March 5, 2010: 4:30PM
BISHOP MURPHY HAS SENT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE FORM OF A LETTER TO PASTORS OF THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE AND WISHES TO MAKE IT PUBLIC.
Over the past year, Charles Trunz has improved business practices, created new financial disciplines and developed strategic plans benefiting the Diocese, its parishes and our Church. Having accomplished these key goals, Mr. Trunz has indicated that he will not continue his employment with the Diocese after June 1st of this year. Accordingly, he and Bishop William Murphy have agreed that he will continue to refine the work he has been doing until June 1, 2010. We are grateful that Mr. Trunz has offered to provide his expertise to the Church on a volunteer basis following June 1st. I [Bishop Murphy] and my colleagues will be working with Mr. Trunz to ensure a smooth transition.
The Diocese will continue to use the analyses, information and projections that have been developed over the past year, implementing appropriate measures with a reduced staff, all of whom will be working with the pastors and heads of our apostolic works to achieve the kind of economic and financial stability which I know is within our grasp.
I [Bishop Murphy] am grateful to Mr. Trunz and to all of those who have worked together in a difficult and challenging moment and turned this whole process into a commitment to continue that work for the good of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, our 133 parishes, our schools, and other apostolic works.
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
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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