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Letter on Immigration Rally

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Senator Ruben Diaz had a immigration rally this past Sunday. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of New York Catholic Charities represented Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and me. We wrote the following letter in support of Senator Diaz’s rally:

October 2, 2011

Dear Friends:

Although we are not able to be present with you this afternoon because of parish Masses, we express our solidarity with you who have come together in the Bronx to stand with our immigrant sisters and brothers.

Thank you all for coming, and thanks to all those that have taken the necessary steps to bring us together today — religious and community leaders, and especially Senator Ruben Diaz.  Today continues the necessary effort to raise up the need to fix our broken immigration system.

We have an obligation as a nation of opportunity, a nation of newcomers, to welcome the newcomer.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fully supports the DREAM Act. This common-sense legislation would provide relief for so many youth that have been brought here by their parents, and are currently unauthorized to be here, by no fault of their own.  It would create a path for legalizing their status and enable them to reach their dreams and lend their talents to this Nation of Immigrants.

We support genuine comprehensive immigration reform that deals with security, family unification, a pathway toward legalization and an overall fair and generous legal immigration policy.  However, as we work for such comprehensive reform, we need to concentrate on policies and administrative remedies and reforms that support family reunification and provide relief for the most vulnerable immigration populations at risk of being deported — including the elderly, our youth and those with serious disabilities.

Families continue to be separated.  Overzealous enforcement of immigration laws has created a spirit of fear that is pushing people back into the shadows.

Our faith and the wisdom of America call us to welcome the stranger out of charity and respect for the human person.   We will continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform, and we call upon our elected officials to find opportunities for reform – both administrative and legislative – for those struggling to live a life of dignity and respect as we await full reform of our immigration system.

Our prayers are with you this afternoon.  May God bless you and your families.

Faithfully,

 

Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan     Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
Archbishop of New York                   Bishop of Brooklyn

Columbus Day – 10.12.09

Monday, October 19th, 2009

On Monday, October 12, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass in honor of Christopher Columbus, prior to the annual Columbus Day Parade. These parades – the Pulaski Day Parade, the Hispanic Day Parade, the Columbus Day Parade – have been new and joyful experiences for me. I am especially happy that these parades are preceded by prayer, as people come to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for Mass, to thank Almighty God for all of His blessings.

A number of people asked me for a copy of my homily from the Columbus Day Mass, which can be found here:

small image of PDF IconColumbus Day Homily

Hispanic Day Parade

Hispanic Day Parade

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade
The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade

Photos by Joseph Zwilling