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Bishop Murphy To Ordain Colombian to the Priesthood For The Diocese Of Rockville Centre Print E-mail

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2005 – Bishop William Murphy will ordain Jaime Calderon-Hernandez, 34, to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at an 11:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 11, at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre.

Deacon Calderon-Hernandez’s home parish is St. Luke’s, Brentwood. Deacon Calderon-Hernandez served his pastoral year at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, East Northport. On December 8, 2004, he was ordained a deacon and then continued to work at St. Anthony’s as a deacon.

Deacon Calderon-Hernandez, of Manuzales, Columbia, studied computer science and for the priesthood in his native Columbia. Discerning the call to priesthood brought him to the Diocese of Rockville Centre. In 2003, Deacon Calderon-Hernandez entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington where he completed his theological studies. He graduated with his Master of Divinity degree from the seminary on May 19.

He will celebrate his first Mass on Saturday evening, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's, Church, Brentwood. He will also celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, June 12, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, East Northport.

The ordination Mass will be televised live on Telecare, the diocesan television station, (Channel 29 on the Cablevision cable system on Long Island). The Mass is open to the public.

Photo courtesy of The Long Island Catholic newspaper

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


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