Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Sullivan’

Catholic Charities’ Bus to Washington Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March

Monday, August 19th, 2013

On Saturday August 24, a march and rally will be held to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Catholic Charities will sponsor a bus to Washington, DC in partnership, with the Central Harlem parishes, for this event.  Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director made clear the importance of Catholic Charities’ participation:

“Catholic Charities mission of providing help and creating hope in the lives of individuals includes the broader perspective of building a society that is more just and compassionate.  Events such as this call attention to the environment in which our critically important work with individuals and families is done.  There are always multiple themes highlighted and expressed in such broad-based events – themes and perspectives with which there is significant disagreement among attendees.  Catholic Charities participation has a very simple and targeted message:  Every person is made in the image and likeness of God, worthy of dignity and respect whose basic human rights need to be ensured.  Of particular concern to us are the hungry who need food, the homeless who need housing, children who need loving families, those whose lives at the earliest and last stages need protection, the unemployed who needs jobs and strangers who need welcoming.  Put simply – the poorest and most vulnerable are Catholic Charities first focus.”

Congratulations Alianza Class of 2013. You Did It!

Monday, February 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan served as keynote speaker at the mid-year graduation of 15 students who received full academic Regents diplomas on January 31, 2013 at Innovation Diploma Plus (IDP.)  This small school devoted to second chances helps teenagers who dropped out of high school, then returned and struggled to receive full academic diplomas.

“I basically grew up here in this school,” said graduate Carlos Guilbe.  “I wouldn’t have done it if it weren’t for the students and staff of IDP and Alianza LTW that motivated me to make it.”

The program’s classrooms, pairing small class size with technological innovations, sit on the top floor of the Louis K. Brandeis campus on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

“We’ve been  working with these young people for the past two years to make sure they pass and finally graduate from high school and personally, professionally and academically get their lives on track,” says Eddie Silverio, Alianza’s director of youth programs.  “To see them get their diplomas is a beautiful experience.”

Catholic Charities’ Alianza Division partners with youth, families and public and private institutions to revitalize economically distressed neighborhoods.  Its mission is to help children, youth and families break the cycle of poverty and fulfill their potential as members of the global community.

“We are filled with excitement seeing how each one of our young adults has accomplished a great milestone, high school graduation,” said Alianza LTW Director Daiana Castillo.” “Congratualtions Class of 2013!  You did it!”

More News from Alianza

Alianza has been able to multiply opportunities it provides the children it serves.  Thanks to coordination with Catholic Charities CYO programs, Alianza’s Young Men Initiative program brought 11 teens to the Fordham vs. University of Rhode Island basketball game held last month on the Fordham campus.

The trip proved so popular that it is now slated to be the first of many trips to the university campus.

“Our students didn’t realize that there was a school that big and beautiful in the Bronx,” Mr. Silverio added.  “Our trip gave them another incentive to work hard and keep their grades up so that they can go to a school like Fordham.”

Upstate Catholic Charities Agencies Are Reaching Out to Help Downstate Sandy Victims

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Upstate non-Catholics  and  Catholics alike came together to support those downstate affected by Superstorm Sandy.  Through special collections, fundraisers, school events, and generous individual contributions, the total amount raised by the Catholic Church and its ministries in the five upstate dioceses was $1,364,822.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Albany Diocese and representing the five upstate bishops.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still recovering from this storm, and these donations will be put to work right away.  We want our fellow New Yorkers, and all affected by the storm, to know that we stand in solidarity with you during this period of recovery.”

Bishop Hubbard, along with his colleagues throughout all New York, issued a special collection for Sandy Relief shortly after the storm wreaked its havoc.  Schools, parishes and the community quickly pulled together vital supplies and arranged to bring them to the disaster zone. A large symbolic check representing the donations raised was presented to Catholic Charities representatives in the three downstate dioceses hardest hit by Sandy including the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The response is especially noteworthy, considering that at a similar time the previous year gifts were coming into upstate New York to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York is the overall managing agency administering outreach efforts to help people in 34 counties throughout New York State still recovering from these earlier storms.

In accepting the check from the upstate dioceses, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of the Catholic Charities of the New York Archdiocese, said, “In every community of New York State, every day, Catholic Charities helps individuals and families to resolve problems and rebuild lives. When Sandy devastated so many communities in New York City and Long Island, Catholic Charities was present to be able to respond immediately to alleviate hardships and help hurting families. In the immediate aftermath and for the long-term, the range of Catholic Charities services are available to meet critical human needs.”