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Bishop of Brooklyn visits St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Father’s Day

DiMarzio-SSK-bar-012ba2013 Father’s Day has been a special day for St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY and for  Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, the seventh Bishop of Brooklyn. As part of his pastoral duties he makes visitations of Catholic parishes in Brooklyn and Queens. This Sunday, June 16, Bishop Nicholas came to meet parishioners of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Greenpoint.  9 AM Mass presided by the Bishop was the main point of his visit. Fr. Marek Sobczak CM, pastor concelebrated. The Eucharitst was dedicated in prayerful remembrance of all fathers living and departed. The Bishop appropriately reminded the attendants of the goodness of our Heavenly Father as well as the goodness of our earthly fathers through parables like the one on “Prodigal Son.” And, on Father’s Day, called worshippers to be extremely thankful for their love.

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At the end of the liturgy members of parish organizations extended their best wishes to Bishop Di Marzio on his 69th birthday. After singing STO LAT, popular Polish birthday song, Bishop Di Marzio blessed the attendees on as he nodded the most memorable Father’s Day celebration he had.

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Another surprise occurred after the Mass, during  a reception held at the rectory for Bishop Nicholas. The guests included members of the Pastoral Council, Finance Council and other parish organizations. After a splendid breakfast, Bishop Di Marzio took a moment to speak  as well as to take questions.

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A big birthday cake for the Bishop culminated the event.  Monsignor  was pleasantly surprised with this unexpected gesture and share the cake with all present.

 

For other details  visit St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish website

DiMarzio-SSK-thmb-04Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Nicholas Sr. and Grace (née Grande) DiMarzio, both deceased. His father served in the military at the time of his birth and later worked as a health inspector for the city of Newark. All four of his grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from southern Italy. He is the oldest of three children.
DiMarzio grew up across the street from Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica, Newark, and attended the Cathedral's grammar school. He then went on to graduate from St. Benedict's Preparatory School in 1962. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University (1966). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America (1970), a Master's in Social Work from Fordham University (1980) and a doctorate in Social Work Research and Policy from Rutgers University, New Brunswick (1985).
In 1996, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the rank of Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark. From 1998 until 2001 he chaired the Migration Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Appointed the sixth Bishop of Camden June 8, 1999, Bishop DiMarzio undertook several initiatives, including establishing an Office of Ethnic Ministries, an Office of Black Catholic Ministry and an Office of Hispanic Ministry. He also created an apostolate to the Haitian community and founded two missions to serve the Korean and Vietnamese communities.
Named to lead the Brooklyn Diocese Aug. 1, 2003, after four years as the Bishop of the Diocese of Camden, Bishop DiMarzio was installed in his new See at Mass of Installation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Brooklyn on Oct. 3, 2003. One of Bishop DiMarzio's first acts after his installation as Bishop of Brooklyn was to speak at the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride Rally at Flushing Meadows Park. In November 2003 he spoke before Brooklyn's Muslim community at a Ramadan celebration and attended the Fifth World Congress of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in Rome.
He is also a certified social worker and fluent in Italian and Spanish and proficient in French.

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