Archive for the ‘New York City’ Category

Why I’m Running Two Years Straight with Team Catholic Charities

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

By Amanda Weber

In 2014, when I first told my friends and family that I was running the marathon, they looked at me like I was crazy. So you can imagine their reaction when I told them I was running again—VERY excited for the after party.
But in all seriousness, it is not the crowds on the streets of New York or the cool medal you get at the end that motivated me to run again. The positive impact Catholic Charities New York has on over 350,000 New Yorkers — non-Catholics  and Catholics  alike — every year is incredible. Being able to contribute to that is my main motivator.

Re-entering my runner’s routine, affectionately referred to as the “old person lifestyle,” has been a little tricky. However, it is much easier to get out of bed at 5 a.m.  when I think of the women who will be able to receive job training and skills so they can provide for their families. Likewise passing up that Happy Hour is a little easier when I think of all of the New Yorkers I can help stay warm next winter by raising funds through my run to help Catholic Charities provide them with coats and other essentials.

I feel truly lucky to participate in one of the biggest New York events for such a great New York charity and can’t wait to hit the ground running.

Support Amanda and Team Catholic Charities.

Check Out Our Favorite Comedian, Stephen Colbert, As He welcomes our favorite pope

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Check out our favorite comedian, Stephen Colbert, as he welcomes our favorite Pope Francis on our special website,

Hey, and you can join him along with TV newsman, Tom Brokaw, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and dozens of other famous and not-so-famous folks as we welcome Pope Francis on his upcoming visit to New York City.

Catholic Charities is providing a platform for everyone to welcome him and share a message of charity.

Send us your short video, photo or text welcome message. We’ll post it here. A collection of the videos will be shared with Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.

Share your welcome.

50 and Running the NYC Marathon!

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Just three months to go until the Big Day – the TCS NYC Marathon 2015!

But just what inspires someone to take on this grueling 26-mile run? 

Each of our 12 Team Catholic Charities NYC Marathon runners has a different answer.

Today, let’s here from Team Catholic Charities Member Mark Murphy and find out what inspires him.

user_photo-552e5ffe2619aBy Mark Murphy

I am running the NYC Marathon and raising money for Catholic Charities New York.   I want to combine my interest in running to maintain some modicum of physical fitness with my desire to support an organization that helps those in need.

I was initially prompted to run the marathon because I turned 50 this year, and my physical well-being came sharply into focus on this milestone birthday.  More importantly, I chose Catholic Charities because, even though I have been a life-long Catholic, I only recently had a meaningful conversion resulting in a renewed commitment to my Faith.

I have been given so many blessings throughout my life for which I am most grateful, and I want to take this opportunity (together with Team Catholic Charities) to return a small portion of God’s kindness to people in need.

I am running in memory of my parents, John and Doris Murphy, who were my first teachers of the Faith.   I am proud to have the support of many friends and family members including my wife, Laurianne and my daughter, Haley.

Help John with his marathon mission.

Cardinal Dolan Clashes with Donald Trump

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015


By Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York

During those happy days decades ago when I taught American religious history to university students, I spent a chunk of time in class on the ugly phenomenon called nativism, defined by the scholar and author Ray Allen Billington as, “organized, white, Protestant antagonism toward the Catholic immigrant.”…

I wish I were in the college classroom again, so I could roll out my “Trump card” to show the students that I was right. Nativism is alive, well — and apparently popular!

American historians describe two approaches to the immigrant. One is, sadly, the nativists, who see the unwashed, ignorant, bothersome brood as criminals and misfits who threaten “pure America,” and are toxic to everything decent in the United States…

The second is the more enlightened and patriotic view. This approach sees the immigrant as a gift to our nation, realizing that the only citizens whose ancestors were not immigrants are the Native Americans. All of us here are descendants of newcomers.
Yes, this second group claims, we need to control our borders, fairly regulate immigration and be prudent in our policies and laws, but we are wise to consider the immigrant as good for our beloved nation. To welcome them is virtuous, patriotic and beneficial for the economic and cultural future of our country.

I am not in the business of telling people what candidates they should support or who deserves their vote. But as a Catholic, I take seriously the Bible’s teaching that we are to welcome the stranger, one of the most frequently mentioned moral imperatives in both the Old and New Testament.

As an American, I take equally seriously the great invitation and promise of Lady Liberty. It’s one of the reasons why I am so eager to share with Pope Francis the wonderful work being done by our Catholic Charities to assist immigrants who come to New York, and look to the church for assistance and a warm welcome.

Read the full editorial in today’s Daily News.

Famous Join Us to Welcome Pope Francis – and You Can, Too!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

By Alice Kenny
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belefonti – even players for the New York Yankees, Giants and Islanders – are already adding their voices to the new website we just launched to welcome Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S.

And those names are just for starters.

Find your heroes on

Better still, join us and welcome Pope Francis, too!

Find out how.

Learn more on NY1.

Volunteers + Painting Blitz = Lives Changed

Friday, July 24th, 2015


By Alice Kenny

Volunteers from Footwear Plus Magazine teamed up recently with Catholic Charities to brighten the lives of people with mental challenges.   Ten volunteers spent five hours in a painting blitz.  They worked together to transform the hallways, kitchen and dining area of our Beacon Of Hope House in Staten Island, a residential facility that assists people with psychiatric disabilities.

The volunteers also collaborated to paint a sunny mural, using a design previously sketched by a volunteer artist.  Then they topped off the day by hanging their masterpiece at the end of the refurbished hallway, making this homey environment brighter still.

At Catholic Charities we always have plenty of volunteer opportunities.

Find one tailored just for you!

YOU Can Share a Special Message with Pope Francis

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Introducing Charity Has No Boundaries 
To commemorate Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Catholic Charities is providing a platform for everyone to welcome him and share a message of charity. We invite you to click the link below and visit
Please take the opportunity to browse through other video messages and hopefully become inspired to create and upload a video of your own to be featured on the site. A collection of the videos will be shared with Pope Francis during his visit to New York City.

Asset Manager by Day, Marathon Runner by Night

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

James Intermont is one busy guy. 

He works days as an alternative asset manager for Ares Management, lending money to companies so they can make loans to small businesses and consumers across the globe.

Then, nights and weekends, he trains to run the New York City TCS Marathon with Team Catholic Charities.

Why does he do it?  Where does he find his inspiration?  And what keeps him going?

Let’s find out now:

By James IntermontIMG_1895

I will be running my third New York City marathon on November 2nd of this year.

Although the previous 2 were great experiences, this one means more to me because of the cause I am running for. I chose to run for Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers, (an affiliate of Catholic Charities), because I know firsthand the impact that the organization has on young people throughout New York City.

I have been the mentor to a now, 16-year-old from Brooklyn for the past two and a half years and throughout my experience the organization has provided endless support in our relationship. From the first day I stepped into their office to talk about becoming a mentor the entire organization has been there both for me and my mentee (Dashawn).

Every person who works there radiates positivity, and is always there to lend a hand with advice or support whenever needed. The staff (including Ryan and Shana, my two constant contacts within the organization) have set-up great skills learning workshops and activities for matches to learn and get to know each other. Whenever a question comes up, “How do I approach asking my mentee to stop littering? What is the best way to help them in school? Where can I find the best burger in the city?” the staff has always been there for me, and I look forward to running for them.

Support James’ run for Team Catholic Charities.

Newer, Better, Now!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015


We’re excited to unveil our new digital logo!

What’s so important about a logo? Well, it’s a symbol of who we are. And it’s a symbol of how we respond to changing, increased need.

So over the next few days, we’ll be launching additional enhancements to our online presence.

While our appearance may be a bit different, our mission to help New Yorkers in need remains the same.

Stay tuned, as always.

And thank you for supporting our work at Catholic Charities.

A Special NYC Stop by Pope Francis

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Pope Francis plans to make a special stop on his historic visit to New York City; a meeting with immigrants served by Catholic Charities.

In the latest issue of El Diario, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan shares his insider’s perspective on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip.

msgr-portrait-1By Msgr. Kevin Sullivan

Executive Director, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York

With Love is Our Mission as the theme, the itinerary of His Holiness, Pope Francis’ trip to the United States was made public on July 1st. He will be traveling to the United States to attend the World Meeting of Families, taking place on September 26th and 27th, in Philadelphia.  Many people are surprised to learn that he has never been to the United States.

His Holiness will be visiting New York on September 24th and 25th primarily to address the United Nations.  He will also conduct a multi-religious service at “ground zero” the site of the 9/11 tragedy, hold evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden.

In addition of special importance and note to Catholic Charities is his visit on Friday, September 25, to East Harlem,   There, Pope Francis will visit with immigrant and refugee families and children served by Catholic Charities agencies in the auditorium of Our Lady Queen of Angels School.

Pope Francis has specifically asked to meet immigrant and refugees on his visit.   Special hand-made gifts for the Holy Father are being made by members of Catholic Charities immigration, day laborer, and mothers’ programs. .  The excitement is palpable and for those chosen to create these gifts, it is a labor of love – a gift filled with innumerable blessings.

Pope Francis choosing to visit immigrants and refugees is so apt for Catholic Charities.   So many of our agencies day-in and day-out take to heart the call of Jesus to “welcome the stranger” and serve newcomers to our country with a wide range of services, both in New York City and the Hudson Valley.  Our food pantries feed immigrant children.  Agencies in diverse neighborhoods teach English and civics.  We help organize and protect day laborers.  Mothers are helped to form peer support groups.  Children fleeing violence in Central America are provided safe residences and legal services.  Refugees from Iraq and African are helped to resettlement.  Fearful immigrants are aided in how to avoid exploitation and fraud.  Families are re-untied.  And in so many more ways, our Catholic Charities agencies welcome and integrate immigrants and refugees.  In addition to being helped, hope is created for a better life.

Our Catholic Charities agencies fulfill Pope Francis’ clear message: “helping the poor and vulnerable, of all religions, is essential to our Christian faith.” Our  work touches almost every human need and the vision of our charity  has no boundaries.

Check it out in El Diario.