• 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…

  • JustLove

    JustLove’s Look at Puerto Rico’s Recovery from Hurricane Maria and Ireland’s Vote to Repeal the 8th Amendment

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about Puerto Rico and Ireland’s 8th Amendment Vote. The Honorable Yesmin M. Valdivieso, CPA, Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, speaks with Msgr. Sullivan about the current situation on the island of Puerto Rico as they still recover from the devastation that Hurricane Maria wrought when it hit the island back on September 20, 2017 and the challenges lay ahead. Breda O’Brien is a Teacher at Muckross Park College which is an all-girls Secondary School in Dublin, Ireland, and a weekly columnist for The Irish Times.  Breda discusses the recent referendum vote on May 23, 2018, to repeal the 8th…

  • JustLove

    JustLove’s Look at Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and the Oscar’s

    On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan will speak with two guests covering recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the Oscar’s. Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation – the nation’s premier Latino non-profit membership organization, talks to Msgr. Sullivan about the work of the Hispanic Federation and particularly – the organization’s recent relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, as well as advocacy efforts, increase reimbursement in New York State on behalf of Human Services, and nationally on behalf of the Dreamers. Leah Libresco, Freelance Writer and Contributing Editor at America Media, talks to Msgr. Sullivan about this year’s 90th Annual…

  • Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    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…

  • JustLove,  Strengthening Families and Resolving Crises

    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…

  • Commentary

    Catholic Charities in PR “Election Day + 2”

    Catholic Charities is well known for extensive high quality services that touch almost every human need. Another part of mission is probably less known: partnering to build a just and compassionate society through economic and community development. Today we focused on this lesser known part of our mission. We partnered to raise our awareness and show solidarity to one of the most troubled barrios of San Juan, La Perla. Its reputation for drugs, poverty, violence and lack of opportunity is infamous. A Franciscan priest, decades ago, began to organize to address these issues. Catholic Charities took the lead in organizing a moving walking tour of this historic barrio with approximately…