27th Annual Bishop’s Golf Classic

Play Will Continue August 22!

We know that participation in the Bishop’s Golf Classic is motivated by a commitment to support our Bishop, our honorees, and this year’s charity, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School. But we also pride ourselves on providing an outstanding event that everyone enjoys.

Since this year’s outing on July 21 was cut short by severe storms, we would like to invite our players and sponsors back to North Hills Country Club on August 22. The day will include a 9-hole tournament followed by an afternoon “Sea and Land Buffet” and an awards ceremony where we will honor Bishop Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio and Robert Catell for their longtime commitment to and support of Cristo Rey.


9:00 a.m. – Golfer registration & breakfast
10:30 a.m. – Shotgun start
1:15 p.m. – Dinner registration opens
2:00 p.m. – Buffet opens
3:00 p.m. – Awards program begins
4:15 p.m. – Raffles and prize drawings
4:30 p.m. – Formal program ends

We hope that everyone who originally attended the Bishop’s Golf Classic will be able to join us to finish what we started and show support for our honorees and Cristo Rey.

There is no additional charge for this event, but we do ask players, sponsors, and dinner guests to RSVP to golfclassic@desalesmedia.org or 718-501-3135 no later than August 15 to confirm their attendance.

Thank you all for your ongoing generous support that is so vital to our Diocese.

Bishop’s Golf Classic Committee & Advisory Board

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Tournament Sponsor:
Paul L. Martin Charitable Trust

Corporate Sponsor:
Fazio Construction

Other Sponsors

Catholic Cemeteries
Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens
Catholic Schools of Brooklyn & Queens
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School
Diocese of Paterson
Iannelli Construction
Knight Nets
Mullen Construction Co., Inc.
Salaam Club of NY
United Landscapes Inc.

2023 Beneficiary

2022 Clerical Honoree
Bishop-Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

Diocese of Brooklyn Bishop-Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Newark in 1970 and named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1986.

From 1985 to 1991, he served as executive director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Bishop DiMarzio was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996 and served as Vicar for Human Services and executive director for their Catholic Charities agency. In 1980, Bishop DiMarzio earned a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, and in 1985, a Ph.D. in Social Work Research and Policy from Rutgers University.

In July of 1999, Bishop DiMarzio was appointed as the Sixth Bishop of Camden, New Jersey, and served there until October 2003, when he was installed as the Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn.

Bishop DiMarzio has spent his ministry of over 40 years in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He has served as both an advocate for refugees and immigrant concerns in political forums and as the initiator and administrator of programs to assist refugees and immigrants within the U.S. and throughout the world. From 2003 to 2005, Bishop DiMarzio served as the U.S. representative to the Global Commission on International Migration, a United Nations-sponsored commission.

2022 Lay Honoree
Robert B. Cattell

Robert Catell

Mr. Robert B. Catell is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, the former Brooklyn Union Gas, where his career began in 1958. Following National Grid’s acquisition of KeySpan, Mr. Catell became Chairman of National Grid, U.S. and Deputy Chairman of National Grid plc.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, and serves on the Board of many not-for-profit organizations, including: the Department of Education-Diocese of Rockville Centre, Futures in Education Endowment Fund, and St. Francis Hospital Foundation.

Mr. Catell is a former Chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Business Council of NYS, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and the Futures in Education Endowment Fund. He is a former board member of: the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, City College of New York 21st Century Foundation, and HeartShare for Human Services.

He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

26th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic logo

The Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic raises funds and awareness for charities that support the mission of the Catholic Church around the world. The 2021 beneficiary was the Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program. Over the past 25 years, the tournament has raised more than $1.6 million.

Your support is the difference.

The tournament was held July 22, 2021, at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, NY.

2021 Honoree
From Brooklyn-Queens to Paterson
The Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney

Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney

The Diocese of Brooklyn and DeSales Media are proud to call The Most Reverend Kevin J. Sweeney, D.D. as the special honoree for the 26th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic.

Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney is a native of Queens and grew up in St. Luke Parish in Whitestone. He attended Cathedral Prep and then entered Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John’s University and attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception where he received his M.Div. in Theology.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn on June 28, 1997. He served at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Jamaica, and at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona, before being named vocations director of the Diocese of Brooklyn. In 2010, he was appointed pastor of St. Michael Parish, Sunset Park.

On April 15, 2020, Pope Francis announced that he had chosen him to be Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. He was ordained and installed as the Diocese’s eighth Bishop on July 1, 2020 in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Paterson.

2021 Beneficiary
On the Front Lines in Our Hospitals
Hospital Chaplains

Fr. Francis hospital chaplain

The 26th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic will honor the work and spiritual support of the Hospital and Healthcare Chaplaincy Program, which falls under the Office of Clergy Personnel in the Diocese of Brooklyn. There are 24 chaplains, each stationed at a hospital or nursing home within the diocese borders.

Chaplains like Fr. Francis (pictured) have been providing front line support to thousands of suffering families and connecting them to their loved ones during this crisis in the hospitals and care facilities throughout Brooklyn and Queens. We honor them for this vital ministry and their personal courage to risk their health to provide suffering families with comfort and support, and continued access to the Sacraments.

Venue and Schedule

North Hills Country Club is a premier golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1961. You can join us in the morning for golf or in the evening for cocktails and dinner.

  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Driving Range Opens
  • 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast Begins
  • 10:45 a.m. – Group Photo
  • 11:00 a.m. – Shotgun Start
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch Available at the Turn
  • 4:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. – Prizes / Raffles / Awards

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