Manhattan Offers Round-the-Clock Confession

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Writer

The young adult ministry at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in the Archdiocese of New York will make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available around-the-clock on March 6-7.

According to an article by the Catholic News Agency (CNA), the Cathedral and 20 neighboring parishes are participating in the 24 hour event which will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, March 6 and last until  7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7.

“Thousands upon thousands of Catholics line-up to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday each year… imagine if these same thousands of Catholics line-up for confession? It could be a tremendous day for Our Lord,” said Mario Bruschi, Director of the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Adults.

In 2007, the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsored a “24 Hours of Grace” event with seven parishes participating. About 2,500 people attended Confession, which equals about 105 people per hour.

“The Archdiocese of New York has three times the amount of parishes participating in this event and we hope and pray that three times the amount of people go to confession,” Bruschi said.

“Reading about what Chicago did really inspired us to put this project together. I think Chicago really has started something here.”

A list of Manhattan parishes participating in the 24 Hours of Confession is available at

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