ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 30 June 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Pallotine Father Peter Devaraj pastor of both Queen of the Most Holy Rosary parish, Bridgehampton and St. Andrew parish, Sag Harbor.
Ordained in 1981 in India, Fr. Devaraj was a pastor in the Diocese of Madurai there before coming to the U.S. to study counseling. In 1993, he became a chaplain at Mercy Medical Center, and in 1995, associate pastor of Our Holy Redeemer parish, Freeport. He has been very active in World wide Marriage Encounter here and returned to India to promote the program there for two years. He came back to Long Island at a summer assistant at St. Mary parish, Roslyn and then was associate pastor at St. Joseph
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 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, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625