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News to Use from Our Pastoral Offices

Adult Faith Formation: FORMED

Happy Holy Advent from Adult Faith Formation! A total of 182 parishes renewed their FORMED subscription this year. Congratulations! As a reminder, FORMED has content for several areas of parish ministry. 

If you have any questions on how to make better use of FORMED, call 646-794-2581 or email us at [email protected].   

Adult Faith Formation: ChristLife

In addition to the annual ChristLife Training conference hosted in Baltimore, Maryland, there will be a conference closer to home in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on March 27-29, 2020. 

To learn more about ChristLife or about places to stay near the conference,  call 646-794-2581 or email us at [email protected]

Adult Faith Formation: Villanova University

Whether you are already a business manager or have an interest in business and serving the Church, a Master of Science in Church Management from Villanova University gives you a solid management foundation designed specifically for faith-based institutions. 

Archdiocese of New York students are eligible to receive a $19,400 scholarship. To learn more and apply, go to

Cultural Diversity – Black Ministry: Black History Mass

The Cultural Diversity Apostolate for Black Ministry invites you to the Annual Archdiocesan Black History Month Mass and Observance of the National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family on February 2, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

Cultural Diversity – Black Ministry: Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund

The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund (PTSF) and Program is administered by the Archdiocese of New York, Office of Black Ministry. The PTSF provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors of diverse backgrounds from public, private, and parochial schools throughout the Archdiocese of New York, to assist them with the educational fees and expenses associated with their college studies.

To obtain an application and/or for more information please contact the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Office at 646-794-2681 or visit the website at to download the application form.

Development: Annual Recap

What a fantastic year the Development Office has had – we have much to be grateful for! This year marked a milestone for the  Renew + Rebuild capital campaign as in November, we reached $250M in pledges, which is 125% of our $200M goal. Currently, we have received $107,737,390 paid on the pledges. We are now moving our focus to closing pledges. Clearly, this could not have been accomplished without all of the hard work and dedication of you, our pastors and leaders, and your communities. 

Family Life: Marriage Prep Booklets

Typically, the annual Marriage Prep booklets are printed and sent to each parish during November or December.  However, this year we are scheduling the 2020 booklets to arrive at your parish in early February 2020 so that we can incorporate the new website URLs that will be included in the booklets. 

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Hammill, Assistant Director of Family Life, at [email protected], or 646-794-3183.

Family Life: Emmaus Ministry Retreats in English and Spanish

Daylong retreats for English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grieving parents will occur in multiple regions throughout the Archdiocese. 

Registration is $25 per person/$40 per couple and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all retreat materials. Scholarships are available. For further information, including individual flyers, contact Sue DiSisto at [email protected] or (646) 794-3191. 

Family Life: World Marriage Day 2020

Plans for World Marriage Day 2020 are underway, so the search begins for the longest married couple in the Archdiocese of New York. This annual search honors the vocation of marriage and family life. Please support this initiative by placing the announcements, available below in English and Spanish, in your parish bulletin as often as space permits.

For further information, contact Joan Brisson at the Family Life Office at 646-794-3190 or [email protected]

Liturgy: Planning Catholic Funeral Liturgies

Join the Office of Liturgy for a workshop on planning Catholic funeral liturgies on February 1, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Seminary and learn how to prepare a prayerful and beautiful funeral liturgy that gives glory to God and honors the deceased in Christ.

Tickets $15. Visit to learn more and to register.

Young Adult Outreach: Upcoming Events

The Office of Young Adult Outreach is pleased to invite you to the CatholicNYC New Year’s Eve Bash! Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the best party in New York City, starting with a Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God at St. Malachy’s-The Actor’s Chapel on Tuesday, December 31 at 9 p.m. This event is 21+.  

To learn more and to register, visit the Facebook page here

For more information, kindly email [email protected].

Youth Faith Formation – Catechetical: Public School Teachers’ Retreat

Catholic teachers serving as silent witnesses to the faith in public schools are invited to a retreat on January 25, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Refreshments and lunch will be served. 

For more information, contact Sr. Zelide Ceccagno, MSCS, at [email protected].