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Catholic Charities Supports Bill to Provide Identity Cards for all New Yorkers

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

By Alice Kenny

 

Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan submitted testimony yesterday, April 30, 2014, in support of proposed legislation called Intro 253 of 2014 that would provide New Yorkers who lack documentation, including undocumented immigrants, city-issued identification cards.

This ID card would help those who live and work in New York City but are shut out from key City services where ID is required.

Below is Msgr. Sullivan’s testimony:

The Catholic Church has long been in the forefront of immigration reform and services to immigrant communities regardless of one’s place of origin or religious beliefs. This legislation provides a mechanism for inclusion and identity into city life for immigrants as well as other isolated groups.
Catholic Charities is a federation of 90 agencies that:

• Protect and Nurture Children & Youth
• Feed the Hungry and Shelter the Homeless
• Strengthen Families and resolve Crisis
• Support the Physically and Emotionally Challenged, and
• Welcome and Integrate Immigrants and Refugees.

The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, through its many agencies and programs, has worked tirelessly to help refugees fleeing persecution to get protection in the United States and immigrants to reunite with their families legally, obtain proper work authorization, apply for naturalization, learn English and civics, and prepare to pass their citizenship exams. We assist more than 100,000 individuals annually. We are privileged to operate the New York State New Americans Hotline which, this year alone, has received close to 25,000 calls in 17 different languages. We recently relocated our major center to downtown New York to provide better access for those from all boroughs.

New York City has a long tradition, like Catholic Charities, of welcoming immigrants and providing access to ensure dignity and justice for the human person. This bill will provide the ability for immigrants, seniors, homeless persons and other marginalized groups to obtain identification cards to access government services and structures. The lives of many will be vastly improved by the acceptance of various and broad forms of proof to establish residency and identity and thereby allow people to obtain identity cards.

We can’t deny the contribution and influence of immigrants to the culture and economy of the City of New York. Establishing a way to access public schools to pick up their children, open bank accounts, get library cards, cash checks and even enter a public building are just some of the ways that this municipal identification card can ensure that we continue on the path toward full civic participation for all New Yorkers, regardless of status.

We urge the speedy passage of this legislation and, again, congratulate the bill’s sponsor, the Chair of the Immigration Committee, the Speaker and the other members of the City council for the introduction and support of this crucial measure. Thank you for the opportunity to testify on this bill.

For the inside scoop on the potential backlash or embrace of municipal ID cards Msgr. Sullivan interviewed John DeStefano the former Mayor of New Haven, CT in this recent episode of JustLove radio. New Haven, a city of about 130,000, pioneered municipal ID cards without regard to legal status in 2007.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Where None Are So Poor They Have Nothing to Give; None So Rich They Have Nothing to Receive

Friday, February 28th, 2014

L-R: Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Peter C. Georgiopoulos, Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, John A. Thain, Pat Battle and Catherine Kinney


Check out the inspiring vision Msgr. Kevin Sullivan shared with a packed crowd on Wednesday, February 26, at Catholic Charities annual gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on Wednesday.

During the past year, stock markets have hit a new high.  New York City has a new Mayor. Tragically, new violence and ongoing civil unrest afflict countries with familiar and unfamiliar names, Pope Francis, whom everybody is quoting, has been named Time’s Person of the Year, and in case you hadn’t noticed it’s snowed a bit.    

And through all of this – daily Catholic Charities compassionately and effectively provided emergency meals, prevented evictions, counseled families recovering from Super-Storm Sandy, provided day care for working moms, welcomed immigrants by teaching  English and finding jobs and established a new youth wellness program – and much more. 

Your critical support for Catholic Charities helps to deepen and expand these services, meet unmet and new needs and strengthen a network of some 90 agencies that carries out this vital work in the communities and neighborhoods of greater New York.

Also we have a new buzz word: “inequality.”  For Catholic Charities inequality is not a spiritual catchphrase, nor a political slogan and certainly not a mantra-like wedge to be used to divide us from each other.  For Catholic Charities, inequality is the sad reality that our staff and volunteers encounter every day in our neighbors – a reality that urgently challenges us to come together to build a common good in which the basics – decent housing, nutritious meals, a good job and a supportive and loving family – are had by all. 

Our core belief that every person is made in the image of God demands no less from us.  

Catholic Charities works with individuals who, along with being poor and struggling, have remarkable strengths.  We envision a world of greater solidarity which builds on, and draws from, the strengths and resources of us all –  a world in which none are so poor that they have nothing to give and none too rich that they have nothing to receive.

Find out more about the event and its honorees

Check out these just-released gala photos.

Looking for more inspiration? Watch our just-released video, “Stories of Help & Hope” now.

Inside Scoop on the Winter Olympics

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Congratulations to Team U.S.A.’s Sage Kotsenburg, 20, for scooping the first gold in men’s snowboard slopestyle.

And way to go, Jamie Anderson, for riding clean on the rails and stomping down three high-flying jumps while snowboarding down the mountain to grab the U.S.’ second gold medal of 2014.

Want to learn the inside scoop on the Winter Olympics?

Check out this radio interview with Catholic Charities’ own Joe Panepinto, former member of the US Olympic Planning Committee, former director of CYO and current Director of Staten Island Catholic Charities.

Joe spoke this week on JustLove, Catholic Charities’ weekly radio show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Catholic Channel 129.

Jailed for 259 days in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, Maryam Rostampour & Marziyeh Amirizadeh share their horror.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, authors of “Captive In Iran,”  reflect on their 259 days jailed in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison on this recent episode of JustLove on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

Also on the show is Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, who discusses religious liberty around the world with JustLove Radio Host Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10am EST on The Catholic Channel 129.

Listen as they take on these topics on JustLove  on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.

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World Youth Day 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

News media from around the world are reporting this week on Pope Francis and his first trip back to South America to celebrate World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. More than 2.5 million Catholics and others are joining the celebration.

At this global event that occurs every two or three years, young members of the faithful gather together in prayer to meet the Pope and to celebrate and renew their faith.

At Catholic Charities, we know that all children deserve the opportunity to develop social skills, gain confidence and develop lasting values that will serve them as adults. Our network of services aims to address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of children and their families.

At Catholic Charities, in any given year:

  • 382 children  are adopted by loving families
  • 1,564 children enjoying summer camps
  • 6,066 children and teens are placed in safe foster care
  • 23,914 youth participate in wholesome sports
  • 7,254 children growing and learning in day-care
  • 4,628 youth participating in sound after-school programs

Listen as Cynthia Martinez from the Catholic Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York speaks about World Youth Day with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on JustLove on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio. JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10am EST on The Catholic Channel 129.

Are you making a pilgrimage to Brazil for World Youth Day? We would love to hear your story. Comment below.

NY Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan & Catholic Univ. Professor Maryann Cusimano Love Take On Issues of Poverty, Privacy and the Digital Age.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Two brave women — Margaret Sullivan, who works as Public Editor from inside The New York Times and Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, who, as Catholic University Associate professor of International Relations takes on  issues like morality, technology and NSA surveillance — confront head on these dicey topics and more with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on this week’s JustLove radio show.

Their skill at combining clear thinking with straight talk puts listeners in the sometimes uncomfortable position of thinking twice about topics that, until now, they may have avoided thinking about at all.

“We tend to think of the poor as something over there in a silo,” says Ms. Sullivan, a Jesuit-educated graduate of Georgetown University.  “But it’s really not a discreet population that we can draw a discreet circle around and say ‘you are the other.’  The other is us.”

The issue of poverty, the public and how to accurately present news challenges media outlets as they draw on rapidly evolving online opportunities.

And it challenges the government as laws that protect our privacy struggle to keep up with the digital age.

This struggle sparked particular outrage when the public recently found out about the NSA’s electronic surveillance program that has peaked into millions of U.S. citizens’ phone and internet accounts as part of its war on terror.

“What’s lost in this debate is that the government is asking private industry for this information,” Dr. Cusimano Love says.  “People may not understand that this information is already being gathered by the private sector.  The main question is whether the government should peek at it.”

Listen as they take on these topics on JustLove  on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.   JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10am EST on The Catholic Channel 129.

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First-Hand Stories of Tragedy and Survival; JustLove Celebrates World Refugee Day

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

A Nigerian man had his finger tips sawed off.  A Muslim child was threatened with death by her Serbian playmates.  They are two of the thousands of refugees helped by Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services whose stories Mark Von Sternberg, Senior Attorney of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Department, shared with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan on the recent JustLove radio program in celebration of today, World Refugee Day.

Millions of families have lost their homes to violence and war.  Some, such as the Nigerian man for whom Mr. Von Sternberg successfully gained asylum, lost body parts.  Others lost husbands, wives and children.

Tune in to our recent show on JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio to learn more.

World Refugee Day is a time when the United Nations, Catholic Charities and other civic and religious groups honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.

The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program is dedicated to serving survivors of violence and persecution who have fled their home countries to seek a new life in the United States. Catholic Charities Community Services assists family members and sponsors in making applications for refugees who are outside the United States, and for asylees with recently obtained status.

Multilingual, multicultural staff assist in the processing of refugee applications with overseas posts and make pre-arrival arrangements to assure that the refugee will be cared for upon arrival to the United States. After arrival, the office provides direct services, material assistance, job search assistance, job training and placement, ESL classes, school enrollment and other social services.

Do you need help?

Catholic Charities operates the New York State New Americans Hotline , a statewide information and referral hotline that gives general information and referrals to appropriate service agencies in response to immigration and citizenship-related questions. Hotline operators speak English, Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Albanian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi. New Americans Hotline provides an expanded menu of language options, previously not available, via a language service line, as well.

Call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636 (Toll-free in NYS)

 

From Bangladesh Factory Fires to Oklahoma Tornadoes, JustLove Tackles the Toughest Topics

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma

By Alice Kenny

Packing your car for a long summer drive and looking for an inspiring way to stay on top of the news?  From Bangladesh factory fires to Oklahoma tornadoes, JustLove radio tackles the toughest topics.

Listen to our recent episode as the show’s host, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, calls in to Guatemala to speak with Armando Secaira, Program Manager for Catholic Relief Service, about his work preventing child labor abuse.

Learn from Eddie Silverio, Director of Youth Programs at Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division, about hot times, summer in the city and healthy day camp and job opportunities for more than 1,000 Bronx youth.

Find out from Sarah Labowitz, Research Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business about working conditions and human rights violations at apparel factories including the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh where a recent fire stole the lives of more than 1,000 workers.

And check out Miss Oklahoma, Anna-Marie Costello, and her sister, Miss Teen Oklahoma, Caitlin Costello, as they recount close calls with tornadoes back home and how this influenced their passion for charity.

So rev up your car, turn on the AC and tune in to JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.