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Remembering St. John Paul II In Brooklyn and Queens
Currents, April 27, 2016
On the second anniversary of the canonization of the “people’s pope,” follow the steps of St. John Paul II in Brooklyn and Queens. He visited the diocese three times, once in 1969 before he became pope. During that visit he celebrated Mass at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Greenpoint, and stayed overnight at the rectory of Holy Cross Church in Maspeth. Currents Correspondent Katie Breidenbach speaks with two people who interacted with him during that visit, including Fr. Joseph Szpilski. As a young seminarian in Poland, Fr. Szpilski was also taught by St. John Paul II.


Ordination for Two New Auxiliary Bishops
The Tablet, July 22, 2015
Two diocesan priests with years of institutional and pastoral experience were ordained auxiliary bishops to serve Brooklyn and Queens at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral, Prospect Heights, July 20. It was the first episcopal ordination held at the site. Bishops James Massa, moderator of the Curia, and Father Witold Mroziewski, pastor of Holy Cross parish, Maspeth, were raised to the fullness of the priesthood with Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio serving as consecrating bishop assisted by co-consecrators, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, and Bishop Raymond Chappetto, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn and vicar general.


Our New Bishops Bring Unique Talents
The Tablet, July 15, 2015
By Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

To be called to be a successor of the Apostles is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. During the week of July 5, the two Bishops-elect, James Massa and Witold Mroziewski, and I spent a week on retreat at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie… Read More


Two New Auxiliary Bishops Appointed to Serve Diocese
The Tablet, May 20, 2015
Two-New-Auxiliary-Bishops-AppointedPope Francis has appointed two priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn – the Very Reverend James Massa, 54, and the Reverend Canon Witold Mroziewski, 49 – as auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., made the announcement public on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain the new bishops at a Mass of Episcopal Ordination at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Prospect Heights, on Monday, July 20 at 2 p.m.


Pope Francis Names Two Priests as Auxiliary Bishops for Diocese of Brooklyn
Diocese of Brooklyn, May 19th, 2015

Bishop-DiMarzio,-Fr.-Witold,-Fr.-MassaPope Francis has appointed two priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn – the Very Reverend James Massa, 54, and the Reverend Canon Witold Mroziewski, 49 – as auxiliary bishops of Brooklyn. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement public today in Washington, D.C.

The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain the new bishops at a Mass of Episcopal Ordination to be celebrated at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph on July 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. …  Read More


Diocese of Brooklyn Gets Two New Auxiliaries
Currents, May 19th, 2015


Pope Francis has appointed Very Reverend James Massa and Reverend Canon Witold Mroziewski as auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Tune in to Currents tonight at 7:30 pm (encores at 11:30 pm and tomorrow at 6:30 am) for complete coverage of the appointment. Here is an excerpt of an exclusive Currents interview with the two bishops-elect.


Pope Francis promotes 2 Brooklyn priests to auxiliary bishops, will serve borough and Queens’ 1.5 million Catholics
New York Daily News, May 19, 2015


Pope Names Two Auxiliary Bishops For Diocese Of Brooklyn
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, May 19, 2015


Brooklyn gets two new auxiliary bishops—including one who regularly celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Patheos, May 19, 2015
Deacon Greg Kandra


Two Brooklyn Priests Named Auxiliary Bishops For Their Diocese
Catholic New Service, May 15, 2015


Maspeth Has a Saintly Way
The Tablet, April 9, 2014
by Antonina Zielinska


Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth Excited for John Paul II Street
NET TV, April 4, 2014
Ahead of John Paul II’s canonization, Holy Cross Parish in Maspeth, Queens, is getting ready to pay the future Saint the ultimate New York City tribute – a street named after him. Currents correspondent Katie Breidenbach has that story.


Queens Polish Parish Marks 100 Years
Voices of New York, June 4, 2013
by Jaroslaw Smigielski


Holy Cross Closes Centennial Year
The Tablet, April 26, 2013
by Marie Elena Giossi


Good Friday in Maspeth
The Tablet, April 4, 2013