ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 30 June 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Gerard Gentleman pastor of Holy Family parish, Hicksville.
Father Gentleman has served as chaplain of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville. Previously, Father Gentleman was associate pastor and temporary administrator at St. Kilian parish, Farmingdale. An Eagle Scout, since 2001, he has been the chaplain of the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and active in the national committees. Father Gentleman led the St. George Trek program at Philmont Scout Ranch and served as the Philmont Chaplain. He also served as a member of the diocesan Priest Senate, master of ceremonies of the diocesan Youth Fest 2004, and Catholic Relief Services global fellow. Father Gentleman was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.
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).
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625