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Gold Medalist Chris Mullin Credits CYO for Kicking Off His Career

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

150604-0881By Alice Kenny

Chris Mullin, one of the greatest NBA players of all time, received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award on June 4th at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Club of Champions Tribute. A two-time gold medalist, Mr. Mullin ranks seventh all-time on the USA Basketball scoring list.

He kicked off this long list of achievements, he said during his acceptance speech, by playing CYO basketball at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Brooklyn.

Honorary Co-Chairs Cardinal Dolan and John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Football Giants, presented the award at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in

Duke Castiglione, sports anchor for FOX 5 New York, served as Master of Ceremonies. Raymond Quartararo, Managing Director of Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase & Co., was the Gold Medal Award Honoree.  And Jeanne Mullgrav, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company, received the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award.

The John V. Mara award is given to an individual who has exhibited exceptional sportsmanship throughout his or her career.

This sportsmanship, Mr. Mullin said, is thanks to his experience playing Catholic Charities CYO, an experience that instilled core values that influenced his life.

Learn more about this All-Star event. 

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Cardinal Dolan: “Catholic Charities Is Where Christ Lives”

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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By John Franko
Pittsburgh Catholic

When thousands were fleeing the 9/11 attacks in New York, Cardinal Dolan told a crowd at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities held in Pittsburgh on May 15, there were many who were running the “wrong way” to help those in need.  Catholic Charities, he said, runs to help those left behind.

“I’m saying to you,” reports John Franko as he quotes Cardinal in this Pittsburgh Catholic news feature, “that Catholic Charities is where Christ lives.”

“It’s not about me,” Cardinal Dolan continued.  “It’s about the church.  It’s about Jesus.  It’s about Catholic Charities.”

The pontiff is a reminder, he noted, of the priority of charity. If you look in the Gospels, Cardinal Dolan said, you will find that Jesus speaks more about charity than about faith. But while the Holy Father would be the first to say that charity flows from faith, faith becomes hollow and empty without charity.

Read more remarks by Cardinal Dolan during his acceptance of the Flame of Hope Award.

NY Notables Help Gala Raise $2 Million for People in Need

Monday, June 1st, 2015

cardinaldolan-bryansheaBy Alice Kenny

Great news.  Catholic Charities Annual Gala brought headliners – and headlines – to raise more than $2 million to help our neighbors in need.

The event, highlighted by Bill Cunningham in his New York Times  “Evening Hours” column, brought together 700 New York notables.

“Now in its sixth year, our annual Gala continues to demonstrate the generosity and vibrancy of New York’s business community,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.

And that community turned out in force.  Leaders from the worlds of culture, fashion, law, media, politics, business, philanthropy and religion converged at the event held May 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.

Cardinal Dolan honored Brian T. Shea, Vice Chairman and CEO of Investment Services, BNY Melon with the evening’s Deus Caritas Est Award.  Pat Battle, anchor for NBC4 New York, served as Mistress of Ceremonies.  And Tony-Award-winning actress Laura Benanti performed live.

Mr. Shea shared memories and jokes as he accepted the award.  Most of all, he emphasized his gratitude to Catholic Charities for its work helping the downtrodden.

“Serving the poor with dignity and respect and providing hope and opportunity for people in need is not only fundamental to being a good Catholic,” he said, “but also fundamental to being a good person.”

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Read more in The New York Times.


Thank you, Fidelis Care!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Left to Right: George Rodriguez, Mark Sclafani and Pamela Hassan from Fidelis Care present check to Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and Beatriz Diaz Taveras at Catholic Charities

By Alice Kenny

This health insurance company, also known as the New York State Catholic Health Plan, presented a $383,500 check to Catholic Charities on April 27, 2015.

Their donation will go a long way towards advancing both agencies’ missions of serving poor and medically underserved New Yorkers.

“We share your commitment to providing access to quality healthcare and other services for vulnerable individuals and are pleased to contribute resources to support your community programs,” Cardinal Dolan, a member of Fidelis Care New York and Rev. Patrick Frawley, Fidelis Care New York President and CEO wrote in a letter included with the donation.

A key part of the Catholic healthcare ministry, Fidelis Care enrolls over 1.2 million low-income New Yorkers needing health insurance coverage in various health insurance and exchange programs.

Cardinal Dolan Feeds Hungry; Washes Their Feet

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


Cardinal Timothy Dolan celebrated Holy Thursday with Catholic Charities staff, volunteers and those we serve at the Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry.

As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, Cardinal Dolan helped distribute food to at least 200 people and humbly washed the feet of some of those gathered at the pre-Easter ritual.

The Cardinal spoke about the significance and the message of Holy Thursday.

“It’s got a great meaning because he gives us that good example of love and humble service,” Dolan said.

Watch this on CBS News.

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CYO Season Wrap Up

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Cardinal Timothy Dolan traded jokes with parents and cheered with fans during the final wrap up of the CYO basketball season held Saturday, March 28, at Dominican College bleachers in Rockland County.

The archdiocesan-wide playoffs drew crowds hailing from Staten Island to Ulster County and top-playing teams from third through eighth grades.

Check out this photo album of the event.

Christmas Hope for the Mentally Ill

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Decked in Santa caps, plates brimming with food and Christmas carols ringing in the background, mentally ill adults served by Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope Division celebrated the holiday season last week at the annual Beacon of Hope Holiday Party at the Epiphany Parish Hall on East 21st Street.

Some spoke and danced, some rocked and observed and nearly all chuckled as Cardinal Dolan showed off his Irish step-dance moves.

Beacon of Hope staff joined with Catholic Charities board members and volunteers from the national consulting firm, Deloitte, to celebrate the event. The Beacon of Hope Division of Catholic Charities Community Services is a residential program for approximately 436 individuals at 10 sites primarily in the Bronx, and on Staten Island.  Those served are seriously and persistently mentally ill adults; the program strives to enable them to live as independently as possible in their community.

“Beacon of Hope… taught me everything I need to know to basically live … on my own,” says Angela in this holiday video of the event.

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Cardinal Dolan Says Mass with Immigrant Children

Monday, August 4th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

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With unaccompanied minors serving as acolytes and filling the chapel, Cardinal Dolan celebrated mass on Sunday, August 3, at Catholic Charities affiliate Lincoln Hall.

These children who recently fled their homelands to escape violence and seek reunification with family members are finding safety at Lincoln Hall, a 19th-century mountain fortress whose history of protecting children alone and in need dates back to the orphans it took in during the Civil Wars

“Caring for the downtrodden, the outcast, the stranger among us, is part of our call as Catholics and we here in the Archdiocese of New York have been doing just that for more than 200 years,” Cardinal Dolan wrote in his recent blog post about the mass.

Every week, in cottages that dot a bluff at Lincoln Hall in Northern Westchester and in shelter facilities for unaccompanied youth across the area, Catholic Charities’ team of lawyers and paralegals encounters many of the thousands of children in the United States who have fled alone from abuse and violence in their homelands and who seek the comfort of a parent or loved one here.

“Pope Francis said it so well,” Cardinal Dolan wrote on his blog, “when he reminded us that ‘this humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.’

“And that is just what Catholic Charities, parishes, professionals and volunteers throughout the country are doing.”

Did You Hear About the NY All Stars Who Teamed with Golfers to Raise Funds for Families in Need?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Bill Purty, Joe Torre, Dick Cummins and Rusty Staub

Bill Purty, Joe Torre, Dick Cummins and Rusty Staub (L-R)

New York All-Stars including former New York Mets player Rusty Staub, former New York Jets player Joe Klecko, former New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre and retired professional Heavyweight Boxer Gerry Cooney teamed up with a field of 58 golf foursomes to help raise $650,000 for families in need at the Annual Cardinal’s Open on May 12, 2014.

After a shotgun start, golfers began their rounds on the South and West courses at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, competing in longest drive and closest-to-the-pin competitions, and for a brand new Lexus in the hole-in-one competition.

The day ended with a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction where participants met with Rusty Staub who served as auctioneer along with Joe Klecko who joined in for some special items. Auction items included trips to Pebble Beach and Kiawah Island, along with foursomes to top-rated courses.

This is signature event of the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, (CCC), a membership of caring leaders in the New York business community who support Catholic Charities at the request His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The generosity of these members enables tens of thousands of individuals and families live with greater dignity through the compassionate help of Catholic Charities.

Learn more about the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity.

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Church Ready to Help Solve Housing Crisis

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

churchhousingBy RON LAJOIE

“As New York City sets forth on an ambitious task of creating 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years, the archdiocese stands as a ready, willing and able partner,” reports Ron Lajoie in Catholic New York.

That is the message Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, delivered to Mayor Bill de Blasio, on behalf of Cardinal Dolan, when the mayor unveiled his $41 billion joint initiative to refurbish or create new housing for middle- and low-income New Yorkers across the five boroughs May 5.
In announcing his support for the mayor’s plan, Cardinal Dolan had said that creating affordable housing for all New Yorkers was nothing less than a human rights issue.
‘New York City’s current crisis of housing affordability threatens the basic human right to decent housing,’ Cardinal Dolan said in a statement.
Msgr. Sullivan,who was at the news conference representing Cardinal Dolan, pointed to the more than 50 years experience the archdiocese has had in creating, constructing, preserving and rehabilitating housing for the poor, working families, seniors and those with special needs.
Through its parishes and committed clergy, religious communities, and Catholic Charities and its affiliated community-based organizations, the Church has created more than 6,000 units of affordable housing for New Yorkers.
‘We offer the city a number of things,’ explained Msgr. Sullivan during an interview with CNY in his 11th floor office at the New York Catholic Center in Manhattan. ‘One of the very fundamental things we offer is our belief that every person is made in the image of God and deserves certain basic necessities. One of them is our belief that basic housing is a human right.
Secondly, very practically, we begin from the fact that we have put that into practice by the development and preservation of housing, which requires a certain amount of commitment and expertise and requires being around for the long term. We are an organization that has been around here for centuries and, if I might say this, we plan to be around until Jesus comes again…
The third thing we offer, and the cardinal has indicated this, is we have changing use of church facilities, so that as populations shift and we don’t need some of our properties for certain things there are new possibilities.’

Read the full story in Catholic New York.