John Gonzalez, DMin, is the Director of Parish and Community Relations for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY. He is also an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY and a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition. John’s ministry and education has been in the promotion of social ministry and Catholic social teaching. John received his Doctorate of Ministry in Latino Studies from Fordham University and has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. He is certified in offering Spiritual Direction through the St. Joseph Renewal Center and is part of the Loyola Press Speaker’s Corp. John previously served as Special Projects Developer for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, Coordinator of Social Ministry at Notre Dame Parish in New Hyde Park, NY, and the Director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office for the Passionist Community. John is bilingual.
By the end of that first week our operations shifted and many of our staff, including myself, were set up in a senior center in Queens getting ready to boost our food distributions and our senior grab-and-go grocery bags. During that week we began to anticipate two major developments of this pandemic: the public health crisis and the ensuing economic hardship.