www.drvc.org We in the Diocese of Rockville Centre make up the Roman Catholic Church on Long Island. As a sacramental community, we are one with the Catholic Church throughout the world, while here at home we are united under the leadership of Bishop William Murphy to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as one family of faith and to celebrate this life in our liturgy, sacraments, prayer and service. http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/2.html Tue, 23 May 2017 14:46:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb A Message from Bishop Murphy regarding the fire at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Wyandanch http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/a-message-from-bishop-murphy-regarding-the-fire-at-our-lady-of-the-miraculous-medal-church-wyandanch.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/a-message-from-bishop-murphy-regarding-the-fire-at-our-lady-of-the-miraculous-medal-church-wyandanch.html We are all saddened by the news of the fire at the Parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch. Thankfully, no one was injured but there was significant damage to the rectory and to the outreach and parish offices. We are united in prayer for Father Brisotti and all our brothers and sisters in the Parish in the face of the loss and destruction. With Father Brisotti, I am very grateful to the fire fighters and to all who have offered assistance in these hours.


Individuals who wish to offer assistance to the parish may send contributions to:


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church
1434 Straight Path
Wyandanch, NY 11798-3909

OR to the Diocese of Rockville Centre (PLEASE MARK CONTRIBUTION: FOR OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL CHURCH)

Diocese of Rockville Centre
PO Box 9023
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:25:08 +0000
Diocesan Day of Reconciliation Enables Catholics to Receive Sacrament of Penance at all Parishes on April 2 http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/diocesan-day-of-reconciliation-enables-catholics-to-receive-sacrament-of-penance-at-all-parishes-on-april-2.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/diocesan-day-of-reconciliation-enables-catholics-to-receive-sacrament-of-penance-at-all-parishes-on-april-2.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 23, 2007  – This year, the Diocese of Rockville Centre designated Monday, April 2, 2007, Reconciliation Monday -- a day dedicated to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance).  On this first day of Holy Week, each of the 133 parishes in the diocese will have priests available to hear confessions from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.  This day is in addition to the regularly scheduled times the sacrament is available at each parish. 

This special day offers all Catholics, even those who have been away from the Church, an opportunity to receive God’s loving forgiveness before Easter.  “Maybe it’s been a long time, maybe not, regardless, why not pay a visit to church and celebrate the Sacrament of Penance.  Through this beautiful Sacrament, Catholics experience God’s mercy and forgiveness and are filled with his peace,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

This is the eighth consecutive year in which the diocese has set aside a day during Lent when all parishes offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the same time. 

To find a Catholic church near you, contact the Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800.  For a complete list of parishes, visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre online at www.drvc.org.


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. 

 

Contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:22:30 +0000
Bishop Murphy To Dedicate new Church in Montauk on March 31 http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/bishop-murphy-to-dedicate-new-church-in-montauk-on-march-31.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/bishop-murphy-to-dedicate-new-church-in-montauk-on-march-31.html “Many see the old church in new construction”

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 27, 2007 – On Saturday March 31, 2007 at 10:30 a.m., the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will dedicate the new St. Therese of Lisieux church in Montauk.

Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Murphy will be Bishop Emil Wcela, Auxiliary Bishop of the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese, Monsignor Peter A. Libasci, pastor of St. Therese parish and other priests from within the diocese.

St. Therese has been in construction for the past five years and, because of its location on the easternmost tip of Long Island, has been built on a tract of land that receives a considerable amount of wind, water and salt exposure. According to Monsignor Libasci, the church has been “probably one of the most difficult to build because of its location.” The old church building succumbed to this same abuse and was closed to public use in July of 1995 and demolished in November 2002.

In June of 1999, Monsignor Libasci came to the pastorate of St. Therese and along with the parish Building Committee, renewed the effort to upgrade the parish facilities, which had deteriorated over time. The new church evokes memories of the old church building while incorporating modernizations that will make it a comfortable home for Montauk’s Catholic community.

With the ability to accommodate approximately 530 people, the new building’s two levels encompasses 20,000 gross square feet and stands as an excellent example of the Tudor-style specific to the Montauk area.

The new church has retained 26 stained glass windows, which were removed from the old church in 1989 prior to its demolition. These windows, originally installed in 1933, remain excellent renditions of the Gothic Revival style that was common to many South German and Bavarian studios of the late 19th and 20th century. In addition, two rose window frames were removed and reinstalled to complement the 35 new art glass windows which were commissioned for the new church.

“Many are awestruck when they’ve seen it,” said Msgr. Libasci regarding the new church. “Many say they see the old church in the new church’s construction.”

The Rite of Dedication

The dedication of a new church is full of meaning and tradition. Before anyone enters, the church will be handed over to Bishop Murphy. The architects and builders take part in this, handing over the plans. Then the pastor, Msgr. Libasci will unlock the doors and all will enter, singing a hymn.

Each part of the church building is blessed as the Mass progresses. The Bishop blesses the water in the baptismal font and sprinkles the walls of the church, the altar and the people with the blessed water. The Liturgy of the Word continues, as the Bishop reminds all of the mysteries of Christ that are proclaimed from the ambo (elevated area where the Gospel is proclaimed). 

After the Homily, the Rite of Dedication begins. The Litany of the Saints is sung, then the Prayer of Dedication is said and the altar is anointed with Sacred Chrism. This is one of the highlights of the dedication as the Bishop anoints the entire altar table with the sweet-scented Chrism. In this prayer we are reminded of all the grace-filled events that happen around the altar, in particular the celebration of the Eucharist. The walls of the church are anointed with the Chrism. Then the walls and the people are honored with incense, that “as this building is filled with fragrance, so may your Church fill the world with the fragrance of Christ.” All the candles are then lighted and Mass continues with the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Following Holy Communion, the Blessed Sacrament chapel containing the Tabernacle will be consecrated.   At the conclusion of the Mass, the Bishop sends the congregation out, filled with the blessings of this joyous celebration.

Though Catholics had been celebrating Mass in Montauk since the 1760s, the first church did not sprout until 1929-1930 thanks to a burgeoning French Canadian Catholic community in Long Island’s easternmost point. Then named the Church of the Little Flower, because of the founding priest’s devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, the completed church building would eventually be dedicated in 1935 by Bishop Molloy. In 1950, full parish status was conferred to St. Therese, and seven years later the Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed out of the then expansive Diocese of Brooklyn.

EDITOR’S NOTE:         Media tours available upon request.

DIRECTIONS:              St. Therese of Lisieux

                                  55 S Etna Ave
                                  Montauk, NY 11954-5350

Take the Southern State Parkway East until the Robert Moses Causeway South, which you will take to exit RM1E toward Route 27-E/Montauk. Make a slight right turn onto POW/MIA Memorial Highway/Sunrise Highway by taking the ramp on the left. You will be on this road for approximately 50 miles. Turn left onto NY-27 East/Montauk Highway and follow it for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Main Street/NY-27 and follow this for approximately 15 miles. Turn right onto The Plaza, and then turn right onto South Etna Avenue.

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. 

 

Contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:15:31 +0000
http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/funeral-arrangements-for-msgr.-donald-j.-desmond-and-reverend-robert-j.-o-connell.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/funeral-arrangements-for-msgr.-donald-j.-desmond-and-reverend-robert-j.-o-connell.html Sadly, we learned today of the death of two of our priests.

Msgr. Donald J. Desmond, Pastor of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton died on Monday, March 26, 2007 after a long illness.

Father Robert J. O’Connell, Pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patchogue died today, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 following heart surgery this weekend.

Funeral arrangements for:

Msgr. Donald J. Desmond

WAKE: Thursday, March 29, 2007 1 PM - 6 PM

Church of the Most Holy Trinity
57 Buell Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
631 324-0134

TRANSFERRAL MASS:

Thursday, March 29, 2007 7:30 PM

Parish Hall
Church of the Most Holy Trinity
57 Buell Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
631 324-0134

FUNERAL MASS:

Friday, March 30, 2007 11 AM

Parish Hall
Church of the Most Holy Trinity
57 Buell Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
631 324-0134

BURIAL: Parish Cemetery, Church of the Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton

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Funeral arrangements for:

REVEREND ROBERT J. O’CONNELL

There will be no wake.

TRANSFERRAL MASS:

Friday, March 30, 2007 7:30 PM

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
495 New North Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
631 475-4739

FUNERAL MASS:

Saturday, March 31, 2007 11 AM

Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
495 New North Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772
631 475-4739

BURIAL: Cemetery of the Holy Cross, Brooklyn

May the souls of these priests and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. AMEN.


 
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. 

 

Contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:08:13 +0000
Pope Benedict XVI Appoints Bishop William Murphy to Pontifical Council http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/pope-benedict-xvi-appoints-bishop-william-murphy-to-pontifical-council.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/pope-benedict-xvi-appoints-bishop-william-murphy-to-pontifical-council.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 19, 2007  – It was announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. 

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue was founded by Pope Paul VI in May 1964 and is the central office of the Catholic Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue.  The Council promotes dialogue with all non-Christian religions.  It nurtures the study of other religions and promotes interactions with the members of other faiths.  The immediate goal of the council is to foster understanding among faiths; the ultimate goal is to help others recognize the truths of the Catholic Church.

Bishop Murphy is a member of the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  On that committee, Bishop Murphy is the Chairman of the Subcommittee for Interreligious Dialogue. In this role, Bishop Murphy oversees the U.S. bishops’ involvement in dialogue with all the world religions except other Christians and Jews. Bishop Murphy also represents the USCCB to the Orthodox Rabbis in the Rabbinic Council and Orthodox Union. 

 “Our task is to bring whatever wisdom we can to these issues in harmony with the Holy Father’s clear and constant commitment to a dialogue based on mutual respect and a desire to know and understand one another better as a service to the truth,” said Bishop Murphy.  “This is not a ‘dialogue of conversion’ but a ‘dialogue of understanding’ that leads to a greater grasp of the truth in a wide variety of areas from specifically religious and theological to social and civic.”


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. 

 

Contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:05:57 +0000
http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/diocese-conducts-seminars-to-assist-parents-in-completing-tomorrow-s-hope-elementary-school-scholarship-applications.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/diocese-conducts-seminars-to-assist-parents-in-completing-tomorrow-s-hope-elementary-school-scholarship-applications.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, March 6, 2007  – The Diocese of Rockville Centre is sponsoring five seminars to assist parents in filling out the Tomorrow’s Hope Scholarship Application.  The Diocese is offering the one-hour seminars in English and Spanish.  

“We want to give parents every opportunity for them to receive Tomorrow’s Hope Scholarship funding and we don’t want the proper completion of the application form to be a barrier to an otherwise eligible family from receiving a scholarship,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The seminars will be conducted at the following dates, times and locations:

DATE, TIME, LANGUAGE

LOCATION

Wednesday, March 7: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (English/Spanish)

 

Corpus Christi School

120 Searing Avenue

Mineola

Thursday, March 8: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (English and Spanish)

Our Lady of Providence School

82 Carlton Avenue

Central Islip

Sunday, March 11: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

(English and Spanish)

St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School

101 Maple Avenue

Westbury

Tuesday, March 13: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(English)

Our Lady Queen of Apostles School

2 St. John’s Place

Center Moriches

Wednesday, March 14: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

(English)

Holy Family School

25 Fordham Avenue

Hicksville

In 2006, the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation awarded almost $1 million to over 600 of the neediest students within the Diocese of Rockville Centre for the 2006/2007 school year.  Any family who wishes to apply for a scholarship must complete an application.  Applications are available at local Catholic elementary schools as well as the diocesan website (www.drvc.org).  The application deadline for the 2007/2008 school year is April 1, 2007.  Each student chosen to receive aid may receive anywhere from $500 to $2,000 for the school year.

 

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. 

 

Contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:01:25 +0000
New General Counsel Named for Diocese of Rockville Centre http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/new-general-counsel-named-for-diocese-of-rockville-centre.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/new-general-counsel-named-for-diocese-of-rockville-centre.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, December 10, 2007 — Thomas G. Renker has been named General Counsel for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  In this position, Renker will oversee the newly established Office of the General Counsel.  “With my background in the legal issues that face not-for-profit institutions, the opportunity to work for the Diocese and help parishes, schools and other Catholic institutions fulfill their missions was perfect,” said Renker.  “I was thrilled to come aboard.”

Renker joined the Diocese of Rockville Centre as General Counsel on October 22, 2007.  For almost 20 years, Renker has provided legal counsel to New York not-for-profit organizations, primarily in the areas of corporate operations, compliance, risk management and insurance, and business transactions.  Renker formerly served as General Counsel of FOJP Service Corporation, Inc., a risk and insurance management company operated exclusively for not-for-profits, and as Staff Counsel at UJA-Federation of New York, Inc., one of the largest faith-based philanthropies in the United States.

A native Long Islander and alumnus of Chaminade High School, Renker is a 1986 graduate of New York University School of Law and a 1982 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University.  He is a parishioner of Corpus Christi parish in Mineola, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and their three children.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.
 

For more information Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 16:00:04 +0000
Bishop Murphy Elected Chair of USCCB Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/bishop-murphy-elected-chair-of-usccb-domestic-justice-and-human-development-committee.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/bishop-murphy-elected-chair-of-usccb-domestic-justice-and-human-development-committee.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, December 4, 2007 — Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has been elected chairman of the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term effective immediately.  The election occurred November 15 during the bishops’ general meeting November 12-15, 2007 in Baltimore.  Bishop Murphy will succeed Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn. 

The Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee is a standing committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  It coordinates the USCCB's policy development and advocacy on major national issues including: health care, welfare reform, violence and the death penalty, poverty, civil rights, housing, homelessness, hunger, rural life, economic justice, labor and employment.  It has oversight of the USCCB Department of Social Development and World Peace with regard to these issues.

The Committee and the Department assist the full body of bishops in educating the public in Catholic social teaching, applying it to the issues of concern to our society, and advocating for policies which promote the common good, especially on behalf of those in need and vulnerable, and defend human rights and dignity.

In addition, Bishop Murphy serves on the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and is a member of the Committee on International Policy.  Earlier in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Murphy to serve as a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. 

Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Murphy to succeed the late Bishop James T. McHugh to head the Diocese of Rockville Centre on June 26, 2001.  He was installed as the Fourth Bishop of Rockville Centre on September 5, 2001.

Bishop Murphy has served several times as a member of a Holy See Delegation for United Nations conferences, and as a member of the Third United Nations Special Session on Disarmament in 1988.  He has been a member of three Presidential  Delegations to Haiti (1987, 1990 and 1991), and was appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2001. 

His service to the USCCB included a position on the Board of Directors, as well as a member of Committees on International Justice and Peace, Latin America, an Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues as well as an adjunct to the Committee on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Most recently, Bishop Murphy served on the USCCB Committee on Migration.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.
 

For more information Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 15:58:37 +0000
Judicial Vicar Named Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/judicial-vicar-named-monsignor-by-pope-benedict-xvi.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/judicial-vicar-named-monsignor-by-pope-benedict-xvi.html ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, November 19, 2007 — Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has conferred the title of “Monsignor” at the level of Chaplain to His Holiness upon Father James F. Pereda, M.A., M Div., J.C.D., Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

The honorary title of “Monsignor” is given to Roman Catholic priests as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service they have rendered, both locally and in the world. 

“I am delighted that Father Pereda is being given special recognition from the Holy Father,” said Bishop Murphy. 

“I am very grateful to the Holy Father for bestowing this honor and to Bishop Murphy for requesting it for me,” said Msgr. Pereda.  “I am grateful to so many of my brother priests who by their friendship and beautiful example have taught me through the years what it means to be a priest.”

In July 2007, Bishop Murphy installed Msgr. Pereda as the new judicial vicar.  He served on the tribunal since 1991.  Msgr. Pereda holds a licentiate (an advanced graduate degree) in canon law as well as an M.A. and B.A from the Catholic University of America in Washington.  Msgr. Pereda also holds a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, also known as the Angelicum. 

In his free time Monsignor Pereda enjoys visiting with family and priest friends, reading good books, listening to classical music and attending the opera when he can.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.
 

For more information Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
sdolan@drvc.org

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 15:56:26 +0000
Statement on North Fork Parish Outreach Investigation http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/statement-on-north-fork-parish-outreach-investigation.html http://drvc.org/2007-press-releases/statement-on-north-fork-parish-outreach-investigation.html October 26, 2007

In the process of conducting an internal audit of the North Fork Parish Outreach Corporation (NFPOC), the Office of Internal Audit of the Diocese of Rockville Centre uncovered inconsistencies in financial documentation and missing funds. 

Upon obtaining sufficient evidence to indicate possible criminal activity, the diocese informed law enforcement authorities.  The director of outreach, Pauline Winterbottom was subsequently arrested in connection with the alleged theft of NFPOC funds. 

As this is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information regarding the North Fork Parish Outreach is encouraged to contact Detective Steven Harned at 631-765-2974 or Detective Sergeant John Sinning at 631-765-2615.

 

 

END OF STATEMENT

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2007 Press Releases Fri, 23 May 2008 15:54:51 +0000