Call of the Bishop to the Cathedral Club
Time to ‘make saints’, bishop tells rally
MILL BASIN — In his maiden address to the Cathedral Club in Brooklyn, Bishop Robert Brennan told its members that their primary mission was to “make saints.”
“We are all saints in the making. We were made to be saints,” he said. “That’s the whole mission of life. We help each other along the way by making saints.
Bishop Brennan was the keynote speaker at the Cathedral Club’s 122nd Anniversary Dinner, held Feb. 3 at El Caribe Country Club. The recipient of the dinner was Bishop Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio, who has served as the group’s spiritual director for the past 18 years.
Bishop Brennan praised Bishop DiMarzio as someone “who recognized the power of the saints in the Brooklyn Diocese and encouraged the power of love.”
In his remarks, Bishop DiMarzio urged the Club to reach out to newcomers and encourage them to become members.
“We need to reach out to everyone in the diocese, the most diverse diocese in the country,” he said. “We all need to be together and create a place where people can share their vision as Catholics.”
Bishop DiMarzio applauded the vision of Father George Mundelein, who founded the Club in 1900. He said that Father Mundelein, who became Cardinal-Archbishop of Chicago, saw the need for lay people to be involved long before Vatican II does not make it a popular concept. .
“You must be the voice of the Catholic Church,” Bishop DiMarzio told members. “The bishop cannot do it alone.”
President Pat Russo promised the Cathedral Club would continue to stand “side by side” with the Bishop as he supports his public positions and financial needs.
Russo pointed out that the Cathedral Club is especially proud of its scholarship fund, which helps students attend Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.
Bishop Brennan praised the Club’s help to students in Catholic schools saying, “You are transforming the world with the power of love. You are helping the Church to create a new generation of saints in our Catholic schools.
In his invocation, the Club’s new spiritual advisor, Father Kevin Abels, paid tribute to two New York City police detectives, Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera, who were recently killed in the line of duty.
The ceremonies were attended by the NYPD Color Guard and Xaverian High School Pipes and Drums.