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DeSales Media hosted the 25th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic on July 9, 2020.

Proceeds from the event will support the COVID-19 relief efforts of Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens.

For questions about next year’s event, including sponsorships, contact Mark Steele at 347-305-1532 or

Clergy Honorees: Hospital Chaplains

The 25th Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic honored the work and spiritual support of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Hospital Chaplains.

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 for their personal courage to risk their health to provide suffering families with comfort and support, and to give the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and Last Rites to their loved ones. See a list of our 24 hospital chaplains.

Fr. Francis hospital chaplain

Special Honorees: Vincent LeVien and the Emergency Task Force

The Emergency Task Force, left, and Vincent LeVien, Director of External Affairs for DeSales Media.

Vincent LeVien is the Director of External Affairs for the DeSales Media. To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. LeVien put together a team through DeSales Media, including Dennis Fisin, Robert Lynch, David Morales, Rob Rich, Joseph Vega, and Wilfredo Vega, Jr., to distribute more than 300,000 masks, nearly 100,000 bottles of sanitizer, and some 40,000 pairs of gloves to police departments, fire departments, hospitals, nursing homes, and more.

This team is responsible for facilitating the delivery of over 50,000 pizzas to over 40 hospitals and medical centers, as well as to NYPD police precincts, FDNY stations, food banks, and community organizations throughout the city. The Emergency Task Force coordinated with the Catholic Telemedia Network (CTN) and the Schools Office for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to deliver almost 1,000 iPads to 21 Catholic academies across Brooklyn and Queens.

Introducing: Vincent LeVien, Director of External Affairs for DeSales Media

Vincent LeVien is the Director of External Affairs for DeSales Media, where he handles government and community affairs at the city, state, and federal level. After Hurricane Sandy, Vincent led the diocesan response, helping schools like St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy in Rockaway to reopen. His lobbying led to millions in FEMA funds for the Diocese.

Mr. LeVien was Lead Advance for four Presidents of the United States and worked as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for NYS Comptroller DiNapoli. He was Director of the 9/11 Emergency Task Force for NYS Senator Connor.

Vincent is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and a Trustee of the Silver Shield Foundation and the NYS Troopers’ PBA widows and orphans fund, where he is also on the Board of Directors. He serves on the Boards of the Pave the Way Foundation, Cristo Rey Brooklyn High, the Cathedral Club, and the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.

Vincent lives in Valley Stream with his wife Bridget, their children Sophia Rose and Vincent LeVien, Jr., and dog Milo.

Photos From the 2019 Classic

Picture Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Mr. Jacques El Kallassi, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop Gregory Mansour, and Bill Maier holding a big check.golfers at 2019 Bishop DiMarzio ClassicEd Wilkinson and Detective Lynch enjoying the day.Billboard for Golf tornamentfoursome at 2019 Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classicgolfers at 2019 Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classicgolfers at 2019 Bishop DiMarzio Golf ClassicDeSales employees at 2019 Bishop DiMarzio Golf ClassicBishop DiMarzio speaking at the awards dinner.Cristian Ortiz prepares to pick the 50/50 prize winner.Monsignor Harrington prepares to give Tele Lumiere/Noursat $100,000 check.Bishop DiMarzio and Monsignor Harrington welcome Mr. Jacques El Kallassi and Bishop Gregory Mansour.Bishop DiMarzio, Monsignor Harrington and Bill Maier prepare to give Monsignor LoPinto the Clergyman of The Year Award.
Ed Mafoud recipient of the 2019 Lay Honoree Award with Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Bill Maier.
Ed Mafoud, recipient of the 2019 Lay Honoree Award, with Monsignor Kieran Harrington, far left, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Bill Maier.

Golfing to give — that was the mission at the July 11 Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic, held at North Hills Country Club in Manhasset, L.I. Télé Lumière/Noursat was the 2019 recipient the 24th annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, vicar of communications for the diocese, and Bishop Gregory John Mansour, eparch of the Marionate Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, presented a check for $100,000 to Jacques El Kallassi, the organization’s executive director.

We owe a huge thanks to our sponsors and players for making this generous donation possible, and we hope to see you all again next year! Msgr. Alfred LoPinto was honored as “clergyman of the year” in the diocese. He’s president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the diocese and vicar for human resources. Edward Mafoud, president and principal of Damascus Bakeries in Dumbo and a member of the Salaam Club of New York in Bay Ridge, was named “layperson of the year.”

DeSales Media and the Diocese of Brooklyn hosted World Communications Day, honoring Monsignor Sean Olge VF, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Astoria with the St. Francis de Sales Distinguished Communicator Award …

Aid to the Church in Need was the big winner at the annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic. George Marlin, chairman of the board for Aid to the Church in Need, was honored as the Man of the Year and accepted a check for $100,000 from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, president of DeSales; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio; and Art Dignam, CEO of DeSales.

We owe a huge thanks to our sponsors and players for making this generous donation possible, and we hope to see you all again next year!

Msgr. Harrington and Dignam presented Father Antoine Rizk with the Pastor of the Year Award. He leads the congregation at Virgin Mary Melkite Catholic Church, Park Slope, which served as the major sponsor of the outing.

Actor Dan Roebuck, who served as emcee, presented the first place award to two members of the MC Electric foursome, which included Mark Comerford, Shay Furlong, Fergue O’Neil and Ray Leyden.

Honoring Ed Wilkinson, editor of the Tablet, for his nearly 50 years of service to Catholic news in Brooklyn and Queens.

The 22nd Annual Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic was held at The North Hills County Club in Manhasset on July 13, 2017. The schedule of events included a 4-person scramble tournament, brunch, a cocktail reception, a silent auction, tournament prizes and the Bishop DiMarzio Golf Classic Awards Dinner. For complete event coverage, read Ed Wilkinson’s article in The Tablet, and watch the Currents News segment.

The generous contributions of our golfers and sponsors helped us achieve our $100,000 donation to support an extraordinary mission in the Diocese of Brooklyn. This year we supported the Sister Servants of the Lord and The Virgin of Mantará. This contribution will assist in maintaining the Sisters’ retreat center, allowing them to continue working in the local community making vestments, rosaries and prayer cards. The Sister Servants take a vow of poverty and this donation will provide the necessary support to keep this mission alive for future generations in Brooklyn and Queens.

We invite you to learn more about the Sisters and to watch a special episode of City of Churches and other short features that explore the beautiful architecture of the monastery and the good works of the Sisters. These films provide a rare glimpse into their monastic lives and their digital prayer ministry for the Diocese of Brooklyn — Pray for me/Reza por mí – An Online Prayer Community.


Rev. Msgr. John Delendick
Pastor of St. Jude, Canarsie, Brooklyn
FDNY Chaplain

Mr. Stephen Cassidy
Executive Director of the New York City Fire Pension Fund
Former President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association

The Most Reverend Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph. D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn
Golf Committee Honorary Chairman

Hosted at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn, our keynote speaker was His Eminence Joseph W. Cardinal Tobin, Archbishop of Newark …

Our team at DeSales Media Group has launched more than 40 websites for the Academies and Schools of the Diocese of Brooklyn, with many more to come. Along the way, we have learned a lot about the best ways to communicate with the families of your students and potential students.

Marketing Beyond Flyers is a webinar series designed to help Academy principals, board members, faculty and staff execute effective online marketing strategies. All three webinars have been recorded so that you may watch them on demand at any time. This particular webinar focuses on making sure that you are doing all you can to give your Academy consistent, strong branding across all of its materials, both print and digital.