Congratulations on the splendid work being done by the schools of the Archdiocese in educating the next generation!
Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio recognized that work in his visit to St. Francis of Rome preschool in the Bronx. Cardinal Dolan, Dr. Timothy McNiff, head of the Archdiocese Department of Education and Connie McCrory, director of Early Childhood Education were on hand to help bring attention to the topic of Pre-K expansion. Cardinal Dolan expressed his strong support while not endorsing any particular funding model and Mayor de Blasio expressed a desire to partner with the Archdiocese on this important effort.
It is worth noting that the Mayor specifically singled out the long and fruitful partnership with Catholic Charities agencies in providing for the critical needs of the people of New York. When it comes to Universal Pre-K, a number of Catholic Charities agencies are already providing great services and are prepared to expand. Yesterday’s event was a good opportunity to build on this partnership with New York City to provide help and create hope for those in need.
In addition, the proposed expansion of after-school programs for middle school children is another area where a number of our agencies are prepared to step up to the plate and expand service. Simply put, there is much opportunity to broaden the scope of our work and continue impacting the aforementioned next generation of students.
- Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
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On Sunday, January 26, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan met with the leaders of other emergency food providers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Food Bank for New York City warehouse in the Bronx. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impending further cuts of billions of dollars to supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP) by the federal government.
The network of Catholic Charities agencies and programs are a significant part of the efforts to address the issue of hunger and food insufficiency. In fact, the roundtable discussion took place on the same day as the kickoff of Catholic Charities annual Feeding our Neighbors campaign, an archdiocesan–wide effort to replenish food pantries and respond to the overwhelming need in our New York community.
“It’s just sort of a simple, homemade approach to a big problem,” said Cardinal Dolan recently in support of the campaign. “Everybody talks about hunger and how bad it is, and our politicians argue about it, debate about it, but the faith community said, ‘Let’s do something about it.’ ”
“The meeting confirmed what Catholic Charities has been experiencing across our own network of emergency food programs throughout the communities in the New York metropolitan area,” said Monsignor Sullivan. “Since November, after cutbacks in support of ongoing nutrition assistance programs [$5 billion nationwide], we have seen a surge in working families visiting our programs.”
In Washington Heights for example, people have begun lining up before 7am to make sure they can obtain food for their families. Catholic Charities has over 4,000 families registered for food assistance but only enough food to serve 1,000 families in need each month.
Volunteer efforts and food drives can only do so much to address the overwhelming need. They cannot come close to replacing the need for government resources and assistance for families struggling to put food on the table.
“In a day and age when lists to Santa Claus include iPads and game consoles , Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project is much more basic,” reports Carol D’Auria from 1010 WINS Radio in her live report this week from Kmart at Astor Place.
Cardinal Dolan says volunteers with Catholic Charities (that hosted the event) don’t shop for toys but for things that people really need like socks, coats and pajamas.
“We are at our best; we are acting the way God our father intends us when we give ourselves away in love and service to somebody else and that’s what Christmas is all about.”
This volunteer said the list of needy families is growing. “We have over 200 more individuals to shop for this year than last year and it’s a really amazing way to reflect on what’s really important around the holidays.
Each shopper spent $200 for a family of four.
“I love the fact that some tiny, simple thing that I’m doing is maybe going to help keep somebody warm and bring a smile to some kid’s face underneath the Christmas tree on Christmas morning,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan tells the New York Post.
Catholic Charities joins in celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela and in mourning his death. First a prisoner and then a president, this conqueror of apartheid was a leader for all of us in the movement towards peace.
“Nelson Mandela was a hero to the world,” said His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan.
“His bravery in defending human rights against the great evil of apartheid made him a symbol of courage and dignity, as well as an inspiration to people everywhere.
“As Blessed Pope John Paul II noted during his visit to South Africa in 1995, Nelson Mandela was for many years, ‘a silent and suffering ‘witness’ of your people’s yearning for true liberation,’ who, as President of South Africa, had to then ‘shoulder the burden of inspiring and challenging everyone to succeed in the task of national reconciliation and reconstruction.’
In succeeding in these crucial and difficult tasks, Nelson Mandela truly made the world a better place.
May he rest in peace”