ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 16, 2015 – In concert with the Bishops of New York State, Most Rev. William Murphy, bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre sent a letter today to supporters of Catholic education in the Diocese asking them to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo no later than January 21, 2015 to ask him to include the Education Tax Credit proposal in his 2015 Executive Budget.
“Despite the failure of lawmakers to enact the education tax credit in 2014, we are presented with a new opportunity in 2015 to enact a program to assist tuition-paying families with the education of their children,” said Bishop Murphy in the letter. The proposal will help families afford tuition at Catholic and other parochial schools by generating an additional $150 million in scholarships. The bill also provides an equal level of support to public schools.
“While we support all educational options for families, taxpayer support for public and charter schools without support for tuition-paying families is unjust, unfair and unacceptable,” said Bishop Murphy. “We simply cannot permit lawmakers to continue to discriminate against the needs of low and middle-income families who want a religious and independent school education for their children.”
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 1,531,445 baptized Catholics (total population in the Diocese is approximately 3,504,737). There are 134 parishes
(1 campus parish) in 115 towns. The Diocese is blessed with 369 priests (221 incardinated, 88 externs, 60 religious), 771 religious women, 72 brothers and 275 deacons in ministry. In 2012, 15,211 infant baptisms, 830 minor baptisms and 417 people were received into Full Communion. In 2012, 16,722 First Holy Communions, 15,250 Confirmations, 2683 Catholic marriages and 520 interfaith marriages took place in the diocese. There are 17,797 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,655 students in Catholic high schools and 4,400 students in higher institutions. There are 47 Catholic elementary schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 Catholic high schools (3 Diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. We are a Diocese with over 11,000 catechists educating approximately 111,200 children in religious education each year. 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. (06/14).
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