The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s Annual Dinner is the highlight of the club’s social calendar and has been the club’s key fund raiser for more than 100 years. The dinner is a time to come together with the Cathedral Club officers, board members, club members, distinguished quests and others to celebrate and promote the true Catholic spirit. The audience is addressed by the Bishop of the Dioceses of Brooklyn, as well as our recognized Honoree and our selected guest speaker.
From the proceeds of the dinner, a donation is made to the Bishop of Brooklyn for his favorite charity. Some past speakers have included John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hugh Carey, Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki, Steve Forbes and John Cardinal O’Connor to name a few. The dinner continues to be held at the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton. Typically the dinner is held on the first Thursday in February.
It is the tradition of the club membership to have a Speaker’s Night in May. It is a night known for inviting a prominent figure from our community to share with us their background and experiences as well as provide insight on what roll their organization plays in the Catholic Church. It is on this night that we also present scholarships to two Catholic High School Students. The scholarships are awarded to two students that have successfully completed their freshman year in good standing and who also and have financial need. The recipients are selected by the school principals based on the above mentioned criteria. The students each receive a scholarship for their three remaining years at high school. The schools are designated from an ongoing list that is held by the Scholarship Committee.
Installation of Officers
The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s Installation of Officers is” the changing of the guard” and typically takes place in the beginning of June. It is a night to say thank you to the outgoing President for a job well done. As a sign of appreciation, it has become a new tradition to present the outgoing President with a gold ring decorated with the Cathedral Club crest. The main purpose of the evening is to swear in the new slate of Officers and the Board of Governors first, followed by the swearing in of the new President. The new President will then reflect on what he/she hopes to accomplish with his/her team in the year ahead.
Memorial Mass & Communion Breakfast
The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn’s Annual Memorial Mass & Communion Breakfast has been a tradition of the club for a number of years. It is a time that the members and their families can get together to remember members of the club that have left us all too soon. The Memorial Mass takes place at Visitation located on Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge Brooklyn on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Mass is celebrated by the Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn&Queens. It is at this mass that the names of members that passed away the previous year are read. Those members that are Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem dress in their ceremonial uniform that consists of cape & beret. The Knights lead the procession at the beginning and end of mass. Following the mass, all are invited to a Communion Breakfast to continue the celebration of the Memorial Mass.