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Faith In Brooklyn for July 12

July 12, 2018 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello clearly enjoys this year’s Giglio Festival, his first as pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Williamsburg. Eagle photo by Mario Belluomo
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Williamsburg’s Giglio Festival Celebrates Italian Heritage

The annual Giglio Festival in Williamsburg dates back more than a century. It is a highlight of the year for the tightly-knit Italian community. For the past 60 years, the feast has been a combination of two religious commemorations: The Giglio festival celebrates the jubilant return from captivity of St. Paolino (Paulinus), the bishop of Nola, in southern Italy. The feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is based on a vision of Mary’s appearance in this Biblically-significant location in northern Israel. The Catholic Carmelite order was founded at Mt. Carmel in the 12th century.

This year’s Giglio runs through Sunday, July 15, with the concluding day packed with an Old Timers Giglio and Masses in Italian, Spanish and other languages.

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Diocese of Brooklyn Ordains Five Priests

The five new priests recently ordained for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn reflect this borough’s international flavor. Ranging in age from 28-41, they came to this diocese from around the world—from Vietnam, Germany and Haiti to Queens here in New York City—, and their spiritual journeys included bouts with cancer and a family’s adversities.

The ordination Mass took place at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on June 30. More than 1,000 attended the Mass, with Diocesan Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presiding with six auxiliary bishops in attendance; guest prelate Archbishop Benedito Auza, the Representative of the Holy See at the United Nations; and 150 priests concelebrating.

Poignant highlights of the multi-lingual service included the laying-on-of-hands in turn, by Bishop DiMarzio and each of the 150 other priests, and a turning-of-the tables traditional blessings that the new priests confer upon the auxiliary bishops following the Mass.

Bishop DiMarzio, in his homily and official Charge to those being ordained, spoke of the Day of Reflection that he leads with each year’s new class of priests, just before their ordination. During that retreat, the candidates for priesthood share the experiences and internal growth and discernment that led them to recognize and embrace their calling.

Bishop DiMarzio told the five men that, as priests, they must preach the Gospel through their actions, serving as shepherds who guide the faithful to find joys even in the daily trials and adversities of life, and to be protectors and advancement of the weak. He pointed out that in order to do so, the priests must also examine and look for the iniquities in their own hearts and souls. He said also that the new priests must unite their hearts with the actions of their ministries.

“Impart to everyone the word of God which you have received with joy.  Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach.

“Understand, therefore, what you do and imitate what you celebrate. As celebrants of the mystery of the Lord’s death and resurrection, strive to put to death whatever in your members is sinful, and to walk in newness of life.”

DiMarzio also read a portion of his message in the languages of the new priests: Haitian-Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Italian, and received much applause.

The new priests are: Fr. Anthony Giuseppe Linardi, Fr. Cao Zuân Hu’ng, Fr. Patrick Dorelus, Fr. José Bernardo Diaz and Fr. Joseph Franklin Dutan and Three of them will be serving parishes in Queens: Cambria Heights, Corona and North Floral Park.

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Two of the New Priests Will Serve Parishes in Brooklyn

Fr. Alessandro Linardi

Two of these new priests have been assigned to parishes in Brooklyn.

Fr. Alessandro Giuseppe Linardi, who was born in Germany of Italian parents, is fluent in four languages: Italian, German, Spanish and English. He will be serving St. Athanasius Church in Bensonhurst, itself a multi-cultural parish that offers Mass in Italian, Spanish and English.

Linardi dedicates himself to a place that “he sees as the place of the modern Pentecost, where people of different languages and cultures live and pray together,” according to a biography published on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s website.


Fr. Joseph Dutan

Fr. Joseph Dutan found his life and acceptance of a calling in the throes of a life-threatening illness. He was diagnosed with childhood leukemia just before he was to resume college. (He had been working at a pharmacy.) The diagnosis sent him into a deep depression and he isolated himself in his hospital room, angry with God.

But a hospital chaplain named Fr. Quintero did not give him on Dutan as easily. Dutan remembers finally being able to say yes to God in that hospital room, and said that his physical and spiritual healing was more pronounced after he entered seminary.

Fr. Dutan is assigned to St. Brigid Church in Bushwick.




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