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Faith In Brooklyn for September 28: DeSales Media announces editor’s promotion

September 28, 2018 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jorge I. Domínguez-López. Photo courtesy of DeSales Media Group

Move Places Talented Editor at Helm Of Two-Award Winning Newspapers

The Editor of Nuestra Voz, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s Spanish-language newspapers, Jorge I. Domínguez-López, has been promoted to editor-in-chief of publications for DeSales Media Group. The move puts Domínguez-López at the helm of the two award-winning newspapers of the Brooklyn Diocese, which also publishes the English-language The Tablet.

“Jorge was the clear choice for this new role,” said Vito Formica, executive director of news content and development. Formica leads the DeSales Media Group’s news department, which also includes the nightly newscast Currents News. He added, “Jorge’s impressive credentials and his deep understanding of the Church will play a critical role in our strategy to provide all readers in the diocese and beyond with even more high-quality, faith-based journalism across all media platforms.”

A Cuban-American editor and writer, Domínguez-López was born in Havana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from St. John’s University. In the early 1990s, he was one of the founders of the Studies Center of the Archdiocese of Havana, Cuba, and Vivarium magazine, the first independent and Catholic publication in Cuba since 1959. After immigrating to the United States, Jorge worked as a translator, editor and writer for the Education Department at McGraw-Hill Companies. He has worked as a freelance writer, translator and editor for book publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Little, Brown and Company among others. In New York, he was the founding editor of Béisbol Mundial, a sports magazine with a monthly circulation of one million copies.

Since May 2015, he has been the editor of Nuestra Voz. During this time, Nuestra Voz has become one of the leading Spanish Catholic newspapers in North America, with 51 Catholic Press Association awards, including second place for Spanish Publication of the Year, Best Spanish Editorial Page and Editor of the Year. Nuestra Voz has evolved from a monthly print newspaper to a daily online source of Catholic news in Spanish with an international audience. Recently, Nuestra Voz became the most followed page among the Brooklyn Diocese social media pages.

Moreover, Formica announced that long-time reporter for The Tablet, Brooklyn native Marie Elena Giossi has been promoted to managing editor. Giossi reports to Domínguez-López, and assists him in overseeing the day-to-day operation and production of the newspaper.

Highlights of her Tablet career include covering two papal visits to New York, 2008 and 2015; two World Youth Days, Germany, 2005, and Australia, 2008, and the National Catholic Youth Conference in Ohio, 2007.

Former editor of The Tablet, Ed Wilkinson, who was honored at the World Communications Day in May,  will stay on staff as editor emeritus. In his expanded role, Wilkinson will serve as an editorial advisor, he will create a detailed newspaper archive, and he will work directly with Chief Operating Officer of DeSales Media Group William Maier.

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Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrates Its Heritage at Steuben Parade

September is Steuben month, celebrating German heritage in New York City and around the United States.  Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church (Zionskirche) in Brooklyn Heights joined many other congregations recently for the 61st annual German-American Steuben Parade, which marched up Manhattan’s Fifth Ave. between 68th and 85th streets.

German hospitality, mission and outreach are vitally important to Zionskirche, located at 125 Henry St. in Brooklyn Heights. The church’s commitment to the German language and culture in all facets of congregational life has kept it strong, affirmed several speakers at last spring’s installation service for Pastor Klaus Dieter Gress.

The parade is named for Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, who served in the American Revolutionary War as Inspector General and later Major General. An honorable man, Steuben is credited with having instilled a higher standard of discipline in the Continental Army from the time he arrived in 1778, from hygiene standards to training Gen. Washington’s troops and leading them to victory. The Steuben parade, when first organized, fell close to his birthday of September 17. (He was born in 1730 in Magdeburg, Prussia, a region now in central Germany, roughly midpoint between Hanover and Berlin.) Steuben died in Oneida in upstate, New York. An historic site was named in his memory.

Grand Marshals for this year’s Steuben Parade, this year on Saturday, Sept.15, were world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, and German Bundestag Member and Transatlantic Coordinator Peter Beyer. This celebration of German-American friendship continues through the first week of October, with the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Bruckner’s 8th Symphony at Lincoln Center on Sept. 27 and a German wine-pairing dinner on Oct. 2.

Friends and neighbors who may have missed out on this year’s Steuben Parade can still look forward to Zionskirche’s hospitality, whether visiting and attending worship services or the upcoming Oktoberfest, a beloved tradition in Brooklyn Heights. The Oktoberfest runs from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and features live music, dancing, and  a traditional German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, red cabbage, potato salad beer and other beverages. Dinner itself begins at 4 p.m. Admission: Adults: $25; Seniors $20; Children: $15. For more information call 718-852-2453 or click facebook.com/ziongelc.