mellon will be in the studio. Msgr. Sullivan and John will be talking about lessons on bullying and life that John himself learned from reconnecting with someone who had bullied him in high school – 25 years earlier, who now was now in prison, incarcerated for life without parole

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Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Edwin Melendez, Ph.D. & Assemblyman Marcos Crespo

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speak with two guests focused on hurricane disaster relief in Puerto Rico. 

On the show Assemblyman Marcos Crespo who represents the fifth district in the Bronx and East Harlem is on the show. He shares his experiences with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on joining Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the first relief flight to Puerto Rico two days after Hurricane Maria hit the island

Also appearing on the show is Edwin Melendez, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning  and Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. Msgr. Sullivan and Prof. Melendez will be discussing the impact that Hurricane Maria has had Puerto Rico as well as the island’s economic struggles 

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