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Monsignor John Delendick, a native of Queens, NY, and Pastor of St. Jude’s Church in Canarsie, received a B.A. degree from Cathedral College in Douglaston, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 12, 1977, in St. Sebastian Church in Woodside, NY. Monsignor Delendick was appointed FDNY Chaplain on May 15, 1996 and has served in this capacity while remaining a parish priest in Brooklyn.

On September 11, 2001, Father Delendick arrived at the World Trade Center soon after the second plane struck and then survived the collapse of the two buildings. He spent many hours over the next eight months bringing families to the site, officiating at memorial and funeral services, being present for support groups throughout the region, and consoling the families and friends of the 343 firefighters who died on that day.

On March 19, 2003, Father Delendick was appointed by Pope John Paul II as a “Chaplain to His Holiness” and a member of the Papal Household with the title of Reverend Monsignor.

Get to know Monsignor John Delendick in the episode of “On The Block with Ed Wilkinson” below.

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