The 2nd Edition

Greetings and welcome to the 2nd Edition. First off, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Thank you for your messages of support, and thank you to all who've subscribed. And a SUPER-BIG thank you to the handful of you paid subscribers! YOU are the ones who make this newsletter possible.

The 1st Edition [click HERE to see] was a little bumpy. But you have to start somewhere :-) 

As I've said before about subscribing, you will always be able to subscribe and access all the content free of charge. BUT. If you can swing a paid subscription, you will be materially supporting the work that I do.

You'll be putting the gas in the tank, providing the gear, and keeping the coffee flowing on the long assignments. And you'll be responsible for allowing me to share with the world the beauty and mission of the Catholic Church. Uncensored and often otherwise untold.

In fact, without your support, I wouldn't have been able to cover the March for the Martyrs in Washington, DC, and the March for Life in Harrisburg, PA. So, once again, thank you.

Anyway, please take a look around and feel free to email me with any suggestions you might have at jeff@jeffreybruno.com.

And to each of you, thank you for your prayers, love, and support; know that I'm eternally grateful.

God Bless, Jeff


Random thoughts…

October is an interesting month. It’s Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month, Church Library Month, but perhaps most importantly, and I say that with all due respect for Church Librarians and those who only drink decaf, it’s Respect Life Month.

And if that’s not quite enough, Pope Leo XIII dedicated October as the Month of the Holy Rosary.

But I digress.

I was having lunch with friends one day, one of whom was a high profile pro-life leader, when he asked, “ Jeff, who’s your favorite author?” to which I casually replied, “Tom Clancy.” This drew some laughter from the table as they side-eyed me to see if I was serious.

I was.

What can I say? I like the way he tells a story.

He shared that one of Clancy’s close associates attended a Respect Life Gala. He said ‘that you can learn a lot about an author by his books ’ wink, wink.

So imagine my shock when last month I went to read Clancy’s ‘The Bear and the Dragon’ (which could be rated R by the way, so be warned), and the main character, President Jack Ryan, in a heated conversation with the Secretary of State, Arnie Van Damm exclaimed “Arnie, I’ve got four kids, remember. I was there to see them all born and be damned if you are going to tell me that abortion is okay!” This, in a book whose plot pivots on a Catholic Cardinal and Baptist minister dying in an attempt to prevent a forced late-term abortion in China.

I searched Google to see if there was anything public about Clancy’s views on abortion but came up empty. It appears that his views are relegated to the pages of his best-selling novels. 

I figured I’d bring that up because he wrote Hunt for Red October…and well, it is October, and it is National Respect Life month :-)

And on that note…


The March that no one knew about, but 10 thousand showed up for anyway

Nothing could have prepared me for this. Well, that’s not true. Somebody could have told me it was happening more than 24 hours before it began…Read More


A rare photo of Dorothy Day & her beautiful words

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other's faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light a fire in the hearts of others. And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.” - Servant of God - Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day loved Staten Island. She had a cottage which she purchased with some money she received for selling the movie rights to her book ‘The Eleventh Virgin.’ in 1924.

In other news.

I don’t exactly know how it came about but The City of New York named it’s newest Staten Island Ferry after Dorothy Day. She’s not in service yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. How cool would it be to be on the Maiden Voyage!


Pray with the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal

Many of you have asked about praying the CFR’s, well here’s a great oppor!

DATE: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

PLACE: Planned Parenthood - 26 Bleeker St. at Mott St.

TIME: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Eucharistic Procession and Rosary followed by Latin Mass

A Eucharistic Procession through Mid-town is an incredible experience. It’s an opportunity to join in prayer and witness like no other. The Procession ends back at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents and is followed by Benediction and then Latin Mass.

DATE: Saturday, October 23, 2021

PLACE: Shrine Church of the Holy Innocents - 128 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018

TIME:Procession 10:30am - 12:30pm - Benediction and Latin Mass 1:00pm

And click HERE for the full Pro-Life Event Schedule for Respect Life Month

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Meanwhile in DC…

Standing for Persecuted Christians plus a Sign of Hope

The 1st March for the Martyrs in Washington, DC took place at the end of September. That it happened is just as amazing as whose idea it was…Read More


How the Catholic Church Saved New York City | Part 3

Not too long ago I had the great privilege to sit down with Joe Campo, Founder of Grassroots Films and CEO of St. Francis House to learn about one Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s early projects, The St. Francis House in Brooklyn.

It’s just one more beautiful story about how the Catholic Faith compels people to heroic acts of love to serve those on the margins…Read More


And in honor of Columbus day…

The little-known story of Christopher Columbus and the shipwreck of the Santa Maria

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” Christopher Columbus

This is an amazing story that I stumbled upon while researching the origins of the Catholic Church in the Americas. I hope that it sheds at least a glimpse of just how epic a journey Columbus set upon when departing Spain in search of the Indies. But also maybe give a little perspective on who he was as a man…Read More


That’s it for this edition. Thank you for reading.

Final thought.

From unheard-of marches, young people starting new causes, to Witness for Life and 40 Days for Life events dotting the map to Rosary Crusades and prayer chains…

The Faith is alive.

There are saints in the making in every corner of the world.

And YOU are called to be one.

So pray hard, get to work, and know that even if you feel like the ‘lone voice crying out in the wilderness,’ you’re not. And your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, the Body of Christ, stand with you. As Christ, Himself strengthens you.

Know of my prayers for you, and please remember me in yours,

God Bless, Jeff

The 1st Edition

Greetings and welcome to the 1st Edition of my newsletter. I'll just say this. It's your fault. Well, perhaps a better way to put it would be it's in response to your messages. Either way… it's your fault.

Over the past few years, I've been asked a few particular questions repeatedly, like "Where can I see more of the photos you took from X event?", "Have you ever considered writing? Or writing a book?" And the perennial "Where can I find out about all these events you cover? I'd like to go too!"

So, if you've asked me any of these questions and like this newsletter, you have yourself to thank.

While social media outlets are truly remarkable for sharing short texts and photos, their platforms have limitations. It's tough to go deep or have a collection of any sort in one place.

That's why publications exist.

But that leads to another issue…

Now don't get me wrong, I've been incredibly blessed and doubly grateful to all of the outlets and periodicals that have published me over the years. Truthfully, I'd never have been able to do what I do now without their guidance, encouragement, and support. But being published comes with some strings.

There are limits to what you can say, how many photos you can show. And sometimes, you get censored.

So with all that in mind, I'm launching this newsletter so I can present the beauty of the Faith unfiltered.

Subscribe?

Now about subscribing; you will always be able to subscribe and access all the content free of charge. BUT. If you can swing a paid subscription, you will be materially supporting the work that I do.

You'll be putting the gas in the tank, providing for the gear, and keeping the coffee flowing on the long assignments. And you'll be responsible for allowing me to share with the world the beauty and mission of the Catholic Church. Uncensored and often otherwise untold.

So please take a look around and feel free to email me with any suggestions you might have.

And to each and every one of you, thank you for your prayers, love, and support; know that I'm eternally grateful.

God Bless, Jeff


Behind the Scenes with the Sisters of Life | Part 1

A peek at some previously unpublished photos…and a little storyRead More


Fall 2021 Pro Life Events in New York

See the Schedule here


The Portraits of Grace Exhibition at the Sheen Center

I was honored by an invitation to curate an exhibition for the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in Lower Manhattan for it’s grand re-opening. But there was one question that they forgot to ask me…Read More


The Church that Rose when the Towers Fell

On this 20th Anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 it’s never been more important than now to look for Christ’s Mercy Read More

And in closing…

How the Catholic Church saved New York City | Part 1

New York City has a split personality. On the one hand Catholicism is deeply woven into practically every aspect of it’s cultural fabric. On the other hand, it’s anti-Catholic.

It’s a story of a city so filled with promise and possibility yet so hellbent on it’s own destruction.

But Divine Providence has repeatedly stepped in with saving Grace; the stories as countless as those who have knelt in prayer in one of it’s churches.

They say history repeats itself. Well, in the case of this story, let’s pray that’s true…Read More


5 to follow

Here’s a few visual artists you may want to take a peek at

Allison Girone — Photographer

Jake Hart — Filmmaker

Erin McAtee — Artist

Antoine Mekary — Photojournalist 

Elizabeth Zelasko — Artist


Well that’s it for this edition. Next month I’ll be talking a bit more about the philosophy and practice of evangelizing through imagery. Also sharing a relatively unknown story about the day the ‘Santa Maria’, Christopher Columbus’ flagship sank (in honor of Columbus day) and a brand new article and image collection from within a Cloister. So please subscribe to see them!

Wishing you all a great September, please keep me in your prayers, and know that you’ll be in mine.

God Bless, Jeff

September Pro Life Events in NYC

Join the prayer movement to bring hope and healing to all those affected by abortion.

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, all are invited to come and pray in solidarity with fellow pro-lifers. Here’s the latest list of the current events scheduled the September 2021.

Download the Witness Formation Day Tips


Witness for Life: Manhattan - Saturday, October 3rd

Every 1st Saturday of the month!

The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

263 Mulberry St. New York, NY 

8:00 AM Holy Mass at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

8:45 AM Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Rosary Procession to Planned Parenthood

10:15AM Benediction 

10:30AM Social with coffee, donuts, and stories of grace from the Sisters of Life, serving vulnerable pregnant women

Come to all or part of the morning!
Adorers are welcome to pray in the Church while the rosary procession and witness occurs. 


Witness for Life: Brooklyn (On HOLD)

Every 2nd Saturday of the month!

St. Paul-St. Agnes Church

234 Congress Street (at Court Street), Brooklyn, NY

8:00AM Holy Mass at St. Paul’s

Followed by Exposition and a procession to Planned Parenthood, 44 Court Street, and return to church for Benediction. 


Witness for Life: Bronx - Saturday, September 18th

Every 3rd Saturday of the month!

St. Anselm & St. Roch Catholic Church

685 Tinton Ave, The Bronx, NY

8:00 AM – Holy Mass at St. Anselm & St. Roch

8:45 AM – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Rosary Procession to nearby abortion clinic

10:15AM – Benediction 

10:30AM – Social with coffee and donuts.


Witness for Life: Staten Island - Saturday, September 25th

Every 4th Saturday of the month!

St. Christopher’s Church

130 Midland Ave, Staten Island, NY

9:00AM Holy Mass at St. Christopher’s

9:45 AM Light refreshments in Community Center. 

10:30-11:30AM Praying the rosary outside SIUH North (475 Seaview Ave.)  


Prayer at Planned Parenthood - Yonkers

Every Saturday of the month at 12:00pm Noon

20 South Broadway, Yonkers


Prayer at Planned Parenthood - New Rochelle

Every Thursday of the month at 8:30am - Noon

150 Lockwood Avenue

(Standing on the grass behind the back door of Planned Parenthood on Van Guilder Ave.)


40 Days For Life Begins on September 22

The next 40 Days for Life Campaign will run from September 22- October 31. This Fall we will have 10 sites, the largest number we have ever had running at the same time in the Archdiocese.  You can help save lives by signing up to cover an hour each week! Consider inviting a friend to go with you to pray. Many people need the encouragement of a personal invitation and accompaniment to get involved for the first time. 

For information about participating please the contact the following leaders or visit the website

Bronx (Eastchester): Cecile (347) 697-7589;  40Days.Bronx@gmail.com

South Bronx: Cecile (347) 697-7589;  40Days.Bronx2@gmail.com

Goshen: Veronica Murphy-DeWitt  (845) 551-8560; Goshenstand4life@gmail...

Manhattan (Bleecker St): Laurie; 40days.manhattan@gmail...

Midtown (42nd St): Laurie; 40days.manhattan@gmail...

Newburgh: Wendy Wood (845) 820-4366; newburgh40daysforlife@...

Poughkeepsie: Maureen Haege (845) 853-6529; dutchessny4life@gmail....

Spring Valley: Eileen Peterson (845) 492-6709; Rachelminister1@aol.co...

Staten Island: Deborah Sucich (929) 218-6502; 40dayssi@gmail.com

White Plains: Lucy; (914) 776-4135, 40DFL.WP@gmail.com

The little-known story of Christopher Columbus and the shipwreck of the Santa Maria

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” Christopher Columbus

The southerly trade winds gently rolled across the island of Hispaniola, calming the warm blue seas as the ships approached the sheltered cove of what is presumed to be Cap-Haitien in modern day Haiti. It was Christmas Eve, 1492.

With darkness falling and the fatigue of two 2½ days sailing weighing heavily upon the crew, watch was posted and the men drifted off into a peaceful slumber, never to realize what fate had in store.

It had been five months since Christopher Columbus, his officers and crew had stepped out of the Chapel Convento de Santa María de la Rábida and hoisted the sails on the Santa Maria, Santa Clara (Pinta) and Niña and set out to sea to embark on a journey that would change the course of history.

Columbus’ love affair with the sea began at the tender age of 10 when he first worked aboard a ship. In decades to follow he crisscrossed the oceans as a shipping agent, often spending more time at sea than on the land. He had an insatiable desire to learn and while he had little by way of formal education, he was an avid reader, immersing himself in books of all subjects but astronomy, geography and history in particular. But the two books that had proved the greatest influence were The Travels of Marco Polo and the Bible.

It was in 1474 that a Florentine astronomer named Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli sent a map to Columbus with a proposal for sailing east across the ocean to reach Asia. While the notion was stoutly rejected by most everyone, it was the spark that set fire to Columbus’ imagination and what would become an 18-year mission to piece together an expedition and find backing.

Fortunately his unprecedented passion for the mission and iron will steeled him against what would be years of rejection. Nevertheless he persisted, undeterred. Two of the underlying motives that fueled this determination were the prospect of evangelizing the Far East, and the possibility of acquiring enough wealth to launch a Crusade to retake Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre. If there is anything to be said about Columbus it’s that he didn’t lack imagination and his aspirations weren’t small.

When he finally received the backing of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, he encountered a new set of challenges. Few sailors were willing to stake their lives on what was perceived as a madman’s folly, and even fewer ship owners were willing to risk their vessels.

It wasn’t until the Pinzon brothers, Martin, Francesco and Vincent, who were relatively famous as sailors, pirates and explorers, agreed to join that things began to take shape. And on August 3, 1492, the three ships passed from the Odiel River to the embrace of the sea of uncertainty.

And after a 10-week-long nearly mutinous journey across the “Ocean Sea,” as it was referred to, they made landfall on October 12, 1492, claiming the first land for Spain, and naming it San Salvador.

The fate of the Santa Maria

At around 2 a.m. Christmas Day, Columbus awoke with a start to the sound of water rushing and screams from the helm. He ran to the deck to find that the watch officer had turned the helm over to a deck boy; an act that was prohibited. The inexperienced lad had allowed the ship to run aground, which fatally opened the seams below the waterline.

Ordering the crew to lay an anchor aft, several of the crew set off on one of the ship’s boats, only to directly disobey the order and make their way to the safety of the Pinta. Fully aware of the implications, Columbus made one last effort to save the ship by cutting the masts away to lighten the ship, but it was in vain. The waters rose higher and higher and the ship that had led one of the most daring expeditions of all time came to rest on the seafloor.

As daylight came and cast its rays on the foundered hull of the once proud ship, Columbus sent a landing party to the island to meet with the King of the Guacanagaríx, the leader of one of the five Tiano tribes that inhabited Hispaniola. The king, who had great affection for Columbus and his men, broke down when he heard the news and sent all his people in large canoes to assist with recovering whatever was lost and help in any manner they could. He offered them houses and food, welcoming them as their own.

From Christopher Columbus’ journal:

“The king and all his people wept. They are a loving people, without covetousness, and fit for anything; and I assure your Highnesses that there is no better land nor people. They love their neighbors as themselves, and their speech is the sweetest and gentlest in the world, and always with a smile.”

In the days that followed, the crew and tribesmen dismantled the Santa Maria bringing her timber to shore. From this a fort was constructed, aptly named “Fort Navidad” since the shipwreck was on Christmas. This was to be the very first colony in the “New World.”

A lot has been said about Christopher Columbus in the past few years and to some, accounts of his governance may cast a shadow on his accomplishments. But between what is known and what will be forever lost in the sands of time stands a man whose life serves as an shining example for those with high aspirations.

The young boy who set sail with dreams of lands unknown set to the symphony of sails buffeted by tradewinds and a ship’s hull cutting through the seas paints a portrait of what the human spirit can achieve when it dares to dream.

“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” Christopher Columbus

Originally published on Aleteia

Christ on the Streets

A story of hope from Little Italy, NYC

New York is a city of hope, a city of dreams. And its promise is the same today as it was in 1664 when its name — a name that evokes a nod of respect in even the most remote corners of the world — was bestowed on it.

In a way, it’s the one place on the planet that every nation on earth can lay some claim to. It was built by the blood, sweat and dreams of immigrants from every country and continent, all of whom came for the promise of a chance at building a life as grand as the city’s sky-piercing towers and palatial avenues.

In the late 1800s, Ellis Island was the entrance to this city of dreams. One can only imagine the looks on those tired, sea-worn faces; the tears in the eyes gazing for the first time on the glimmering torch of the Lady, who stood beckoning at the threshold of this promise of a better life.

As the first waves of Italian immigrants began arriving in the late 1800s construction began on a church that today is known as the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood. It’s located in the heart of Little Italy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, bordering the infamous Bowery. It was a church built in the midst of perhaps the poorest Italian community in the city, rife with overcrowded tenements and insufferable living conditions — yet a community baptizing thousands of babies each year and celebrating dozens of weddings each weekend; an oasis of grace in a desert of poverty.

One hundred years later the vibrant parish church remains, still proudly rooted in its rich Italian heritage, but now welcoming today’s immigrants: the Latino, the Vietnamese, and the Chinese, with the same warm embrace it offered over a century ago.

On June 9, in the church’s small sacristy, a priest gently placed the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance to be carried in procession, before what were once derelict tenement apartments packed with those seeking a better life, and before the men and women whose immigrant ancestors earned them the life they struggled to provide.

As the procession spilled on to the crowded city street, the music of clinking glasses and gleeful conversation emanating from the many sidewalk bistros and cafés filled the air. But as voices were raised in sacred hymn a quiet stillness fell. And with every advancing step the mood on the street changed to one of hushed tones, curiosity and an instinctual reverence.

People raised their inquiring eyes to witness the unexpected. Cell phones and cameras appeared as if a celebrity had surfaced, while members of the Frassati Fellowship reached out to onlookers with a warm invitation to prayer and Adoration. It was a scene that echoed back some 2,000 years to the dusty byways of Jerusalem, where Jesus and His disciples delivered the same message while making their way…

The story of New York was written by the hearts of millions, all seeking a better life; to find lives of meaning and acceptance, to be free, to know love.

It’s a passionate story of every soul’s longing.

But the story of New York is written with concrete and steel and could never satisfy what the soul truly seeks. However, as the sun set on the city that cool spring evening, and the procession wound its way up Mulberry Street bearing the very Presence of Christ, New York could make good on its offer …

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:28

Originally published on Aleteia.org

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