Friday, June 7, 2013


TODAY IS THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: Devotion to the Immaculate heart of Mary has existed for centuries. However, St. Jean Eudes (d. 1681) propagated the devotion, and tried to make it public, and to have a feast celebrated in honor of the Heart of Mary, first at Autun in 1648 and afterwards in a number of French dioceses.

In 1799 Pius VI, then in captivity at Florence, granted the Bishop of Palermo the feast of the Most Pure Heart of Mary for some of the churches in his diocese. In 1805 Pius VII made a new concession, thanks to which the feast was soon widely observed. On 21 July 1855, the Congregation of Rites finally approved the Office and Mass of the Most Pure Heart of Mary without, however, imposing them upon the Universal Church. [Excerpted from Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913 edition.]
The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary was transferred by Pope Paul VI to the Saturday immediately following the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I, . . ., a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy Heart, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, in the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, and to thy Immaculate Heart, as thy child and slave of love, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen
Immaculate Heart of Mary, full of love for God and mankind, and of compassion for sinners, I consecrate myself entirely to you. I entrust to you the salvation of my soul. May my heart be ever united with yours, so that I may hate sin, love God and my neighbor, and reach eternal life together with those whom I love.

Mediatrix of All Graces and Mother of Mercy, remember the infinite treasure which your Divine Son has merited by His suffering and which he has confided to you for us, your children. Filled with confidence in your motherly heart, and for the sake of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, obtain for me the favor I ask: [Mention your request here].

Dearest Mother, if what I ask for should not be according to God's will, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul. May I experience the kindness of your intercession with Jesus during life and at the hour of my death? Amen



video added tomorrow
Luke 2: 41 - 51

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom;
43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
44 but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
47 and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously."
49 And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
50 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.


St. Medard
Feast: June 8

Feast Day:June 8
Born:456 at Salency, Picardy, France
Died:8 June 545 at Noyon, France
Major Shrine:Abbey of Saint-Médard, Soissons, France
Patron of:the weather; invoked against toothache
ST. MEDARD, one of the most illustrious prelates of the Church of France in the sixth century, was born of a pious and noble family, at Salency, about the year 457. From his childhood he evinced the most tender compassion for the poor. On one occasion he gave his coat to a destitute blind man, and when asked why he had done so, he answered that the misery of a fellow-member in Christ so affected him that he could not help giving him part of his own clothes. Being promoted to the priesthood in the thirty-third year of his age, he became a bright ornament of that sacred order. He preached the word of God with an unction which touched the hearts of the most hardened; and the influence of his example, by which he enforced the precepts which he delivered from the pulpit, seemed irresistible. In 530, Alomer, the thirteenth bishop of that country, dying, St. Medard was unanimously chosen to fill the see, and was consecrated by St. Remigius, who had baptized King Clovis in 496, and was then exceeding old. Our Saint's new dignity did not make him abate anything of his austerities, and, though at that time seventy-two years old, he thought himself obliged to redouble his labors. Though his diocese was very wide, it seemed not to suffice for his zeal, which could not be confined; wherever he saw the opportunity of advancing the honor of God, and of abolishing the remains of idolatry, he overcame all obstacles, and by his zealous labors and miracles the rays of the Gospel dispelled the mists of idolatry throughout the whole extent of his diocese. What rendered this task more difficult and perilous was the savage and fierce disposition of the ancient inhabitants of Flanders, who were the most barbarous of all the nations of the Gauls and Franks. Our Saint, having completed this great work in Flanders, returned to Noyon, where he shortly after fell sick, and soon rested from his labors at an advanced age, in 545. The whole kingdom lamented his death as the loss of their common father and protector. His body was buried in his own cathedral, but the many miracles wrought at his tomb so moved King Clotaire that he translated the precious remains to Soissons.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)



Vatican Radio REPORT- Pope Francis met with hundreds of students from Italian and Albanian Jesuit grade schools and high schools in an audience in the Paul VI Hall on Friday.  At the sight of the enthusiastic young people, the Pope spontaneously decided to enter into a question-and-answer session with the students.
The papal audience in the Paul VI Hall with students, teachers and staff of Jesuit grade schools and high schools on Friday became a friendly dialogue between the 76-year-old pontiff and the young people.

The students, who had come from six Italian cities and one school in Albania, were passing the time singing a Christian rap song, when the Pope entered the hall unannounced. At his sighting, they immediately erupted into cheers and applause.

In response, it seems, Pope Francis decided to put his five-page written message aside.

“I prepared a text, but it’s five pages! A little boring,” he said to the young people, who responded with laughter.

He proposed to give short summary and then take questions from the students instead.

With sensitivity and humour, the Pope answered 10 frank questions, that ranged from his priestly vocation to his decision to forego the usual papal apartment.

When asked if it was a difficult to leave his family and friends and become a priest, the pope said it was. “It is not easy but there are beautiful moments and Jesus helps you and gives you some joy.”

When asked why he wanted to join the Jesuits, he said he wanted to be a missionary and he was attracted by the religious order’s missionary zeal and activity.

When asked why he decided to renounce the usual papal apartment, he said it was a question of personality, not of luxury.

“I have a need to live among people.” he said. “If I were to live alone, perhaps a little isolate, it would not be good for me. … It is my personality. … It is not an issue of personal virtue, it is only that I cannot live alone.”

He added that the poverty in the world today is a scandal. “All of us today must think about how we can become a little poorer,” he said, so as to resemble Jesus.

The Pope addressed more serious concerns as well.

When a student doubting his faith asked for words of encouragement, he likened the faith a long walk. “To walk is an art,” he said, “To walk is the art of looking at the horizon, thinking about where I want to go but also enduring the fatigue. And many times, the walk is difficult, it is not easy… There is darkness… even days of failure… one falls…

"But always think this: do not be afraid of failure. Do not be afraid of falling. In the art of walking, what is important is not avoiding the fall but not remaining fallen," he said. "Get up quickly, continue on, and go. … But it is also terrible to walk alone, terrible and boring. Walking in community with friends, with those who love us, this helps us and helps us get to the end.”

Three students from different grades also read letters to the Pope. They complemented him on his pontificate to date and expressed appreciation for his simplicity and his ability to reach out to young people with his poignant messages.

“You’re like a child,” said young Gugliemo in his letter. “You smile a lot, you are very good and kind.”

“If you have difficult moments, remember that god gave you this responsibility and he believes in you,” he encouraged.

“We know the work of a pope is difficult, but you’re getting on okay," the grade schooler joked.

Earlier, in the summary of his text, the Pope told the students that the purpose of education is to learn magnanimity.

“We need to be magnanimous, with big hearts and without fear,” he said. “Always bet on great ideals. But also magnanimity in small things and daily things.... Magnanimity means walking with Jesus, attentive to that which Jesus tells us.”

In his message to educators, he said education requires an equilibrium between security and risk. He also urged educators to find new non-conventional forms of education, according to the needs of the context.

The Pope concluded the meeting with a blessing.

Below, is Vatican Radio’s translation of the Pope’s official text for the meeting.

Dear children, dear young people!

I am happy to receive you with your families, the educators and friends of the big family of the Jesuit schools of Italy and Albania. To all of you, my affectionate greeting: welcome! With all of you, I feel truly that I am “with family”. And it brings special joy that our meeting coincides with the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I would like you tell you first of all one thing in reference to St. Ignatius of Loyola, our founder. In the autumn of 1537, going to Rome with a group of his first companions, he asked himself: if they ask us who we are, what will we respond? Spontaneously, the response came: “We’ll say that we are the ‘Society of Jesus’!” (Fontes Narrativi Societatis Iesu, vol. 1, pp. 320-322). A challenging name, which indicated a relationship of very close friendship, of total affection for Jesus, whose footsteps they wanted to follow. Why did I recount this fact to you? Because St. Ignatius and his companions had understood that Jesus taught them how to live well, how to create a life that would have profound meaning, joy and hope; they understood that Jesus is a great master of life and a model for life, and that he not only taught them, but was also inviting them to follow him on this path.

Dear children, if I were to ask you the question now: why do you go to school, what would you answer me? Probably there would be many responses according to each of your feelings. But I think it could all be summarized saying that school is one of the educational environments in which we grow to learn to live, to become adult and mature men and women, capable of walking, of going along the road of life. How does school help you to grow? It helps you not only in the development of your intelligence, but with an integral formation of all of the components of your personality.

Following that which St. Ignatius teaches us, the principle element of school is to learn to be magnanimous. Magnanimity: this virtue of the great and of the small (Non coerceri maximo contineri minimo, divinum est), that makes us always look to the horizon. What does it mean to be magnanimous? It means to have a big heart, to have a great spirit; it means to have great ideals, the desire to do great things to respond to that which God asks of us, and exactly this doing of daily things well, all of the daily acts, obligations, encounters with people; doing everyday small things with a big heart open to God and to others. It is important, therefore, to tend to human formation aimed at magnanimity. School not only expands your intellectual dimension, but also the human (dimension). And I think in a particular way, Jesuit schools are attentive to developing human virtues: loyalty, respect, faithfulness, commitment. I would like to pause on two fundamental values: freedom and service.

Firstly, be people who are free! What do I mean? Perhaps we think freedom is doing everything we want; or venturing into high-risk activities to experience a thrill or to overcome boredom. This is not freedom. Freedom means knowing how to reflect on that which we do, to know how to evaluate that which is good and that which is bad, those behaviours that make us grow, it means always choosing good. We have freedom for the good. And, in this, do not be afraid to go against the current, even if it is not easy! To be free to always choose the good is challenging, but it will make you people who have backbone, who know how to face life, (and) people with courage and patience (parresia e ypomoné). The second word is service. In your schools, you participate in various activities that habituate you to not be closed in on yourselves and in your little world, but to open yourselves to others, especially the poorest and neediest, to work to better the world in which we live. Be men and women with others and for others, true champions in the service of others.

To be magnanimous with interior freedom and in a spirit of service is necessary for spiritual formation. Dear children, dear young people, always love Jesus Christ more! Our lives are a response to his call and you will be happy and you will build your lives well if you will know how to respond to this call. Feel the presence of the Lord in your lives. He is close to each of you as your companion, as a friend, who knows how to help you and to understand you, who encourages you in difficult moments and never abandons you. In prayer, in dialogue with him, in the reading of the Bible, you will discover that he is truly close to you. And learn, as well, to read the signs of God in your lives. He always speaks to us, even through the facts of our age and of our daily existence; it is up to us to listen to him.

I do not want to be too long, but I would like to address a specific word also to the educators: the Jesuits, teachers, school staff and parents. Do not be discouraged before the difficulties that the educational challenge presents! Educating is not a job but an attitude, a way of being; to educate we need to step out of ourselves and stay among young people, to accompany them in the stages of their growth, placing ourselves at their side. Give them hope, optimism for their journey in the world. Teach them to see the beauty and the goodness of creation and of humanity, which always retain the imprint of the Creator. But most of all, be witnesses with your lives of that which you communicate. An educator – a Jesuit, teacher, school staff, parent – transmits knowledge and values with his words, but he will be incisive on the children if he accompanies his words with his witness, with the coherence of his life. Without coherence, it is not possible to educate! You are all educators, there are no proxies in this field. Therefore, collaboration in a spirit of unity and community among the different educational components is essential and must be encouraged and nourished. The school can and must be a catalyst, the place of encounter and convergence for the entire educating community, with the sole objective of forming (youth), helping (them) to grow as mature persons, simple, competent and honest, and who know how to love with fidelity, who know how to live life as a response to the vocation of God and their future profession as a service to society. To Jesuits, then, I would like to say that it is important to nourish their commitment in the field of education. Schools are a precious instrument that make a contribution to the journey of the Church and of all of society. The educational field, then, is not limited to conventional schools. Encourage each other to seek new non-conventional forms of education, according to “the need of the places, times and people”.

Finally, a greeting to all of the alumni present, to the representatives of the Italian schools in the Fe y Alegria network, which I know well for the great work it does in South America, especially among the poorest classes. And a special greeting to the delegation of the Albanian College of Scutari which, after the long years of repression of religious institutions, in 1994 took up its activities once again, welcoming and educating Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim children and also some students born in agnostic families. In this way, school becomes a place of dialogue and serene encounter that promotes attitudes of respect, listening, friendship and a spirit of collaboration.

Dear friends, I thank you all for this meeting. I entrust you to the maternal intercession of Mary and I accompany you with my blessing: the Lord be always near you, pick you up from your falls and urge you to grow and to make always greater choices “with great courage and generosity”, with magnanimity. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.



Vatican Radio REPORT:  It’s harder to open our hearts and let God love us than to love God in return. But the only way to really love Him is to love others, especially the poor. God is an expert in the science of tenderness and we should allow ourselves to be loved by Him. This was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Friday on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Pope Francis referred to the solemnity as “the feast of love” of a “heart that loved so much” and repeated several times during his homily that Jesus loved us not with His words but with His deeds and his life. A love which, St. Ignatius said, "manifests itself more in deeds than in words" and that is especially "more giving than receiving." Pope Francis said "these two criteria are like the pillars of true love" and the Good Shepherd above all else represents the love of God. He knows His sheep by name, "because His is not an abstract or general love: it is love towards everyone ".

"A God who draws near out of love, walks with His people, and this walk comes to an unimaginable point. We could never have imagined that the same Lord would become one of us and walk with us, be present with us, present in His Church, present in the Eucharist, present in His Word, present in the poor, He is present, walking with us. And this is closeness: the shepherd close to his flock, close to his sheep, whom he knows, one by one. "
Reflecting on a passage from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel, the Pope highlighted another aspect of God's love: caring for the lost, the wounded and the sick sheep:

"Tenderness! But the Lord loves us tenderly. The Lord knows that beautiful science of caresses, the tenderness of God. He does not love us with words. He comes close - closeness - and gives us His love with tenderness. Closeness and tenderness! The Lord loves us in these two ways, He draws near and gives all His love even in the smallest things: with tenderness. And this is a powerful love, because closeness and tenderness reveal the strength of God’s love”.
"But do you love each other as I have loved you?" Pope Francis asked this question of those present, emphasizing how love is "being close to others”, is "like that of the Good Samaritan" and in particular , in the sign of "closeness and tenderness". He also asked: How can we return all this love to the Lord? By "loving", by being "closer to Him," by being "tender with Him”, but this alone, he said, “is not enough”:

"This may sound like heresy, but it is the greatest truth! It is more difficult to let God love us, than to love Him! The best way to love Him in return is to open our hearts and let Him love us. Let Him draw close to us and feel Him close to us. This is really very difficult: letting ourselves be loved by Him. And that is perhaps what we need to ask today in the Mass: 'Lord, I want to love You, but teach me the difficult science, the difficult habit of let ting myself be loved by You, to feel You close and feel Your tenderness ! May the Lord give us this grace. "
Friday’s Mass was concelebrated by the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, and Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, Msgr. Sergio Pagano. It was attended by employees of the Vatican Secret Archives.



Blessed John Paul II has established that on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart the Church will observe the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. Please pray for priests today. (Image share BING)

"Laborers for the Harvest" prayer by Pope John Paul II
Jesus, Good Shepherd, raise up in all parish communities, priest and deacons, religious, consecrated lay people and missionaries according to the needs of the whole world, which You love and want to save.
We entrust to You in a particular way our parish community; create in it the spiritual atmosphere of the first Christians in order that it may be a cenacle of prayer where we lovingly receive the Holy Spirit and His gifts.
Assist our pastors and all consecrated souls. Guide the steps of those who have generously welcomed Your call and prepared themselves for Holy Orders or the Profession of the Evangelical Counsels.
Direct Your loving gaze to the many well-disposed young people and invite them to follow You. Help them to understand that only in You they can achieve their fulfillment.
We entrust these great desires of Your Heart to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother and model of all vocations, and beg You to sustain our faith in the certainty that the Father will listen to what You Yourself have instructed us to ask for.



IN HONOR OF THE YEAR OF FAITH JCE NEWS will be showing some of the Best Catholic Films of all time. Here is the drama of GRACE, GUTS AND GLORY - The Life of St. Francis Xavier, in English :
A film on the life of Saint Francis Xavier of Goa (1506-1552), the apostle to India, Indonesia and Japan. A great miracle worker (resurrected people from the dead, communicated after death etc.) He died in China. One of the greatest Catholic saints of all times, whose body remains incorrupt (does not disintegrate) since the 16th century and is kept in the Catholic Cathedral in Goa, India. Saint Francis Xavier was Spanish Jesuit, follower of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Modern Pope Francis is also Jesuit.


Caritas provides emergency aid to those affected by floods in central Europe | Caritas Czech, floods,Franz Küberl, Caritas Austria

Caritas in Litomerice, Czech Republic shelter 160 people evacuated from Kralupy nad Vltavou.
Floods across central Europe continue to devastate parts of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers. Passau is one of the worst-hit cities in the country, with water levels the highest they have been in 70 years. Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal.
The last time central Europe saw similar floods was in 2002, when 17 people were killed in the Czech Republic, and damage estimated at $26bn was inflicted.
Caritas Czech Republic is using a network of nearly 350 Caritas local organisations, plus the capacities of existing social services and the experienced gained during floods in 1997 and 2002.
For example, in North Bohemia, local Caritas staff members in Litomerice have found shelter for 160 people evacuated from Kralupy nad Vltavou.
Caritas Czech has already released 2.62 million Czech crowns (around 100 000 EURO) from their own resources for immediate assistance to those affected by floods.
Coordination centres are now working in Ceske Budejovice, Litomerice, Pilsen and Prague. For those affected by the floods, a nonstop crisis phone line is provided: 737 234 078 and the website: Czech).
In Austria too, especially in Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper and Lower Austria, hundreds of people had to be evacuated, houses were destroyed, and basements flooded.
“From this moment on the Caritas disaster relief fund is available for emergency aid. Additional to financial temporary measures, the people will also need human support and accompanying assistance during bureaucratic procedures,“ said Franz Küberl, Caritas Austria President.
“As soon as the water has hopefully regressed, it will be necessary to assist the people. They will long for comfort for all the things that have been destroyed and which cannot be repaired or bought back with money,” he said.
For more information on contacts and drop-in centres see:


Honor and Remembrance of Most Rev. Joseph M. Sullivan 3/23/30 – 6/7/13
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn mourn his passing
REMEMBRANCE – Most Rev. Joseph M. Sullivan
It was a ten day
Showing off God’s creation
Crystal clear, blue sky, sunny,
Cool breezes lifting one’s spirit
A day that the Lord had made
A day to rejoice and be glad
Suddenly the sense of well being was shattered
Tragedy – a plane hits the North Tower
Onlookers gazed at the accident
Human error was suspected
And then another plane plunges into the Twin Tower
Naivete is stripped of its innocence
Mind was anesthetized by such monstrous evil
Tongue was silenced by incomprehension
The steel Goliaths were fatally wounded
Planes became lethal furnaces
Stoked intentionally by suicide bombers
In succession these symbols of financial power
Melt and implode — proud towers brought to their knees
All is darkness and eerily quiet
Ashes shower pedestrians and streets with ghostly pallor
Terrorists seemingly achieved their purpose
Spreading a gospel of fear to freeze human hearts
A day of darkness — of retaliation
Minds warped by hate protest injustice
What madness, what evil — to seek good by doing evil
But there was more to 9/11 than death and destruction
A city arose above the rubble
A kind of heavenly Jerusalem
A mayor transformed — a shepherd
Leading his flock of firefighters, cops and rescue workers
To risk all — to lay down their lives for the unknown
Heroism was the standard of this day
None greater than the civil servants
who braved all obstacles
To liberate those incarcerated by steel and cement
Confusion, bewilderment rained on all
But clarity of purpose ordered action
To do one’s duty despite the odds
And though thousands perished
Tens of thousand were rescued
It would be days and months thereafter
That would witness to godly truth
Light scatters darkness
Good overcomes evil
Love conquers hate
A still greater love than to lay down
one’s life for a friend
To give one’s life for any other
Faith is not diminished — it is restored
Hope has its roots and wings
Charity is God among us
For where there is love — there is God
Retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan, died June 7, 2013, after a May 30th car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Syosset, New York. Bishop Sullivan was critically injured in the three-car collision and was immediately airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York. He died from injuries sustained from the impact.
“We mourn the passing of Bishop Joseph Sullivan,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio. “During his tenure, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens became a nationally recognized provider of social services. Even in retirement, Bishop Joe continued to serve on many boards for Catholic hospitals and health institutions. He epitomized the best of our Church’s teaching and the fundamental option for the poor. He was an outstanding priest.”
Bishop Sullivan was born on March 23, 1930, one of 11 children of the late Thomas and Margaret Sullivan. Bishop Sullivan attended St. Ephrem’s elementary school and St. Michael’s Diocesan High School, both in Brooklyn, and Manhattan College. In 1950, he began studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I., and was ordained June 2, 1956, by Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy in St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn.
After a three-year period as a newly-ordained priest at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Queens Village, he was assigned to study social work, and in l961 he earned a master’s degree from the Fordham University School of Social Work. In that same year, he was appointed assistant director of Catholic Charities’ childcare division and four years later was named the director. Bishop Sullivan also earned a master’s in public administration from New York University. In 1968, when Bishop Francis J. Mugavero became the Diocesan Bishop, he chose then–Father Sullivan to succeed him as the executive director of Catholic Charities and appointed him Secretary to the Ordinary for Charities. He was elected executive vice-president of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities in l979. In the following year, on Oct. 7, 1980, he was one of three Brooklyn priests named Auxiliary Bishops by then Pope John Paul II. The others were late Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua and Bishop Rene A. Valero. Bishop–elect Sullivan was also given the title of Titular Bishop of Suliana. As an auxiliary bishop, Bishop Sullivan held the titles of Vicar for Human Services and Regional Bishop for the 62 parishes of the Brooklyn West Vicariate.
Other pastoral work in which Bishop Sullivan helped serve were health care issues and needs, where he played an instrumental role in the formation of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers, which joined the hospitals and related facilities of the Diocese with similar institutions conducted by the New York Sisters of Charity. Bishop Sullivan has served on numerous Church and civic boards concerned with health and human services on the national, State and local levels. These have included the chairmanship of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens and membership on the board of Catholic Charities USA. Also included in his activities outside the Diocese has been his service as chairman of the Social Development and World Peace Department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the late 1990s, he chaired an ad hoc committee that produced a pastoral letter on charity — “In All Things Charity: A Pastoral Challenge for the New Millennium” — approved by the U.S. bishops in November 1999. He said the message was intended “to reclaim the meaning of charity,” which he said had become a pejorative term in modern society. Bishop Sullivan is survived by his sisters Betty, Dolly and Fran, and brothers John, Pete and Ralph; he has over 100 nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Gerard, Richard, Thomas and William. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be released as they become available.
• In 1950, Bishop Sullivan began studies for the priesthood at Immaculate
Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I., and was ordained June 2, 1956
• In l961, Bishop Sullivan earned a master’s degree from the Fordham
University School of Social Work
• Bishop Sullivan also earned a master’s in public administration from New
York University.
Organizations & Affiliations:
• Bishop Sullivan’s leadership was instrumental in expanding Catholic
Charities into a vast network of services with over 160 programs and
services throughout Brooklyn and Queens. First appointed to Catholic
Charities in 1959, Bishop Sullivan served as Executive Director from 1968 to
• In 1959, he was appointed to Catholic Charities and was named Executive
Director in 1968 and served in that capacity until 1979.
• Bishop Sullivan served as President and Member of the Board of Trustees
(2004-2010) of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
• Bishop Sullivan led the Cadre Study in the 1970s, a renewed Catholic
Charities Movement (commonly known as the Cadre Study) with its triple
goals of quality service to people in need, humanizing and transforming
society, and calling the larger church and society to join the National
Conference of Catholic Charities (now Catholic Charities USA) in this struggle.
• He was the Chair of the Board of Trustees (1974-1975) and Episcopal
Liaison (1982-2000) of Catholic Charities USA and was a member of the 20th
Century Task Force on Housing.
• He also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Community
Council of Greater New York, and President of Fidelis Care, New York.
• As an auxiliary bishop, Bishop Sullivan held the titles of Vicar for Human
Services and Regional Bishop for the 62 parishes of the Brooklyn West
• He played an instrumental role in the formation of St. Vincent’s Catholic
Medical Centers, which joined the hospitals and related facilities of the
Diocese with similar institutions conducted by the New York Sisters of
• Bishop Sullivan has served on numerous Church and civic boards concerned
with health and human services on the national, State and local levels. These
have included the chairmanship of the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn
and Queens and membership on the board of Catholic Charities USA.
• He served chairman of the Social Development and World Peace Department
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
• In the late 1990s, he chaired an ad hoc committee that produced a pastoral
letter on charity — “In All Things Charity: A Pastoral Challenge for the New
Millennium” — approved by the U.S. bishops in November 1999. He said the
message was intended “to reclaim the meaning of charity,” which he said had
become a pejorative term in modern society.
• He served on the New York State Commission on Health Care Facilities in
the 21st Century and United Hospital Fund’s Leadership Committee for the
Strategic Health Initiatives for New York.
• He has served on various committees of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops, New York State Catholic Conference, and numerous health
and social service organizations.
• He was the past Chairperson of the Catholic Health Association Board of
Trustees and served on the Boards of Sisters of Mercy Health System in St.
Louis, United Hospital Fund, Health and Hospitals Corporation of the City
of New York, Health System Agency of New York City and New York State
Healthcare Trustees. He was a board member of Milbank Memorial Fund,
North Fork Bank Foundation and Our Sunday Visitor Institute.
• In 2009, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens honored Bishop Sullivan
with the prestigious Bishop’s Humanitarian Award.


raid seminary, attacking rector and some students
A mob of about sixty people attacked the building, violently beating Fr. Uzzal and some seminarians. Previously they had attacked a tribal Catholic village, stealing cows, goats, utensils. And threatened to burn homes. On June 5, the parish of Tumilia under attack.

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - A mob of dozens has raided a seminary of the diocese of Dinajpur, northern Bangladesh, injuring the rector and a group of students inside the building at the time of the attack. The raid took place at 3 pm yesterday: about 60 local fanatics broke down the doors of the Jisu Niloy seminary, pouring inside the compound. The group targeted the rector Fr. Uzzal, surprised in his room while he was resting; the assailants knocked down his door and violently beat him and some students present at the time of the attack.

During the assault, the fanatics blocked the young students of the seminary and beat them with violence and brutality. The Jisu Niloy seminary is located Bolakipur and refers to Marimpur parish in the Diocese of Dinajpur.

Previously, the same mob had raided the nearby tribal village - Catholic majority - of Tivipara and Bagja. The assault occurred at 1 .30 pm, they plundered the inhabitants of 40 cows, 50 goats, a van, fruit and many other objects and utensils. Before leaving, the assailants threatened to come back the next night and burn the residents homes.

Most of the men fled the area for fear of new attacks, the women and children, however, have found refuge in the Catholic mission, where there are more security guarantees. The Catholics of the area belong to the tribal Santals, Urao, Mundas, Kharias and Malos.

Over the past few days there have been a wave of assaults and targeted violence against the Christian community in Bangladesh, a largely Muslim nation: June 5 it was the turn of the parish of Tumilia, which was attacked by extremists. The parish priest Fr. Abel was beaten and robbed, along with another priest.

(Nirmala Carvalho contributed)


Address: Blessing of a New Seminary building, Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Sunday 26 May 2013
Address: Holy Spirit Seminary Harris Park Blessing
Photography: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
Address of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - Blessing of a New Seminary building, Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Sunday 26 May 2013

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There is a delicious irony in young men discerning their vocations, along with leading lay people, seminarians, clergy and bishop gathering here today to bless a new seminary building. The first owner of this land, after God and its Aboriginal custodians, the builder of Kenilworth, was Mr Jack McCreedie. A wealthy merchant and amateur astronomer, he went to great lengths to keep the good Lord out of here, even declaring in his will that no portion of it could ever be associated with the Church of Rome and its popish pomps. Yet here we are.
When McCreedie’s land went up for auction in 1926, a group of Catholics, led by the parish priest of Granville, Rev Dr PJ Sheehy, successfully raised the funds to buy it. Fr Sheehy then invited the Sisters of Mercy to inhabit the precinct, so they might have an outpost from their Parramatta convent, and could establish a school and novitiate. A hall was soon erected that became Blessed Oliver Plunkett church and school. The first Mass was celebrated on Christmas Day 1929, just as the Great Depression was setting in, but the nuns and Catholic community were undeterred.
During the renovations a carpenter discovered a bottle in a closed fireplace. In it were parchment-wrapped statuettes of the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Mother, apparently dropped down the chimney some years before by Catholics aspiring to have a place of their own. By the time Plunkett was canonised in 1976 the site had become Mary’s Mount in popular parlance, St Oliver’s was a parish in its own right, and there’d been many improvements. The anti-Catholic McCreedie had comprehensively failed to impose his will from the grave and a rather different Will was clearly operative. The popery of the priest, nuns and laity had by now seeped deeply into the land and stones.
Though the building passed out of Church hands for a time and became the Conservatorium High School, we eventually bought it back in 2011 and have now modified it as the common spaces for our seminary, including the chapel, reception and parlour, library, study and classrooms, refectory and kitchens, offices for the Rector and Vice-Rector, recreation room and amenities. For this work I acknowledge Mr Michael Digges, our excellent Diocesan Business Manager, who has led the present development, Mr John O’Brien the architect and SydneySyders the builders.

A genuinely fraternal community

Address: Holy Spirit Seminary Harris Park Blessing
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu
Today I want to pay particular tribute to Fr Arthur Bridge, the Parish Priest of Harris Park, and the parish, who have been so cooperative with this venture and who recognise that enabling the training of future priests is an investment in the future of their parish and the whole Diocese of Parramatta. Likewise, I want to thank the Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, Fr John Hogan, and the seminarians for being so patient and understanding through the overcrowding of the site at St Marys while a new site has been identified, purchased and improved; I expect a similar generous patience as they enjoy this new facility while living in temporary accommodation. I also want to acknowledge Kieran Lahey, the Diocesan Property Manager, who has managed Stage One of our project.
In due course, and by the grace of benefactors, Stage Two will see us build enough rooms for our present seminarians and for some more. Some more, I say, because this seminary is a symbol of our confidence that the recent increase in vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Parramatta will continue. For this I recognise the contribution of Fr Warren Edwards, our Director of Priestly Vocations, and all our clergy for they are all vocations promoters. The renovation and erection of these new premises seconds the decision of Bishop Kevin Manning who, with the support of our priests, had the courage to establish the temporary seminary in a suburban house(s) in St Marys. As it now moves from one Mary’s Mount to another, we pray that Mary the Mother of Priests will intercede and protect this new project which is a powerful expression of the love of Christ and His Church for the people of Western Sydney.
I, for one, am very proud of our seminarians, their Rector and formators. I think they have built a genuinely fraternal community that is serious about and effective in spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral formation. This is also a real community of prayer. It is a healthy place for young men to grow up in faith and virtue while discerning their vocation. There is a strong sense of priestly identity here and I think it is bearing real fruit.
St Paul once asked, “How are people to call upon Christ if they don’t believe in Him? And how are they to believe in Him if they’ve never heard of Him? And how are they to hear of Him without a preacher?” (Rom 10:14) In the Gospel passage we just heard (Mt 9:35-37) Christ the Preacher was out on mission, touring the towns, preaching in the synagogues, proclaiming the Good News. This new seminary must be a powerhouse of Gospel preaching, and so of the spiritual and intellectual formation that makes that possible, where the Word of God and the teachings of the Church are presented and studied, prayed and contemplated. From here will emerge a large part of the preaching of the next generation within this Diocese. But words will not be enough. Here you must lay foundations for a life of continued growing in holiness, so that people may see that you believe what you read in the Gospels, that you teach what you believe and that you practice what you teach. The harvest is plentiful, the Lord says today; there are souls like fruit ripe for picking.
Souls like fruit ripe for picking; but also harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. The Church and the rest of humanity need men who are not only intellectually and spiritually well-formed, but also humanly and pastorally. Men of passion and practicality who will take on the real challenges, as Fr Sheehy and his parishioners did, as the nuns who came next did. Priests who will not stay at home waiting for the world to come to them, but will get out there among God’s people like Christ in our Gospel passage, bringing Christ to the world and the world to Christ, spending themselves completely in service.
As Pope Francis said in his Chrism Mass homily this year, priests need to live “with the smell of the sheep” and the fish, as “shepherds in the midst of their flock, fishers of men.” While I favour high standards of hygiene amongst my seminarians and clergy, I accept the Holy Father’s thought that we must be willing to risk getting our spiritual and emotional hands dirty, risk sweating from the sheer hard slog of the pastoral life, risk confronting the things that stink about our world, risk getting up ‘close and personal’ with those in pastoral need. If our desire for monastic tranquillity or our willingness for celibacy is really driven by fear of people, then priesthood is not for us. Celibacy is, of course, about self-gift; it is the ink with which some people write of their undivided love for God and His people. And priesthood is that most exciting of self-gifts, conforming oneself to Christ the Priest who ‘celebrated the greatest and only Mass’ from the Cross amidst the blood and gore, the spittle and mud.
Our seminary is dedicated to the Holy Spirit. There used to be an Octave celebrated after Whitsun: like Easter and Christmas, Pentecost was thought so important it needed a week of days. Well, instead of an Octave we offer the Holy Spirit a seminary full of His devotees. Paul reminds us in our first reading today (I Cor 1:26-2:5) that we rely in the end not on the wisdom of this world or the fashions of the age, not even on the best of human thinking, but on the power of the Holy Spirit.
St Thomas Aquinas, my beloved Dominican brother, perhaps the greatest theologian in history and the patron saint of sacred science, declared at the end of his life that all he had written was just so much straw compared to the glory he had glimpsed in a vision of God. As my special gift to our seminarians today, in addition to this new house, I entrust to their care a relic of St Thomas Aquinas. I pray that he will guide you in your studies and teach you the humility to rely, as he did, on the Holy Spirit. Within these walls, as you come to a deeper knowledge of God and yourselves, you must ask for that Wisdom that comes from above. With the grace of the Holy Spirit you will get over the sense of your own unworthiness for this great calling, not because you come to think yourselves worthy, God forbid, but because you will come to know Christ’s love for His priests and the power of His Spirit operative around you and within you.
Can a dozen seminarians change the world, or at least the Parramatta end of the world? Well, a dozen confused, ordinary blokes cowering in the upper room at the first Pentecost were made by the Holy Spirit into apostles to the nations, foundations for an irrepressible Church. We need such apostles for Western Sydney and we need a place where the Holy Spirit may prepare and propel, inspire and enlighten, soften and harden, inflame and soothe them. Together with our existing priests, we will do great things together for Christ in the Spirit! May the Most Holy Trinity who has begun this good work bring it to completion!
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