ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 28, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Christopher Nowak pastor of St. Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.
A member of the Order of the Augustinians, Father Nowak was incardinated in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 2006.
He previously served as associate pastor of St. John of God parish,
Central Islip, N.Y., followed by St. Hugh of Lincoln parish,
Huntington Station, N.Y.
Father Nowak most recently served at the diocesan mission parish in El Cercado in the Dominican Republic.
Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, 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 education. 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 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
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