ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2005 -- The Diocese of Rockville Centre reports an eight-percent increase in donations to the 2005 Catholic Ministries Appeal, the annual fundraising effort for the Diocese. This year, $10.9 million has been pledged to the appeal. This compares to $10.1 million in pledges to last year’s appeal. This year’s appeal also experienced an increase in the number of participants, as over 44,900 gifts were made. In 2004, there were 43,000 gifts.
“I am overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the generosity,” said The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. “My heartfelt thanks go to the Pastor’s Advisory Committee, the Development Committee, the pastors and the more than 1,000 volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s appeal a success. I’m also proud to report that because of the hard work of the Development and Pastors’ Advisory Committees in reshaping this year’s appeal, 100 percent of the money raised will directly help those in need.”
This year, the Catholic Ministries Appeal will support five areas critical to the mission of the Catholic Church on Long Island: Catholic Charities, Education, Formation, Pastoral Outreach and Parishes.
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) 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.
Sean P. Dolan,
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625