• Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Highlighting Local Volunteers Work with Refugees & UN’s 73 General Assembly Opens

    On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the work of Hearts and Homes for Refugees and the important work of the United Nations in peacekeeping.  Kathie O’Callaghan is the President and Founder of Hearts and Homes for Refugees – a grassroots non-profit organization located in Westchester County, New York, dedicated to welcoming, protecting and advocating for refugees in the local community and abroad. Kathie joins Msgr. Sullivan in studio to discuss the work of Hearts and Homes for Refugees, how she and other volunteer members welcomed a Syrian refugee family of six to their community back in 2017, and how they have sustained the involvement of very…

  • Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    National Grandparent’s Day and the Feast of the Virgin Mary’s Birthday

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about National Grandparent’s Day and the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jaia Peterson Lent, MSW is the Deputy Executive Director of Generations United, a national policy and advocacy organization devoted to intergenerational collaboration in Washington D.C. Jaia is a leading voice on issues affecting families headed by grandparents testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging regarding grandparents raising children on account of the Opioid Crisis back in March 2017. She and Monsignor discuss the increasing number of children being raised by grandparents and other relatives across the country, the reasons for this growth, and what services…

  • Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination and Day Laborers on Labor Day Weekend 2018

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and also the work of day laborers as a celebration of Labor Day. Professor Patrick McKinley Brennan is a Professor of Law and the John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies at Villanova School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prof. Brennan, who attended Yale College with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, will be discussing the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court seat, recently vacated by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, with Msgr. Sullivan. They will also talk about the history of Catholics on the Supreme Court and what role…

  • Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth

    Religious Freedom in China and the Life and Musical Legacy of Aretha Franklin

    This weekend on JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about religious practice and religious freedom in China, and the life and musical legacy of Aretha Franklin, who of course passed away on August 16 in Detroit. Included in this episode is a segment about the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on sex abuse. Ian Johnson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning freelance correspondent for the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine and National Geographic based in Beijing, China and the author of the recent book: “The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao.” Ian Johnson talks to Monsignor about religious practice in China, what the status…

  • Commentary,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth

    A MESSAGE FROM MONSIGNOR SULLIVAN: NOT SILENCE, NOR MERELY WORDS, BUT FAITH & MISSION-FILLED ACTIONS…

    I write with strong negative emotions. The recent Pennsylvania grand jury report depicts a 70-year narrative that cries out to heaven. Outrage, sadness, disappointment, disgust, anger, frustration, etc. are part of what I feel. My first reaction was simple: “What …!?!” Many in, and outside the Church, have spoken. I won’t quote them, but simply mention a few words and phrases that to me are on target: tragedy, sick, criminal, mishandling, clericalism, repentance, accountability, firm purpose of amendment, cover-up, institutional self-preservation, betrayal. These recent revelations of the abuse of children by clergy and its mishandling by bishops rend asunder in very particular ways the hearts of our Catholic Charities family.…

  • Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Pope Francis’ Revisions to the Death Penalty and the “World Meeting of Families” in Dublin, Ireland

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the Pope’s revision to the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty and also his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland. Prof. Cara Drinan J.D. is a Professor of Law at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington D.C.. Prof. Drinan, who criminal law and criminal procedure at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law since 2006, discusses with Msgr. Sullivan the death penalty and its application here in the United States in light of the Pope Francis’s recent revision to the Catechism regarding the inadmissibility of the death penalty’s application. Brady Funn III…

  • JustLove,  Puerto Rico Visit

    Social Justice Aspects of the V Enuentro and CUNY Students Help Rebuilding Puerto Rico

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the V Encuentro Conference and the continued recovery of Puerto Rico. Richard Espinal is the Associate Director for Parish and Community Engagement for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and a member of the Region II (New York State) Planning Committee for V Encuentro. Richard will be discussing some of the social justice aspects and concerns that are in discussion as part of the planning for the “V Encuentro” which will be taking place down in Grapevine, Texas from September 20th to 23rd. Ian Morris from Queens, New York, is a college senior at CUNY’s Hunter College…

  • Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Rural Migrant Families and the Push Factors that Drive Migration from Central America

    On this week’s show of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about migrant families and what drives migration. Flor Espinosa-Araque is the Center Director for the Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD) Center up in Kingston, New York. ABCD is a non-profit dedicated to providing the highest quality early childhood education and social services to farm worker and other eligible families up in Ulster County, New York, and its environs. Flor, who has worked with ABCD affiliated centers both Kingston and Middletown New York since 2003, will be discussing with Msgr. Sullivan the work of the ABCD Centers as well as the lives of the migrant and immigrant families that she serves in…

  • 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…