‘Good News with Father Jim’ Debuts October 18
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, September 30, 2004 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre today announced the launch of “Good News with Father Jim,” a new diocesan-produced television news program. Broadcast on the diocesan television station Telecare (Channel 29), and hosted by Reverend James C. Vlaun, “Good News with Father Jim” was created based on feedback from viewers and Long Island Catholics who have expressed a desire to see more diocesan news on Telecare. “Good News with Father Jim” will debut October 18, 2004 at 9:45 a.m. The 15-minute program will air Mondays and Fridays at 9:45 a.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m.
“We’re excited to be working with Father Vlaun,” said Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman, director of Telecare. “By communicating that which is happening in the diocese, we help strengthen the Church,” added Monsignor Hartman.
Each 15-minute show will feature three segments: an interview by Father Jim of a diocesan newsmaker; a segment filmed on location profiling a specific diocesan entity and then a brief homily by Father Jim on Sunday’s Gospel. The conclusion of the show will feature a bulletin board of upcoming diocesan events.
“This diocese is so rich in interesting and newsworthy stories,” said Father Vlaun. “With the thousands of people working in our parishes, schools, health care institutions and social service providers, we have a deep well of great stories for the show.”
The first show will feature:
- a profile of Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center in West Islip
- an interview with Sean P. Dolan, the new director of communications for the diocese
- a brief homily on the Sunday Gospel according to St. Luke
Good News host and executive producer Father Vlaun is a Catholic priest, a radio personality and author. He currently is special counsel to Bishop Murphy for community relations and chaplain at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, N.Y. Most recently, Father Vlaun served as interim spokesperson for Bishop Murphy.
Father Vlaun was host of Telecare’s “On Long Island” and has been a co-host of the annual Telecare telethon. For the last 16 years, Father Vlaun has been hosting “Religion and Rock,” a nationally syndicated radio show on WBAB 102.3 FM. Father Vlaun is also the author of two books: Life, Love and Laughter: The Spirituality of the Consciousness Examen and Feasts of Life: Recipes from Nana’s Wooden Spoon.
About Father James Vlaun
Ordained in 1988, Reverend James Vlaun is a Catholic priest, a radio personality and the author of Life, Love and Laughter: The Spirituality of the Consciousness Examen and Feasts of Life: Recipes from Nana’s Wooden Spoon. Father Vlaun is a graduate of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip N.Y. and has been Chaplain there for the past 11 years. For the last 15 years he has hosted “Religion and Rock”, a nationally syndicated radio show (WBAB 102.3 FM Sundays at 7:00 a.m. or 95.3 on the East End of Long Island). In addition to serving as chaplain and teaching communications for the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Father Vlaun coordinates the school’s student-run radio stations. Father Vlaun earned a master’s degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y. and a master’s degree in communications from NYIT. Father Vlaun earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and sociology from the Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, Douglaston, N.Y.
Telecare is the non-profit, state-of-the-art television and production facility of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Everyday, Telecare produces and presents 24 hours of ecumenical programming. Broadcasting seven days a week to almost one million homes served by Cablevision, Telecare touches on the issues affecting all Long Island residents. Telecare also serves the Island's 47 parochial schools with religious educational materials created for every grade level - from kindergarten through eighth grade.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 Baptisms, 18,000 Confirmations, 21,000 First Communions and 5,000 Marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625