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Care for Creation – and Each Other – in the
Archdiocese of New York
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Her New York Legacy
One-day Pilgrimages Life Speech:
How to Talk About Abortion
Shrines in the Archdiocese of New York
Social and Spiritual Uplift
Reasons to Be Joyful for Young Adult Catholics
On Being – or Becoming – Catholic Now Chaplains of the NYPD
St. Elizabeth Seton statue
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan

Photo © Gregory A. Shemitz



ummer is here, a season of glo- founded to promote care for creation
rious growth among God’s while fulfilling the Sisters of Charity
creations. All around us, seeds mission to feed the needy. The farm,
sown in good soil are producing one supported by the sisters and by com-
hundredfold and more. It is a vast mir- munity shareholders, provides food to
acle that we somehow take for granted. dozens of needy families and also ed-
When God calls us, and we answer, ucates apprentice farmers who carry
it’s impossible to anticipate how our their knowledge of organic, sustain-
mission will blossom and bear fruit. able, nonpolluting agriculture to oth-
That’s what happens when a seed is er communities.
sown in good soil: Day by day, year Elsewhere (see page 19), we find
by year, for a lifetime and beyond, the the sisters providing housing for the
harvest grows and multiplies. homeless from Staten Island to Orange
Case in point: Elizabeth Ann Seton, County; expert, loving care for medi-
the first American-born saint. This is- cally complex children at Elizabeth Se-
sue of Archways is filled with the fruits ton Children’s in Yonkers; and support
of her life. We didn’t go looking for for needy children and families in New
them – they are so numerous that we York and Puerto Rico through the New
kept bumping into them! York Foundling.
In 1805, Seton – a 30-year-old wid- in the Archdiocese of New York: in Finally, for our story on one-day
ow and mother of five – converted to Catholic schools and the thousands pilgrimages (page 24), we visit the in-
Catholicism at St. Peter’s Church in who were “educated by Charity”; in spiring Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann
Manhattan. By the time of her death 16 institutions that serve children in Seton at Our Lady of the Rosary in
years later, she had laid the foundations need; and in dozens of other agencies lower Manhattan. Pay a visit, say a
for Catholic education in America and founded or sponsored by the sisters. prayer, and meditate on the still-mul-
founded one of the country’s most In Dutchess County, we discover the tiplying harvest of charity that began
prolific religious orders, the Sisters spirit of Mother Seton at Sisters Hill when this American saint said yes to
of Charity. Her legacy is everywhere Farm (“Harvest of Faith,” page 12), the Lord’s call.

Faithfully in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Archbishop of New York

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OF FAITH These New York Catholics are
planting seeds of hope to restore
our relationship with the earth

Hudson River Valley

TO BE JOYFUL The inspiring, inescapable
legacy of St. Elizabeth
The Catholic Church is alive Ann Seton
and well and living in the
hearts of millions of faithful 4 FORUM
Why do we pray to saints?
men, women and children What is Ordinary Time?
What would a Christian
phone case look like?


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talking about abortion;
Lourdes? These shrines
Catholic chaplains of the
in the Archdiocese of NYPD; the latest from the
New York will lift you up, Office of Young Adult
Outreach; and suggested
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Why do we pray A statue of St. Jude at St. Augustine Church, Ossining.

to saints?
First off, let’s clarify: As Catholics, we
really don’t pray to the saints as much
as through them. We ask them to pray
for and with us before the Lord, with
whom they are already in communion
in heaven. They are also much better
“pray-ers” than we are and can help us
in our greatest conversation – one we
are privileged to have with God.
Some claim this practice is anti-bib-
lical, but the Bible itself tells us to call
upon those in heaven and ask them
to pray with us. Psalm 103 and other
passages in the Old Testament invoke
the holy men and women, and indeed
the angels, to help us “bless the Lord.”
Not only do those in heaven pray with
us; they also pray for us, as we see in
the New Testament Book of Revelation
(5:8), where the saints in heaven offer
God the prayers of the saints on earth.
Have you ever asked a friend, family
member or even a total stranger to pray
for you in a tough time – perhaps during
a medical emergency or family crisis or
simply when you needed help saying
yes to something God was asking from
you? I would imagine the answer is yes.
So why not the saints? They are experts
in prayer and empathy because they Not only do those in heaven pray with us;
know what we are going through.
If you were wrestling with a diag-
they also pray for us.
nosis of cancer, you’d seek out a com-
petent and compassionate medical course, in any part of life, good or bad, pray for us, the practice should be as
specialist; why not also seek the in- the intercession and motherly prayers natural as when we turn for support
tercession of Saint Peregrine, patron of Mary can help us immensely. Here and prayer to our earthly friends and
saint of cancer patients? Do you seek is both the Cause of Our Joy and Our family. All you holy men and women,
to know God’s will for your life? Ask Lady of Sorrows; her prayers are pow- pray for us!
for the prayers of Saints Peter and erful, especially in the holy rosary.
Paul, who model a yes to the call to Since there is a solid scriptural basis Fr. Jeffrey J. Maurer, Pastor
conversion and discipleship. And of for petitioning our heavenly friends to St. Mary’s Church, Washingtonville

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What is Ordinary Time?
The four seasons of Advent, Christmas, lights – first communions and confir- and a year for Luke. You can also hear
Lent and Easter are times of special sig- mations, weddings, parish carnivals St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, or
nificance for Catholic people. Two of – and holy days like the Assump- less-well-known parables and teach-
them are for preparation, and two are tion of Mary and All
for celebration. They focus us on faith’s Saints’ Day. But Ordi-
“greatest hits” – the birth of the Messi- nary Time is mostly Ordinary Time is mostly
ah and His death and resurrection. The about rolling up your
remainder of the year is known as Or- sleeves to do the work about rolling up your sleeves
dinary Time, 34 weeks that fall into two
parts: one between Christmas and Lent,
of Christ – and then,
like the farmer who to do the work of Christ.
the other between Easter and Advent. admires his harvest,
You know how sometimes after taking time to marvel at what God has ings of Jesus. Ordinary Time is a
Christmas you’ll hear people say, “Boy, been imperceptibly growing in our chance to bring more of Christ’s mes-
am I glad the holidays are over”? We families and in us. sage into our everyday lives.
love the big feasts, but we also like to Why go to Mass on the Sundays of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Eas-
get back to our ordinary lives. That’s the Ordinary Time? We may know people ter inspire us to rededicate ourselves
way it is with Ordinary Time. For many who only come to Mass for Christmas to the Lord, preparing and celebrat-
priests and parish staff members, after and Easter. Besides our obligation to ing. Ordinary Time teaches us to live
the excitement of Christmas and Easter, say thanks to God all the time, one the Gospel patiently and peacefully
it’s a kind of relief to get back to ordi- of the reasons to go to Mass during throughout the whole year.
nary duties and take care of the essen- Ordinary Time is to increase our
tials of parish life. During these weeks, knowledge of the Bible and to discov- Msgr. William Belford
Mass celebrants wear green vestments. er readings that are not familiar to us. Pastor, St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus,
Green is the color of hope and new life. The Sunday Gospel readings follow a Staten Island
We should not think of Ordinary three-year cycle: a year for Matthew, Author, Parish Liturgy Ba-
Time as dull. It has its own high- a year for Mark (with a little of John) sics, (Oregon Catholic Press)


hat object do you handle you back a cool $350), you can choose out the card for a new look as often as
most throughout the day? a decorative case with a scripture quote you like!
Most likely, it’s not your from Prone to Wander LA (prone- Want to go farther? Download a
rosary or your bible; it’s your phone. palette of Catholic emojis from your
Each time you pick it up, that phone Better yet, do it yourself: Buy a clear phone’s app marketplace and add
– and its case, if you use one – makes case and insert a prayer card between Christian symbols and portraits to your
a statement about you to the world. So the case and the back of your phone. texting iconography. Now, instead of
why not let that statement be a decla- For a minimal cost, you’ll have a cus- distracting you from the Gospel, your
ration of your faith? Instead of a nod tom case complete with your favorite phone will remind you of your faith ev-
to pop culture or ostentatious materi- sacred image: Our Lady of Guada- ery time you use it. But sorry – still no
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n Archways Winter 2018-19, we in-

Photo courtesy of St. Frances de Sales, New York City

troduced readers to Michelle Lai
and James Irvin, adults prepar-
ing for initiation into the Catholic
Church at Easter through the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Michelle, a medical student in Man-
hattan, had been raised without reli-
gion, and James, a building engineer
at the VA Hospital at Castle Point, was
a baptized Presbyterian and seeking a
more meaningful religious experience
since being introduced to the Catholic
church by his wife, Mirna.
For James, the RCIA process was
a fulfilling one. “It was wonderful to
learn about God and Jesus Christ and
everything He went through,” James
says. In January, he attended a Catho-
lic retreat and found it very uplifting.
Then, in March, he suffered a stroke.
“I woke up one morning and couldn’t
keep my balance,” he recalls. “My wife
was there, and we had to call the am-
bulance. I couldn’t walk two steps
without falling down.”
When Sandy Corsetti, the RCIA
coordinator for St. Mother Teresa of
Calcutta Parish in Newburgh, learned
what had happened, she headed to the
hospital. Since no one could be sure
what the medical outcome might be,
she arranged for Fr. William Danforth,
pastor at St. Mother Teresa, to perform
the rite of confirmation four weeks be-
fore Easter.
RCIA catechumen Michelle Lai was baptized during the Easter Vigil Mass by Fr. Philip Kelly,
“My stroke was on a Thursday, and Fr. pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Manhattan.
Danforth confirmed me that Sunday. I
felt like a weight had been lifted off of me.
It was a joyful experience inside, for me
to become Catholic.”
“When I felt the water pour over me, I felt
James’ recovery so far has been re-
markably smooth. “I couldn’t walk for a
that my past life was being washed away
couple of weeks without losing my bal- and it was the beginning of the new one.”
ance. Within eight weeks I was walking
without my cane, and I’m doing very – Michelle Lai
well. I am believing in Him and having

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RCIA candidate James Irvin with RCIA
coordinator Sandy Corsetti of St. Mother Catechumens and godparents (standing) at the
Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Newburgh. annual Rite of Election at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Photo © Chris Sheridan, Catholic NY

“It was a joyful experience inside, for me to become Catholic.”
– James Irvin
faith, and everything is coming back in and where my faith was – but by the Looking ahead to life as a member
a natural way.” end of the process it felt like second na- of the Church, Michelle is hoping for
Having attended Easter Mass with his ture.” The biggest help was the sense of more of the same. “I definitely will
wife as a fully initiated Catholic, James community. “The best part was getting stay very close to the Church and
has seen enough excitement for a while. to know the RCIA family,” she says. the RCIA group. I want to continue
“My plans?” he asks. “Do the right thing. “It was great becoming Catholic and to make a positive difference in the
Be a good husband to my wife and a joining the community, taking com- world,” she says. “I’m not walking
good grandfather and father. Live a good munion and having my family there to through life alone now. I have God
life. That’s all I’m looking for.” celebrate as well.” walking with me.”
Michelle was baptized as planned at
the Easter Vigil at St. Francis de Sales in
Manhattan. Although not accompanied
by a life-and-death medical emergency,
her experience was equally dramatic. GETTING STARTED
“When I felt the water pour over me, I
felt that my past life was being washed
away and it was the beginning of the new o you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic? The
one. Over the whole process of RCIA, I first step is to talk to the pastor or the RCIA coordinator of the local
changed, but now I feel more like my true Catholic parish where they would like to be initiated. For further in-
self than ever before,” she says. formation, please contact Oscar Cruz at the Office of Adult Faith Formation
The most challenging part of the of the Archdiocese of New York;; 646-794-2574. Also see
process for Michelle was having to “Ask a Priest: What are the steps for an adult to become a member of the
start from scratch. “For me, with no Catholic Church?” (Archways Winter 2018-19).
religious background at all, it was very
difficult learning to be where God was

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n a high-strung culture that pun- to a New Year’s Eve party in Times young adult volunteers to pray at the
ishes us with social and financial Square with Mass at St. Malachy’s on bedsides of the sick and dying.
stresses and distracts us with easy, West 52nd Street, or an All Souls/Hal- While people at all levels of engage-
shallow pleasures, young adults are at loween party on the rooftop of St. Jo- ment can and do attend events in all
particular risk of losing touch with seph’s in Greenwich Village.” four categories, a core mission of YAO
their faith. The Office of Young Adult Programs in the Friend category are is to provide a pathway for Seekers to
Outreach (YAO) of the Archdiocese of focused on helping attendees learn become Disciples. “If we meet some-
New York invites them to re-connect about the Catholic faith in a commu- one new at a Seeker event, we can
with the Church by offering them a nity setting. “We have book clubs, Bi- say, ‘Hey, there’s an event to feed the
more meaningful experience. ble studies, Theology on Tap – which hungry across the street that could
“The first pillar of our mission,” says meets at a pub – plus our seven-week use some volunteers next week.’ And
Colin Nykaza, YAO’s director, “is to Love & Responsibility summer series, at the volunteer event, we might say,
help people in their 20s and 30s en-
counter Jesus Christ and develop a re-
lationship with Him. The second is to
help them encounter each other – find
a home, a spouse, a community.”
The programs sponsored by YAO
are designed to help young adult
Catholics receive God’s love through
Masses, confessions and faith forma-
tion, and to give God’s love to others
through service and social events.
Nykaza divides the programs into
four categories geared toward young
adults at different stages of engage-
ment with the Church: Seeker, Ac-
quaintance, Friend and Disciple.
At Seeker events, attendees might
not even notice that their hosts are
Catholic. “We’ve done jazz nights, fit- Attendees at a Love & Responsibility lecture in Manhattan.
ness events, trips to a Mets or Yankees
game, bowling, boating – pretty much where a couple hundred young adults ‘Hey listen, Cardinal Dolan’s about to
anything that young adults would like gather in an outdoor courtyard in do this Young Adult Mass at St. Pat-
to be doing anyway,” Nykaza says. Manhattan for a lecture and discus- rick’s Cathedral – great musicians, big
Events at the Acquaintance level are sion followed by a social.” party afterward, why don’t you come?’
more faith-aligned, including an array At the Disciple level, on the other Before you know it, this person – who
of volunteer programs. “We connect hand, “The events are strictly sac- had thought they were all alone as a
young adults to amazing opportu- ramental,” Nykaza says, “including Catholic – is in the cathedral with
nities to give of themselves,” Nykaza young adult Masses, reconciliation, 2,000 young adults practicing their
says. “Hospital and prison ministries, and holy hours of adoration. We faith.”
homeless outreach, soup kitchens: make sure to host each of these once The Office of Young Adult Outreach
We’ll either connect to outside agen- a month in every region of the arch- serves and supports more than 100
cies or run the program ourselves.” diocese.” Among YAO’s new under- young adult ministries in the 292 par-
Also in this category are social events takings are the planned opening of a ishes of the Archdiocese of New York.
with a bit more of an overt Catholic perpetual adoration chapel in Man- For more information on YAO pro-
tie. “If someone is anxious about go- hattan and the establishment of the grams, see Events, page 28, and visit
ing back to church, we’ll invite them Bedside Mercy Ministry, mobilizing

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r. Joseph Franco, the pastor of Sa-
cred Heart Parish in the Bronx,
has two sets of work clothes: the
clerical suit and Roman collar of the
parish priest and the blue jacket and in-
signia of the New York Police Depart-
ment. He ministers to parishioners in

Photo credit: CNS photo / Gregory A. Shemitz

the Highbridge neighborhood and also
to a mega-parish of 35,000 uniformed
“They come because they trust us.
officers and 15,000 civilian employees
of the NYPD.
That’s why we wear the uniform, to let
As an NYPD chaplain, he performs them know we understand what they do.”
a wide variety of duties: saying invoca-
tions at departmental dinners or gradu- – Msgr. Robert Romano
ations, presiding at funerals or memori-
al services, counseling officers and their lice officers needed a presence in their much in the two years since I joined
families about a wide range of problems life, somebody to help them. We said the unit, but it has. Another thing we
– and sometimes comforting them in Mass every Sunday down at Ground respond to immediately is any self-in-
the wake of tragedy. “It’s a big challenge Zero. When we started there were 13 flicted wound by a police officer,” Fr.
to combine the job of police chaplain cops that came; on the last day, when Franco says. After any tragedy, he
with the responsibilities of a pastor,” they took the last piece of metal from adds, “NYPD is amazing about get-
Fr. Franco says. “Sometimes I get called the site, I said Mass in the middle of ting chaplains to not only the family
away and I miss events in the parish. Murray and Greenwich, in the street, but also the officers back at the pre-
Without the support of the others in my for thousands of people and cops.” cinct, to be sure anybody who needs
rectory, I would not be able to do it.” Now, officers often ask to see a chap- it gets some kind of spiritual support.”
Fr. Franco is one of four Catholic lain for deeply personal reasons. “They After a crisis or funeral, sometimes a
priests in the NYPD Chaplains Unit. come to us when they’re sick or maybe family does not want to see a chaplain
Another is Msgr. Robert Romano, as- someone in their family is sick, or may- for a while. “I go sometimes to the hos-
sistant chief chaplain and also pastor of be they are in trouble with alcohol or pital or to the home,” Msgr. Romano
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brooklyn, prescription painkillers after an inju- says, “and the family doesn’t want to be
who has been in the unit for more than ry,” Msgr. Romano says. “They say ‘Fa- bothered. Sometimes they’re mad at the
20 years. Msgr. Romano remembers ther, could you pray for us?’ And they PD or they’re mad at God and they’re
the event that permanently deepened also come for good things: ‘Could you mad at us because we had to bring the
the relationships between NYPD offi- baptize our baby? Could you marry bad news. Over time, 99 percent of them
cers and their chaplains. us?’ They come because they trust us. change, because they realize what the
“Everything changed with 9/11,” he That’s why we wear the uniform, to let PD does: We never forget them.”
says. “Before, cops would see chaplains them know that we understand what For all the challenge of balancing
at graduation and promotion – and they do. We know the job.” two very demanding jobs – local pas-
when a police officer was injured or Two or three times a month, every tor and NYPD chaplain – Fr. Franco
died in the line of duty, the chaplains chaplain is assigned a “duty day,” looks forward to doing it for decades
would go and make the notification to during which he is on call for 24 to come. “I have always loved the idea
the family. But after 9/11, it was a total- hours. “If a police officer is ever shot of serving those who serve,” he says. “I
ly different thing. We lost 23 members, or injured in some sort of adversarial love working with police officers. Their
and each of them had a funeral, some action, that has the highest priority, willingness to give up their life for an
had two funerals because maybe they and if it’s your duty day, you have to unknown neighbor is right out of the
didn’t find the body right away. So 9/11 drop everything and show up. I wish Gospel, and anything I can do to sup-
showed that we were there and that po- that I could say that hasn’t happened port them, I want to do.”

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n a society so divided on the subject
of abortion, talking about the sanc-
tity of life can be extremely chal-
lenging. For the Sisters of Life, such
conversations are a critical part of
their mission. We asked Sr. Virginia
Joy, director of the Respect Life Office
of the Archdiocese of New York, how
she approaches these interactions.

Archways: What does it mean to be

pro-life? How do you represent that in
“Here in New York, around 800 pregnant
Sr. Virginia Joy: People are full of
stereotypes or caricatures of what
women come to us every year. We ask for
somebody who’s pro-life must be like – the grace to be moved by their goodness.”
judgmental and condemning and diffi-
cult, someone who only cares about the – Sr. Virginia Joy
baby in the womb and not the woman
– so we have to make it human. Every a great gift. We could never imagine in Sr. V.J.: Our first response is to receive
individual’s experience is so personal, detail why a woman or a couple might the individual. Here in New York,
so unique. And every person’s experi- have felt pressured or scared into hav- around 800 pregnant women come to
ence – every person, really – must be ing an abortion. You have to resist the us every year. We say that we “listen
held in great reverence. urge to sit in judgment and just try to them back into life.” We just want to
The right to life is really reverence receive them with mercy and hope. get to know them. We delight in them.
for life; reverence for God, the author Many people experience a past abor- Through the Holy Spirit, we ask for the
of life; and then reverence for myself. tion as a hidden grief because abor- grace to be moved by their goodness.
From that disposition, I can uphold tion is so culturally acceptable that it’s Every individual is good, beautiful,
every individual that comes before me. considered unreasonable to grieve, to created and known by God. I try to
After that, it’s about listening. mourn the loss. Whenever I’m speak- act as a mirror, to reflect the good-
ing to a group, I know there are women ness that I see in her. Because if she
AW: At the Respect Life Office, your who have experienced an abortion and can’t reverence her own value and
Hope and Healing mission offers re- maybe still experience shame or guilt. worth, she’s not going to be able to
treats and counseling for women who Our language has to be reverence and recognize it in anybody, including
have had an abortion at any point in love and always mercy. Remember that the child she’s carrying. We let her
their lives and who are suffering as a re- God desires to restore, to renew. He de- “empty the bucket.” What is she car-
sult. How do you speak to a woman who sires to make all things new, including rying? What are her fears?
has had an abortion? our hearts. We find that women are choosing
abortion out of fear: fear that my par-
Sr. V.J.: We should receive a woman AW: How would you speak to a preg- ents or my boyfriend won’t accept this
who has suffered an abortion as we nant woman who is planning or consid- child or accept me. Fear for housing.
would receive any woman, frankly: as ering an abortion? Fear of not being able to finish school

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or that I’ll lose my job. The fears are herself. To condemn something that on when life begins, but I am on boad
kind of endless. The culture pits the she has personally experienced would with your concern for women. That’s a
woman against her child. be incredibly difficult. So I try to treat starting point.
We know that if a woman is mak- her with reverence.
ing a decision in fear, she’s really not We use a tool called reflective listen- AW: Can conversations change lives?
free. Our role as Sisters of Life is to say ing. In the desire to protect a woman’s
“What can we do to help, to free you “choice,” we can reflect that there’s Sr. V.J.: In our Hope and Healing mis-
of your fears? If we could help out with legitimate concern for the woman. sion, we’ve seen women change physi-
a housing situation or an employment So here is our common ground: She cally, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
situation, or if we could meet with is for the woman, and I am too. I can There was one woman, probably in her
your family – if we could alleviate the say, “My concern is too many women fifties, who went to confession for the
fear – what then do you most desire to are choosing abortion out of fear. And first time on one of our retreats, and
choose?” We would say that the heart what are we doing as a culture to sup- afterward she went outside and start-
of a woman desires to give life to the port her if she chooses life? Are we do- ed doing cartwheels. Literally. The
child she carries within. ing enough?” I think all of us can agree priests were looking out the window in
we’re not. amazement. God is so powerful, and
AW: How should we speak to a pro- We can also talk on the immigra- He just desires to totally make anew
choice advocate? tion side: So many immigrant women these women’s lives. When we release
think, because they’re undocumented, our fears and sins and burdens and
Sr. V.J.: With this particular topic, di- that they can’t have medical care. Right things that we’re ashamed of, God de-
alogue sometimes seems impossible. there you are on common ground, typ- sires literally to create new life out of it.
Often, I think, the person who is so ad- ically, with a pro-choice person. You We see that again and again with the
amant may have suffered an abortion can say, I know that you and I disagree women we work with.



It’s summertime, and many of us How Catholic Art Saved the Faith:
are looking for something to read. The Triumph of Beauty and Truth
The following choices – less for in Counter-Reformation Art
the beach than for the porch or by Elizabeth Lev (Sophia Institute Press)
study – range from a Hollywood In the century after Martin Luther, the
memoir (with a Catholic twist) Church was in crisis. A leading art histo-
to heft iogr ph of the fir t rian tells how Catholic leaders turned to
American-born saint. artists to instruct and inspire the faithful
– leaving a legacy of masterpieces.
Grateful American:
A Journey from Self to Service The Missionary of Wall Street:
by Gary Sinise (HarperCollins) From Managing Money to Saving Souls
The renowned actor and convert on the Streets of New York
to Catholicism recounts his ca- by Stephen Auth (Sophia Institute Press)
reer and the spiritual transforma- Adventures and misadventures of a
tion that led to his work on behalf highly successful money manager
of soldiers, sailors and veterans. moonlighting as a missionary on the
streets of New York.
On Thomas Merton by Mary Gordon (Penguin)
One of America’s foremost Catholic novelists Elizabeth Seton: American Saint
t e fierce nd d iring loo t the riting by Catherine O’Donnell (Cornell University Press)
of the American Trappist monk and author This in-depth biography places the extraordinary
of The Seven Storey Mountain, known as life of Elizabeth Ann Seton in the context of her
“a modern-day Confessions of St. Augustine.” turbulent times.

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These New York Catholics are
planting seeds of hope to restore
our relationship with the earth
RIGHT: Flinging seeds like confetti, the
Dominican Sisters of Hope celebrate the
fall 2018 announcement of a conservation
easement to prevent future development
of 34 acres at Mariandale, in Ossining.

Photo © Maria R. Bastone

Earth is the only home humans 2:15). Unfortunately, we have not al- witness extraordinary climate change
know, at least during our mortal lives. ways fulfilled this duty of stewardship. and an unprecedented destruction of
Wrapped in a protective mantle of gas- The signs of a deteriorating environ- ecosystems, with serious consequences
es and warmed by the sun, it has pro- ment are all around us – in melting ice- for all of us.”
tected us from cosmic radiation and bergs, rising sea levels, the escalating Still, there is hope. “All is not lost,”
the bitter cold of space. Its gravity an- violence of mega-storms – and much of Pope Francis writes. “Human beings
chors us, its soil nourishes us, its waters … are also capable of rising above
bring life. themselves, choosing again what is
It has not always been gentle. It can
kill us in a hundred ways: a flood, an
“The earth is good, and making a new start.”
In the Archdiocese of New York,
epic storm, an earthquake, an ava-
lanche. But mostly, throughout record-
the Lord’s, and many Catholics are committed to
nurturing the environment through
ed history, poets have written about everything in it.” sustainable farming methods, smart
how it sustains us, feeds us, shelters us. management of energy consumption
The earth is our home and nature is – Psalm 24:1 and responsible stewardship of the
our provider, but we do not own them. land itself. If each of us can mirror
“The Lord God made all kinds of trees that commitment in our own lives, we
grow out of the ground – trees that the damage has been done through our can return to the confidence expressed
were pleasing to the eye and good for own carelessness or greed. The Catho- in Genesis 8:22: “As long as the earth
food,” according to Genesis 2:9. Then lic Church has recognized the crisis: “If endures, seedtime and harvest, cold
He “put [Adam] in the Garden of Eden present trends continue,” Pope Fran- and heat, summer and winter, day and
to work it and take care of it” (Genesis cis has written, “this century may well night will never cease.”

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Harvesting lettuce at Sisters Hill Farm
in Stanfordville.

“The earth herself, burdened and laid

waste, is among the most abandoned
and maltreated of our poor,” Pope
Francis wrote in Laudato Si’, his 2015
encyclical calling on all of humanity to
take action to reverse climate change
and the degradation of our natural
environment. Decrying the effects of
consumerism and its “throwaway cul-
ture,” he wrote, “I urgently appeal …
for a new dialogue about how we are
shaping the future of our planet.”
At Sisters Hill Farm in Stanfordville,
Dutchess County, that dialogue – and
the work of caring for the earth cou-
pled with service to the poor – has been
going on for decades. In 1991, Sr. Mary
Ann Garisto, a member of the Sisters of
Charity of New York, took a sabbatical food is grown and provide communi- anyone away who cannot pay the full
at Genesis Farm, a community garden ty-building activities at the same time.” amount. The mission of the farm is to
founded by the Dominican Sisters of In the CSA model, community share- grow healthy food that nurtures bod-
Caldwell, N.J. She returned to her con- holders (Sisters Hill has around 300) get ies, spirits and the earth, but it’s also an
gregation with the idea that they should weekly portions of the harvest and help extension of our work for the poor.”
launch a farm of their own. “We had a with the work of the farm. They pay Dave Hambleton has been the farm-
small committee working on care of the up front, thus sharing the risks – and er at Sisters Hill since its founding.
earth,” she recalls. In 1995, the chapter
wrote a Vision 2000 statement in which
members committed to revere creation
“in a spirit of interconnectedness with “All of us can cooperate as instruments
all that is, living responsibly.”
Sisters Hill is a CSA (community of God for the care of creation, each
supported agriculture) farm, practic-
ing sustainable organic methods and according to his or her own culture,
training three apprentice farmers each
year to carry the environmentally ben-
experience, involvements and talents.”
eficial practices to other communities. – Pope Francis, Laudato Si’
“We started the farm in Stanfordville
in 1998, on land that had been donat-
ed to the Sisters of Charity in 1917,”
Sr. Garisto says. “Our priority was – the bounty – with the farmer. Of every “Our first year, we harvested 20,000
and still is – to care for and nurture harvest at Sisters Hill, 10% goes to peo- pounds,” he says. “Now our annual
the earth and create a just and vital ple in need. “That’s a very important yield is 90,000 pounds on five acres,
relationship between people and the part of our mission,” Sr. Garisto says. using hand tools and low-powered
earth. We felt that this was a great way “We also have some free shares and tractors and as little plastic as possible.”
to do that, to connect people with how some subsidized shares. We never turn Beyond farming methods, Sisters Hill

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combats global warming through the
use of solar panels, 40 of which power the
barns and the apprentice quarters.
“I value being part of an organiza-
tion where it’s about empathy and car-
ing for others,” Hambleton says. “Now
we are moving more toward education.
We train three apprentices a year here,
and we’re spreading the environmental
message online and through social me-
dia. We were one of the early CSAs and
have been a model for other groups, not
just religious groups but farmers from all
walks of life. That’s really exciting to us.”
Elsewhere in the Hudson Valley – at
Harmony Farm in Goshen, sponsored
by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt;
Pachamama Farm, run by the Maryk-
noll Fathers in Ossining; and the Peter
Maurin Farm, operated by the Catholic
Worker Group in Marlboro – the same
focus on care for creation, sustainable Produce from Sisters Hill Farm.
agriculture and feeding the hungry is


In 1996, representatives from an assortment of Cath-
olic organizations in the Hudson River bioregion came
together to talk about environmental goals and chal-
lenges. Most of these groups – 15, including the Sisters
of Charity, the Maryknoll Sisters, and the Dominican
Sisters of Sparkill – had stewardship over tracts of un-
developed land, which they wanted to care for respon-
sibly. They called themselves Religious Organizations
Along the River (ROAR).
“Ecologically sound care of Earth is a God-given
mission,” ROAR’s mission statement declared, and the Members of ROAR at a climate change march in Manhattan.
members pledged to “support one another in using
the land under our care with respect for its integrity, through safe, renewable energy choices. ROAR’s Face-
revelatory nature and beauty” and “address the inter- book page ( is regular-
related issues of poverty, injustice, and ecological de- ly updated with news and event announcements.
terioration in this bioregion.” Since ROAR’s founding, Although ROAR came into being more than a de-
its member organizations have donated hundreds of cade before Laudato Si’, Sr. Carol DeAngelo, Director
undeveloped acres to regional land trusts to be pro- of Peace, Justice and the Integrity of Creation for Sis-
tected in perpetuity from development. Many of these ters of Charity of New York and one of ROAR’s found-
tracts are open to be enjoyed by the public. ers, remembers her excitement when Pope Francis’
ROAR also collaborates with other groups such as the encyclical was published. “People now see that social
Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement to advo- justice issues are very interconnected with care for cre-
cate for broader environmental goals, educating and ation,” she says. “Climate change issues affect poverty
mobilizing Catholics on issues like protecting clean wa- and migration. If we explore the depths of Laudato Si’,
ter, reducing plastic use and containing climate change we are being called to a new way of being.”

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There are more than 1,900
buildings under the purview of
the Archdiocese of New York En-
ergy Department, and at least two
good reasons to make them as en-
ergy-efficient as possible.
“Our goal,” says Martin Susz,
the department’s director, “is to
reduce our carbon footprint and
save money on energy costs. Why
give the money to the energy com-
pany when you can redirect it to
the needs and goals of parishes?”
The department’s LED upgrade
project, replacing outdated light-
bulbs and fixtures, has now been
completed in 72 parishes, with an-
other nine in progress. Subsidized
by the utilities, upgrades generally
pay for themselves in 15 months,
after which they save parishes thou-
sands of dollars a year. Work also
continues to “tighten the envelope”
in buildings that leak warm air in
winter and cool air in summer.
But perhaps the most exciting
Late summer harvest developments have come with the
at Sisters Hill. use of solar energy.
Since last June, the Energy De-
partment has installed solar panels
creating pockets of hope for the plan- experience and a desire to live close to in five parishes. “The panels were
et – not to mention tons of delicious the land. Under her direction and still operational as of January 1,” Susz
fresh produce. working with the Highbridge group, the says, “and this summer we will do
Amid verdant hills outside the Or- sisters began expanding the farm and installations in two more parishes
ange County town of Goshen, Harmony initiated a CSA program. Eventually, and two high schools.” In addition,
Farm is situated on land that the Do- when Sr. Carole retired and the High- he says, “We are installing a solar
minican Sisters of Blauvelt purchased bridge center closed down, the sisters array in the Gates of Heaven cem-
in 1927 for a novitiate and school. The faced a choice. They decided to continue etery in Hawthorne, which will
farm had its origins in 1993 as a com- to farm the land and provide a CSA to yield five megawatts of electricity.”
munity garden, part of a retreat center families. “We sisters have been blessed The power will be fed directly into
run by the Highbridge Community Life with the stewardship of our Goshen Con Ed’s grid, and parishes in cen-
Center on the sisters’ land. It was a place lands,” says Sr. Didi Madden, OP, the tral Westchester will receive corre-
where economically struggling families farm’s current director. “Continuing the sponding energy discounts.
from the Bronx could learn, heal and farm was integral to our mission. “Solar and LED are great ways
develop life and social skills. The garden “Blauvelt Dominicans are commit- to reduce our carbon footprint,”
was a way to feed the families fresh or- ted to serving the poor and excluded,” Susz says. The effort will also
ganic food and teach them about their Sr. Didi says. “As awareness of the con- make all our dollars go farther
connection to the earth. nection between faith and care of cre- and will continue, year after year,
In 1994, Sr. Carole Keaney, OSU, re- ation grew, we developed a land ethic in all 10 counties of the archdio-
turned to the U.S. after a 35-year mis- as well as an appreciation of how our cese. “It’s not a commitment with
sion in Indonesia with vast agricultural Goshen lands could connect people to an expiration date.”

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nature and build ecological awareness of Blauvelt’s land ethic document: “We John Hudert, grew up on a dairy farm
and action.” believe … that the earth is our home in New Hampshire. Pachamama uses
Today, Harmony Farm produces a and each one of us has the responsibili- no chemical fertilizers or pesticides,
wide variety of fresh vegetables, har- ty to preserve the web of life.” enriching the soil with grass clippings
vesting 40,000 pounds a year on nine In Westchester County, Pachamama and leaves in fall, and occasionally
acres using organic and biodynamic Farm produces more than seven tons mixing in some horse manure (when
farming methods. It provides shares of food per year on a one-acre plot, they can get it). The main focus is on
from early June until mid-November most of it distributed to local food pan- feeding the hungry. “We serve food
to 35 member families and distributes tries. Pachamama’s director, Fr. Fern missions in Ossining, Peekskill and
additional produce to pantries and soup Gosselin of the Maryknoll Fathers Katonah,” Fr. Gosselin says. “This is
kitchens and at local farmers’ markets. and Brothers, who started the farm in delicious, wholesome food for people
In the words of the Dominican Sisters 2000 along with fellow Maryknoller Fr. who are very poor.”

“As awareness of the

connection between faith
and care of creation grew,
we developed a land ethic
as well as an appreciation
of how our Goshen lands
could connect people to
nature and build ecological
awareness and action.”
– Sr. Didi Madden
Sisters Hill Farm.

Sunflowers at Sisters Hill.

Photo © Chris Sheridan

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Harmony Farm, Goshen; Peter Maurin Farm, Marlboro; Dave Hambleton of Sisters Hill Farm.

At the Peter Maurin Farm, members about food production. There has been these sustainable farms is important
of the Catholic Worker community are a resurgence of Catholic Worker farms for its physical impact, but even more
continuing and extending the work of in recent decades, and their added because it serves to inspire and edu-
Maurin and Dorothy Day, working a emphasis on sustainability is perfectly cate. “Education is very important,”
small plot of land to supply the Catho- aligned with Day’s mission to serve the Sr. Garisto says. “That’s the biggest
lic Worker soup kitchens in New York poor while also glorying in the beauty need that we have. We are an integral
City. It was part of Maurin’s vision of the natural world. part of God’s creation. We were born
that Catholic Worker communities Meeting the challenge of Pope Fran- of the earth. We are to care for the
would include self-sufficient commu- cis to nurture our planet back to health earth. We need to make these princi-
nal farms that served as “agronom- will require work, prayer and sacrifice ples a core part of our lives.”
ic universities” to foster knowledge from all of us. The work being done at

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Part of the Solution (POTS) in the Bronx,

SOWING CHARITY founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1982.

t first glance, it might seem odd that the Sisters cialized state-of-the-art clinical and rehabilitative
of Charity operate a farm in Dutchess County. care (and a great deal of love) to children with mul-
Not so, says Sr. Jane Iannucelli, who has just tiple physical and neurological conditions
finished a term as president of the sisters’ New York • Sisters of Charity Housing Development Cor-
congregation. “Ecology and the integrity of the land poration, fighting homelessness with affordable,
are justice issues,” she says. “And we have been in- supportive housing options for New York’s most
volved with justice and peace from the beginning.” vulnerable residents
Founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 1809, the • Fox House, an East Harlem shelter offering a safe,
Sisters of Charity came to New York in 1817, and they secure environment for hundreds of homeless fam-
have been a vital part of the archdiocese ever since. The ilies each year
sisters’ core mission is “to reveal God’s love to all in • Part of the Solution (POTS), a Bronx center that
need, especially those living on the margin,” says Sr. meets multiple needs of the impoverished, with
Iannucelli, and their ministries were created “always hundreds of hot meals each day, a food pantry,
in response to a need. We came to New York because clothing, haircuts and other services (see “Table of
the bishop said there was a need to help the many or- Plenty,” Archways Fall 2018).
phans. Then the orphans needed a school. Then many
people were getting sick so we opened St. Vincent’s The mission of Sisters Hill Farm dovetails perfectly
Hospital.” The needs kept presenting themselves, and with the many other ministries of the Sisters of Char-
Sisters of Charity kept responding. ity. “At the farm we grow organic food, and we give a
Among the many programs and institutions found- great deal of it to people who are poor and hungry,”
ed and supported by the sisters: Sr. Iannucelli says. “We work in shelters, with immi-
grants. We have a soup kitchen.”
• New York Foundling, opened in 1869 to take in Addressing the aging of the sisters and the shortage
infants being abandoned on the streets of New York, of vocations among younger women, she expresses
now offering a wide array of services and support confidence in the order’s ongoing mission: “We are
for children, families and individuals with develop- small in number. We are not young. But we are in-
mental disabilities volved in outreach in a multitude of ways to be present
• Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, providing spe- to those in need. We are not ready to close any doors.”

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he Catholic Church is alive
and well and living in the
hearts of millions of faithful
men, women and children.
The following pages feature photography
from the Archdiocese of New York’s “40
Days, 40 Reasons” series, a project of the
Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal
that debuted during Lent 2019. In the
faces and the voices of the people shown
here, and of thousands of other Catholics
attending Mass and engaging in minis-
tries throughout the region, you will see
the present and future of the Church. The
light of Christ shines on them, and on all
of us. See more at


JOYFUL We are the body of Christ

Young Adult programs participant | Manhattan
Photographs by “I seek different things at different times. Sometimes (actu-
Gerri Hernandez ally all the time) I need healing, so I turn to the sacraments.
Sometimes I need more community, so I turn to the friend-
ships God has put in my life. And sometimes, but not nearly
enough, I am seeking out how I can serve God and others,
and the Church offers endless possibilities for that.”

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School parents | St. Raymond School, Bronx
“The important thing is to know that when they are at
school, the values they are getting are similar to what
you would give at home – and therefore you have a part-
nership which, I hope, makes it a lot easier to make them
successful human beings.”

Youth Ministry | Salesian High School, New Rochelle
“I am heavy into God’s love, and I believe that saved me.
... I try to express it to the boys in a language they under-
stand. ... I want them to always realize that He is there for
them and the struggle with faith is normal, but His arms
are always open.”

RCIA candidate | Good Shepherd, Manhattan
“When I pray, God listens. It’s something I’m
trying to teach my son. We just feel so good that
anything bad won’t bother us. We know that it
is going to be resolved sooner or later, because
of God – who else?”

Family Life University Apostolate
Natural Family Planning Advocate St. Joseph Parish, New Paltz
“I love my church, I love my faith; I’ve been betrayed “Even those of us who are deep in ministry are
with everything going on, I feel awful about it, but I still in need of evangelization and redemption.
still need the Church in my life. ... What [it] has given We are still finding our way, and that is okay,
me is some amazing communities.” and there is grace.”

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University Apostolate | Manhattan
“I chose to go all-in, and I did. And I had my
first truly honest confession, and I went to ad-
oration four times a week. I admitted to myself
this is what I was called to do. I have never re-
gretted it.”


Pre-Cana Facilitators | Sacred Heart, Monroe
“When you invite God into your life, there will
be times when He asks you to step outside of
your comfort zone, but when you do, you grow
so much. ... I believe we found our purpose.”
The Fuentidueña Apse
The Cloisters
Fort Tryon, Manhattan

PILGRIMAGES Not up for the flight to Lourdes?
These shrines in the Archdiocese of New York
will lift you up, boarding pass not required

he word shrine comes from the site of a blessed event – a martyr- places offer us a chance to be in the
the Latin scrinium, which dom, a Marian apparition – or memori- presence of the divine without travel-
means “box” – because the alize a tragedy. A shrine is “in general, a ing halfway around the world. In a few
first Christian shrines were holy place,” says the Catholic Dictionary, cases, convenient side trips can deepen
boxes or repositories for the relics of where people go to pray, meditate, ven- the experience of pilgrimage.
saints. Today, not all Catholic shrines erate, ask forgiveness and lay their in- If you are “staycationing” this sum-
house relics, but all are focal points for tentions before God and the saints. mer, or just have a free day to spend
prayer and devotion, often to a saint or There are dozens of shrines in the enriching your faith life, pick a shrine
the Blessed Mother. Archdiocese of New York, including and make a pilgrimage. Think of it as
A shrine might be a large, “official” several worthy of a one-day pilgrim- a theme park for your soul – not the
pilgrimage destination like the National age. From the home of the first Amer- fleeting adrenaline rush of the roller
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception ican-born saint in lower Manhattan to coaster or the log flume, but the lumi-
of Mary in Washington, D.C., a side al- a humble chapel devoted to the mem- nous pause at the top of the ferris wheel
tar in a parish church or a local memo- ories of unborn and prematurely born that reveals the far horizon and puts
rial alongside a highway. It might mark infants in Sullivan County, these holy the entire world in perspective.

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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
7 State St., Manhattan
(212) 233-8355
Masses Sunday 11:00 a.m.,
Monday – Friday 12:15 p.m.

or two years in the early 1800s,
before she became a Catholic, the
first American-born saint lived at
8 State Street – the stately Federal-style
building attached to the St. Elizabeth
Ann Seton Shrine – with her husband
and children. The church that now
houses the shrine was built in 1965
to match the style of the onetime Se-
ton home. Together the two structures
make for a striking piece of architec-
ture amid the steel towers of lower religious order she founded is Amer-
Manhattan – and a spiritual magnet ica’s oldest, and many institutions
for devotees of St. Elizabeth Ann Se- spawned by the Sisters of Charity
ton. To visit, come at Mass time. and/or named for Mother Seton can
The Setons left 8 State Street in 1803, be found throughout the archdiocese
and within two years, Elizabeth – a and, indeed, the country: schools,
widowed mother of five – converted hospitals, children’s care centers. The
to Catholicism. She went on to build sisters still live by a pledge to minister
a network of Catholic schools, found to those in need, wherever they may
the Sisters of Charity and finally, be. Those in need of some inspiration
more than a century and a half after can find it in this remarkable shrine
her death in 1821, become a saint. The amid the canyons of commerce.

St. Peter’s Church | 22 Barclay St., Manhattan | (212) 233-8355 | Mon – Fri | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

15-minute walk from the Mother Seton shrine St. Michael the Archangel, patron of police; St. Flori-
is another tract of sacred ground: the site of the an, patron of firefighters; and St. Mary Magdalene, first
2001 attack on the World Trade Center. The witness to the resurrection. Originally installed outside
9/11 Memorial and Museum receive millions of visi- St. Joseph’s Chapel facing the World Trade Center, the
tors each year; less well-known is the nearby Catholic memorial was moved in 2018 to the front portico of St.
Ground Zero Memorial. In honor of the heroes who Peter’s Church on Barclay Street, whose place in history
died on September 11, sculptor John Collier created includes serving as a relief supply station on 9/11. It’s a
four statues: St. Joseph, patron of construction workers; fitting place to stop and say a prayer.

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Photo ©
99 Margaret Corbin Dr.
(Fort Tryon Park)
(212) 923-3700 | Sun – Sat
10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

rom the Cabrini Shrine,
ST. FRANCES X. CABRINI SHRINE it’s a lovely walk through
Fort Tryon Park to the Met
701 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan | Cloisters, a museum constructed
in the style of a monastery and de-
(212) 923-3536 | Tuesday – Sunday | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
voted to the art and architecture
of Medieval Europe. The collec-

rom the chapel at the Cabrini but in 1889, Pope Leo XIII asked her to tion contains thousands of pieces
Shrine in Washington Heights, lead a mission “not to the East, but to of largely Christian art from all
the view to the west is a breath- the West,” to minister to the needs of over the Continent, including ar-
taking prospect over the Hudson River the thousands of Italian immigrants in chitectural gems from throughout
to New Jersey; across the street to the New York City. Cabrini and her sisters the centuries, removed from their
east are block after block of apartment were soon setting up academic and cat- original locations and reassem-
buildings harboring workers and im- echetical classes for immigrant Italian bled piece by piece in New York.
migrants. It’s a location that matches children, and not long afterward began Give yourself time to be moved
the saint, balanced between the glori- establishing orphanages and schools. and to meditate in these holy
ous beauty of God’s creations and the Cabrini ended up traveling through- spaces. Although the museum, a
everyday needs of His children. out the United States as well as to Eu- branch of the Metropolitan Mu-
In 1880, at the age of 30, Frances rope, Central and South America in seum of Art, is managed as a sec-
Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters response to requests to open schools, ular institution, the art is insepa-
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus along with hospitals and orphanages. She died in rable from its roots in faith. For a
seven other young women. A native of Chicago in 1917, and her remains can few minutes, you may forget the
a tiny village near Milan, in Italy, she be seen in a case beneath the altar of phone in your pocket and imag-
dreamed of starting a mission in China, the shrine. ine yourself living a monk’s life.

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Photo ©
174 Filors Ln., Stony Point |
(845) 947-2200 | Open daily until sundown

n rolling hills beside the the site into a shrine of national stat-
Hudson, this shrine began ure, with a 48-foot statue of the Rosary
as a path for saying the ro- Madonna crafted in Pistoia, Italy, and
sary bordered by 15 life-size statues grottoes meant to evoke the shrines
of Mary at different points in her life. at Lourdes and Fatima. The 160-acre
It became so popular among pilgrims property is also home to a retreat cen-
that the Salesian Brothers transformed ter and a summer day camp.


70 Carmelite Dr., Middletown |
(845) 343-1879 | Sunday – Saturday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Photo ©

riginally established in New rience God through prayer, silence and
York City in 1941, the National reflection centered around devotion to
Shrine of Our Lady of Mount our Lady of Mt. Carmel.” The chapel
Carmel was relocated to this beautiful and grounds are open to visitors, and
Orange County location in 1991. The reconciliation can be arranged through
purpose of the shrine is “to provide you advance appointment.
with the opportunity and space to expe-


36 Cedar St., Saugerties |
Open to the public 24/7
I Dominican Ln., Saugerties
n a onetime convent chapel at St. Mary of the Snow in
Ulster County, the Shrine of the Holy Innocents is “ded-
icated to babies unborn, babies born too soon, infants fallingwaters
and children who have gone home to God,” says Deacon
Mike Sweeney. “We are a place of dignity and healing.” (845) 473-4440 | Sun – Sat | 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The modest chapel houses a growing number of plaques

dedicated by grieving parents. Visitors can order a plaque o stroll through the glory of God’s creation be-
for their own departed innocent, or just say a prayer in the fore or after your visit to the Shrine of the Holy
presence of the existing plaques and in community with Innocents, find your way to Falling Waters Pre-
those who have suffered the loss of a child. Masses are of- serve, formerly a retreat center for the Dominican Sisters
fered in the chapel twice during the week, and there is an of Sparkill, with three miles of trails, picturesque gazebos
overnight Eucharistic adoration every Sunday evening. and views of waterfalls.

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Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Introduction to the Catechumenate National Natural Family Planning June 26 | July 24 | August 21
(RCIA) Awareness Week Grand Central Terminal
Saturday, July 20 |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. July 21 – 27 (meet at Main Concourse Clock)
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For parish RCIA coordinators and team members, the Family Life Office is offering free 90-minute on the surrounding streets. For more information,
a free six-hour ministry training course, offered intro sessions for both FEMM (on-line and email:
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Learn more about the history of Catholic Charities, Social to follow! Follow on Facebook: The region’s signature daylong gathering for
the services it provides for needy New Yorkers and CatholicNYC Catholic teens, with music, speakers, workshops,
the variety of volunteer opportunities available. Mass – and the opportunity to participate in a
For more information, email: Love & Responsibility: Summer Series large-scale group service project. Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Register online at:
June 25 | July 9 | July 16 | July 23 For more information: Call 646-794-2853
Other volunteer opportunities include: Immaculate Conception Courtyard, or email
• Catholic Charities Community Services Manhattan | Free
Screeners and interpreters for the Immigration Join hundreds of young adults to hear from ArchCare Annual Gala
Court Helpdesk and the Monthly Legal Clinic world-renowned speakers and authorities on Thursday, October 24
• Encore Senior Center Saturdays: Delivering relationship topics relevant to modern men Reception: 6:30 p.m.
meals on foot to homebound seniors in and women. Each night will include live music Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen – a family-friendly and a social. Gotham Hall, Manhattan
opportunity (all ages welcome) Follow us on Facebook: For more information, email:
• Guild for the Blind Mondays, Tuesdays, loveandresponsibilityNYC
Thursdays: Clerical support to assist instructors
• Lt. Joseph Kennedy Center Food Pantry, CatholicNYC Holy Hour Pipe Organ Festival
Harlem Helping with food distribution and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
stocking the shelves July 17 | August 14 St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers | $35
• Service opportunities at a variety of organizations St. Joseph’s Church, Greenwich Village Celebrate the “king of instruments”
under the Catholic Charities umbrella Confessions are available. Social to follow! with special organ workshops and recitals.
For more information, visit: For more information, email: For more information, visit:

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