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Cursing the Darkness is Not Sufficient

Posted on June 7, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Msgr. Sullivan Addresses Interfaith Audience

Over a typical Dominican breakfast of yucca, salami and cheese and a special mashed plantain mangu, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan served as guest speaker at the Spring Interfaith Forum sponsored Tuesday, June 5th, by Congressman Adriano Espaillat at 809 Restaurant in the heavily Dominican community of Washington Heights.

Congressman Espaillat sponsored the forum to provide an opportunity for government and faith to interact and discuss issues most pressing to the local community. Together in the brick-walled restaurant participants took on hot-button issues, particularly immigration, hunger and how low voter turnout impacts them. 

“You can’t call yourself religious and hate another group,” Msgr. Sullivan said as the group of nearly 25 Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal and Jewish leaders cheered.

Despite a surging real estate market, they said, hunger continues to call New York City home. Local church and synagogue representatives spoke about their struggles to feed the hungry families that flock to their doors.  Many send them to Catholic Charities food pantries nearby.   

“Cursing the darkness is insufficient,” Msgr. Sullivan told the crowd.  “Do not fall into hopelessness and do not let party triumph over faith.”