Salvadoran Cardinal To Bring Anti-Gang Message To Long Island

Aug 10, 2017

Cardinal Jose Gregorio Rosa Chavez of El Salvador will visit Long Island next weekend as part of an anti-gang effort in the Catholic community.

Cardinal Chavez is the first cardinal to be appointed to El Salvador, the homeland of many Long Island immigrants as well as the MS-13 gang.  

The visit will be part of a plan to establish anti-gang programs between Long Island and El Salvador.

Catholics leaders also hope the visit will help calm Latino communities that were shaken by the series of MS-13 gang murders in Brentwood and Central Islip.

West Islip will hold a welcome ceremony at St. John the Baptist High School on Saturday. Chavez will also celebrate evening mass at Brentwood later that day.