For Immediate Release
01 September 2010
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. ‚Äď September 1, 2010 ‚Äď On Friday, September 17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m., the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will honor lay people from the diocese with the St. Agnes Medal of Service during a prayer service at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre.¬† One individual or married couple from each of the 133 parishes in the diocese has been chosen.¬† This service will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision, Channel 29/Verizon FiOS 296).
Now in its fourth year, Bishop Murphy announced the creation of the St. Agnes Medal during a January 21, 2007 Mass opening the Golden Jubilee (50 year anniversary) of the diocese.¬† Pastors from 133 parishes were asked to nominate lay people who unselfishly donate their time and talent to their parishes.
‚ÄúHonorees are lay people whose love of the Church has been shown through the devotion to the Holy Father, to our diocese and to their parish,‚ÄĚ said Bishop Murphy.¬† ‚ÄúThey are the unsung heroes in our midst who build up our parish communities by extraordinary service in parish ministry, parish administration or some significant volunteer role.‚ÄĚ
The St. Agnes medal features the image of St. Agnes, patroness of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on one side and a depiction of St. Agnes Cathedral on the other.¬† The 2-inch diameter medal is made to be worn around the neck.¬†
Honorees will receive tickets for five guests as well as their pastor or another priest from their parish to accompany them to the ceremony.¬†
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.¬† 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
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