For Immediate Release
17 November 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 17, 2010 – The Gavin Group, which audits the effort of Catholic dioceses throughout the United States to implement the policies set forth in the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, has found the Diocese of Rockville Centre to be in full compliance with the charter.
“The work of creating a safe environment for children and young people requires continuous ongoing vigilance by parishes, schools and agencies within the diocese,” said Eileen Puglisi, director, Office for the Protection of Children and Young People, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “We are grateful for all who worked with us to make this audit a success.”
On Nov.9, William A. Gavin, president of the Gavin Group, Inc., wrote the following to Bishop William Murphy:
“The purpose of this letter is to advise you that the information requested of the Diocese of Rockville Centre for the recent data collection audit has been received by the Gavin Group, Inc. We have reviewed the documents and forwarded them to the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection for utilization in the 2010 audit report.
“Based on the fact that your diocese was found to be compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as the result of the 2008 full audit, this finding of compliance will be continued for 2010.”
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 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 11 high schools (3 diocesan and 9 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (11/10).
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