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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 13 2013 – As part of the Fortnight for Freedom, Catholics from all over Long Island will rally at Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School (1170 Montauk Hwy., West Islip, NY 11795) on June 29 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM to demonstrate resolve that Freedom of Religion will not disappear during their lifetimes.

The rally will feature a keynote address by the Most. Rev. William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre entitled, “Evangelization and the Preservation of Religious Liberty: A Call to the Laity. The rally will also include an address by Richard J.J. Sullivan, Jr., Executive Chairman of Catholic Health Services’ Board of Directors entitled, “The Growing Threat to Catholic Health Care.”

Four student winners of a speech competition will present their speeches, various school music groups will perform, and lay leaders of Long Island’s Catholics for Freedom of Religion chapters will introduce the work in their localparishes.  Rev. Msgr. James Vlaun, President and CEO, Telecare TV will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies.

This rally is sponsored by Catholics for Freedom of Religion and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, with support from the Oceanside Christopher Federal Credit Union.

The Fortnight for Freedom is an effort kicked off last year by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and will take place again this year from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, 2013.

There is no charge for the rally.  To attend, please reserve space by emailing or call:  Ms. Dennicee Spooner 516-678-5800, extension 224


About The Diocese of Rockville Centre

The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.  

There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.   In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (04/13).