Religion

Father Tom Babiuch, from St. Joseph’s Church in Fort Edward, at mass, which used to be frequented by more than 50 Hispanic parishioners. (Photos via El Diario)

Lost Businesses and Empty Churches after ICE Raid Upstate

Business, Central American, Immigration, Mexican, New York, Religion August 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm

An ICE raid in upstate New York that took 28 undocumented immigrants resulted in the closing of the restaurant in which they worked and an atmosphere of panic that has left even local churches empty, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

Aeilushi Mistry preparing to place lamps onto the East River at the Aarti Lamp Ceremony, Brooklyn Bridge Park (Photo by Nathan Haselby via BKLYNER)

A Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Religion, South Asian August 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Lamps were placed onto the East River during the annual Aarti Hindu Lamp Ceremony at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Aug. 5 hosted by artist Aeilushi Mistry, reports BKLYNER.

The statue of Our Lady of Loreto has been removed from its pedestal outside the church that shares her name, as this photo taken on Aug. 1 indicates. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Our Lady of Loreto Statue in Brownsville Removed

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm

The statue of the Our Lady of Loreto church in Brownsville has been removed, a move that does not bode well for preservationists of the century-old church that once served Italian immigrants, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The St. Irene Chrysovalantou procession in Astoria. (Photo by The Patriarchal Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou)

St. Irene Feast Day Marked in Astoria

Queens, Religion, Western European August 3, 2017 at 4:33 pm

The revered St. Irene was remembered with a procession, a liturgy and other celebrations, The National Herald reports.

(Photo via Diario de México)

First Wedding at Newly Restored Paterson Cathedral Is Hispanic 

Latino, Metro Area, Religion June 30, 2017 at 10:47 pm

On the same day Paterson’s Saint John the Baptist Cathedral reopened after being closed for renovation for 6 years, it also held its first wedding, of a Mexican-Peruvian couple that had met in that same church in 2009, Diario de México USA reports.

A stand with Polish food was among the most popular during the festival (Photo by Basia Sala-Maslanka)

Multicultural Ridgewood Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Brooklyn, Demographics, Religion June 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

St. Aloysius Church in Ridgewood, built in 1892 by German immigrants, celebrated its 125th anniversary with an ethnic festival to reflect the multiethnic congregation it serves, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Our Lady of Loreto Church (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Temporary Hold Lifted on Demolition of Italian Church

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European June 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

After a judge removed a temporary ban on the demolition of Our Lady of Loreto in Brownsville, preservationists staged a protest calling for the century-old Italian church to be saved, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Félix Cepeda at the start of his hunger strike. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Archdiocese Defends Work With Immigrants in Response to Hunger Strike

Dominican, Immigration, Latino, Manhattan, Religion May 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

As activist Félix Cepeda stages a series of 24-hour hunger strikes urging the Archdiocese of New York to make its churches sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, Catholic Charities responded it has welcomed immigrants for centuries, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

First Lady Chirlane McCray speaking at Mamre Seventh Day Adventist in Brooklyn.  (Photo by Stephanie Daniel for Voices of NY)

A ‘Weekend of Faith for Mental Health’

Brooklyn, Communities, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Religion May 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

NYC First Lady Charlene McCray speaks on mental health and substance abuse at a Brooklyn church.

Some of the members of Lavender Light (Screen shot via NY City Lens video)

Can NYC’s First Black, Gay Gospel Choir Survive?

Black, Culture, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Religion April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Founded in 1985, Lavender Light hopes to continue spreading its message of diversity and acceptance, reports NY City Lens.

Rev. José Félix Ortega, at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY, where cremation services are performed. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Archdiocese to Help Hispanic Families Bury Their Dead

Latino, New York, Religion April 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

In a bid to help Hispanic families worried about costs, the Archdiocese of New York promotes low rates at Catholic cemeteries to allow believers to bury the bodies and ashes of their loved ones, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Volunteers stretch colorful meters of cloth to help tie turbans at Times Square April 15, for Turban Day, organized by Sikhs of New York (Photo by H.P. Singh via Desi Talk)

Turbans in Times Square

Manhattan, Religion, South Asian April 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Organizers of the second annual Turban Day in Times Square tied 8,000 turbans during the event held to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, and spread awareness of the faith, reports Desi Talk.

Lauren Frommr holds her pisanki egg up to a flame in order to melt the wax off.  She is a student at a pisanki egg class at the Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan on March 26.

The Ukrainian Art of Pysanky

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Religion, Traditions April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan held egg decorating workshops ahead of the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.

Some churches have seen a decline in attendance over fears of Donald Trump's immigration policies. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

ICE Raids Spur Fear, Activism in NYC Churches

Brooklyn, Immigration, Latino, New York, Queens, Religion, Staten Island April 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Some Hispanic churches have seen a decrease in parishioners fearful of ICE, while others are thriving because of pro-immigrant activism, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

‘Under the Bodhi Tree’ Comes to NYC

‘Under the Bodhi Tree’ Comes to NYC

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Religion April 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

A new musical about the life of Buddha by a Korean husband and wife team opens on May 2. Newsroh spoke with composer Jingoo Lee about the production, 12 years in the making.