ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 26, 2010 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Reverend Christopher Nowak, pastor of St. John of God parish, Central Islip.
Most recently, Father Nowak served as pastor of St. Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach. Ordained in the Order of Augustinians in 1997, Father Nowak was incardinated in 2006. He has served as associate pastor at St. John of God parish; St Hugh of Lincoln parish, Huntington Station; and at the diocesan mission, El Cercado, in the Dominican Republic.
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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. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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