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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 3, 2005 - The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, has announced the appointment of new pastors for 15 parishes and the assignment of a new chaplain for St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, a new cabinet secretary position, a new director of pastoral formation for seminarians and a new director of deacon personnel. All appointments are effective June 29, 2005, unless otherwise noted. Below is the listing of appointments:

St. Frances Cabrini Church, Coram
Father Donald Baier, new pastor

Background: Chaplain at Smithtown General Hospital and Kings Park Psychiatric Center;
Associate Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue; Associate Pastor, St. William the Abbot Church, Seaford; St. Raymond Church, East Rockaway; Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Malverne.

St. Anne’s Church, Brentwood
Father Thomas St. Pierre, continues to minister as sole pastor

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Patrick’s Church, Glen Cove; Associate Pastor, St, Anne’s Church, Brentwood; Associate Pastor, St. Pius X Church, Plainview; Associate Pastor, St. James Church, Seaford; Co-pastor, St. Anne’s Church, Brentwood.

Church of Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport
New Pastor: Father Nicholas J. Figliola

Background: Chaplain, St. Anthony’s H.S.; Associate Pastor, St. Kilian, Farmingdale; Associate Pastor, Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream; Associate Pastor, St. Martha, Uniondale; Associate Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Melville; Associate Pastor, St. Patrick, Glen Cove; Co-Pastor, St. Frances Cabrini, Coram, Pastor, St. Frances Cabrini, Coram.

Church of St. Kilian, Farmingdale
New Pastor: Father Michael P. Flynn

Background: Chaplain, Meadowbrook Hospital; Residence at St. Camillus Residence; Associate Pastor, Christ the King, Commack; Associate Pastor, St. Mark, Shoreham; Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville; Associate Pastor, St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden; Associate Pastor, St. Philip Neri, Northport; Pastor, Our Lady of the Assumption, Copiague.

Church of St. Hedwig, Floral Park
New Pastor: Msgr. Edward Wawerski

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Hyacinth, Glen Head; Associate Pastor, St. Hedwig, Floral Park; Associate Pastor, Administrator, St. Ladislaus, Hempstead; Pastor, St. Ladislaus, Hempstead; Honorary Prelate.

Church of St. Patrick, Huntington
New Pastor: Msgr. John F. Bennett

Background: Associate Pastor, St. James, Seaford; Associate Pastor, St. Mary of the Isle, Long Beach; Associate Pastor, Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream; Secretary to Bishop; Pastor, St. Christopher, Baldwin; Vice Chancellor of Diocese; Director of Catechesis & Worship Office; Honorary Prelate; Member of Priest Personnel Policy Board; Member of Priest Personnel Assignment Board.

Church of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station
New Pastor: Father Joseph P. Granata

Background: Associate Pastor, St. John of God, Central Islip; Associate Pastor, St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa; Associate Pastor, Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson; Co-Pastor, St. John of God, Central Islip; Pastor, St. John of God, Central Islip; Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Manorhaven.

Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood
New Pastor: Father Lawrence T. Duncklee

Background: Associate Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream; Associate Pastor, St. Mark, Shoreham; Chaplain, St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson; Associate Director of Health Ministry; Associate Pastor, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach; Pastor, St. Luke, Brentwood; Pastor, Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon.

Church of St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach
New Pastor: Msgr. Donald M. Beckmann

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre; Associate Pastor, St. Patrick, Huntington; Faculty, St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, Uniondale; Temp. Administrator, Most Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton; Chaplain, Hofstra University; Administrator, Most Precious Blood Mission, Davis Park; Spiritual Advisor to English speaking Cursillistas in Diocese; Pastor, Campus Parish & Director of Campus Ministry; Honorary Prelate; Administrator, Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury; Pastor, Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury; Member of Bishop Murphy’s Cabinet; Temporary Administrator, St. Dominic, Oyster Bay.

Church of Our Lady of the Magnificat, Ocean Beach
New Pastor (Administrator): Msgr. John C. Nosser

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Patrick, Huntington; Faculty, St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary; Assistant Secretary to Bishop Kellenberg; Rector, St. Pius X Seminary; Administrator, Most Precious Blood; Member, Priest Personnel Board; Honorary Prelate; Administrator, St. Andrew, Sag Harbor; Pastor, St. Andrew, Sag Harbor; Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Ronkonkoma; Pastor, Our Lady of Ostrabrama; Pastor, St. Therese Lisieux, Montauk; Associate Pastor, St. Raphael, East Meadow; Pastor, St. Patrick, Bay Shore; Dean of Deanery 10; PPAB Assignment Board.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne
New Pastor: Father Frank J. Parisi

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Joseph, Kings Park; Associate Pastor, St. Martin of Tours, Amityville; Associate Pastor, St. Patrick, Smithtown.

Church of St. Christopher, Baldwin
New Pastor: Father Steven R. Camp

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Jude, Mastic Beach; Associate Pastor, St. William The Abbot, Seaford.

Church of Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon
New Pastor: Msgr. Vincent T. Rush

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Patrick’s, Bay Shore; Campus Minister, Campus Parish, Stony Brook; Associate Pastor, St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station; Pastor, St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station, Honorary Prelate.

Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Copiague
New Pastor: Father Joseph J. Nixon

Background: Associate Pastor, St. James, Seaford; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph, Babylon; Chaplain, Holy Trinity Diocesan H.S.; Associate Vocations Director; Faculty, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington.

Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Manorhaven
New Pastor: Father Gerald S. Twomey

Background: Associate Pastor, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch; Chaplain, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn; Associate Pastor, St. James, Setauket; Associate Pastor, St. Pius X, Plainview; Co-Pastor, St. Anne, Brentwood.

St. John the Baptist Diocesan H.S., West Islip
New Chaplain: Father Robert C. Scheckenback

Background: Associate Pastor, Church of The Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson; Associate Pastor, Good Shepherd, Holbrook.

Cabinet Secretary for Evangelization
Father Richard M. Figliozzi

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh; Associate Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont; Associate Pastor, Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport; Pastor, Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport; Director of Propagation of Faith.

Director of Deacon Personnel
Deacon James F. Murphy

Background: Ordained in 1999, Deacon Murphy serves in St. Edward the Confessor parish, Syosset.

Director of Pastoral Formation for Seminarians and Ongoing Formation for Priests
Msgr. James P. Swiader

Background: Associate Pastor, St. Joseph, Garden City; Faculty, St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary; Administrator, Our Lady of the Magnificat Mission Chapel, Ocean Beach; Associate Pastor, St. Mary, Manhasset; Pastor, Cure of Ars, Merrick; Honorary Prelate; Pastor, St. Kilians, Farmingdale.


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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college 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. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org

 

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