Dear colleagues and friends,


A few weeks ago, Pope Benedict XVI elevated Msgr. Guy Sansaricq, a longstanding member of the Board of the NCHR to Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens. Bishop Sansaricq joins Bishop Thomas Wenski as the second Bishop on the Board.


The Most Reverend Guy Sansaricq will be ordained tomorrow August 22, 2006 as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

This is a historic and felicitous occasion for Our Church and community. His appointment marks the First Haitian-American Bishop nomination to the US Catholic Church and the First Black Bishop to serve in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  His nomination is an acknowledgement by the Church to serve the ever increasing needs of the diversity in the Diocese of Brooklyn.


To celebrate the occasion, parishioners of St. Jerome and the Haitian community are holding a Gala reception on Friday, August 25, 2006

from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215. Tickets are $100 per person and may still be available for purchase online or through a phone order. For information regarding tickets to the Gala reception, please contact:


Ms. Alice Blanchet at 917-972-5390 or at; or

Bob Johnson 718-469-3781, or at


Bishop Sansaricq will celebrate his first mass on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 5pm, at Saint James Cathedral, 250 Cathedral Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201. All are welcome.


Let us all savor this moment and do our best to celebrate this historic occasion.


Warmest regards,



Jocelyn McCalla | Executive Director | National Coalition for Haitian Rights

275 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001 |

V: (212) 337-0005 | F: (212) 741-8749 | C: (862) 452-7196 | Email:


A new Haiti is within reach!