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Amazing Parish at the Napa Institute 2019

Posted on Aug 6, 2019

By Dave Plisky

At the end of July, I had the honor of attending the Napa Institute’s Annual Summer Conference.Napa Institute DeSales Over fine wine and great conversation, we exchanged ideas, hopes, and fears about the future of the Church. Saturday’s conversations focused on the theme “Amazing Parish,” so it’s no coincidence that Patrick Lencioni of The Amazing Parish presented that day. Named “one of the most in-demand business speakers” by the Wall Street Journal, Pat is a management consultant who uses his professional gift for teamwork-building to care for the organizational health of the Church.

I saw Pat in action earlier this summer, thanks to Archdiocese of Cincinnati Communications Director Mike Schafer, who invited me to The Amazing Parish Conference in Cincinnati. You can see and hear Pat’s passion for yourself in this video. Pat describes the Five Misconceptions of a Parish Team, based off his latest book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. By identifying and correcting these five misconceptions, pastors and parish leaders can better care for the organizational health of their parish.

While at Napa, I also attended the Catholic Leadership Institute’s breakfast and morning break-out session, entitled “I Want Your Parish to Close and Here’s Why.” Despite the provocative title, CEO Dan Celluci quickly reassured attendees that he didn’t actually want anyone’s parish to close.

Dan showed us how parishes in the United States too often use the wrong metrics to measure the health, and vibrancy of their parish. But, by focusing on the right key performance indicators (KPIs), a parish might be able to more accurately measure their successes and identify their growth areas.

So what are the right KPIs for a parish?

According to the Catholic Leadership Institute, current research indicates that when a parish church building closes, 40% of parishioners don’t find another church to attend, Catholic or otherwise. They stop going, period. If your parish church were to close tomorrow, would you beat that statistic? Would fewer than 40% of your parishioners find another place to attend Mass?

L’Alto Catholic Institute and The Evangelical Catholic also presented on Saturday at Napa. Tim Glemkowski, President and Founder of L’Alto Catholic Institute, is no stranger to DeSales. Tim was our emcee here in the Diocese of Brooklyn for DeSales Media’s World Communications Day 2017 event.

Our Lady of the Grapes

Both L’Alto and EC are apostolates that give new parish leaders and their teams the building blocks to become the missionary disciples they can and must be in order to transform the church. While Tim and the L’Alto Catholic team focus on reinvigorating parishes, The Evangelical Catholic runs multiple programs to increase the faith engagement of Catholic leaders in parishes, dioceses, and colleges.

All three of these ministries provide videos and exercises designed to walk parish leaders through the process of revitalizing their parish. Each of these three ministries approach the issue of church attendance and parish community, and each participate in the call for evangelization in a unique way.

We at DeSales are thrilled to see this lay-leadership-led renewal in the Church. The work of Catholic Leadership Institute, L’Alto Catholic Institute, The Amazing Parish, and The Evangelical Catholic goes hand-in-hand with the technology we are creating for parish and diocesan leaders. Every parish deserves a beautiful website. But the truly inspired, mission-driven leaders among our parishes and dioceses will realize the full potential of such a digital space as a means of promoting evangelical spirit among, with, and for their parishioners.

***For those attending the Napa Institute’s 2019 Principled Entrepreneurship Conference in Manhattan October 21-22, please come and visit us at DeSales! We’re just over a hop across the East River in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Images Courtesy of the Napa Institute.

DeSales Media Group’s 2019 Gabriel & Catholic Press Association Awards

Posted on Jul 1, 2019

DeSales Media and its properties received over 50 Catholic Press Association awards at this year’s Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Television Station of the Year

Narrative Series (Storytelling) – Spanish Language Television
Al Pan Pan Season 3, NET TV

Single News Story – Less than 60 Minutes
On the Block with Ed Wilkinson 

Special or Documentary – 60 minutes or Longer – Television
Ring of Faith


Advertising Business/Marketing Professional of the Year
William Maier
The Tablet, DeSales Media Group

Best Multimedia Package – Depiction of Religious Life
Answering the Call – Future Priest Profiles
The Tablet, Kathryn Engesser, Antonina Zielinska, Currents News

Best Website – Diocesan
Brooklyn Priests


Best Use of Video on Social Media
Christmas 2018
Dave Plisky, Randy Schwab, Len Camporeale

Best Use of Social Media for Breaking News
Cardinal Dolan Press Conference
The Tablet, Liz Faublas, Michelle Powers, Matthew O’Connor, Currents News

Best Freestanding Presentation of Online Video – Feature
Rest in Peace Baisy Apostol
The Tablet, Liz Faublas, Kathryn Engesser, Melissa Enaje, Currents News

Best Multimedia Package – News
Life at the Border, Parishioners Fear Immigration Realities
The Tablet, Jorge I. Domínguez-López, Tim Harfmann, Currents News

Best Use of Live Video in Social Media
Live from Dublin: The Challenge of Pope Francis to the Church in Ireland
Michelle Powers

Best Press Release
Diocese of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Diocese Volunteer Group, “Catholics Care” Heading to Puerto Rico on a Mission Relief Trip
Adriana Rodriguez

Best Diocesan Appeal – Fundraising
2018 Annual Catholic Appeal – Diocese of Brooklyn
John Heyer II, Theresia Nurtanio, Israel Ochoa, Elimelec Soriano

Best New Website
Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocesan High School Fair
Dave Plisky, Len Camporeale, Israel Ochoa

Best Single Ad Originating with the Publication – Online Ad
Currents News, Watch Us at Our New Time
Israel Ochoa

Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More
The Tablet, Paying Down Debts Before Saying ‘Yes’
Melissa Enaje

Best Print Circulation Promotion Campaign
Support The Tablet, Celebrating 110 Years
William Maier, Dave Plisky, Israel Ochoa, Theresia Nurtanio, Ed Wilkinson

Best Example of Effective Advertising Promotion Originating with the Publication or Publication’s Website
Wedding Guide 2018
JoAnn DiNapoli, Kimberly Bee, Kerry Burke, Israel Ochoa, Theresia Nurtanio

Best Regular Column – Scripture
Sunday’s Scripture
Fr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz

Best News Writing on National or International Event – National Event, Diocesan Newspaper
The Tablet, US Bishops Visit Texas-Mexico Border
Jorge I. Domínguez-López-Lopez

Best Editorial on a National or International Issue – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More
The Tablet – Can We Have a Rational Discussion About Immigration?
Ed Wilkinson

Best Editorial Page or Section – Diocesan Newspaper
The Tablet
Editorial Staff

Best News Writing on a Local or Regional Event – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More
The Tablet, Brooklynites Rally Against Nation’s Policy at the Border
Melissa Enaje

Best Personality Profile – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More
The Tablet: Her Name Was Caroline
Fr. Christopher Heanue

Best Ad Copywriting
The Tablet: Brooklyn Priests – Men’s Vocation Retreat
Israel Ochoa, Fr. Sean Suckiel

Best Special Supplement or Special Issue with Advertising Emphasis
The Tablet, Gift Guide 2018
JoAnn Dinapoli, Kimberly Benn, Kimberly Benn, Kerry Burke, Israel Ochoa, Editorial staff
Best Editorial on a National or International Issue – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More

The Tablet: Culture of Death
Fr. John Cush

Best News Writing on National or International Event – National Event, Diocesan Newspaper
The Tablet: Encuentro: A New Era for the Church in America
Jorge I. Domínguez-López-Lopez, Melissa Enaje

Best Reporting on Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or More
The Tablet: Seminarians’ Call to Duty Prepares for Priesthood
Melissa Enaje

Spanish Publication of the Year
Nuestra Voz
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (Publisher), Msgr. Kieran Harrington (Publisher), Vito Formica (Executive Director of News Content), Jorge I. Domínguez-López (Editor-in-Chief), Joaquin Badajoz (Deputy Editor), Israel Ochoa (Art Director)

Best Coverage – Pro-Life Issues
Nuestra Voz, Marcha por la Vida en Washington; ¡Viva la Vida!; Hermanas de la Vida: en Defensa de los Que Aún No Tienen Voz
Christopher White, Jorge I. Domínguez-López, Marietha Gongora

Best Coverage – Violence in Our Communities
Nuestra Voz, Los Límites Del Espanto; Indignación y Dolor Nacional, La Crónica de Otra Masacre Escolar; ¿Amarnos o Armarnos?
Jorge I. Domínguez-López, Nancy Agosto, Cruz-Teresa Rosero

Best Essay Reflecting on Faith Formation
Nuestra Voz, Derecho y vida: ¿Pueden Casarse los Primos Hermanos?; Los Padrinos y El Pecado Del “Habriaqueísmo;” El Problema de la Pena de Laicización y Excomunión
Msgr. Jonas Achacoso, JCD

Best In-Depth Analysis
Nuestra Voz, Gaudete Et Exultate: El Papa Habla Sobre el Demonio
Jorge I. Domínguez-López

Best Interview
Nuestra Voz, 9/11/2001: La Fecha Que Nadie Olvida
Marietha Gongora

Best Regular Column – Feature Story
Nuestra Voz, Emprendedores
Marietha Gongora

Best Regular Column – Best News Writing- National/International Event
Nuestra Voz, 4,645: La Cifra Símbolo Del Olvido en la Isla del Encanto, La Verdadera Hora Cero de Los Latinos en La Era Trump, Ventarrones en la Casa Blanca
Nancy Agosto

Best Regular Column – Scripture and Spiritual Life
Nuestra Voz, Mi resolución es Permanecer; De Repente Todo Cambia; Cuando Dios Empuja
David Bisono

Best Coverage – Papal Trips
Nuestra Voz, El Papa Francisco Visita Chile y Perú
Mario Paredes, Darío López Capera, Jose Antonio Varela Vidal

Best Regular Column – Feature Story
Nuestra Voz, Ofrendas Votivas: Un Puente Material Entre Lo Humano y Lo Trascendente
Joaquin Badajoz

Best Parish Profile
Nuestra Voz, San Benito José Labre: Donde Reinan la Caridad y la Buena Voluntad
Marietha Gongora

Best Reporting – On Latin America
Nuestra Voz, Venezuela: Cada Vez Más Aislada y los Problemas en Fase Aguda; los Gestos de Papa Francisco Con Venezuela; El Régimen de Maduro Acentúa la Represión
Macky Arenas

Hot Topic – Best coverage on the Sexual Abuse Crisis
Nuestra Voz, ¿Una Crisis Sin Fin?; Saltan a la Prensa Tensiones Internas de la Iglesia Chilena; Lecciones de la Crisis Chilena
Jorge I. Domínguez-López

Best Photo Story
Nuestra Voz, Así se Vivió la Semana Santa en la Diócesis de Brooklyn
Jorge I. Domínguez-López, Melissa Enaje, Ed Wilkinson, Marie Elena Giossi

Best coverage of Canonizations
Nuestra Voz, Monseñor Romero: Hacia los Altares; Pablo VI, Un Santo de Nuestros Tiempos; Sobre San Romero, San Pablo VI y La Sorprendente Afinidad de Ambos Por El Opus Dei; San Oscar Romero: Un Santo Radical
Jorge I. Domínguez-López, Jose Antonio Varela Vidal, John L. Allen, Jr.

Best Editorial Page
Nuestra Voz, Tres Años Después: Otra Ciudad, Otro Taxista; ¿Que Nos Queda Por Aprender?; San Oscar Romero: Un Santo Radical
Jorge I. Domínguez-López

Best Personality Profile
Nuestra Voz, La Disciplina Sacerdotal… y la de las Artes Marciales
Darío López Capera

Best Regular Column – General Commentary
Nuestra Voz, Historia se Escribe con H de Humor
Enrique del Risco (Enrisco)

Best Multiple Picture Package
Nuestra Voz, La Devoción a la Morenita del Tepeyac
Jorge I. Domínguez-López


Posted on Apr 29, 2019



Adriana Rodriguez

John Quaglione 



Brooklyn – DeSales Media Group is proudly announcing that Programming and Production Director and Host of NET TV’s “Walk In Faith”, Craig Tubiolo, has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the Sports Documentary Category The honors will be given out at the upcoming 62nd Annual New York Emmy Awards.

A Brooklyn native, Tubiolo has been nominated for his production of “Ring of Faith”, a documentary film which portrays a link between the sport of boxing and the practice of religion. The film features actor Mario Lopez, former professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi, two-time welterweight world champion boxer Shawn Porter, Vatican officials and Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza among others. The film will be released in July by Virgil Films.

“I am honored to have been nominated for a New York Emmy Award and am truly grateful to all those who helped make “Ring of Faith” a reality. This film highlights boxers who have been gifted by God and have used their talents to steer people onto a path of success,” said Craig Tubiolo.

“Ten years ago, I had the vision to produce a film that’s centered around what happens inside of a boxing ring, from the perspective of it being life’s stage. At the moment a boxer steps into the ring, they only see the red and black colors of the corners. Everything else is left ringside. It is my hope that this film will help broadcast this message across religion and culture,” continued Tubiolo.

The 62nd Annual New York Emmy Awards will take place on Saturday, May 4.

To view the “Ring of Faith” trailer, visit To arrange an interview with Craig Tubiolo, media is encouraged to email

Find Peace Through Forgiveness on Reconciliation Monday

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, in partnership with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, has reserved Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, for Reconciliation Monday.

All parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York will have priests available to hear confessions from 4-8 p.m. on this special day.

Use our Parish Locator to find a parish near you in Brooklyn or Queens. For the Archdiocese of New York, you can search here.

“The sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. When I go to confession, it’s for healing: healing the soul, healing the heart because of something that I did to make it unwell. Every time we go to confession, God embraces us.”
– Pope Francis

3 Ways Tech Can Brighten the Future of the Church

Posted on Aug 28, 2018

By Dave Plisky

DeSales Media was given the opportunity to host a panel at the Napa Institute’s 2018 flagship conference in Napa, California.

Watch the panel

Each year, hundreds of the world’s Catholic lay leadership, clergy, religious and deacons make their way to the wine capital of the US for inspiration, information, and dialogue, all deeply invested in the future of the church. They go to be spiritually enriched: apart from the excellent formal programming, there are over 100 Masses celebrated in less than a week. They go to learn what others are doing to help the Church blossom across ministries and regions. And they go to speak to one another about the future of the church and what the next steps should be. After all, in vino veritas (in wine there is truth).

Queue the panel, entitled “Teach a Church to Tech, Feed It for a Lifetime: A dialogue on the landscape of the Church in 2025.” The panel was moderated by the Chief Operating Officer of DeSales Media Group, Bill Maier. Panelists included Matt Meeks, Chief Digital Officer, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; J.M. Boyd, Partner – Lead Consultant, Glass Canvas; Fr. John Gribowich, Diocese of Brooklyn; and Dave Plisky, Director of Marketing & Digital, DeSales Media Group. The panel covered the landscape of the evolving Church in the US and what we can expect it to be like in 2025, what the Church can and should do to thrive on the digital continent, and what steps we can all take right now.

Watch a recording of the panel in its entirety here:

A number of important points were made during the talk. Here are a few.

1. Priests and laypeople
There will continue to be fewer priests being formed, and parish management is often analog, inefficient, and burdensome for those responsible. The shrinking number of priests is a concern not only for laity and church attendees, but also for the priests themselves. Laity will be called upon to enable parishes to thrive, both at scale through the creation of tools, and in the churches through the implementation and use of those tools.

2. The Church and technology
Technologists have a fear of being human, and the church has a problem adopting technology usefully. The Catholic Church has historically been an innovator, but has been afraid to lead in digital. The church must facilitate good and genuine encounters with and without technology. Digital products can be and are being made and used to serve dioceses and their parishioners. This is a huge opportunity for the Church.

3. Distribution and data
The diocesan structure of the Church can be utilized. With healthy, streamlined communications and distribution models, available materials can reach more parishioners with less effort. The church must own her own data. And the only way we’ll be able to do this at scale is to come together in one space, under the same set of best practices.

Is this striking a chord with you? Come chat with us in our new LinkedIn Group, Digital Catholics.

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Or if you’d like to reach out directly, just email me at

Blanket Coverage of Pope in Ireland

Posted on Aug 26, 2018

Pope in Ireland

Pope Francis was in Ireland Aug. 25 and 26 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, and DeSales Media Group was with him every step of the way.

The Currents News team partnered with Crux to lead the on-the-ground coverage, with correspondents Michelle Powers and Tim Harfmann reporting from Ireland with Crux’s John Allen, Christopher White, Inés San Martín, Claire Giangravè, and Elise Harris. These reporters delivered live reporting on Currents News, and their stories also appeared in The Tablet.

In New York, Liz Faublas anchored our round-the-clock live coverage and commentary with Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Jorge Domínguez, editor of Nuestra Voz.

Once again, DeSales Media Group proved its commitment to Catholic news by putting an unmatched focus on the Pope’s latest trip.

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DeSales Media Wins 41 Catholic Press Association Awards

Posted on Jun 20, 2018

The Tablet staffThe staff of The Tablet, which was named Newspaper of the Year.

DeSales Media and its properties received 41 Catholic Press Association awards at this year’s Catholic Media Conference in Green Bay, WI.

Community Awareness and/or Public Service Announcements
Honorable Mention “Put Him On Your List” DeSales Media

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR – Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more
First Place The Tablet

First Place The Tablet, “DeSales Media Kit” by Israel Ochoa (attached with updated data for 2018)

First Place The Tablet, “The Chosen” by John-Mark de Palma, Alexandra Tingos, NET-TV

First Place Nuestra Voz, “Puerto Rico El proximo desastre; El Ar obispo de San Juan Sin temor al futuro; Puerto Rico desastre y milagro; Solidaridad y esperanza para Puerto Rico; Un Mes de la Herencia Hispana diferente” by Jorge I. Domínguez López

Second Place – The Tablet, “2017 Catholic High Schools Fair” by Israel Ochoa

Second Place The Tablet, “A&G Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome” by Israel Ochoa

Second Place The Tablet, “Best Editorial Pages” by Ed Wilkinson and Father John P. Cush

BEST USE OF ART OR GRAPHICS: Best Original Illustration
Second Place The Tablet, “Holy Week and Easter Masses on NET-TV” by Israel Ochoa

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR: Social Media Campaign of the Year
Second Place The Tablet, “What’s My Calling?” by Dave Plisky, John-Mark de Palma

Third Place The Tablet, “Sunday’s Scriptures” by Father Jean-Pierre Ruiz

Third Place The Tablet, “Where Have All the Convents Gone?” by Antonina Zielinska

Third Place The Tablet, “Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass” by John-Mark de Palma

Third Place The Tablet, “Put Him On Your List” by Dave Plisky, Vito Formica, John-Mark de Palma, Alexandra Tingos, Israel Ochoa, Shartina Thompson, Carolyn Erstad, Theresia Nurtanio

Third Place The Tablet, “Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass” by John-Mark de Palma, Alexandra Tingos

Third Place The Tablet, “Priest Pursues Prophets on Periphery of Diocese” by Ed Wilkinson

BEST FEATURE WRITING: Weekly Diocesan Newspaper, Circulation 25,001 or more
Third Place The Tablet, “Cuba’s First Christmas Without Fidel” by Jorge I. Dominguez-Lopez
Honorable Mentions The Tablet, “Priest Pursues Prophets on Periphery of Diocese” by Ed Wilkinson

Honorable Mention “Diocese of Brooklyn” by John-Mark de Palma, Alexandra Tingos

Honorable Mentions The Tablet, “World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference” by DeSales Media Group

Honorable Mentions  The Tablet, “Catholic Day” by John-Mark de Palma, Alexandra Tingos

Honorable Mentions The Tablet, “The Pope in Colombia” by Ines San Martin, Antonina Zielinska, Melissa Enaje

Honorable Mentions The Tablet, “Holy Stuff! They’re Better Known As Sacramentals

BEST USE OF ART OR GRAPHICS: Best Chart or Information Graphic
Honorable Mention The Tablet, “Generations of Faith – Your Generosity at Work” by Israel Ochoa

BEST NEWS WRITING: National/International Event
First Place Nuestra Voz, “Puerto Rico: desastre y milagro” by Jorge I. Domínguez-López
Second Place Nuestra Voz, “Cat licos de Brooklyn ayudan en Houston” by Melissa Enaje

First Place Nuestra Voz, “Un Mes de la Herencia Hispana diferente; Puerto Rico El proximo desastre; Vale la pena celebrar la Navidad?” by Jorge I. Domínguez-López (Editor), Israel Ochoa (Art Director)

First Place Nuestra Voz, “De Brooklyn a Washington: La Marcha por la Vida” by Melissa Enaje, Jorge I. Domínguez-López

First Place Nuestra Voz, “Maria Scaperlanda, biografa del padre Rother” by Jorge I. Domínguez
Second Place Nuestra Voz, “El primer abogado ‘DREAMer’ del pas” by Marietha Góngora

First Place Nuestra Voz, “Donde se pide la nulidad de un matrimonio?; Padre, quiero hacer un juramento!; Tras una nulidad matrimonial, los hijos son “bastardos”?” by Mons. Jonas Achacoso
Honorable Mentions Nuestra Voz, “Comien el Ano de las Vocaciones en la Diocesis de Brooklyn; La Oficina de Vocaciones en la Diocesis de Brooklyn; Sesiones de indagacion para el diaconado” by Darío López Capera

Second Place Nuestra Voz, “La pol tica de USA hacia Cuba” by Dagoberto Valdés Hernández

Second Place Nuestra Voz, “Los ninos de las deportaciones” by Cruz-Teresa Rosero

Second Place Nuestra Voz, “’Me gustar a decirle que lo perdono’, dice la madre Mar a Amador; Agresiones a sacerdotes y religiosas; Misa por la Solidaridad en Brooklyn tras los sucesos de Charlottesville” by Darío López Capera, Marietha Góngora

Second Place Nuestra Voz, “Sacerdotes colombianos que predican con el futbol” by Darío López Capera

BEST REGULAR COLUMN: General Commentary
Second Place Nuestra Voz, “Hasta la vista, Columbus; Y ahora que? Bye, bye, Cataluna?; Cuando Manhattan no conocia el mofongo” by Enrisco
Third Place Nuestra Voz, “Silencio, una pelicula profundamente catolica; Un camino a casa – Lion; The Shack (La cabana)” by Gustavo Andújar
Honorable Mentions Nuestra Voz, “ es s le a la Escritura; Formacion del Pentateuco; Satanas” by Rafael Domingo

Third Place Nuestra Voz, “Barco, ballena y tierra… Dios es fiel; Suelta la cubeta; Resucit Y hora qu?” by David Bisono

Third Place Nuestra Voz, “Venezuela en penumbras; Venezuela una iglesia que se crece en la crisis; Venezuela en la ‘Hora 0’” by Macky Arenas

Also worth noting, our former reporters did very well:
First Place Catholic News Service, The Criterion, “’The Consecration of Virgins’” “The Future of the Church” “Missionary Disciples Institute” “Legend of Santa and Life of St. Nick” “Blessing of Restored ‘Miracle’ Shrine'” by Katie Rutter (nee Breidenbach)


View the complete list of award winners.

Wilkinson Honored for Decades of Service to Catholic News in Brooklyn and Queens

Posted on May 9, 2018
Ed Wilkinson 2018 St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award

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Leaders and communicators from around the Diocese of Brooklyn gathered on World Communications Day for a luncheon to honor Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, for his nearly 50 years of service to Catholic news in Brooklyn and Queens.

Wilkinson, who received the 2018 St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award, spoke of the past, present and future of The Tablet and DeSales Media Group. He talked about complex issues, including the many changes in the diocese and the news business and the need to adapt without losing site of the paper’s mission. But in the end, he was able to boil everything down to a suprisingly simple statement of purpose.

“I’m just another loyal member of the Church here in the diocese trying hard to tell the story of the Church here in Brooklyn and Queens,” he said. “As a journalist, we try to be fair and impartial, but we always start from a Catholic point of view. That’s non-negotiable. It’s not bias, it’s just where we’re coming from. We’re Catholic, and we’re not ashamed of it.”

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Pope Francis: Homily At Maquehue Airport Mass, Chile

Posted on Jan 17, 2018


CHILE – Temuco – 17.01.2018 – 10.30
Airport Maquehue Holy Mass Homily of the Holy Father

Official Translation

“Mari, Mari” [Good morning!]
“Küme tünngün ta niemün” [“Peace be with you!” (Lk 24:36)]

I thank God for allowing me to visit this beautiful part of our continent, the Araucanía. It is a land blessed by the Creator with immense and fertile green fields, with forests full of impressive araucarias – the fifth “praise” offered by Gabriela Mistral to this Chilean land[1] – and with its majestic snow-capped volcanoes, its lakes and rivers full of life. This landscape lifts us up to God, and it is easy to see his hand in every creature. Many generations of men and women have loved this land with fervent gratitude. Here I would like to pause and greet in a special way the members of the Mapuche people, as well as the other indigenous peoples who dwell in these southern lands: the Rapanui (from Easter Island), the Aymara, the Quechua and the Atacameños, and many others.

Seen through the eyes of tourists, this land will thrill us as we pass through it, but if we put our ear to the ground, we will hear it sing: “Arauco has a sorrow that cannot be silenced, the injustices of centuries that everyone sees taking place”.[2]

In the context of thanksgiving for this land and its people, but also of sorrow and pain, we celebrate this Eucharist. We do so in this Maqueue aerodrome, which was the site of grave violations of human rights. We offer this Mass for all those who suffered and died, and for those who daily bear the burden of those many injustices. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross bears all the sin and pain of our peoples, in order to redeem it.

1. False synonyms

One of the main temptations we need to resist is that of confusing unity with uniformity. Jesus does not ask his Father that all may be equal, identical, for unity is not meant to neutralize or silence differences. Unity is not an idol or the result of forced integration; it is not a harmony bought at the price of leaving some people on the fringes. The richness of a land is born precisely from the desire of each of its parts to share its wisdom with others. Unity can never be a stifling uniformity imposed by the powerful, or a segregation that does not value the goodness of others. The unity sought and offered by Jesus acknowledges what each people and each culture are called to contribute to this land of blessings. Unity is a reconciled diversity, for it will not allow personal or community wrongs to be perpetrated in its name. We need the riches that each people has to offer, and we must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures. A beautiful “chamal” requires weavers who know the art of blending the different materials and colours, who spend time with each element and each stage of the work. That process can be imitated industrially, but everyone will recognize a machine-made garment. The art of unity requires true artisans who know how to harmonize differences in the “design” of towns, roads, squares and landscapes. It is not “desk art”, or paperwork; it is a craft demanding attention and understanding. That is the source of its beauty, but also of its resistance to the passage of time and to whatever storms may come its way.

The unity that our people need requires that we listen to one another, but even more importantly, that we esteem one another. “This is not just about being better informed about others, but rather about reaping what the Spirit has sown in them”.[3] This sets us on the path of solidarity as a means of weaving unity, a means of building history. The solidarity that makes us say: We need one another, and our differences so that this land can remain beautiful! It is the only weapon we have against the “deforestation” of hope. That is why we pray: Lord, make us artisans of unity.

2. The weapons of unity.

If unity is to be built on esteem and solidarity, then we cannot accept any means of attaining it. There are two kinds of violence that, rather than encouraging the growth of unity and reconciliation, actually threaten them. First, we have to be on our guard against coming up with “elegant” agreements that will never be put into practice. Nice words, detailed plans – necessary as these are – but, when unimplemented, end up “erasing with the elbow, what was written by the hand”. This is one kind of violence, because it frustrates hope.

In the second place, we have to insist that a culture of mutual esteem may not be based on acts of violence and destruction that end up taking human lives. You cannot assert yourself by destroying others, because this only leads to more violence and division. Violence begets violence, destruction increases fragmentation and separation. Violence eventually makes a most just cause into a lie. That is why we say “no to destructive violence” in either of its two forms.

Those two approaches are like the lava of a volcano that wipes out and burns everything in its path, leaving in its wake only barrenness and desolation. Let us instead seek the path of active non-violence, “as a style of politics for peace”.[4] Let us seek, and never tire of seeking, dialogue for the sake of unity. That is why we cry out: Lord, make us artisans of your unity.

All of us, to a certain extent, are people of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7). All of us are called to “the good life” (Küme Mongen), as the ancestral wisdom of the Mapuche people reminds us. How far we have to go, and how much we still have to learn! Küme Mongen, a deep yearning that not only rises up from our hearts, but resounds like a loud cry, like a song, in all creation. Therefore, brothers and sisters, for the children of this earth, for the children of their children, let us say with Jesus to the Father: may we too be one; make us artisans of unity.

[1] GABRIELA MISTRAL, Elogios de la tierra de Chile. [2] VIOLETA PARRA, Arauco tiena una pena. [3] Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 246. [4] Message for the 2017 World Day of Peace.

Pope Francis: Meeting With Bishops, Santiago, Chile

Posted on Jan 16, 2018


CHILE – Santiago – 16.01.2018 – 18.15 Cathedral of Santiago – Sacristy Meeting with the Bishops Greeting of the Holy Father

Official translation

Dear Brothers:

I thank you for the greeting that the President of the Conference has offered to me in the name of all present.

Before all else, I would like to greet Bishop Bernardino Piñero Carvallo, who this year celebrates his sixtieth anniversary of episcopal ordination – he is the oldest bishop in the world, not only in age but also in years of episcopate – who was present for four sessions of the Second Vatican Council. A marvellous living memory.

Soon a year will have passed since your ad limina visit. Now it is my turn to come and visit you. I am pleased that our meeting follows that with our consecrated men and women, for one of our principal tasks is precisely to be close to consecrated life and to our priests. If the shepherd wanders off, the sheep too will stray and fall prey to any wolf that comes along. The fatherhood of the bishop with his presbyterate! A fatherhood that neither paternalism nor authoritarianism, but a gift to be sought. Stay close to your priests, like Saint Joseph, with a fatherhood that helps them to grow and to develop the charisms that the Holy Spirit has wished to pour out upon your respective presbyterates.

I know that ours is a brief meeting, but I would like to reiterate some of the points I made during our meeting in Rome. I can sum them up in the following phrase: the consciousness of being a people.

One of the problems facing our societies today is the sense of being orphaned, the feeling of not belonging to anyone. This “postmodern” feeling can seep into us and into our clergy. We begin to think that we belong to no one; we forget that we are part of God’s holy and faithful people and that the Church is not, nor will it ever be, an élite of consecrated men and women, priests and bishops. Without this consciousness of being a people, we will not be able to sustain our life, our vocation and our ministry. To forget this – as I said to the Commission for Latin America – “carries many risks and distortions in our own experience, as individuals and in community, of the ministry that the Church has entrusted to us”.[1] The lack of consciousness of belonging to God’s people as servants, and not masters, can lead us to one of the temptations that is most damaging to the missionary outreach that we are called to promote: clericalism, which ends up as a caricature of the vocation we have received.

A failure to realize that the mission belongs to the entire Church, and not to the individual priest or bishop, limits the horizon, and even worse, stifles all the initiatives that the Spirit may be awakening in our midst. Let us be clear about this. The laypersons are not our peons, or our employees. They don’t have to parrot back whatever we say. “Clericalism, far from giving impetus to various contributions and proposals, gradually extinguishes the prophetic flame to which the entire Church is called to bear witness. Clericalism forgets that the visibility and the sacramentality of the Church belong to all the people of God (cf. Lumen Gentium, 9-14), not only to the few chosen and enlightened”.[2]

Let us be on guard, please, against this temptation, especially in seminaries and throughout the process of formation. Seminaries must stress that future priests be capable of serving God’s holy and faithful people, acknowledging the diversity of cultures and renouncing the temptation to any form of clericalism. The priest is a minister of Jesus Christ: Jesus is the protagonist who makes himself present in the entire people of God. Tomorrow’s priests must be trained with a view to the future, since their ministry will be carried out in a secularized world. This in turn demands that we pastors discern how best to prepare them for carrying out their mission in these concrete circumstances and not in our “ideal worlds or situations”. Their mission is carried out in fraternal unity with the whole People of God. Side by side, supporting and encouraging the laity in a climate of discernment and synodality, two of the essential features of the priest of tomorrow. Let us say no to clericalism and to ideal worlds that are only part of our thinking, but touch the life of no one.

And in this regard, to beg, to implore from the Holy Spirit the gift of dreaming and working for a missionary and prophetic option capable of transforming everything, so that our customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and ecclesial structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelization of Chile rather than for ecclesiastical self-preservation. Let us not be afraid to strip ourselves of everything that separates us from the missionary mandate.[3] Dear brothers, let us commend ourselves to loving protection of Mary, Mother of Chile. Let us pray together for our presbyterates and for our consecrated men and women. Let us pray for God’s holy and faithful people.

[1] Letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (21 March 2016). [2] Ibid. [3] Cf. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 27.