• 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…

  • Holidays and Holy Days

    JustLove’s Look at Bastille Day

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan celebrates Bastille Day and France going to the World Cup Final. Father Leo Patalinghug is a priest member of a community of consecrated life Voluntas Dei (The Will of God). He was born in the Philippines and now residing in the Baltimore area. Fr. Leo is the Founder, Host and Director of “Plating Grace” – an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationships through God’s gift of a family meal. Fr. Leo is also a best-selling author, and the host of “Savoring our Faith” on EWTN, which was developed following his win on the cooking competition: “Throw Down with Bobby…

  • JustLove,  Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

    The death of Lesandro Junior Guzman-Feliz, Combating Gang Violence in the Bronx, and Social Justice Summer Camps

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will be talking about the tragic death of 15 year old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz and also social justice summer camps for youth. Father Jonathan Morris, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx, celebrated the funeral mass on last Wednesday – June 27th – for 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman after he was killed in an alleged case of mistaken identity by members of the Trinitarios street gang. Fr. Morris will be speaking about Lesandro and his family and what is being done to address gang violence in that Bronx neighborhood where Lesandro’s murder took place. Stephanie Peddicord, President at the…

  • JustLove,  Welcoming and Integrating Immigrants and Refugees

    Support and Solidarity for those suffering from recent shifts in Immigration Enforcement Policies and What is Gerrymandering

    On this week’s show of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about support and standing in solidarity with those who are suffering because of the immigration enforcement policies and also gerrymandering and what it means in elections. Father Esteban Sanchez, Administrator of Assumption Church in Peekskill, accompanied Msgr. Sullivan and others on June 21st on an interfaith mission of prayer, support and solidarity to those suffering from recent shifts in immigration enforcement policy down to McAllen, Texas. Fr. Esteban shares his experiences with visiting children and families at the Catholic Charities Respite Center a few miles from the United States border with Mexico. Amaris White, Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities…