Father Joseph A. Espaillat II is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. He was assigned by Cardinal Timothy Dolan to be the Director of Youth Ministry three years ago. Growing up in Manhattan, he speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and Street! He loves ministering the sacraments: celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, hearing Confessions and proclaiming the Word of God. He loves working with youth and helping them encounter Christ. Fr. J enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as playing softball, basketball, and kickball! He also enjoys watching movies, writing poetry and rapping. Father is also the founder of the ministry "Messengers of Christ."