The shadow of Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano looms large in South Jersey. During his seven years as the third Bishop of Camden, the prolific prelate expanded ministry to Hispanics and established three high schools, the House of Charity appeal, the Brazilian mission, and social ministries and initiatives to aid the those in need. Now, his legacy h...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, since its inception, built by Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, has been the bedrock of Montclair’s Fourth Ward, a predominantly Italian American and African American neighborhood. It’s been a community of Black and white families who shared the same struggles, dreams and goals. The feasts of St. Se...

Moments before his death after being shot by Sicilian mobsters, Judge Rosario Livatino said: “But what have I done to you?” His final words echoing Jesus Christ on the cross: “O my people, what have I done to you?” as celebrated in some Good Friday liturgies. The same words appear in the Old Testament, pronounced by God in Micah 6:3. “Like Jesus, J...

Msgr. Thomas Machalski was so intrigued by the story of Blessed Carlo Acutis — the first millennial to be considered for sainthood — he wanted to find a tangible way to use the Italian teen’s life to inspire young people here in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Msgr. Machalski got his wish July 14 when he went to the diocese chancery and watched as Bishop...

The Beati Paoli are, perhaps, the most mysterious citizens of Palermo, so mysterious we don’t even know if they existed. For more than five centuries, their name and the legend surrounding it has permeated the streets of Sicily’s capital, with some believing not only that they existed, but that they were the archetype of the island’s infamous mafia...

A 93-year-old, deeply-revered, local religious tradition will have a bit of a different feel in 2021. This year will mark the first Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebration in more than six decades without the involvement of the late Antonio "Junie" Trebisacci Jr., a longtime member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Committee, who died in...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is a beacon of hope and life, the general superior of the order founded by the saint, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wrote Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the foundress’ canonization. Saint, lover of Christ, businesswomen, entrepreneur, advocate for the vulnerable, audacious, servant, educato...

There were many problems that arose because of the pandemic we’ve gone through for over a year. One of the casualties was the cancellation of the 95th annual St. Rocco celebration and all connected activities.   St. Rocco and its spiritual and traditional heritage were still honored last year with a receiving of the saint’s banner, a virtual Mass a...

The St. Joseph Festival will bring great food and live music to Dover during the weekend of July 16 and 17. The annual event, which supports the ministries of St. Joseph Catholic Church on N. Tuscarawas Avenue, was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixth Street, next to the church, will be closed during the festival.  Sarah Sciarre...

After a one-year hiatus from the Waterfront, the Hoboken Italian Festival is slated to return this fall. Società Madonna Dei Martiri teased the information on their social media Thursday morning, indicating that the festival had been scheduled for the weekend of September 10. Last year saw the procession of the Madonna through the streets of Hoboke...