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Deacon Greg Kandra, Diocese of Brooklyn

A veteran journalist, Deacon Greg Kandra worked for nearly three decades as a writer and producer for CBS News in Washington and New York, winning every major award in broadcast journalism, including two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. But he may be best known as the creator of the blog, “The Deacon’s Bench,” which has attracted over 15 million visitors from around the world since it was launched 10 years ago.  He now works as multimedia editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association—CNEWA—an agency of the Holy See founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926.  Ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 2007, Deacon Greg serves at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish in Forest Hills, New York.  From 2009-2012, he served as a consultant to the communications committee of the USCCB.  A renowned presenter at conferences, parish missions and retreats, he was invited by the Vatican to be one of the speakers during the Jubilee for Deacons in 2016.  Deacon Greg’s essays and articles have been honored multiples times by the Catholic Press Association, and he was featured as one of 70 people profiled in the book “New York Catholics” (2014) by Patrick McNamara.