Beyond The Beacon

38: Love your animals and your neighbors, too

January 11, 2024 Diocese Of Paterson Season 1 Episode 38
Beyond The Beacon
38: Love your animals and your neighbors, too
Show Notes

Is Bishop Kevin a cat person or a dog person? Tune in to find out!

Bishop Kevin Sweeney invites his Paterson neighbor, John DeCando, onto the show for a fun Beyond The Beacon episode about animals. Together with co-host Jai Agnish, they discuss their four-legged friends, and John recounts some amusing and heroic animal rescue stories from 50 years of working for the city of Paterson. John is a local legend known for saving – not just cats and dogs – but even sheep and a cow running around on Route 80 once. He’s told these wild tales on countless television news reports and even appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. John recently received the honor of a key to the city, and although he spent some time as a police officer and housing inspector over the years, he said that “the good Lord brought him back,” doing what he loves to do: working with animals. John and Bishop Kevin live a couple of blocks away in Paterson and have become good friends. John also is and was friends with the previous two bishops of the diocese.

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You can learn more about the animal services provided by the city of Paterson here.

Learn more about the pilgrimage to the National Eucharistic Congress here.

Produced by Jai Agnish and Bishop Kevin Sweeney for the Diocese of Paterson.
Engineered and edited by Jai Agnish.
Illustrations by Dennis Dalelio.
Music by Jai Agnish.

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