JustLove’s Mother’s Day Show

Harry Connick & Jeanne Pritzker

This week’s episode of JustLove will focus on Mother’s Day 2017. On the show Monsignor will be speaking with two guests focused on celebrating Mother’s Day and family. 

On the show Jeanne Pritzker Founder and Chair of Foster Care Counts, a California based non-profit organization founded in 2012 to raise awareness of the needs of foster youth. Msgr. Sullivan and Jeanne  will be talking about the work of her organization and particularly its 9th annual “Foster Mother’s Day” celebration taking place this coming Sunday – May 14th. in Los Angeles. Over 2,500 foster youth and their families will be hosted by “Foster Care Counts” at a celebration designed to give back to foster parents who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need.  

Also on the show is talk show host, actor, singer, and songwriter, Harry Connick Jr. Msgr. Sullivan and Harry will be speaking about Harry’s new daytime variety program – called “Harry”  and what messages he hopes to convey to his daily audience. He will also talk about how he balances the values of faith, family and community in his personal and professional life 

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Religious Identity and Religious Persecution

Thomas Wigant & Samuel Tadros

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on “Religious Identity and Religious Persecution” with two guests calling in to provide their perspectives on the matter.

On the show, Thomas Wigant Chief Operating Officer and Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Healthcare-Holding Tauberfranken will be calling in from Germany. Msgr. Sullivan and Thomas – who both  attended a Caritas Internationalis Conference last week in Germany where Msgr. Sullivan delivered an address on the “Catholic Identity” of Catholic Charities,  will further discuss how Catholic Identity in the provision of human services is understood on both sides of the Atlantic.

Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will be discussing Pope Francis’s trip to Egypt last weekend. Msgr. Sullivan and Samuel will also focus on the plight of Christians in today’s Egypt, and particularly the pervasive discrimination that they face – in both law and society – because of their religious faith

JustLove’s Earth Day Show

David R. Shuffler, Jr. & Richard Fuller

This week’s JustLove broadcast is focused on Earth Day 2017. Joining the show to talk about this annual event are two guests: Richard Fuller, President and CEO of Pure Earth, an international non-profit based in New York dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries; and David R. Shuffler, Jr, Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Catholic Charities Affiliate.

 Msgr. Sullivan and Richard will be speaking about the work of Pure Earth, and how the cleanup of environmental pollution is one global problem that has very achievable solutions. 

David R. Shuffler, Jr. will be covering his the South Bronx based youth organization, which is dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods which it serves by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. Msgr. Sullivan and David will be discussing the Infrastructure Transformation work of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and how the group has been instrumental in efforts to revitalize the Bronx River Waterfront and Sheridan Expressway Corridor.

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Marching for & Defending the Human Dignity of Others

L-R: Jodi Ziesemer & Kristan Hawkins

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with two guests about the topic of protecting and preserving human dignity.

On the show, Kristan Hawkins, of President of Students for Life of America will be speaking with Msgr. Sullivan about the work of her organization. Recently, Kristan attended the Women’s March on Washington as well as the 44th Annual “March for Life.” They will be discussing her experiences at both marches.

Also on the show is  Jodi Ziesemer, Supervising Attorney for the Immigrant Children Advocacy and Relief Effort (ICARE) and the Immigration Court Help Desk at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.  Msgr. and Jodi will be talking about her experiences this past weekend out at Kennedy Airport in New York City including responding “on the ground” to travelers who were affected by President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order. This order restricts immigration from seven Muslim majority countries, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugee admissions indefinitely.

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2017 Inaugurations

You Mean There’s More than One?!

L-R: Shannon Kelly Director of Catholic Charities Community Services Hudson Valley Services; Beatriz Diaz Taveras Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services; Adriano Espaillat; Myself; Luz Tavarez-Salazar Director of Government and Community Relations

I, along with a few other Catholic Charities staff, went to D.C. last week for the inauguration not of the President that takes place January 20th but of the new 115th Congress on January 3rd.  The media made so little of this swearing in of 52 new members in the legislative branch of government, you almost could have ignored it.  I went because I was invited to two of these swearing in ceremonies – one for a Republican from the Hudson Valley, John Faso, and one for a Democrat from Washington Heights, Adriano Espaillat.   

I delivered one of the invocations at Congressman Espaillat’s swearing in event.  My view on invocations and political events is simple:  Engage often, endorse rarely, and pray always.  When it comes to politicians and elected officials, they and we – their constituents- can always use a prayer for God’s help.  I might add that the more problematic they are and the more we disagree with their policies, the more prayer is needed.  But that is just my opinion.  So when invited to pray I do so.  I’ve done it for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Enough about invocations.

Let me pause for a moment to discuss these two new members of Congress – very different – and yet both committed to represent their people and their concerns.  John Faso has a long history in New York State government from the Republican side of the aisle.  He is well respected for his competence as an elected official. He seems positioned to continue this record of service in D.C.  

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Thanksgiving & Black Friday

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Barbara Turk & Christopher Cox

On this week’s JustLove episode, Monsignor Sullivan will be speaking with two guests about Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Barbara Turk who is  Director of Food Policy  for New York City’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services will be talking about the work of the of the New York City Office of Food Policy and what her Office is doing to ensure that every New Yorker has access to affordable and nutritious food. Also on the show is Christopher Cox who is Campaign Manager of The Human Thread  – a Catholic advocacy organization dedicated to fostering Catholic awareness of labor and safety issues effecting garment workers in the developing world promoting solidarity between consumers of clothing and the people that produce them. He will be speaking with Msgr.  about his organization’s current postcard campaign urging consumers to encourage Macy’s and Kohls add fair trade clothing items to their stores. The campaign began on Labor Day and concludes on this Friday – Black Friday – November 25th  

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Spiritual Care & Health Care

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Hear Chaplins Stephen Binkley and Reverend William Gohring, of Orlando Health talk about the Orlando nightclub shooting and their organization’s involvement with supporting the local community. Reverend Eric J. Hall, President and CEO of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, is also on the show to speak with Monsignor Sullivan about his global nonprofit’s focus on spirit-centered palliative care.

Brexit & American Politics

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This episode of JustLove focuses on Brexit and American Politics with three guests. On the show,  R. Daniel Kelman Chair of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics at Rutgers University talk  with Msgr. Sullivan about the current situation between Britain and the EU. And Nolan McCarty who is Professor  and Chair of the Department of Politics at Princeton University, speaks about the concept of political division in government.

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Orlando & Gun Control

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Left to Right: Gary Tester & James Jacob

This weekend on JustLove, Monsignor speaks with guests to discuss recent events surrounding the Orlando Shooting.  On the show James Jacob, Professor at NYU School of Law speaks with Monsignor, about gun control.  And Gary Tester, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida talks about what the organization is doing to support the local community.

Learn How Organizations Are Empowering Mothers With HIV/AIDS & Feeding The Hungry Through Local Restaurants

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L-R: Robert Lee & Frank Beadle de Palmo

On this week’s JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan focuses the show on feeding the hungry. Robert Lee, Co-Founder and CEO at Rescuing Leftover Cuisine talks about how his organization partners with over 30 local restaurants and markets to secure food donations.  And as World AIDS Day approaches, this episode also focuses on helping those effected by HIV/AIDs abroad. Frank Beadle de Palmo, President and CEO of mothers2mothers, an organization that focuses on paediatric HIV/AIDS, talks about how it trains, employs and empowers mothers living with HIV.