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    Worker’s Wages and Dignity in the New Year

      On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan is speaking with two guests focused on Worker’s Wages and dignity in the New Year.  On the phone, Diana Ramirez  – who is the Deputy Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United as will be joining the show. Msgr. Sullivan and Diana will be talking about the work that she and her organization ROC United does to raise awareness of sexual harassment and other labor issues in the food service industry. Katie Johnston, a  Reporter for  The Boston Globe who concentrates on covering workplace and income inequality, joins us on the phone. In the month of January, 18 states across the country have increased…

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    Looking Back on 2017 and Checking in at Bethlehem University on Christmas

    Photo: Fr. Eric Andrews & Bethlehem University On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about looking back on 2017. Joining us in the studio is Father Eric Andrews who is part of Paulist Fathers located in New York City. Father Eric and Msgr. Sullivan will be taking a look back on the events of 2017 and what impact they have had on the Church, our nation and the world. On the phone from Bethlehem, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, EdD who is the Vice Chancellor (President) of Bethlehem University  and Leen Hadweh – who is a 20 year old Palestinian Christian, Business Major and Student…

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    Is America Losing Its Moral Center?

    Suzanne Nossel & David Gibson On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests on whether America is losing its moral center. David Gibson who is Director at the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University will be speaking to Msgr. about his work there and a recent symposium the Center sponsored, titled: “An Imperfect Union: Has America Lost its Moral Center.”  The symposium, which given the example of major public figures ignoring the norms of moral behavior recently – asked questions about our national identity, and how we might be able to recover the basic civil society norms and customs that have kept the United States going through difficult times…

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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…

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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…

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    Veteran’s Day 2017

    Photo: 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…

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    International Poverty

    Photo: Jonathan Glennie, Tess Hart and Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D. 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…

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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…

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    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…

  • JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    Closing Riker’s Island and Prison Reform

    Photo: JoAnne Page & Liza Jessie Peterson On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan speaks with two guests focused on the Closing of Riker’s Island and issues surrounding Prison Reform: Calling into the studio, JoAnne Page, President CEO of The Fortune Society a New York City-based non-profit that advocates for and provides services to the formerly incarcerated. On the show Msgr. and JoAnne talk about recent discussions surrounding the closure of Riker’s Island – New York City’s 413 acre facility administered by the Department of Corrections where on any given day 9,500 people – the bulk of the city’s prisoners. They also discuss how feasible the plans to close Riker’s…