In the Media
Memory of St. Bernard Teen Lives on in India, August 21, 2021, The Tablet
The legacy of Kaitlyn Rose Bernhardt, a beloved 15-yearold from St. Bernard Parish who died in 2018, lives on in Mill Basin, Brooklyn — and in a small rural village in India. A new school — located near St. Theresa of Child Jesus Parish in Kakkanour, India — was built and opened in memory of the late Bergen Beach teen who touched the hearts of Catholics half a world away as she continued to pray the rosary throughout her two-year-long battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Kaitlyn’s Faith Continues To Inspire, April 11, 2019 John Woods, Editor, Catholic New York
Several of her prayerful supporters, including Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara and retired Deacon James Stahlnecker, a longtime pro-life leader on Staten Island, contacted me to ask if I would bring Kaitlyn’s story to Catholic New York’s audience. I can’t recall receiving as much supporting information for a story in a long time, maybe ever.
Scout’s Honor: Deacon does ‘grunt work’ distributing prayer cards for life, October 20, 2010, Catholic New York
Deacon Jim Stahlnecker is a “do-it-yourselfer.” So, when he learned about an impending national prayer for life campaign launched by Archbishop Dolan with the Knights of Columbus and the Sisters of Life in May that would utilize specially created prayer cards, he ordered 6,000.
David Wooton and Deacon Jim Stahlnecker, July 26, 2021, Radio Maria USA
Images that inspire & SAVE LIVES!, May 2011, Celebrate Life Magazine
With funding from local churches, James Stahlnecker, a permanent deacon at Staten Island’s Saint Mary of the Assumption parish, recently sponsored a Truth Booth in a local mall for eight months. He reported that it increased the number of visits to local pregnancy centers, and he watched teenagers “approach the booth, laugh and walk away, and then return to see the whole video. I think they never realized the humanity of the [preborn baby].”
Kaitlyn’s Example Shines In India, July 8, 2019 Antonina Zielinska, The Tablet, Brooklyn, New York
Deacon Jim Stahlnecker of Staten Island, who was a friend of Robert Fallon’s, Kaitlyn’s great-uncle, had told the Indian community of Kaitlyn’s plight. Stahlnecker had served in Staten Island with Father Benjamin Chinnappan, an Indian priest.
Catholics should note Trump’s strengths (letter to the editor), May 01, 2020, Silive.com
There are presently thousands of people throughout the U.S. to whom I’ve supplied prayer cards that are joined in a “prayer warrior chain, that I’ve started here on Staten Island. They are praying that God will bless, guide and inspire all who will cast votes in the November presidential election. There should be no need for me to remind others of the facts that President Trump privately and publicly supports religious freedom and is actively pro-life.
Joe’s ‘Impact’, May 10, 2018, Catholic New York
Thank you for your beautiful article in the April 26 edition (Editor’s Report) regarding recent honors bestowed on Joe Delaney by the University of Notre Dame. Joe is the very first person, other than an alumnus, who has been appointed as a member of their national alumni board of directors. Knowing Joe as well as I do, I am not surprised about this singular honor.
Pro-life battle belongs on front burner (letter to the editor), February 01, 2018, Silive.com
When President Trump addressed the 2018 March for Life, proclaiming his pro-life support and graciously offering tribute to all who have participated in 45 years of yearly Marches for Life, he was also getting down to basics.
N.Y. Journal: The Truth Booth, May 23, 2009, World News Group
Deacon Jim Stahlnecker, coordinator of Respect Life activities on Staten Island for the Archdiocese of New York, said that LifeWorks of Ohio, the originators of the Truth Booth, set up the display in March with the help of a couple from New Jersey.