COURIER L 10 IFE, MARCH 4-10, 2022
tapped as FDNY
MONSIGNOR JAMIE GIGANTIELLO BEING SWORN IN WITH HIS SISTER, TONIANN
MARTELLO. PHOTO BY BROOKLYN DIOCESE
BY MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK
One of Brooklyn’s holiest is going
on to serve New York’s bravest.
During a service at FDNY Headquarters
earlier this month, renowned
Kings County faith leader
Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello was
sworn in as chaplain for the New York
City Fire Department.
Currently pastor of both Our Lady
of Mount Carmel and the Annunciation
of the Blessed Virgin Mary in
Williamsburg, Gigantiello was ordained
in 1995. Prior to his time in
North Brooklyn, he primarily serviced
the borough’s southern-most
worshippers, having served as parochial
vicar at St. Patrick’s Parish
in Bay Ridge, and at Mary Queen of
Heaven Parish in Old Mill Basin,
where he was installed as pastor in
2002 and remained until 2013
He then served as pastor of St. Bernard
on the border of Mill Basin and
Bergen Beach, where he remained until
2017, when he was appointed at Our
Lady of Mount Carmel amid the unveiling
of a historic renovation.
“I am very honored and humbled
to be part of one of the greatest fi re departments
in the country. The fi res I
will put out will not be the fi res that
destroy buildings and take lives,
they will be the fi res of suffering and
loss,” Gigantiello said in a statement.
“Right now, we may be a divided city
but when it comes to tragedy we are so
united, we come together as a city and
we come together as a church because
we all believe in one God and we let
them know they are not alone.”
Gigantiello joins seven other chaplains
serving the FDNY’s 17,000 members.
He also ministers as chaplain to
the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission
and Transit and Corrections
Offi cers, as well as local chapters of
the Knights of Columbus, the Columbiettes
and Lions Club.
His new role comes on the heels
of two particularly tough months for
city fi refi ghters.
Early into the new year, on Jan. 9,
more than a dozen people were killed
— including nine children — in a harrowing
fi ve-alarm blaze in the Bronx,
earmarked one of the largest infernos
the city has seen in decades.
On Feb. 16, 33-year-old Far Rockaway
fi refi ghter Jesse Gerhard collapsed
while on duty inside his
Ladder 134 fi rehouse, during what authorities
referred to as a “medical episode,”
likely heart failure.