Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Honors Parish Volunteers at Commissioning Ceremony
Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, President and CEO, Celebrates Mass of Thanksgiving Followed by an Appreciation Luncheon
Earlier this week, Monsignor Alfred P. LoPinto, President and CEO, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and Affiliated Agencies, celebrated Mass and a Commissioning Ceremony at the Church of Saints Simon and Jude in Brooklyn and St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Queens, in honor of parish volunteers who tirelessly dedicate their service to various social ministries throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
During the Commissioning Ceremony, volunteers were inducted as members of the Catholic Charities Witnesses of Mercy Program and recognized for the difference they make in the lives of their communities. Whether it’s operating food pantries, offering case management, organizing resource fairs, providing bereavement counseling, or promoting advocacy on social or ecological concerns, Catholic Charities in grateful to the many men and women who responded to the call of Pope Francis to be witnesses of mercy for the human family.
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About Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens:
For over 124 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, through its social services arm, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc., has been providing quality social services to the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens and currently offers 160-plus programs and services for children, youth, adults, older adults, and those struggling with mental illness. Since 1975, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation, the affordable housing developer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, has been transforming vacant land and buildings into affordable housing units and transforming the lives of individuals and families, and completed more than 4,450 units with supportive services for seniors, families, veterans and the formerly homeless. Since the pandemic began, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has provided much-needed food packages and services at 60 Catholic Charities parish-based food pantries and has distributed over $8.5 million in food.