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The Feast of the Holy Innocents on the streets of NYC

As the darkness of night gave way to the dawning day on the streets of New York City, stormy skies opened and a gentle rain began to fall. The city streets, slick with rain, reflected the falling footsteps of those shaking off their sleepiness and making their way to the places people go on a dreary Friday morning. But this Friday would be unlike most Fridays for those on their regular morning commute: Subway cars filled with the flowing white […]

A portrait of protest and prayer in New York City

In the early hours of a cloudy Saturday morning, the pews of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Soho began to fill. Kneelers creaked as the weight of the faithful and their prayers was laid at the foot of the huge crucifix suspended high above the altar. These prayers were specific. This day marked the conclusion of 40 days of prayer and fasting, guided by 40 Days for Life and the Frassati Fellowship of New York, for all of those impacted […]

St. Francis is alive and well and living in the South Bronx

The year was 1977. Sportscaster Howard Cosell, viewing the fires that raged just outside the walls of Yankee Stadium during Game 2 of the World Series, uttered the infamous words, “There it is, ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.” Throughout the 1970s the South Bronx became a symbol of everything that was wrong with society, and itself turned into a living hell complete with towering flames at night and clouds of jet black smoke by day that could be […]

Bringing Christ to the streets of New York

New York is a city of hope, a city of dreams. And its promise is the same today as it was in 1664 when its name — a name that evokes a nod of respect in even the most remote corners of the world — was bestowed on it. In a way, it’s the one place on the planet that every nation on earth can lay some claim to. It was built by the blood, sweat and dreams of immigrants […]

The Subway Rosary

On a cloudy Saturday morning, a small but warm-hearted group of people ascended the stairs from the dark alley behind the Church of the Holy Innocents on West 37th Street, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and bags laden with rosaries, prayer cards and other religious items. As they spilled onto the sidewalk, the familiar sound of the NYC streets filled the air. The quietly thunderous ensemble of undefined noise that is the sound of the city disappeared from […]

New Yorkers pray for persecuted Christians…in Times Square

Summertime in New York City is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives. The city’s ordinarily rabid pace tapers off a bit as city dwellers escape to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore, fleeing the smell of molten asphalt and trading it for the scent of salt air. The sound of children squealing with delight around fountains and fire hydrants fills the sweltering air with the song of summer, as waves of tourists stroll around the concrete […]

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