A Letter from Bishop DiMarzio

Office of the Bishop
Diocese of Brooklyn
3 1 0 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, New York 1 1 2 IS
September 24, 2018

Dear Faithful of the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens:
It is with profound sadness, but with redoubled resolve, that I write to you concerning the many disturbing news stories that have come out during the last several weeks. First and foremost, as your Bishop, know that I am completely committed to enforcing the zero tolerance policy established in the 2002 Dallas Charter, as well as doing everything in my power to ensure that safe environments exist for all members of the Church, especially our children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Stories of past abuses and failures on the part of some in leadership must strengthen our commitment to always strive to do better as we continue the important mission of the Church.
Last week it was announced that the Diocese of Brooklyn, along with the Dorothy Bennett Mercer Center, agreed to settle a case involving four individuals, who were sexually abused by Mr. Angelo Serrano, who is currently serving a prison term for his crimes. Even though Mr. Serrano was a church volunteer, and not a member of the clergy, and even though the abuse occurred in his apartment, and not on church property, priests assigned to the parish failed to recognize siYIS of the abuse and take appropriate actions. The settlement of $27 million will be divided by the four victims, each of whom will receive about $6.8 million, less attorney fees, which is usually about one third. The Diocese’s portion of the settlement, $17.4 million will be completely covered by our insurance policy; however, insurance premiums may have to rise. We are deeply saddened by the abuse they suffered at the hands of Mr. Serrano, and hope that this settlement will assist the victims and their families in the years to come.
In order to assist survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, I initiated an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), which is administered by Mr. Kenneth Feinberg, Esq., whose firm has handled several similar progra.ms, including the 9-1 1 Compensation Program. In addition to a financial compensation, survivors are offered the opportunity for counseling, as well as other forms of support through our Victims Assistance Coordinator. It is important to note that none of your donations are used to pay for this program. The Diocese sold property and secured a loan, which will be repaid through the leasing of ecclesiastical property. The contributions of the faithful of the diocese are dedicated to the core mission of the Church, and are essential for us to continue our much needed work.
Finally, as was recently announced, the Office of the New York State Attorney General issued subpoenas to all the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the state. These subpoenas order the handing over of all documents relating to the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, as well as cases involving non-consenting adults. The Diocese of Brooklyn will certainly comply with this subpoena, which requests documents from January I , 1950 to the present. You should be aware of the fact that since 2002 we have been sharing our files and allegations against clergy with the District Attorneys of Brooklyn and Queens. In addition, in 2004 1 established an independent toll-free number, 1-888-634-4499, so that anyone with an allegation against a member of the clergy can make a report, which is also shared with the corresponding District Attorney. If the allegation is within the statute of limitations, it is also shared with the Special Victims Bureau of the NYPD, for their immediate intervention. The Diocese of Brooklyn is committed to protecting our most vulnerable members as well as the pursuit of justice.
With assurances of your remembrance in my prayers, especially at the celebration of the Eucharist, I am
Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D, D.D.
Bishop of Brooklyn

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Some New Additions

Brand new state of the art  STEM lab

Bishop McDonnell of Brooklyn,  Founder of Cathedral Prep

Brand new inside doors for safety!

A refurbished image of Our Lady, who watches over our students as they enter and leave Cathedral.


The academic year ended on a high and celebratory note yesterday when faculty, students and family members gathered for our annual Convocation. Highlighting both the academic and athletic achievements of the past year, students received accolade, awards and trophies in recognition of their hard work and accomplishment. Bishop Ray Chappetto,’65, joined Father Fonti and Mr. Diaz in bestowing the awards as well as the diplomas to our seniors. Proud of all our students, we salute our graduating and returning Men for Greatness and wish all a restful and relaxing summer vacation.

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Junior Leadership Day

Today we celebrated Junior Leadership Day. The Class of 2018 will always have a home at the Prep, but as they are headed to college, the Class of 2019 now assumes the role as the active student leaders in the building. At Mass, in the presence of the school community and family members of the Junior class, Father Fonti urged the members of the Class of 2019 to set a good example for their younger Prep brothers and to care for them in the manner of the Good Shepherd. After the homily Father Fonti blessed class rings and replicas of Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, displaying the Good Shepherd. The day ended with an open gym and lunch together.

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On Graduation morning, Friday, May 25th, our community gathered with the proud parents and family of the Class of 2018 at the Prep to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving. Our Rector-President, Father Joseph Fonti, ’84, was the main celebrant. Father Christopher Bethge, ’07, con-celebrated and Deacon Philip Franco, ’93, proclaimed the Gospel.

Friday evening, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio presided over our Graduation Exercises at St. James Cathedral-Basilica in Brooklyn. Father Fonti welcomed the family and friends of the Class of 2018 and thanked the parents for entrusting Cathedral with their son’s intellectual and spiritual formation. He reminded his spiritual sons that “they can do all things in Christ who strengthens them.”

Adam Zajkowski gave the Salutatorian Address and Sebastian Rosas was chosen as the class Valedictorian. Both noted the unique bond that comes with the Cathedral brotherhood and the challenges that they and their classmates were able to overcome together.

Liz Faublas, Anchor of Currents News, was the commencement speaker. Ms. Faublas spoke about the unique role that women play in the Catholic Church. She noted the class’s unique diversity and urged our graduates to be true men for greatness by sharing their wisdom and being catalysts for the betterment of society whether as priests or dedicated Catholic laymen.

Towards the end of the ceremony after the bestowal of various awards,  Father Fonti introduced Joseph Krug, Patrice Legoute and Stephen Jankowski to their new Rector, Father George Sears. All three of them have decided to continue discerning a call to the priesthood at Cathedral Seminary House of Formation in Douglaston.

Bishop Nicolas DiMarzio concluded the evening by praising the continued success of Cathedral Prep in producing a quality education in an environment where discernment is encouraged and fostered.

The Bronze Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.15, ranking him third in the class. The Bronze medal was presented to Adam Zajkowski

The Silver Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 97.63, ranking him second in the class. The Silver medal was presented to Peter Munoz.

The Gold Medal was presented to a young man who earned an overall Grade Point Average after four years of study of 98.83 ranking him first in the class. The Gold medal was presented to Sebastian Rosas

Proud of the Class of 2018, we applauded their accomplishments and ask the Lord to bless all their future endeavors:

Emmanuel Ambroise—Attending: SUNY Buffalo

Daniel Berhan—Attending: SUNY Buffalo

Yann M. Camara—Attending: Albright College

Dyango Andres Campoverde—Attending: Saint Francis College

Richard Cisneros—Attending: Pace University

Christian Faustin—Attending: Queensborough CC

Nikola Fitissov—Attending: SUNY Binghamton

Joseph John Foley, Jr. —Attending: Queens College

Anthony Haran—Attending: St. John’s University

Donal J. Harnett—Attending: Penn State

Neil John Hickey—Attending: St. John’s University

Stephen Mark Jankowski—Attending: St. John’s University

Rasheed James Kelly—Attending:SUNY Binghamton

Jospeh P. Krug—Attending: St. John’s University

Johan N. Larsen—Attending: St. Joseph’s College

Patrice Legoute—Attending: St. John’s University

Daniel Patrick Maher—Attending: St. John’s University

Peter Munoz—Attending: St. John’s University

Michael Henry Murphy—Attending: Fordham University

Steven Joseph Osojnak—Attending: St. John’s University

Michael Victor Remon—Attending: St. Francis College

Fernando J. Ronconi—Attending: Hunter College

Sebastian Adrian Rosas—Attending: University of Notre Dame

Christopher Saillant Velez—Attending: St. Francis College

John Joseph Schilling III—Attending: Brooklyn College

Jose Angel Solorzano—Attending: New York City College of Technology

Kyle Sumprer—Attending: Brooklyn College

Joseph N. Tuseo IV—Attending: St. John’s University

Loik L. Uddin Jr. —Attending: Molloy College

Cian Walsh—Attending: St. Francis College

Adam Daniel Zajkowski—Attending: Catholic University of America

Juan Sebastian Zapata Arenas—Attending: Queensborough CC

Joshua Nathaniel Zayas—Attending: Mount St. Mary’s College

Pictures from the Graduation Mass:

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Pictures from the Graduation Ceremony:

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Senior Alumni Luncheon

To kick off our Graduation Week, the Class of 2018 was welcomed into our Alumni Association today at our Annual Senior Alumni Luncheon. The seniors were joined by Frank Dwyer, ’79, Artie Savarese, ’79, Arthur Vollmerhausen, ’88, Alumni Association President, Vinny LaPluma, ’01 and the faculty and staff. Each senior received a pair of crusader cuff links as a parting gift.

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Today we held our Annual Walk-a-Thon at Juniper Valley Park. After morning Mass, our school community watched a slideshow – produced by senior, John Schilling – highlighting the 4 years our seniors enjoyed at Cathedral. After the viewing, the student body and the faculty walked to the park for a field day. The famed Senior v. Faculty softball game was played. The seniors rejoiced in a victory! A BBQ and an open gym finished off a day of Cathedral pride and brotherhood.

Pictures from the video, walk-a-thon, and field day:

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Pictures from softball and lunch:



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May Crowning

Today during Holy Hour, Cathedral honored “the lady of our house”, Mary, the Mother of God, with a May Crowning. The event was organized by the Brotherhood of Mary Immaculate, a student-run devotional group that fosters our Marian piety.

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