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2009 Press Releases

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 21, 2009 – In conjunction with the Year for Priests, the Vocations Office of the Roman Catholic Church of Long Island has launched its new website www.longislandpriest.com.  Using cutting-edge design and functionality, the website features informative, compelling videos and articles for prospective discerners to gain more knowledge about the discernment process, the priesthood and various seminary options.

The goal of this contemporary website is to give young men on Long Island a modern resource about the discernment process and the priesthood.  Also, this site will give any potential discerner guidance in where to turn after his initial questions are answered.

“We are so happy to have our own vocations website,” said Father Brian Barr, director of vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “The site should definitely help those who are considering the call to the priesthood – something very much needed these days – and will also help the parents of those discerning. The parent’s resource page will be a tremendous help in answering questions that seem to have no answer.”

Along with news about upcoming events in the world of vocations, the site gives detailed information about what it takes to be a priest. With blog posts, video and feature stories, the site is dedicated to give possible discerners on Long Island a place to further their understanding of the ultimate act of love: the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Other key aspects of the site include a comments section where visitors can submit questions and comments directly to the Vocations Office. The Resource page contains videos and books recommended by current priests for further reflection. And, the Real Life section will detail the stories of those priests by giving insight into their day-to-day lives.

 “Longislandpriest.com is another piece to the vocations puzzle,” said Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “We hope that this will be a great resource for discerning men.”


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).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473
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Reverend Monsignor James M. Kissane 

Wake:

 

 

 

Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Chapey Funeral Home
200 E. Main Street
East Islip, NY 11730
631-581-5600

Sunday, December 20, 2009 3:00 p.m.
St. John of God Chapel
84 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-234-6535

Mass of Transferral:   

 

Sunday, December 20, 2009 7:30 p.m.
St. John of God Chapel
84 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-234-6535

Funeral Mass:

 

 

Monday, December 21, 2009 10:30 a.m.
St. Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
 516-766-0205

Cemetery:

 St. Charles Cemetery


Curriculum Vitae
Rev. Msgr. James M. Kissane, 44

Birth:                                              June 29, 1965
Bronx, New York

Death:

December 16, 2009

Education: Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception Seminary

Ordination:

 

 

May 30, 1992
Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre

Assignments:

 

6/24/92    Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead – Associate Pastor
6/25/97    Church of St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport – Associate Pastor
10/13/99   Suffolk Police Department - Chaplain
6/25/03     Church of St. John of God, Central Islip - Pastor

 

Picture Available Upon Request.

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

 

The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the  Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has been informed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome that it has completed its final review of the status of Rev. Msgr. Alan J. Placa, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The Congregation has found him to be not guilty of the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor which was made against him in June of 2002.

When the allegation was made, the Diocese immediately placed Msgr. Placa on administrative leave of absence.  Over the course of seven and a half years, this case has been subjected to extraordinary scrutiny including all of the elements required by the Essential Norms established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas in 2002. 

This decision confirms the same decision which was determined in first instance by the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany.  The Holy See’s definitive decision completes the canonical process for Msgr. Placa.  This action by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith renders the decision final and definitive.  As a result of this decision, Msgr. Placa is no longer on administrative leave and is now permitted to exercise priestly ministry freely in the Roman Catholic Church.  In accordance with the provisions of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law, we have been instructed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to restore Msgr. Placa to ministry and to do what we can to restore his good name.

“I thank the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith as well as the Tribunal of the Diocese of Albany for their work.  We will abide by its decision to return Msgr. Placa to ministry,” said Bishop Murphy.  “We hope that everyone in the diocese will recognize that Msgr. Placa is a priest in good standing.  It is my hope and prayer that this decision will bring closure and healing.  We also ask people of good will to join us in praying for those who were, in fact, victims of sexual abuse.  Their suffering must never be forgotten.”

Bishop Murphy and Msgr. Placa have agreed that Msgr. Placa will not be given a diocesan assignment.  Msgr. Placa will reside at St. Aloysius parish, Great Neck.  Msgr. Placa’s status is that of a retired priest in good standing.


Contact:
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
Cell: 516-510-0473
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New York State Catholic Conference Executive Director Richard E. Barnes made the following statement today regarding the defeat of a bill in the New York State Senate by a vote of 38-24 that would have allowed people of the same sex to “marry” each other:

“On behalf of the Bishops of New York State, we are extremely pleased and grateful that the New York State Senate in a bipartisan vote rejected the concept that marriage can be anything other than the union of one man and one woman.
“While the Catholic Church rejects unjust discrimination against homosexual men and women, there is no question that marriage by its nature is the union of one man and one woman. Advocates for same-sex ‘marriage’ have attempted to portray their cause as inevitable. However, it has become clear that Americans continue to understand marriage the way it has always been understood, and New York is not different in that regard. This is a victory for the basic building block of our society.”

The Catholic Conference represents New York State’s Bishops in matters of public policy.

Visit their Website: New York State Catholic Conference


Contact:
Dennis Poust
518-434-6195 (O)
518-439-7805 (H)
518-225-4882 (mobile)
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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. Twenty students from the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic Campus Ministry will be traveling to Belize for one week to volunteer their time to better the living conditions there.  This year’s trip has nearly doubled the students from last year’s mission trip.  The students will be leaving January 10, 2010 with Father Brian Barr, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

While in Belize, the students will serve the community of Benque, a small town near the border of Belize and Mexico.  They hope to assist those struggling to provide safe homes for their families, as the living conditions are very poor.  As a result, the team will participate in several building projects with Habitat for Humanity.  In addition to the building projects, they will work with a local high school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School, to provide assistance to teachers both in the classroom and through various after school activities.

Last January, eleven students from the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Catholic Campus Ministry traveled to Blessed Assurance Orphanage in Jamaica.  This is one of eight orphanages run by Mustard Seed Communities, a privately-run Catholic organization that cares for children with physical and mental disabilities to bring joy and bring life to the children. They came back to serve as leaders on their college campuses, filled with a renewed zeal and love for Jesus Christ and their brothers and sisters in their communities.

“The fact that I could get these kids up and help them run, play and eat made me feel so connected to Jesus and all He did for us,” said Jillian Lipari, junior year student, Hofstra University.  Jesus used His abilities to help people experience what they never have, and perhaps never would have without His influence.  I, a 20-year-old college student, was able to do that for these kids.”

In order to afford the trip, each student is trying to raise $1,200, which will cover the cost of travel, room and board as well as a donation to leave with the Belizean people.  Additionally, students are planning a campus-wide fundraising event entitled "So You BELIZE You Can Dance," on December 3rd at Adelphi University, to build awareness and gain support of the mission through prayers and financial means.

Campus Ministry is one of the ministries of the Catholic Church of Long Island supported by the Catholic Ministries Appeal. 

For additional information or to contribute to the mission trip, please contact Matthew Rudolph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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 1.5 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.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
               Director of Communications
               (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
               (c) 516-510-0473
               E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.