Editorial & Opinion
The First-Graders’ Noel

Nearly 3,000 innocent people were massacred on September 11, 2001. Here in Manhattan I witnessed the murder of 2,753 people inside the Twin Towers along with injuries to thousands of others in the …

An Advent Invitation

Last Sunday was the start of the holy season of Advent, the annual period of preparation leading to Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It should be a fruitful time, …

An Unlikely Advent Journey

For the longest time, I considered myself more of a Lent person than an Advent person. The journey through the desert felt familiar, the three-prong practice of fasting, prayer and charity was …

Bread, Wine and a Norway Spruce: the Sacramental Life

Before there were any buildings in Rockefeller Center, there was a Christmas tree. At the peak of the Great Depression, construction workers hungering for holiday cheer pooled their money to buy a …

Archdiocesan News

Frank Napolitano Named Chief Administrative Officer of the Archdiocese

Frank Napolitano, who has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the archdiocese, has been named to the newly created position of chief administrative officer (CAO) of the …

Visiting Imprisoned

During Thanksgiving week, Cardinal Dolan visited the Westchester County Department of Correction women’s section in Valhalla, where he offered Mass Nov. 21 

Parishes Joining National Night of Prayer for Life Dec. 8-9

Prayers for the sanctity of all human life will be offered on the National Night of Prayer for Life, Dec. 8-9. Catholic New Yorkers will pray with parishes across the country to end abortion and all …

Flocknote Sunday Sign Up Is Dec. 5

The archdiocese is asking parishioners to participate in Flocknote Sunday Sign Up Dec. 5. Pastors who have set up their Flocknote accounts must take steps to ensure their parishioners and parishes …
National/International News

Meeting Cypriot Leaders, Pope Urges Dialogue for Peace, Care for Migrants

Sympathizing with the Cypriot government and citizens feeling overwhelmed by an influx of migrants and refugees, Pope Francis urged them to remember their history as a crossroads and meeting place of people of different cultures and traditions.

Focus Is on Supreme Court’s Biggest Abortion Case in Decades

When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments Dec. 1 for the biggest abortion case in decades, all eyes—and ears—will be on the court.

Archbishop: Arbery Decision Won’t Bring Him Back, But Advances Justice

Atlanta Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer said the conviction of three white men for the 2020 murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery “does not bring him back. It does not bridge the racial divide in …
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SCHOOL NEWS

Distinguished Leader

Michael Deegan, superintendent of schools for the archdiocese,  was honored in October by Iona College as a recipient of the Brother Arthur A. Loftus Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award …

Albertus Magnus High Earns Middle States Reaccreditation

The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools recently announced that Albertus Magnus High School, a private Catholic co-ed high school in Bardonia, has earned …

Experimental Success

At Blessed Sacrament Upper School in Manhattan, students learning about Leonardo daVinci placed eggs in their self-made parachutes and dropped them from the roof of the school building. 

Funds Raised by Iona Prep Students Go Long Way at South African School

Students in the Human Rights Club at Iona Prep’s Upper School are able to see the difference they’re making in the lives of students at St. Mary’s Primary School in Bloemfontein, …

Anniversary Celebration Benefits Inner-City Scholarship Students

Susan George is thankful to donors and supporters of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund after 200 guests attended the Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at Wave Hill in the …

Catholic High School Guide 2021

The 43 Catholic high schools in the archdiocese are places where excellence abounds and students step toward the future in the classroom, on fields of play and in learning about their faith. …