ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 30 June 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Rev. Msgr. James McDonald pastor of St. Aidan parish, Williston Park. Msgr. McDonald was the rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington since 2006.
He has previously served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish, Center Moriches (1990-2000) and St. Matthew parish, Dix Hills (2000-2006). He was associate pastor at the parishes of St. Matthew’s; St. Aloysius, Great Neck; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst; St. Joseph’s, Kings Park; and Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Deer Park. From 1988-90, he served as administrator of St. John the Evangelist before being named pastor.
Msgr. McDonald has also served the diocese as coordinator of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (now known as the Catholic Ministries Appeal), associate vocations director, and as diocesan director of the Nocturnal Adoration Society and the Apostleship of the Sea. Msgr. McDonald was ordained a priest in 1967 and received papal honors with the title of monsignor in 1996.
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