• Commentary

    Thank you: A Message of Hope and Gratitude

    As we exit Thanksgiving time and the world around us enters into Christmas festivities, I draw your attention to Advent, a season marked preeminently by hope, and expectation – virtues and values that even our Christian tradition has a difficult time holding onto. Our Catholic Charities work is the incarnation of the virtue of hope. While each Catholic Charities agency has its own, the overall tagline of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New York is “providing help and creating hope.” Our work has little meaning unless it brings hope to those in need. Is not a major part of our work convincing those who approach us for help to…

  • Commentary

    George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

    My Brief, yet Memorable Encounter with Human Decency and Respect I had the privilege of meeting President George H.W. Bush in person once. It was brief, by accident, and had nothing to do with any of the broad range of public policy issues in which he was involved during his varied and long tenure of public service. It occurred at the end of May, 1993, about four months after he left office. I was meeting with Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor at the cardinal’s Madison Avenue residence when the doorbell rang. A minute or so later, President George H.W. Bush was standing at the doorway of the room where Cardinal O’Connor…

  • Feeding the Hungry and Sheltering the Homeless

    One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Maria and the Work of the United States Institute of Peace in Commemoration of the International Day of Peace

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about the one year anniversary of Hurrican Maria and also the International Day of Peace. Rev. Ronnie Garcia is the Senior Pastor of Iglesia La Travesia in San Juan, Puerto Rico and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Rev. Garcia shares with Msgr. Sullivan his experiences over the past year assisting members of his community post Hurricane Maria with relief efforts including food, water and medical supplies, and how he and his Church community has partnered with an organization called “Hunger Corps” in helping to rebuild severely damaged homes in a community in Puerto Rico called…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Disaster Relief & Beyoncé Mass

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with three guests about Disaster Relief.  Thomas DiNapoli, Comptroller of the State of New York will be calling in to the studio. He recently traveled with Msgr. Sullivan this past weekend down to Puerto Rico to survey recovery efforts since Hurricane Maria devastated the island back on September 20th 2017. Now 7 months later, Msgr. Sullivan and Comptroller DiNapoli will discuss what they witnessed on their trip. The Very Reverend Malcom Clemens Young who is the 9th Dean  of  Grace (Episcopal) Cathedral  in San Francisco, California will be calling into the studio. Dean Young will be discussing with Msgr. Sullivan the “Beyoncé…

  • Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    DACA Call In Day: February 26

    About 800,000 young Americans brought to United States by their parents as children now face a crisis. Since 2012, Catholic Charities has been assisting these DREAMERS in many ways.  We have directly helped more than 800 DREAMERS to get authorization to work productively, go to college, avoid deportation, maintain family unity, and remain in the United States. I have personally worked alongside these DREAMERS and seen firsthand their industriousness.   They are extremely anxious about the upcoming March 5 deadline imposed by President Trump to end this program.  We read and hear in the media that Congress has become  paralyzed in dealing with this issue. I share with you information from…

  • Commentary,  JustLove

    Hard Work and Sacrifice

    Being great servants makes a nice holy card, but not in real life. There are the C-suites, seats in Church sanctuaries, inner circle tables at banquets, private banking floors, platinum memberships for early plane boarding, etc. These are what we strive for. We were taught by our families to work hard and get ahead. Our schools drive competition to be at the top of class. Thank God – but more precisely thank Jesus. He decided that being on top meant climbing to the top of Calvary’s hill and hanging on a cross so that He could save the world and all in it. He accepted a different way for our…