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Dorothy Day in the 1940s.

Photo courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries


n December 1932, Dorothy Day to love the unlovable; to continue serv-
knelt in the crypt of the newly ing individuals who responded selfish-
built Shrine of the Immaculate ly, ungraciously or destructively. “They
Conception in Washington, D.C. are our brothers and sisters in Christ,”
“I offered up a special prayer,” she she reminded us.
wrote, “that some way would open up Elsewhere in this issue, you will find
for me to use what talents I possessed a testament to the love of God’s chil-
for my fellow workers, for the poor.” dren lived out by the women and men
The following day, she would return of ArchCare, the health-care service of
to New York and find the visionary the Archdiocese of New York. The doc-
Peter Maurin waiting for her with a tors, nurses, chaplains and other care-
brilliant proposal that would become givers of ArchCare, both professional
the blueprint for the Catholic Worker and volunteer, deliver God’s love in the
movement. Listening to him, Dorothy very tangible forms of medicine, food
had the grace to understand that her and shelter, but they also deliver the
prayer had been answered. She went on intangible: warmth, attention, caring,
to become perhaps the most influential the sense of being part of a community
American Catholic of the 20th century, and a family. I am thankful every day
a true servant of God and, maybe one for this extraordinary team that is ded-
day, Saint Dorothy Day. icated to serving others.
Reading this issue of Archways, I hope As we welcome spring, looking ahead
you will feel the joy with which Doro- to milder weather and the deeply mean-
thy greeted God’s creation, even when ingful liturgical seasons of Lent and
she felt frustration with an earthly sys- Easter, let us join Dorothy Day as she
tem that impoverished some and visited prayed back in 1932. We’ve had setbacks
injustice on others. I hope you will feel lately regarding the sanctity of life – but
God’s hope, which stirred within her let us remember Dorothy’s “duty of
and made her capable of picking her- hope” as we pray for a way to redeem
self up again and again – “the duty of Most of all, I hope you will feel the a world riven by partisanship and poi-
hope,” she called it – to bear witness on love of God as it coursed through soned by cruelty and injustice. And let
behalf of Christ in the world and con- Dorothy to the people she served and us be open to receiving and transmit-
tinue working for the needy. taught. She was famous for her ability ting the love of Christ.

With prayerful best wishes, I am

Faithfully in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

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Journalist, activist, single mother,
servant to the poor – will the founder
of the Catholic Worker movement
be the next New York saint?

Black History Month Mass

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan

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On Dorothy Day, ArchCare

MERCIES OF and the duty of hope

How the Church declares
The long-term care prescription for a saint (with great care);
bedtime questions for
the elderly and the underserved: young communicants
love, faith and modern medicine
24 EIGHT DECADES Bringing parishes into the
digital age; how the Black

OF CYO History Month Mass drives

a year’s worth of ministry;
the Archdiocese of New York’s
If you think it’s just about basketball, Safe Environment Program,
guess again: the faith-based youth protecting children from
abuse; books by and about
organization offers a long list of Dorothy Day; where do the
programs, including track and field, dollars go when you donate
bowling, chess, cheerleading and golf, to the Cardinal’s Annual
Stewardship Appeal?
plus an art and essay contest
From around the archdiocese:
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How does the Church decide to call someone a saint?

The cause for a saint is governed an inquiry on a miracle that occurred
by a very detailed process. It’s part of through the intercession of the servant
ecclesiastical law. The process is there, of God. In most cases this is a terminal
like any legal process, to guarantee the medical condition, or a permanent
integrity of what it is we’re about, and condition such as blindness, cured as
so that the Holy Father can reach the a result of prayer to the servant of God,
certitude required to declare someone supported by records and testimony and
a saint. the fact that there is no earthly scientific
Typically, the road to canonization explanation for the cure. Reports and
starts with a gathering of individuals documentation of the miracle must also
who are convinced of the saintly merits be sent to Rome.
– or in canonical parlance, the heroic At this point, we enter the Roman
virtue – of a person who has died. In the phase of the cause, during which the
instance of Dorothy Day, for example, Congregation for the Causes of Saints
John Cardinal O’Connor, who was studies all of the materials presented
then the archbishop of New York, in great depth and carries out further
began in the 1990s a series of meetings investigation of its own. Once they
to consider establishing a case – called have certified the claims of heroic
a cause – for her sainthood. In 1998, A statue of St. Francis of Assisi.
virtue represented in the writings and
he sought the formal approval of her the testimonies, the Holy See confers
cause from the Congregation for the the title of venerable upon the servant
Causes of Saints in Rome, and in 2000 by the servant of God, published of God. Following that, if the Vatican’s
the cause was approved. The Vatican or unpublished, and the tribunal, experts and theologians certify the
issued a nihil obstat (Latin for “nothing which in this case I am leading along miracle, the Holy Father authorizes
hinders”) and conferred on Dorothy with the promotor of justice, who is a ceremony of beatification, at which
the ecclesiastical title of servant of God. charged with ensuring the integrity point the candidate receives the title
Once a nihil obstat is obtained, the of the proceedings. The tribunal takes of blessed.
bishop of the originating diocese formal testimony from witnesses who After beatification, one more miracle
announces by decree the initiation of knew the servant of God, which is is necessary, supported and certified by
the diocesan inquiry. He also appoints then transcribed and put into a format the same process as the first. After that
a Vatican-approved postulator, who designated by the Holy See. We will milestone, a ceremony of canonization
resides in Rome, to represent the cause probably end up with approximately 50 is performed and a new saint is added
there, and two vice postulators to witnesses. Before the testimony can be to the Catholic canon.
spearhead the work of investigating taken, an official set of questions, called This entire process takes many years,
and promoting the claims to heroic the interrogatories, must be approved by and there is no guarantee that a cause
virtue. The vice postulators for Dorothy the Holy See, and every witness is asked will result in canonization. In the
Day are Msgr. Gregory Mustaciuolo, the same questions, whether they can event that Dorothy Day does become
CEO of the Mother Cabrini Health answer or not. a saint, it’s not likely to happen sooner
Foundation, and George Horton, In Dorothy’s cause, we are in the than five years from now.
director of community development middle of this phase. After the writings
for Catholic Charities. and the testimonies have been submitted Fr. Richard Welch, CSsR, JCD
The bishop also appoints a historical to Rome along with exhaustive reports Judicial Vicar, Archdiocese of New York
commission, which is charged with on how each reflects on the claim of Cardinal’s Delegate for the
collecting and reviewing all writings heroic virtue, the diocese must complete Cause of Dorothy Day

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It’s springtime, and many families around the archdiocese are getting ready for a First Communion: shopping for
a kid-sized suit or white dress, summoning relatives, perhaps planning a party. Amid the celebration, how can we
ensure that our children appreciate the deeper meaning of the sacrament? Sr. Cora Lombardo, ASCJ, director of
religious education at Immaculate Conception / Assumption Parish in Tuckahoe, offers some pointers for parents.

Questions can open us up to God

and each other, and the right ones will
help prepare our children to receive
the transformative blessings of the
Eucharist. Here are three for parents
to ask their little communicants each
evening before tucking them in.

1. What do you want to thank God for?

Our society is one of entitlement.
This question shifts our focus to
the good things God is giving us
right now; it nurtures an attitude
of gratitude – a virtue we want to
encourage in our children.
In Greek, the word eucharistia
means “giving thanks.” By asking this
question, you help prepare your child
to celebrate Mass. You gently remind
her or him that we go to Mass to give
thanks to God, to praise Him for all
that He does for us.

2. What do you want to tell God you’re

sorry for? this morning?” A friend of mine did After your child names someone
We all miss the mark somewhere in this with her son and helped him to pray for, you might ask, “Is there
our day. When we ask this question, discover that something he had done anything else we can do? Do you want
we encourage our children to think truly was a sin. to make a card for them? Shall we
about where they may have sinned Why do this? You are the primary bake a cake and visit them?”
and to learn the difference between a educator of your child. These short Questions like these draw our
sin and a simple mistake. faith dialogues are examples of family attention away from ourselves and
Perhaps your child responds: “I spilt catechesis. They help young children toward others; they lead us toward a
milk at supper!” You know this was an understand the holy sacrament of life of service.
accident, so you ask, “Did you do that reconciliation and prepare them to You may not remember to ask these
on purpose?” receive the mercy and forgiveness that questions every night, or you might
“No, Mommy!” Jesus wants to give them. not get to all three. No matter. What
“That’s an accident, not a sin,” you counts is that you and your child are
explain. “A sin is something we do on 3. Whom do you want to pray for? having a “God conversation.” You are
purpose.” We want our children to grow up to modeling how we can look at each day
But what if your child answers, “I’m be generous adults, aware of the needs and find God in it. You are walking
good, Mommy!” on a day when you of others. Through this question, we your children through the day and
know there has been a scuffle between teach them to notice who needs help, showing them how to be grateful for
siblings? This calls for a different who is struggling, who is sick, and the good, sorrowful for their sins and
sort of follow-up question: “Do you to fulfill Jesus’ command: “Love one of service to those in need. Not bad for
remember how you fought with Mary another as I love you.” a 10-minute chat!

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ot so long ago, parish com-
munications were limited to a
handful of low-tech options: a
printed weekly bulletin, a few 8½-by-
11 handouts, posters and announce-
ments from the altar.
With the arrival of the digital era,
the game changed. Email, websites and
social media provided promising new
platforms from which parishes could
trumpet their messages to parishioners
and the world. For most parishes, how-
ever, the excitement didn’t last long.
As well-funded commercial websites
evolved, most parish websites and so-
cial media pages began to feel stodgy.
A few parishes, however, have found
a way to use new media as a tool for
dynamic communication and com-
munity building. When Sally Silves-
tro took on the role of communica-
tions director at St. Lawrence O’Toole
in Brewster, she started by creating a
brand for the parish. The first step, she A similar transformation has taken Above: St. Lawrence O’Toole Church,
says, was “to create a logo for St. Law- place at St. Francis de Sales parish in Brewster. Below: Fr. Philip Kelly, pastor of
rence O’Toole, then create a look and upper Manhattan. In 2018, its website St. Francis de Sales Church, Manhattan
feel with typefaces that would be used ( was looking dated – even
for all the different communications.” though it was only five years old. “A
Next, she revamped the website year ago, you wouldn’t have been able
( “I thought we to tell from the website what a vibrant,
needed to make it lighter and brighter,” exciting community of faith we have
she recalls. “There was a template avail- here,” says Lydia Serrano, the parish’s
able that was white and bright, where communications director. “So the first
we could apply our logo colors, red and thing we wanted to do was to make
orange, and some of our typefaces. So sure that what was going on in the
we went and just cleaned everything community was reflected online.”
up, then started adding great content.” Serrano, who has a marketing back-
Today, the St. Lawrence O’Toole ground, was able to find collaborators
website features photo galleries, an within the parish. “We were lucky to
up-to-date parish calendar, videos in have some parishioners who happen
Photo © Stephanie Massaro Photography

which parishioners extol various ed- to be designers,” she says. “We were tures, we put up blog posts. And we
ucational and community programs, able to redesign the site, and now we have a podcast. If you can’t be here on
the week’s readings and audio record- are updating it constantly. We have Sunday, you can listen on your phone
ings of the weekly homilies by the a page for every one of our ministry to Fr. Philip Kelly, our pastor, or Fr.
pastor, Fr. Richard Gill. “People love to groups. Our events page is updated Tony Ciorra doing the homily.”
listen to the homilies,” Silvestro says. “I every day, our news page every week. Both Silvestro and Serrano stress
get responses on that all the time.” As often as possible we put up pic- the usefulness of social media. “We’ve

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been on Facebook, Instagram and recalls. “Just messaging things together parishes, Serrano and Silvestro are
Twitter for a few years,” Serrano says, in both languages unified people in a quick to say that you don’t need to be a
“but we’re looking at it now as a way way that wasn’t happening before.” design pro to pull it off. “You just have
to build our community as opposed to Perhaps the biggest factor in the to be consistent,” Serrano says. “If you
just putting up pictures and announce- success of a parish’s digital com- had a great event yesterday, post those
ments.” Serrano, who is bilingual, posts munication is frequent updating of pictures! Put up a little blog post! If
in both English and Spanish, and she is content. The day after the March for you have top-notch super-expensive
finding that Facebook provides a sur- Life in Washington, D.C., St. Law- high-quality content but you’re only
prising opportunity to build a bridge rence O’Toole posted a photo gallery doing it once a month, it would be bet-
between communities. of parishioners at the event. “People ter to have something home-grown
In late 2018, the parish posted a Face- really responded to it,” Silvestro says. that’s done every day so visitors can
book announcement in two languages “They see pictures of their children tell that the parish is active, that this is
about a potluck fundraiser connect- or friends and they share the post. a parish they want to be part of.”
ed with the annual Feast of Our Lady It lets them know what’s going on in “Ultimately what we’re doing is
of Guadalupe. “So many of our En- our parish. It really does feel like a big evangelizing,” she adds. “It’s not that
glish-language parishioners ended up community and a big family.” we’re reinventing the wheel. We’re do-
coming to the potluck and donating For those wishing to enhance the ing what we’ve always done, we’re just
money and enjoying the food,” Serrano digital communications at their own doing it in new and exciting ways.”


Black History Month Mass

y all accounts, the annual arch- St. Patrick’s Cathedral
diocesan Black History Month
Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
is an extraordinary gathering. (This projects. It began with a Friday-night does not have a Ghanaian community.
year’s took place on Sunday, Febru- Midnight Run from Kennedy Center However, many of the choir members
ary 3). The celebrants and other min- in Harlem, where volunteers filled two had learned that song by participating
isters of the Mass are passionate and vans with sandwiches, warm cloth- in the combined choir [for the Black
uplifting; a magnificent choir, com- ing and toiletries and brought them History Month Mass], and now all the
bined from various parishes, schools to homeless people in Manhattan and parishioners were singing in a foreign
and other ministries, sings stirringly; the Bronx. On Saturday, some 150 par- language – and enjoying it!”
and in the pews, pastors and parishio- ticipants worked together at Cardinal This dovetails perfectly with the
ners from all corners of the Archdio- Spellman High School in the Bronx to overall mission of the Office of Black
cese of New York – and beyond – wor- assemble 27,000 meals for Rise Against Ministry to support Black Catholic
ship together as a single community Hunger, which delivers meals for fami- communities and deepen their faith
made up of many local ones. lies internationally. And these were only experience. The annual Mass is a cen-
Even so, there is more here than two of the service options available. terpiece of that mission, a celebration
meets the eye. “It’s not about a one- Br. Davis stresses the diversity of the of the community as well as a tool to
day gathering,” says Br. Tyrone Davis, Black community in the archdiocese, energize ministry.
CFC, director of the archdiocese’s Of- which includes Catholics from the “The objective is not for people to say,
fice of Black Ministry, which organiz- United States, the Caribbean, Cen- ‘Oh, I went to that Mass, that was nice,
es the annual event. “I tell people that tral America, Africa and other parts now I can go home,’” Br. Davis says.
it’s a culmination of 364 days of min- of the world. “Last February, I went to “The objective is, ‘How might I take
istry, and a preparation for 364 more the local Black History Month Mass some of this back to my parish and my
to come.” at St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem, community? How might that experi-
This year, a weekend of service before and for their gospel acclamation they ence of church and worship inspire and
the Mass gave participants an opportu- were singing in Akan, the Ghanaian animate my local experience?’”
nity to take part in an array of service language,” he says. “Now, St. Charles To learn more, visit

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succession of media reports had only one substantiated case of sex- child sexual abuse and what to watch
have described a deeply dis- ual abuse by a priest that occurred in out for. The statistics are horrifying:
turbing history of sexual abuse the last decade. Of course, even one One national study estimated that,
of minors by Catholic clergy. Amid the case is unacceptable, but compared to in our society generally (not just the
headlines, little attention has been paid the incidence of abuse in American so- Church), one in five girls and one in
to the significant changes made to the ciety in general, this is very low. 20 boys experience some form of sex-
U.S. Church’s child protection practic- ual abuse, running the gamut from
es since the late 1990s, leaving many AW: How does the Safe Environment improper touching to outright rape.
Catholics wondering about the safety program work? We want people to be aware of the ex-
of Catholic programs today. To find tent of the problem.
some answers, Archways spoke with EM: The first pillar of the program We also train them in our codes of
Edward Mechmann, a former assistant is screening. Every person whose du- conduct, including policies about things
district attorney in Manhattan and ties involve contact with children like internet use, Facebook commu-
director of the Safe Environment Pro- nications, physical contact. We want
gram for the Archdiocese of New York. to make sure people know what the
boundaries are, what the rules are. We
Archways: What is the Safe Environ- WARNING SIGNS let them know they’ll have to follow
ment Program? The following may indicate that these rules if they work or volunteer
a child has experienced abuse: in our programs, and that it’s their job
Edward Mechmann: The Safe Envi- to report to their supervisor if they see
ronment Program got its start with the • Fear of a certain person or place someone else violating the code. We
U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protec- • Sudden awareness of genitals teach them what to watch out for. It’s
tion of Children and Young People in and sexual acts and words the classic case of “If you see something,
2002, which mandated that every dio- • Sexual promiscuity or behavior say something” – but you’re not going to
cese set up a child protection program. inappropriate for a child’s age see it unless you know what to look for.
This was prompted by the horrifying • Drawings that show sexual acts The third pillar, and a crucial part
revelations about crimes committed • A reversion to bedwetting in of the program, is supervision and
against children by clergy over the a child who had outgrown it response. The pastors, principals and
course of several decades. In our office, • An unexplained drop religious education directors are the
some of what we do is retrospective, in grades or self-esteem ones who enforce the rules and pol-
as part of the archdiocesan process • Self-harm or suicidal ideas icies and respond properly to any
to investigate past errors and offenses • Bruising, STDs, or other physical problem brought to their attention. If
and offer support and compensation to effects noticed by a pediatrician someone is violating the letter of the
survivors – but the Safe Environment code, even if there’s no sign of actu-
Program itself is focused on protecting These warning signs do not al abuse – let’s say they were seen in a
children now and in the future. necessarily indicate sexual abuse, room alone with a child – then the su-
but should prompt a closer look. pervisor must impose the appropriate
AW: What would you say to parents disciplinary action, which may be im-
who are fearful that sending their chil- mediate termination or termination
dren to a Catholic program might ex- has to be screened, whether they are after an initial warning.
pose them to a risk of being abused? clergy, staff or volunteer. As part of These supervisors also have to make
this process, they undergo a criminal the official report in cases where
EM: In the Archdiocese of New York, background check and a sex-offender there is a suspicion or allegation of
our programs today are very safe. All registry check. We renew background abuse. [All reports of abuse, new or
of our staff who interact with children checks periodically so that we don’t old, are promptly referred to law en-
are trained in identifying and report- miss any new information. forcement.] At this point, because of
ing incidents, and we have very tight The second pillar is training, to the success of the Safe Environment
policies and codes of conduct. We have make people aware of the reality of Program, virtually all reports of child

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abuse that we receive deal with events or even use different versions of their There’s no legitimate reason for that.
that took place at the child’s home or names – but it’s essential. And keep a special eye on social media
[public] school. For example, if a child chats; many sexual abuse cases across
tells a teacher about something that AW: What can parishioners do to help the country these days involve Snap-
happened at home, we have to respond. prevent sexual abuse of children? chatting, FaceTiming and so forth.
So awareness is the most import-
AW: What challenges do you face in EM: One important thing is to know the ant. And then: reacting. If you see any
keeping the program effective? symptoms of an abused child [see side- of these signs, come forward. Don’t
bar, page 8] and what constitutes appro- overlook it.
EM: One of the dangers for a program priate adult behavior toward children.
like this is complacency. When the You need to have a good sense of the
scandals break, as they did over the kind of boundaries that we put around For more information on the
summer, it reminds people, “Oh yes, our children to protect them. For exam- Safe Environment Program, go to
that’s why we do this.” ple, an adult should never be alone with
Also, in a diocese the size of this one, a child who is not theirs. There should
with so many people, and with a con- be very limited physical touching, and To report sexual abuse by a priest,
stant flow of volunteers in and out of never in the bathing suit area. bishop or deacon:
programs, it’s a big challenge to keep Anytime anybody asks a child to • Call Sr. Eileen Clifford
the training fresh. We have thousands keep a secret from their parent, that’s a at 646-794-2949
of people working in our programs, danger sign. Gift-giving should set off • Email
including something like 22,000 vol- alarms, or any other indications that • Go to
unteers, and we need to be sure they’re an adult is trying to form a special rela- • Mail your report (in a sealed envelope
all up to date on the current training tionship with a child. marked CONFIDENTIAL) to
and screening. Managing a database of Pay attention to what’s happening Victims Assistance Coordinator,
that size is a big job – people may move digitally. “My child’s getting texted 1011 First Ave., New York, NY
around or work in multiple programs by a teacher at 12 o’clock at night”? 10022



Of the dozens of books by and about Dorothy Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World
Day, this small selection is a good place to Day’s unfinished biography of the man who
start. (For an overview of Day’s life, works and inspired the Catholic Worker movement,
legacy, see “A Woman of Action,” page 12.) completed after her death by Francis Sicius. Orbis

BY DOROTHY DAY Thérèse A biography of Thérèse of Lisieux,

originally published in 1960. Of the saint, Day
The Long Loneliness wrote: “In these days of fear and trembling ...,
Day’s luminous Thérèse is the saint we need.” Christian Classics
published in 1952 ABOUT DOROTHY DAY
when she was 55,
gives a lucid yet All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day
lyrical account of Jim Forest’s 2011 biography reflects exhaustive
her struggles and research as well as close-up knowledge of his
joys. HarperCollins subject. (The author worked with Day at the
Catholic Worker for nearly 20 years.) Orbis
The Duty of Delight
These diary entries, The World Will Be Saved by Beauty
edited by Robert Ellsberg, open a window This emotionally rich memoir by Day’s
into the Catholic activist’s day-to-day granddaughter Kate Hennessy gives a family
experience. Marquette University Press perspective on a remarkable life. Scribner

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Follow the Money

Every year, the envelopes appear in pews and pastors
take a few minutes to explain the Cardinal’s Annual
Stewardship Appeal. Each parish has a fundraising
goal, and over the ensuing weeks, the parishioners re-
ceive updates at the end of mass about how much they
have pledged toward the goal. As the weeks go by, the
actual-donations figure edges closer to the goal, until –
if all goes well – it meets or exceeds the target.
By the time the drive has ended, people remember
the drive to reach the goal, but seem to have forgotten
what the money they contributed is going to be used
for. So Archways is bringing you a helpful graph to an-
swer that question.
The short answer is that all funds are returned to
parishes either directly or indirectly. In 2019, the
campaign goal is $20 million. An individual parish’s
goal may range from $1,000 to $455,500, based on the
size and means of the parish. The amount of your own
contribution is for you to prayerfully determine.
While the average gift is $350, let’s look at a hypo-
thetical donation of $1 and see where it goes.

For more information, visit

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Some parishes cannot raise enough through their collections to pay the bills
and keep their ministries operational; others need help in an emergency. If a
tree falls on the roof of your church, the fund can help. This portion of your
contribution ensures a viable faith home to tens of thousands of Catholics.

This money helps parishes by training and/or providing funding for nearly
1,000 parish personnel; training and certifying religious education leaders;
providing adult faith formation programming; and helping set up and run
ministries for youth and young adults.

More than 120 parish schools provide an academically excellent,

Christ-centered education to more than 30,000 students. Tuition payments
cannot cover all costs.

All our parishes will at some point need knowledgeable and well-trained new
priests. The appeal provides the funds that allow our 27 current seminarians to
attend St. Joseph’s Seminary and prepare to serve as our future pastors.

Someday the priests who serve your parish are going to retire. This fund
enables the archdiocese to provide them with a residence and long-term
care, if needed, in the St. John Vianney Center.

That’s right, no money collected for the appeal goes to administer the appeal;
that is funded by other charitable sources.

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Journalist, Single Mother, Servant of God

Photo courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries
DAY Is a Saint for Our Time
Illustrations by Vinny Bove

n December 29, 1927, EDUCATED BY HISTORY
at Our Lady Help of A child of the industrial age whose
Christians on Staten family crisscrossed the country as her
Island, Dorothy Day journalist father moved from job to
was baptized a Catholic. job, Dorothy saw firsthand  many up-
She was 30 years old. heavals of early 20th century America.
Though her family was not reli- She witnessed the San Francisco
gious, since childhood she had felt earthquake in 1906, after which her
drawn to the Church, and her bap- family shared clothing and food with
tism was the culmination of that the displaced; the miserable condi-
lifelong yearning. She would go on tions of immigrant families in the
to become, through her works and stockyards of Chicago, made famous
her writings, one of the most influ- by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle; and
ential American Christians of the cruel suppression of labor activists
20th century – editor of The Catholic and suffragists in the Northeast. In
Worker and co-founder of a network the process, she developed a deep af-
of “hospitality houses” offering aid to finity for people living in poverty and Dorothy Day in the 1920s.
the poor and homeless in towns and oppression and a lifelong practice of
cities across the United States and directly helping those in need.
around the world – but her mission She was also a gifted writer. By cialist John Reed. As a journalist, she
was not clear to her on the day of her the age of 20, Dorothy was on her often wrote about nascent movements
conversion. Her call to a life of heroic own in Greenwich Village, writing for social justice, and she sometimes
virtue came not through a divine professionally, one of the youngest participated instead of chronicled:
vision or dramatic revelation, but members of a bohemian circle of marching, picketing, even getting ar-
through years of ardent searching, writers and artists that included the rested and enduring a hunger strike in
study and prayer. playwright Eugene O’Neill and so- a Maryland prison.

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enemy of progress. Dorothy was forced A PRAYER ANSWERED
to part ways with her common-law hus- On her return to New York, Dor-
band, the father of her child, who would othy found a stranger waiting for
not marry within the Church or accept her: Peter Maurin, an itinerant
Dorothy’s ties to it. Her first years as a scholar, a onetime Christian Brother
Catholic were lonely and marked by a who had worked on farms and rail-
desperate longing to unite her religious roads, in brickyards, steel mills
fervor with her commitment to those and coal mines. In a heavy French
who were abused and forgotten in the accent, Peter told Dorothy he had
industrialized economy of the time. come to see her on the recommen-
In 1932 – the deepest days of the dation of George Shuster, editor of
Depression – on assignment to cover Commonweal, and presented her
the Hunger March, a protest by unem- with a grand plan: to create a pro-
ployed workers who traveled from New gram of “round-table discussions,
York to Washington, D.C., Dorothy’s houses of hospitality and agronomic
despair threatened to overwhelm her. universities.” The part that caught
The Hunger March, 1932. Kneeling in the crypt of Washington’s her attention was his plan to create
new National Shrine of the Immac- “a paper for the man in the street.”
ulate Conception, she “offered up a “But where do we get the money?”
SEARCHING FOR THE WAY special prayer,” as she describes it in a Dorothy asked.
Her Catholic baptism, when it finally memoir, The Long Loneliness: “a prayer “God sends you what you need when
came, brought her tremendous joy, but that came with tears and with anguish, you need it,” Peter promptly answered.
it also occasioned a painful loss. Many that some way would open up for me “You will be able to pay the printer. Just
of her activist friends considered re- to use what talents I possessed for my read the lives of the saints.”
ligion untenable and the Church the fellow workers, for the poor.” And so began a movement.

Dorothy Day meets Peter Maurin, December 1932

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A MOVEMENT IS BORN served over a million breakfasts and centration camps where Japanese
The first issue of the The Catholic hosted nearly 60,000 overnights in the men, women and children are being
Worker was published on May 1, 1933. previous three years. In addition, held” and earning a threatening letter
The cost of printing for 2,500 copies more than 30 houses had opened from the U.S. Office of Censorship.
($57) was paid by Dorothy, who used in other cities, including Cleveland, Later, she decried the use of the atom
her outside writing income and de- Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco, bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a
layed payment of her gas and electric offering food, shelter and a place for “monstrous crime.”
bills. At the annual May Day rally in discussion of Catholic ideas of social After the war, many felt that Dor-
New York City’s Union Square, Dor- justice and the personalist vision of othy and the Worker, having lost so
othy and three volunteers wove their our role in our communities and the many readers to controversy, would
way among thousands of workers and world. Driving the growth of the fade into history. When Peter Maurin
activists, giving out the issues without Catholic Worker movement was the died in 1949, Dorothy was devas-
even asking for the one- tated – but her work was far
cent cover charge. from finished. During the
The newspaper was 1950s, as the paper steadily
well received, and sub- regained its following, she
scriptions and donations led protests for civil rights
soon began rolling in. By “If your brother is hungry, and against nuclear testing
November, Dorothy had and the militarism of the
increased the print order
you feed him. You don’t meet him Cold War; three times, she
from 2,500 to 35,000, at the door and say, ‘Go be thou was arrested for staging
and by May 1935, cir- outdoor demonstrations
culation had grown to filled,’ or ‘Wait for a few weeks, during mandatory air-raid
110,000. Readers bought and you’ll get a welfare check.’ drills in New York City,
the paper for hard-hit- saying that the drills pro-
ting stories about trials You sit him down and feed him.” moted the suicidal notion
and strikes, social issues that citizens would be able
– Dorothy Day, in a 1971 interview
such as racism and to survive the exchange of
child labor, and protests nuclear weapons by hiding
against the inequities of in shelters. In 1963, when
the economic system. many Americans had not
There were also Doro- yet heard of Vietnam, the
thy’s lyrical meditations Catholic Worker movement
on life in the city and the countryside success of the paper as well as Dor- organized the first televised protest
and Peter’s Easy Essays – short verses othy’s travels around the country to against U.S. military intervention in
on economic justice, Catholic social give talks and engage in discussions, South Vietnam. Inspired by Pope John
teachings and the values of person- inspiring others to live the gospel. XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris,
alism, the idea that each of us must she led a group of women in a hunger
take responsibility for the betterment WAR AND PEACE strike at the Second Vatican Council,
of the world. Increasingly, The Catholic Worker successfully petitioning the bishops to
and Dorothy were becoming a embrace a set of pacifist principles.
FROM WORDS TO ACTS part of the national conversation Dorothy’s health began to fail in the
In late 1933, a desperate woman came – sometimes controversially. The 1970s, but she did not let up. In 1973,
to the Catholic Worker office to inquire paper stood up against racism and already suffering from heart failure,
about the houses of hospitality that anti-Semitism, staging a demon- she was arrested for the last time,
Dorothy and Peter had been writing stration against trade with Germany during a nonviolent demonstration
about. No such houses yet existed, during the early days of the Nazi with the United Farm Workers in Cal-
Dorothy confessed. Then she took im- government and losing more than ifornia, and spent 10 days in jail. She
mediate action, renting an apartment half its readership by taking a pac- was 76 years old.
and furnishing it with beds. ifist stand against U.S. involvement Three years later, she would suffer
At the end of 1938, as the Catholic in World War II. In 1942, Dorothy a heart attack that restricted her mo-
Worker circulation reached 180,000, drew attention to the internment of bility for her remaining years. She
the houses of hospitality were also Japanese-Americans on the West died November 29, 1980, in New York
proliferating. In New York, they had Coast, describing life in the “con- City, at the age of 83.

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Illustration by Vinny Bove from a photo by Bob Fitch, courtesy of Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

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Dorothy’s last arrest, 1973

Clockwise from above left: Mother Teresa visits Dorothy at Maryhouse, a Catholic Worker center in New York City, 1977 (© William Barrett);
Dorothy with grandchildren; a breadline on Mott Street, New York City, 1930s.

LIVING LEGACY believed that each person is called to worked with Dorothy and the Catholic
Nearly 40 years after her death, the take care of the poor.” Worker movement from 1960 through
movement Dorothy Day founded with her death, described her prayer life in
Peter Maurin in 1933 is very much UNDYING LOVE an afterword to his book All Is Grace: A

Photos courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries
alive. Today, there are more than 220 The work continues, and there is Biography of Dorothy Day. “How often
Catholic Worker communities across much to do. have I seen her on her knees at one of
the United States and in 10 foreign “Look at a place like Yemen,” Horton the nearby parish churches,” he wrote.
countries, continuing their mission says, “where enormous atrocities are One day he picked up a prayer book she
to feed, clothe and shelter those in happening. Every Sat-
need and champion causes of peace urday there are people
and social justice. Dorothy’s influence from the Catholic Worker
has grown since her death, especially and other activist groups “Her social activism [and]
since Pope Francis named her one of who stand in Union
four “great Americans,” along with Square for an hour and her passion for justice and for
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther call people’s attention to the cause of the oppressed were
King, Jr., and Thomas Merton. that war. The messages
“Dorothy cuts across ideological that come out of Dor- inspired by the Gospel, her faith
boundaries and calls people back othy and the Catholic and the example of the saints.”
to the Sermon on the Mount,” says Worker are still essential.
George Horton, director of social and We need those voices op- – Pope Francis, speech to the U.S. Congress
community development for Cath- posing war and injustice.” September 24, 2015
olic Charities of New York and a vice A full appreciation of
postulator in the cause for Dorothy’s Dorothy Day, however,
canonization. “She was a laywoman, must look beyond the pro-
a single mother who experienced a digious works of corporal mercy to her had left in a pew and “discovered page
devastating loss of love. She had the practice of prayer, meditation and the after page of names, all written in her
vulnerabilities that many of us have celebration of the magnificence of God’s careful italic script, of people, living
and was able to transcend them. She creations. Biographer Jim Forest, who and dead, for whom she was praying. It

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seemed to me Dorothy prayed as if lives
depended on it, and no doubt some did.”
Throughout her vivid writings, from
her teenage years until her death, Dor-
othy found joy in beautiful things, from n late 1998, Archbishop of New York John Cardinal O’Connor began
the flowers in tiny gardens in the slums the formal process, or “cause,” for the canonization of Dorothy Day. Two
of Chicago to the sunsets at Maryfarm, years later, Rome approved the initiation of the cause, granting her the
a Catholic Worker community near official title servant of God. In 2005, the archdiocese formed the Dorothy
Newburgh, NY. She wrote of the power Day Guild to advance the cause through donations and the recruitment of
of love and the joy of sharing, even volunteers in the considerable task of documenting her life and work.
when money was short: “We cannot The process of canonization is a slow one, involving interviews with people
love God unless we love each other, and who knew Dorothy and extensive review of all her writings, published and
to love each other we must know each unpublished. “Her writing was a way of expressing her inner self and her joys
other,” she wrote in The Long Loneli- and struggles,” George Horton says. “But that’s also one of the challenges
ness. “Heaven is a banquet and life is a of her canonization. The Catholic Worker archives at Marquette University
banquet, too, even with a crust, where house some 8,600 pages of Dorothy’s journals, and all of them have to be
there is companionship.” transcribed and reviewed. That takes a long time.”
For more information on the After the Archdiocese of New York has completed its investigations –
Catholic Worker movement, go to perhaps in 2020 or 2021 – it will send the complete record to Rome for further To subscribe to The deliberation. No final determination is expected for at least five years.
Catholic Worker, still published seven For more information about the work of the guild or to volunteer as a tran-
times a year, see Frequently Asked Ques- scriber, visit
tions at that site (you’ll have to send a For more about the canonization process, see Ask a Priest, page 4.
Illustration by Vinny Bove from a photo by Bob Fitch, courtesy of Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

request by mail). The price per copy is

still one cent, plus mailing costs.

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What you should know about

hen he first en- On the far side of the room, a white-
rolled in the Arch- haired woman is sitting alone, looking
Care Senior Life a little out of place.
PACE program in “I go over to people and ask if they
Harlem, Gustavo need help,” Gustavo says. “I say hello.
Castano could barely stand up. “I wasn’t If they’re scared or confused or un-
in a good physical state,” he says. “I happy, I can cheer them up and sug-
was pretty much ready to give up on gest things they can do. I keep an eye
life.” He needed surgery and rehabil- on everything, and I let the nurses
itation to repair his hip. “I started at know if someone needs help.”
zero,” he recalls. Wellness center supervisor Daisy Then he goes to rejoin the social scene in
That was seven years ago. Gustavo Ferreyra agrees: “That’s the truth,” she the wellness center and help the woman,
shakes his head in disbelief over his says proudly. “He is a big help to us. who is new to the program, feel at home.
own transformation. “Now,” he says, He’s usually the first one to speak up if

“I like to help the other people here.” someone is having a problem.” few blocks away, at the Ter-
He looks around at the wellness cen- Gustavo flashes an infectious smile. ence Cardinal Cooke Health
ter where other participants are eat- “This place changed my life,” he says. Care Center, it’s lunchtime in
ing, talking or engaged in art therapy. “Now I like to pay something back.” the Huntington’s disease unit. Many

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Member Gustavo Castano with wellness center supervisor Daisy Ferreyra at the Harlem PACE center.

patients sit in wheelchairs with staff them, inquiring about how they are feel-
“I was sick (ArchCare calls them “care members”)
who help them eat. When Dr. Anthony
ing and observing their responses close-
ly. Huntington’s disease slowly destroys
and you looked Lechich, medical director of the Hun-
tington’s program, passes through, pa-
brain cells, gradually robbing patients
of their mental acuity, control over their
after me.” tient after patient brightens. Those who
can, greet him with a smile or a “Hello,
movements and ability to speak.
He rests a hand companionably on
– Matthew 25:36 doctor.” He stops and talks with each of the shoulder of one resident. “Elliot,”

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ly slow – but her caregiver is delighted

and sings her praises softly as she inches
forward. BethAnn can’t speak, but her
smile radiates pride of accomplishment.
“We become family for kids who may
not have any other family and who are
generally here for the rest of their lives,”
says Dr. Vicki-Jo Deutsch, medical di-
rector of the Specialty Children’s Hos-
pital. In a setting where the patients’
needs are so extreme and the demands
on staff are high both physically and
emotionally, many care members have
been at their jobs for a decade or more.
“We love these kids,” Dr. Deutsch
says matter-of-factly. “There’s a lot
of joy here.”


elcome to ArchCare, the
multifaceted healthcare
At Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (TCC), from top: A nurse station at the Specialty
agency of the Archdi-
Hospital for Children; Dr. Anthony Lechich, medical director of the Huntington’s disease program ocese of New York, where scenes
at TCC, with a patient. like these occur countless times
each day. ArchCare’s mission is to
provide faith-based holistic care to
frail and vulnerable people unable
to fully care for themselves. “Most
providers treat patients transac-
tionally, only looking at the crisis
of the moment,” say Scott LaRue,
ArchCare’s president and CEO.
“ArchCare looks at the whole per-
son, physically, emotionally and
spiritually, and cares for the full
spectrum of their needs.”
Originating in the late 1800s
as a loose consortium of efforts
to aid the sick and elderly, the
ministry now called ArchCare
launched in 1978 as the Catholic
he says, “I’d like you to say hello to or injury and their voices are inaudi- Health Care System, not long af-
some visitors.” With considerable ef- ble or unintelligible to an untrained ter the Archdiocese of New York
fort, Elliot leans forward and offers a visitor, there is a peaceful demeanor acquired Flower Fifth Avenue
barely perceptible wave of the hand. here, as the residents lie or sit content- Hospital on 106th Street, now the
“Pleased to meet you,” he says. edly in the companionship of one an- Terence Cardinal Cooke Health
Upstairs, many of the children in other and their caregivers. Care Center (or TCC). The Arch-
the Specialty Hospital for Children After the movie, a young woman Care name was later adopted to
are finishing up movie time. The unit’s named BethAnn, 25, takes over pro- emphasize the unification of the
doctors, nurses, therapists and teachers pelling her own wheelchair, rolling the archdiocese’s health- and elder-
care for 57 children and young adults wheels forward an inch or two at a time. care initiatives. Since then, the
with severe physical and neurologi- It’s a big accomplishment for her. To an menu of ArchCare programs has
cal impairments. Though these young observer accustomed to life at a more steadily expanded, as has their
bodies may appear distorted by illness hurried pace, her progress is painful- geographical reach.

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Cardinal Dolan could not be clearer most severely disabled children, the generative disorders, was also created in
about the role of the Church in serv- state asked if the Archdiocese of New the late 1980s to address another need
ing communities that would otherwise York could fill the void. The result was unmet by mainstream medicine. Be-
be forgotten or abandoned by main- TCC’s Specialty Hospital for Children. fore the pioneering Huntington’s unit
stream health care. “We have a duty to A similar scenario unfolded in opened at TCC, there was no good re-
carry on the healing mission of Jesus 1989, when New York City officials course for New York area families deal-
Christ,” he has said. “Where others say approached John Cardinal O’Connor ing with the late stages of this condition.
‘We can’t’ or ‘We won’t,’ we as Catho- about long-term care for HIV/AIDS The capacious buildings at TCC
lics say ‘We can’ and ‘We will.’” patients, a population that many host a number of other ArchCare
providers shunned. The archdiocese programs, including a skilled nursing
A HOSPITAL IN HARLEM stepped forward to provide a home center for people who require 24-hour

n 1987, a decade after the acquisi- that offered cutting-edge care in an care in a traditional nursing home
tion of TCC, the State of New York accepting, caring residential commu- setting; a post-hospital rehabilitation
closed the Willowbrook State School nity at TCC. program for people recovering from
on Staten Island after news reports The Huntington’s unit at TCC, the major illness or surgery; and special-
revealed deplorable conditions of ne- largest facility in the country dedicat- ized long-term care for people with
glect and abuse. Unable to find anoth- ed to the expert treatment of Hunting- late-stage kidney disease, Alzheimer’s
er institution capable of caring for the ton’s disease, ALS and other neurode- and other conditions.

Loving care at TCC, clockwise from left: Dr. Lechich shows off a pear tree

in the recreational horticulture room; breakfast in the Huntington’s unit;
in the Specialty Hospital for Children, program manager Lucybelle Agpawa
and medical director Dr. Vicki-Jo Deutsch.

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KEEPING PACE WITH ELDER CARE daily to socialize, enjoy a healthy lunch GROWING TO MEET THE NEEDS

ncreasingly, aging Americans are and receive medical care in a state-of- he list of programs offered by
seeking ways to access necessary the-art clinic, as well as get physical ArchCare is long and getting
assistance outside of nursing care therapy, music and art therapy and longer. Included are specialized
facilities. The ArchCare Senior Life other services. When specialist care PACE care for seniors with intellec-
Program of All-inclusive Care for the is required, PACE coordinates it and tual and developmental disabilities,
Elderly (PACE) is a community-based even provides transportation to the ap- Parkinson’s disease or deafness; end-
health-care program that delivers the pointment. The program also provides of-life care; and the nation’s only fully
care and expertise of a full-service transportation to and from the pro- accredited hospital devoted exclusive-
nursing home 24/7 without requir- gram and in-home nurses and health ly to palliative care for adult patients
ing its members to move out of their aides for clients who need them. with advanced cancer (ArchCare at
homes. Many come to PACE through The Harlem PACE center, at 117th Calvary Hospital in the Bronx). Arch-
ArchCare’s Care Navigation Center, a Street and Fifth Avenue, serves 250 Care oversees the hospital chaplaincy
free phone service that helps seniors clients in its community. ArchCare program for the entire Archdiocese of
and their families identify the best has seven other PACE centers on Stat- New York. An ArchCare mobile health
care options and access needed ser- en Island, in the Bronx and in West- clinic crisscrosses the Hudson Valley,
vices (855-951-2273). chester County, and plans are in place delivering care to agricultural work-
Eligible seniors 55 and older can to open more facilities in the archdio- ers during the week and free health
spend time at a PACE wellness center- cese’s northern counties. screenings at parishes on weekends.
Most recently, ArchCare began ren-
ovating an unused convent on Staten
Island to create apartments for young
The Harlem PACE center. adults with autism, a population with
very limited housing options.
Expanding ArchCare services in
northern regions is a top priority for
Cardinal Dolan. By 2020, ArchCare
expects to provide integrated man-
aged care plans in all 10 counties in
the archdiocese. With nursing homes
and rehab facilities in Manhattan,
Staten Island, the Bronx and Dutchess
counties; a second center for care of
Huntington’s and other neurodegen-
erative disorders in Rhinebeck; and
new home care services in the works
for Ulster and Dutchess counties,
ArchCare is well on the way to achiev-
HANDLING THE COSTS ing the cardinal’s goal.
What sets ArchCare apart is not

ike all health care in America, ArchCare’s programs are costly only its focus on helping the needy and
to run – but not for patients to access. “Most of our patients delivering care unavailable from other
are covered by Medicaid, Medicare or a combination of the providers. Again and again, what one
two,” says ArchCare director Scott LaRue. “For many of our sees in the agency’s facilities and care-
programs, including PACE, there is no out-of-pocket cost.” givers is a culture of Christian love
and compassion. As Cardinal Dolan
Contributions to the ArchCare Foundation pay for ancillary programs observes: “When I die, Jesus is not go-
such as ArchCare’s volunteer TimeBank, the hospital chaplaincy pro- ing to ask me, ‘Did you renovate the
gram and the care navigation line. In keeping with the goal to keep cathedral?’ He’s going to ask, ‘Did you
seniors in their homes, in some cases ArchCare can even help mem- feed me when I was hungry, did you ...
bers with housing costs. “Sometimes, when seniors lose their housing,” care for me when I was sick?’”
LaRue notes, “our foundation will pay to subsidize rent payments so For more information on ArchCare,
that the person can remain in the community.” to make a contribution or to volunteer,

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At Harlem PACE center, from top: Getting creative at an art therapy session; a care team meeting brings together occupational therapist
Cathryn Steinhoff (left), wellness center supervisor Daisy Ferreyra and Dr. John Ruiz, a PACE primary care physician.

“‘Love the Lord

your God with all
your heart and with
all your soul and
with all your mind
and with all your
‘Love your neighbor
as yourself.’ There is
no commandment
greater than these.”
– Mark 12:30-31

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Passing, shooting, running, thinking, growing, praying:

Photos © Maria R. Bastone (basketball), Chris Sheridan (golf)
arents and friends have taken Grant us a personal acceptance of the cember 1936, John Cardinal Hayes an-
their places in bleachers or dignity of all individuals. nounced the establishment of the CYO
chairs. The girls or boys trot Above all, let us, in all things, demon- in New York. “We must be watchful
over anxiously to the team strate a spirit of love and respect for all. shepherds,” he noted in encouraging
benches after their opening This scene happens hundreds of every parish to start a CYO program.
warmup, shaking off pre-game nerves. times each weekend in gyms around “All Catholic children – those in public
The referees confer briefly at midcourt. the Archdiocese of New York, with as well as those in Catholic Schools – are
The pregame clock winds down, a horn children from fourth through eighth our charges, yours and mine.”
sounds, but instead of taking the floor grades – the bold, natural athletes and CYO of the Archdiocese of New
to start the game, the players, coaches the quiet, hopeful learners. The prayer York – now a division of Catholic
and refs all gather beneath a signboard ends and all head to positions on the Charities Community Services – has
at one end of the gym. The coaches lead court or bench; the whistle blows, the undergone significant change since
them in the sign of the cross, and they referee tosses the ball for the tip-off. Cardinal Hayes inaugurated it some
intone in unison: The game is on. 82 years ago. The social events that
Lord Jesus, let all gathered here today once were part of the program have

know that we do so in your name; t was the Great Depression which become the province of youth min-
allow us to understand the true gave rise to the founding of the istry groups. Today, the best-known
meaning of our participation Catholic Youth Organization, whose CYO program is basketball, with
in this Catholic Youth Organization first chapter was instituted in Chicago 17,000 boys and girls playing in the
activity. in 1930. Grounded in Catholic social winter season and an additional 2,300
Make us aware of our responsibility teachings, the program was designed in the new spring league.
to all concerned to lead young people away from the During winter, hundreds of games
so we may grow and develop in the unhealthy, amoral culture of the streets are played each weekend across the
full reality of Christian formation. toward faith and physical health. In De- archdiocese. The program, however,

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“Unlike other sports and youth activity programs, the CYO is
about seeing the goodness of God in each person, developing
God-given skills and talents, and setting the stage for a life of
faith in action.... A parish with a strong CYO is a strong parish.”
Msgr. Edmund Whalen, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of New York
Former Catholic school principal, pastor – and “CYO kid”

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The CYO legacy, circa 1960. Clockwise from top left: A game of chess at the
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Center in Harlem; CYO basketballers, including
future NBA Hall-of-Famer Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar); lining up for afternoon
programs in Manhattan; a dance program at the Cardinal Spellman Center.

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Photo © Mary DiBiase Blaich (bowling)
“Having CYO programs in our school community reinforces our Catholic
beliefs. The children discover the importance of commitment, collaboration
and sportsmanship – traits that will lead them to great success in life.”
Anthony P. Naccari, Principal, St. Gabriel School, Bronx

is not primarily focused on racking very Catholic child needs this sort mechanics, achievable goals, team-
up wins or even on the development of education, but not every child work, good sports-(woman/man)-ship,
of basketball skills. Its main goal is to plays basketball. For this reason, community awareness and using a
develop Christian values in players: CYO New York is going through some TON of heart.”
fairness, honesty, respect, discipline, changes. “We’re taking our values and

kindness and a spirit of loving com- expanding our programs to allow oth- ew are aware that CYO also has
petition. “Learning how to lose is just er kids the opportunity to participate,” programs for volleyball (in Ulster
as important as learning how to win,” says Seth Peloso, interim director. and Dutchess counties), bowl-
according to CYO New York’s state- For children interested in running, ing (on Staten Island), golf (in Ulster
ment of purpose, and “learning how to the track programs currently serve County and on Staten Island) and
win graciously is more important than 2,500 boys and girls in seven coun- cheerleading (30 teams on Staten Is-
winning itself.” ties. “Our track and field archdiocesan land and in the Bronx). Beyond athlet-
“CYO is not just basketball,” says championships take place at Carl Icahn ics, CYO sponsors Boy and Girl Scout
Father Joseph P. LaMorte, vicar gen- Stadium on Randall’s Island, and we troops, an annual art and essay con-
eral and chancellor of the Archdio- have regional cross-country meets at test, and chess programs in 30 schools.
cese of New York and a former pastor Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx,” Pelo- “Chess is an area where we can expand
in Poughkeepsie and Garnerville. “In so says. “The teams have also competed our reach,” Peloso says. “Its benefits –
addition to teaching sportsmanship at Walt Disney World in Orlando. We’re the development of logic and strategy
and fair play, its many programs build hoping to expand into more counties in skills – are also critical skills in life.”
character and maturity. At the parish- the next couple of years.” Peloso looks forward to a future
es in which I have served, I was always Since most racing events, unlike serving more and more kids. “We’re
grateful for the presence of the CYO.” basketball, are individual, there’s no now embarking on a plan to deter-
The program’s values are not just sitting on the bench; every kid gets to mine how best to serve youth in to-
taught on the court. “CYO promotes run and work on individual accom- day’s society,” he says. With all the
community by having players attend plishments while also being part of negative influences in our current
Mass together, collect food for the a team. “It doesn’t matter what place tech-dominated culture, that’s good
needy and prepare dinner at a local they finish,” writes Stefan Anikewich, news for parents.
soup kitchen,” says John Hannaway, the volunteer coach for CYO Track For more information, visit
CYO coordinator at Sts. John and Paul Club, whose team has runners from all For information on how to start a new
Parish in Larchmont. “It shows that the over Westchester and the Bronx. “We program in your parish or region, contact
Church and the parish are worthy focal always look for the real wins: enthusi- Seth Peloso at
points for our activities.” asm, hard work, attention to running or 646-794-2050.

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• Service opportunities at a variety of organizations
under the Catholic Charities umbrella
For more information:

Bereavement Facilitator Training
Saturday, March 30 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(breakfast provided)
St. Kateri Catholic Center, Newburgh
Wednesdays, April 3 | April 10
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(light dinner provided)
Family Life Office, Manhattan
(Note: must attend full Saturday session
or both evening sessions to receive certification.) Pentecostal Vigil
Training for parish support groups will focus Saturday, June 8 | 7:00 p.m. – midnight
on concepts of grief and loss, along with St. Patrick’s Cathedral
practical group dynamics, spiritual support Join the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center
and emotional healing in a community setting. of the Archdiocese of New York for a vigil Mass
Family Volunteer Day For more information: call 646-794-3168 and celebration of the Holy Spirit.
or email
Emmaus Ministry 18 Bleecker St., Manhattan
Family Volunteer Day for Grieving Parents Retreat | 212-925-2812
Saturday, March 30 | 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral High School, Manhattan St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, All Our Children
A day of service that demonstrates the power Cornwall on Hudson April 6 – May 12 | Black Box Theater
of families who volunteer together in support of A full-day retreat serving the spiritual needs  Stephen Unwin’s debut play memorializes the
their neighborhoods, communities and the world. of parents whose children of any age have 200,000 disabled people who died during the
For more information: visit died by any cause – no matter how long ago. Holocaust, and those who fought against this
or email For more information: call 646-794-3191 injustice. Starring Tony Award winner John Glover.
or email
Catholic Charities Gala To register: Oz at 80
Thursday, April 4 | 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 | 7:00 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History HISPANIC MINISTRY Loreto Theater
For more information: call 646-794-2433 Come “over the rainbow” to kick off our 1939:
or email Mass in honor of Our Lady of Lujan A Year in Film to Remember discussion series
(Argentina) with a magical evening celebrating the 80th
33rd Annual Cardinal’s Open Sunday, May 19 | 4:00 p.m. anniversary of MGM’s beloved The Wizard of Oz.
Monday, May 13 St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck Becca Stevens
For more information: call 646-794-2433 Mass in honor of Our Lady of Rocio Friday, March 22 | 8:00 p.m.
or email (Ecuador) Loreto Theater
Sunday, May 26 | 4:00 p.m. The New York Times describes Becca Stevens 
83rd Annual CYO Club of Champions St. Patrick’s Cathedral as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively
Thursday, June 6 | 6:30 p.m. absorbing.” Her style has always evaded
University Club, Manhattan Puerto Rican Day Parade Mass categorization. You’ll hear pop, rock, R&B
For more information: call 646-794-2433 Sunday, June 2 | 4:00 p.m. and funk side-by-side with Appalachian and
or email St. Patrick’s Cathedral British folk, classical, world music and jazz.

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Thank you for reading Archways,
the quarterly magazine of the
1939: A Year in Film to Remember Archdiocese of New York. If you’re
Tuesdays, March 26 | April 2 | April 9 looking at our print edition, you
7:00 p.m. | Studios A and B
may not be aware that the magazine
In this three-part series, author, professor and
film historian Fr. Robert Lauder explores a trio is also available digitally. You can
of classics from 1939: Love Affair (March 26), find a digital facsimile version
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (April 2) at
and Ninotchka (April 9).
In fact, twice a year (every other
Backstage Broadway issue) we publish digital-only –
Mondays, April 1 | April 15 so if you want to see our next issue,
7:00 p.m. | Loreto Theater
This new series, hosted by actor, music director,
Summer 2019, scheduled to arrive
composer and lyricist Alexander Gemignani, after Memorial Day, you’ll have to
provides an inside look into the collaborative go to the same address. There you’ll
process of bringing a show to the Great White be able to read it online, download
Way, focusing on the revival of Cole Porter’s it as a PDF or even print it out.
classic musical Kiss Me Kate at the Roundabout
Theatre (April 1); and of the new musical Be If you missed any of our previous
More Chill, which became a cult phenomenon
issues, you can view or download
with teens and young adults (April 15).
them at the same Web address.
The Divine Plan: Reagan, John Paul II (We urge you to do so, as the pages
and the Dramatic End of the Cold War are filled with useful information
Thursday, April 25 | 7:00 p.m. about activities and services offered
Loreto Theater
by the offices of the archdiocese.)
In his new documentary, director Robert
Orlando reveals one of the least-known
As long as you are subscribed to
stories of the twentieth century.
Immaculate Conception School, Bronx your parish’s Flocknote list, you
An Intimate Evening with will receive an email whenever
Douglas Ridloff of American YOUNG ADULT OUTREACH a new issue is published. That
Sign Language Poetry email will contain a link that will
Tuesday, May 7 | 8:00 p.m. Young Adult Mass with take you right to the Archways
Studios A and B Cardinal Dolan and Audrey Assad
Douglas Ridloff is a poet and visual storyteller Wednesday, April 3 | 7:30 p.m. landing page. If you’re not sub-
creating original works in American Sign St. Patrick’s Cathedral scribed to your parish’s Flocknote
Language (ASL). Holy Hour and confessions will be from list, go to the parish website to
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Social to follow! subscribe or ask at the parish office.
Time for Three
Friday, May 17 | 8:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday Mass Thanks, and God bless.
Loreto Theater Sunday, April 28 | 7:00 p.m.
This trio, comprising violinists Nick Kendall St. Patrick’s Cathedral
and Charles Yang and double-bassist Ranaan Celebrate the anniversary of the canonization
Meyer, happily and infectiously defies any of St. Pope John Paul II with the Office
traditional genre classification.  of Young Adult Outreach.
For more info, email:
SCHOOLS is published four times a year by the
Monthly CatholicNYC Holy Hour Archdiocese of New York Marketing Office
Touring Tuesdays Wednesdays, April 10 | May 8
Tuesday, April 9 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bridget Cusick
Director of Marketing
Parents looking to place their children for the St. Joseph’s Church, Greenwich Village
2019-2020 school year are invited to attend this Confessions are available. Social to follow! Michael Cain
spring’s final Tuesday open-house event, being held For more info, email: Managing Editor
at 133 participating Catholic elementary schools. Ricardo Paiba
To find a school and RSVP: call 646-794-2885 YOUTH MINISTRY Senior Designer
or visit Vinny Bove
Save the Date: Junior Designer
High School Seniors Mass New York Catholic Youth Day
Wednesday, April 3 | Saturday, October 19 Suzanne Q. Craig
Deputy Director of Marketing
Thursday, April 4 | 10:00 a.m. Westchester County Center, White Plains
St. Patrick’s Cathedral The region’s signature daylong gathering for Katherine Valentino
Cardinal Dolan celebrates Mass for graduating Catholic teens, with music, speakers, workshops, Social Media and Web Manager
seniors from Catholic high schools in the Mass – and the opportunity to participate Lauren Liberatore
archdiocese. Check with your school for details. in a large-scale group service project. Marketing Associate

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