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Robert George to Keynote June 25 Rally for Religious Freedom Print E-mail


Robert GeorgeROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – June 17, 2015 – Professor Robert P. George will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Rally for Religious Freedom at Chaminade High School (340 Jackson Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501) on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert George is a McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds degrees in law and theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.

The rally will feature opening remarks by Bishop William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre as well as a presentation of awards for the Catholics for Freedom of Religion student speech and art contests. Reverend Monsignor James Vlaun, President and CEO, Telecare TV will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies. This rally is co-sponsored by Catholics for Freedom of Religion and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The evening will also feature a performance by the Chaminade Glee Club.

There is no charge for the rally. To attend, please reserve space by
calling: 516-766-0161 or 631-896-8331. Visit and for more information.

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when the liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel.

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 1,531,445 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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