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2008 Press Releases

 

Current Chancellor, Sr. Maryanne Fitzgerald, SC Elected to Leadership Position with Order

 

Sr. Kathleen Schaetzle, C.S.J.

Sr. Maryanne Fitzgerald SCROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – September 30, 2008 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has appointed Sr. Kathleen Schaetzle, C.S.J., (pictured left) chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, effective November 3, 2008.  She will succeed current chancellor Sr. Maryanne Fitzgerald, SC, (pictured right) who was recently elected to serve on the leadership team for her religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity, Halifax.

“This is the most important ecclesial position that can be given to someone not a priest,” said Bishop Murphy.  “My prayers are with Sr. Kathleen as she becomes the second woman chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  In her working closely with [auxiliary] Bishop Peter Libasci, I have come to know her enthusiasm, candor, wisdom and zeal for the Lord.  “I look forward to the sharing of administrative responsibility with Sr. Kathleen and I welcome her as part of my team of closest collaborators.” said Bishop Murphy. 

“When Bishop Murphy asked me if he could ask Sr. Kathleen to be the chancellor, I was surprised and knew we would find replacing her as general secretary of the congregation a challenge,” said Sr. Jean Amore, C.S.J., superior.  “However, each Sister of St. Joseph is responsible for discerning the ministry in which she will best use her gifts to bring about reign of God through the lens of the Gospel.  We respect Kathy’s decision to assume the role of Chancellor of the Diocese and offer her our blessing and support.”

“I’m also profoundly pleased and grateful to Sr. Jean Amore, C.S.J., for her generosity in allowing Sr. Kathleen to give up her responsibilities as secretary of the Sisters of St. Joseph for wider service to the diocese as chancellor,” said Bishop Murphy.

Sr. Kathleen, who is originally from Brooklyn, has a background in education. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and her master’s degree in education from SUNY Albany.  She taught for seven years at St. Christopher’s School in Baldwin and then St. Francis de Sales School in Belle Harbor.  Following that, she taught at SS. Cyril and Methodius in Deer Park for three years and then served as principal there for seven.  From 1990-2006, Sr. Kathleen served as the director of religious education and then parish secretary at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Inwood.  For the past two years she has served as the general secretary for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brentwood.
“It truly is an honor and something I didn’t expect,” she said of her new appointment. “I look forward to the challenge,” said Sr. Kathleen.

Sr. Maryanne Fitzgerald, SC
Current chancellor, Sr. Maryanne Fitzgerald is one of six sisters who will serve as congregational councilors on the leadership team for the Sisters of Charity, Halifax.  As a member of the team, Sr. Maryanne will remain living in the diocese with the sisters in her community and will work with the other councilors to assist with the life and mission of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax.  The congregation consists of 500 sisters who minister in the Massachusetts area, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre as well as in Maritime, central and western Canada, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bermuda.

Sr. Maryanne will continue to work with the Office of the Vicar General to assist with special projects as the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the ongoing Synod process and other diocesan-wide endeavors.


“It was truly a great joy to have named Sr. Maryanne as the first woman chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre,” said Bishop Murphy.  She has proved herself to be a superior leader, a most productive and contributing member of the cabinet.  She will be missed.  My prayers go with her as she begins her new responsibilities with the Sisters of Charity of Halifax.” 

“Serving as chancellor for the Diocese of Rockville Centre has been a wonderful experience,” said Sr. Maryanne.  “I have worked closely with the chancery staff as together, we tried to assist the priests, deacons and pastoral ministers of the diocese in their service to the people of God.  The work of the chancery is varied and often brings us into the lives of our Catholic people at significant moments of their lives -- planning a marriage, celebrating the baptism of a child, becoming a member of our Catholic faith community -- it is a privilege to assist the parishes in their mission to proclaim the reign of God!”

 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – September 30, 2008 – Franciscan Brother James McVeigh has been appointed the new director and cabinet secretary for the Secretariat for the New Evangelization, Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The appointment was made by the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and is effective Nov. 3, 2008.  Bro. James is currently and will continue as co-vicar for religious for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He is presently the Franciscan Mission Coordinator at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Previous director, Rev. Msgr. Richard Figliozzi was appointed in June to serve as pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna parish, Franklin Square, N.Y. 

Brother James McVeigh“The Secretariat for the New Evangelization needs someone with the vision, enthusiasm and commitment that Bro. James possesses,” said Bishop Murphy.  “Bro. James brings with him many years of experience in this diocese and accepting this new role will prove to be a great help to the Church here on Long Island.  I look forward to collaborating with him in the years ahead and welcome him as a valued member of the cabinet.”

In 2005, consistent with Pope John Paul II’s calling for a “great relaunching” of evangelization in the present life of the Church in a variety of ways, Bishop Murphy established the Secretariat for the New Evangelization.  The Secretariat promotes programs and events and provides resources so that the call of Pope John Paul II may become a reality for the people of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The nine apostolates of the secretariat include: New Evangelization, Propagation of the Faith and Mission, Hispanic Ministry, Haitian Ministry, Catholics of African Ministry, Campus Ministry, Office of Renewal Ministry, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. 

Bro. James brings a wealth of experience to this position.  “Bro. James brings the Franciscan charism that is so tied into the work of the Office of New Evangelization,” said Rev. Msgr. Robert Brennan, vicar general and temporary administrator of the office. 

Bro. James has served on the elementary and secondary levels of education for the past forty years. He has also served as a regional school supervisor of 40 schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and as assistant superintendent in the Archdiocese of Newark for Essex County, including Newark’s elementary schools.  His ministry has always focused on spirituality and promoting the Church’s mission working with youth and young adults through retreats, campus ministry and vocations.  Bro. James served at St. Anthony’s High School, Huntington, N.Y. as a teacher, chairperson of the religious education department, director of religious activities, dean of faculty and director of studies.  He has also served as an elementary school teacher and principal of two schools.  He has served as the Franciscan mission coordinator at St. Francis Prep, worked in campus ministry and with adults in various spirituality programs.  Bro. James has served on the National Board of Religious Vocation Directors, and the Continental Congress of Vocations for North America.  He has written articles and spoken at National Conferences.  However for Bro. James, the only title that matters is “BROTHER.” 

“I have tried to model my life based on the quote from St. Francis: ‘Preach often, when necessary use words’” said Bro. James.  “In this new position, I hope like St. Francis to ‘Mirror Christ’ in all that he does. I look forward to working within the Secretariat for New Evangelization, to walk with the people of the diocese in proclaiming Jesus to all our brothers and sisters.”

 

Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious

 

 

Priests to Relocate From St. Pius X Residence, Uniondale

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – October 3, 2008The Diocese of Rockville Centre has entered into a multi-year lease with Dominican Village, Amityville to provide dedicated space for retired diocesan priests.  Following modifications to the space, approximately 14 retired priests will relocate to Dominican Village from St. Pius X residence, Uniondale. It is anticipated that the move to Dominican Village will be completed before the end of the year.

The decision to relocate senior priests to Dominican Village emanates from the recommendations of a task force Bishop William Murphy formed in 2004 to look at the future needs of the diocese to care for priests entering retirement.  This task force was led by Rev. Msgr. Thomas Mulvanerty, director of senior priests for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

“This is another example of how the gracious foresight of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville becomes a blessing beyond the care they have for their own sisters,” said Bishop Murphy.  “I am very grateful to Sister Mary Hughes, OP, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville and the leadership of Dominican Village for working with us to take care of our senior priests now and in the future. With generous allowances on their part, we can have a dedicated floor-and-a-half of space with its own secured entrance and all that we need for the priests now and for the foreseeable future.”

“I look forward to the expanded opportunity for our senior priests to benefit from the enriched living care level at Dominican Village,” said Msgr. Mulvanerty.

The up-to-date Dominican Village facility is spacious and the grounds park-like.  In addition to the living suites, the space includes a living room, dining room and chapel for the priests.  The professional kitchen at Dominican Village also offers priests a wide-range of meal choices and is equipped to meet the nutritional needs of residents.

“This is a win-win for the senior priests and Dominican Village,” said Bishop Murphy.  “Our senior priests will move into improved accommodations.  For Dominican Village, this will have an advantage of bringing that residence up to capacity.” 

Bishop Murphy has authorized, for five years only, a second diocesan collection to partially cover the increased costs of housing priests at Dominican Village.  A dedicated fund raising effort will also be implemented to help defray costs. 

“With great gratitude to Msgr. Mulvanterty and all who have worked so hard to bring this about, I feel confident that my responsibility to care for our beloved senior priests is being fulfilled in a manner that offers them a dignified environment that provides them with all the amenities and comfort they so richly deserve.”

Following the relocation, the St. Pius X residence will be closed.  The residence is part of the 14-acre St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary which was closed in 1983. 

 

Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious

 

 

Reverend Richard F. Delaney

Wake:

Saturday, October 25, 2008 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.; 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 2008 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Weigand Brothers Funeral Home
49 Hillside Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
516-746-4484

Mass of Transferal:

 

Sunday, October 26, 2008 7:30 p.m.

Parish of St. Aidan
505 Willis Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
516-746-6585

Funeral Mass:

 

 

Monday, October 27, 2008 10:30 a.m.

Parish of St. Aidan
505 Willis Avenue
Williston Park, New York 11596
516-746-6585

Cemetery:

Holy Rood, Westbury, New York

 


Curriculum Vitae
Reverend Richard F. Delaney

Birth:

September 17, 1928, New York, New York

Education:

New York University; St. Mary College, Kentucky
Saint Bernard Seminary, Rochester, New York

Ordination:

June 2, 1962
Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre

Assignments:

6/27/62 Saint Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue; Associate Pastor
1/7/70 Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville; Associate Pastor
6/23/71 Spiritual Director at Cathedral College, Douglaston
6/24/81 Saint Peter the Apostle, Islip Terrace; Administrator
9/15/83 Saint Peter the Apostle, Islip Terrace; Pastor
1/18/89 Saint Joseph, Garden City; Associate Pastor
6/24/98 Retirement with residence at Saint Pius X, Uniondale
7/15/99 Residence at Saint Brigid, Westbury
4/17/01 Residence at Saint Pius X, Uniondale
5/1/06 Residence at Maria Regina, Brentwood

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y., October 22, 2008 – A new 22-minute documentary, “Plan Your Family Naturally – An introduction to Natural Family Planning”, produced by The Diocese of Rockville Centre, dispels common myths about natural family planning (NFP). View trailer here https://www.drvc-faith.org/nfpDvdOffering.html.

Natural Family Planning educators, Dr. Jennifer and Matthew DeMarco reveal one of the Catholic Church’s best kept secrets: an effective, simple and natural approach to family planning.  This is not the infamous, old-fashioned “rhythm method”.  Today’s NFP is almost 100 percent effective.  It uses modern, scientific techniques to determine when a woman is fertile or infertile, so married couples can achieve or safely postpone pregnancy.  Working in harmony with nature, this approach removes any artificial barriers to the full, free, faithful and fruitful union of sacramental marriage.

The DeMarcos are joined by Chris and Dan Volpe and Damon and Melanie Owens, married couples who share their own experiences of discovering, learning and living NFP. They provide a heartfelt, real-life witness to its effectiveness, challenges, and many benefits – practical, relational, and spiritual – as they cooperate with God’s natural plan for married sexuality.

“We produced this video because Catholic couples preparing for marriage need to know there is a new, natural, effective and easy-to-learn approach to family planning that is in harmony with God's plan for married sexuality,” said John Romanowsky, Associate Director for Media Technology, Office of Faith Formation, Diocese of Rockville Centre and producer of the DVD.

In modern documentary style, the DVD answers questions like:
- What is NFP?
- Won’t it ruin our sex life?
- Why is the divorce rate so low for couples using NFP?
- How effective is it really?
- Why don’t more people know about it?
- Isn’t it too difficult for most people to learn?
- What’s so beneficial about it being “natural”?
- Why does the Catholic Church approve of NFP?

“Fertility is a healthy thing,” said Chris Volpe.  “It’s a sign of your body doing what God intended it to do and I was taking a pill to make it not do what it’s supposed to do.  This was a real contradiction to me.”

“The beauty of NFP is that it’s 100 percent reversible,” said Dr. Jennifer DeMarco, who practices family medicine.  “There’s no coming off a pill, waiting three months, which is what the pharmaceutical companies recommend.  It could take up to a year to regain your flexibility, sometimes longer.  NFP is natural and that’s a nice thing.”

“God has a call for all of us,” said Damon Owens.  “We are living what God asked us to do.  Everyone has the ability to hear God’s call a little bit clearer, knowing the details and the depth of our biology of the body and the theology of the body is a human way of embracing that knowledge as a sign of what God is asking us and that has been our experience.”

The cost of the video is $15 plus $3 S&H.  Quantity discounts are available.  To order “Plan Your Family Naturally – An Introduction to Natural Family Planning” contact the Office of Faith Formation, Diocese of Rockville Centre at 516-678-5800, ext. 236. To order online, visit https://www.drvc-faith.org/marriageDvdOffering.htmlFor more information and to view the trailer click here.

The documentary is a joint project with the Order of Malta, American Association.

Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious