• 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…

  • Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    This Week: The Glass is More Than Half Empty

      This week the glass is more than half empty for me! After the devastation caused last week by natural disasters, Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and by the student stabbings in the Bronx, I, like so many others, am deeply pained. I spent a good part of this week working on how Catholic Charities of NY might be of support for the individuals and families suffering in Puerto Rico.  Some of my time was spent talking with elected officials and staff in Washington D.C., other time with nonprofit and business leaders. Both the sadness and resolve was intense.    Particularly strong prayer and solidarity goes out to one of our…

  • Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Responding in Charity to Successive Storms

    Kim Burgo & Fred Parrella On this episode of JustLove Monsignor Sullivan will discuss both the recovery efforts taking place in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, as well in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. He will speak about the changing context of marriage and family. Calling in to the studio is Kim Burgo Vice President for Disaster Response Operations for Catholic Charities USA. She will be talking about the impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on coastal Texas and its surrounding areas as well as the impact that Hurricane Irma has had on the Florida how Catholic Charities USA is helping local Catholic Charities agencies respond to…

  • Commentary,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    In Honor of 4th of July Family Picnics & BBQ’s

    One aspect of the administration’s executive order on the travel ban against nationals from certain countries merits special 4th of July attention, viz. what is a bona fide family relationship? After the recent Supreme Court decision[1], the administration issued guidelines that interpreted a bona fide (real) family relationship to include parents, children and siblings. They left out grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and cousins. They also initially excluded fiancées, but then subsequently included them. By that action alone, the administration demonstrated that there is discretion in the interpretation of a bona fide family relationship.

  • Commentary,  Feeding the Hungry and Sheltering the Homeless,  Holidays and Holy Days,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    This July 4th Weekend: Pledge Allegiance to One Another

    The following message was sent to our Catholic Charities network for the 4th of July weekend. Allow me a word of appreciation and thanks for all you do to make our world a better place – each, in your own way, as trustee, staff, volunteer, donor, or friend.  I attach my own picture of the Capitol of the United States from the visit I made two days ago with Catholic Charities people from throughout NYS to visit with members of Congress and convey to them the need to enact policies and budgets that give due consideration to the needs of the poor and vulnerable.  Included among our discussions were Catholic…

  • Commentary,  Protecting and Nurturing Children and Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Diversity Reigns

    Catholic Charities is a the center of building a more just and compassionate society. We engage in a wide range of activities and interact with many different people. Here’s a collage for this week – Twelve consul generals from Latin American countries meet at the Catholic Charities Community Services Immigration and Refugee Resettlement offices. (Top Left)  Evi Siskos from Telemundo was the MC for Astors Services Junior Gala at the Supreme Courthouse in lower Manhattan. (Top Right)  Zoe Saldana was taping her guest satellite radio appearance in the same Sirius studios that JustLove was taping.  Here’s a picture of her as she was leaving. (Bottom Left) Two talented Catholic Charities immigration attorneys from our expert legal team. (Bottom Middle)  On…

  • Commentary,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Hope & Holiness in Erbil

    Day 3 in Iraq Today’s visit to the school for children displaced from Mosul was more celebratory with the presence of Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Warda and Bishop Murphy.  An assembly of more than 440 students gathered in the central square of the school accompanied by marching music. CNEWA’s head Msgr. Kozar made sure that the visitors experienced the uplifting spirit of the school that the Dominican Sisters infuse every day. The deeply spiritual atmosphere of the school is exemplified by the volunteer French catechist and her Iraqi translator who teach the children how to pray to Jesus. CNEWA support and spirit are essential to making the school so successful.

  • Commentary,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Hope & Courage Amidst Suffering & Persecution

    Day 2 in Iraq In the morning, we visited one of the medical clinics and refugee camps in Erbil.  The camp is overseen by one of the local priests and the Dominican Sisters are actively present.  The clinic is supported by and was built with the assistance of CNEWA.  More than 90 children are seen at the pediatric clinic each day.  Hundreds of adults are seen and administered other medical services at the clinic.  The camp holds more than 1,200 families – most living in their own trailer.  Some families are doubled up.  About 50 families are living in single room containers in a large warehouse type building. While this…

  • Commentary,  JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Education: A Path to Dignity for Christian Refugees

    My First Day in Iraq On the first day of a mission with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and Cardinal Dolan I had an opportunity to visit both an elementary school and a university in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.  Both were only built and opened within the past year to deal with the exodus of Christians fleeing the onslaught of ISIS around Mosul beginning in the summer of 2014.  These photos reflect the vibrancy of both sites as their very existence brings dignity and hope to those being educated at these schools.   The Dominican Sisters operate the elementary school that is strongly supported by CNEWA and a number of…