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Rockville Centre, New York, October 4, 2006 – Michael Pritchard, a nationally acclaimed motivator and educator, will give a presentation at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School on October 19, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. With a background in counseling and comedy, Pritchard’s unique style utilizes humorous stories and useful tools to educate his audiences on improving communication skills.

Along with a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of “Taxi,” Pritchard’s exciting standup comedy billed him with comedians such as Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld and playing venues such as Caesar’s, the Comedy Store, and the Universal Amphitheater. However, Michael rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults.

As a result of his work, Pritchard has been featured on CNN, “The Today Show,” “The Tonight Show,” Time magazine and People magazine. His seven educational series for PBS include “The Power of Choice,” “You can Choose,” “Big Changes, Big Choices,” and “Peace Talks” all of which focus on youth guidance in the areas of violence prevention and teaching students to make positive choices.

Messages proclaimed by Pritchard, like those in another series entitled “SOS: Saving Our Schools from Hate and Violence,” filmed after the tragic Columbine disaster, have become more essential in wake of the recent wave of school shootings across America.

Pritchard recently received a Doctorate of Human Letters from Hartwick University for a lifetime of work inspiring and motivating children and parents across the nation.

Please reserve your seat now by contacting the Education Department of the Diocese of Rockville Centre at edoffice@drvc.org or 516-678-5800 x 548.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org <http://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.

For more information:
Sean P. Dolan
sdolan@drvc.org
516-678-5800, ext. 625
Cell: 516-313-8215