The Roman Catholic Church of Long Island
We in the Diocese of Rockville Centre make up the Roman Catholic Church on Long Island. As a sacramental community, we are one with the Catholic Church throughout the world, while here at home we are united under the leadership of Bishop William Murphy to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as one family of faith and to celebrate this life in our liturgy, sacraments, prayer and service.
- Formed from the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1957, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) by reason of population, is the sixth largest diocese in the United States. Total Catholic population in the Diocese is 1,531,445*. Total population in the Diocese of Rockville Centre is 3,504,737.
- The single largest outreach to the People of God on Long Island is through its media outlets. Telecare, the diocesan television station broadcasts 24/7/365 to over 1.5 million homes; monthly magazine, The Long Island Catholic has a paid circulation of over 25,000; our diocesan website drvc.org averages over 18,000 unique visitors each month; our Spanish language newspaper, Fe Fuerza Vida reaches 11,000 Hispanics each month.
- The Roman Catholic Church on Long Island is comprised of 133 parishes (plus one campus parish) in 115 towns as well as the Diocesan corporation, housed at the Pastoral Center in Rockville Centre.
- The Diocese is blessed with 369 priests (221 incardinated, 88 externs, 60 religious), 771 religious women, 72 brothers and 275 deacons are in ministry.
- The Diocese of Rockville Centre, with its parishes, schools and other Diocese-associated institutions is the second largest non-governmental employer on Long Island with approximately 19,800 lay employees.
Liturgical and Sacramental:
- Last year (2012) in our Diocese:
- Receptions into the Church:
- 15,211 infant baptisms
- 830 minor baptisms
- 417 received into Full Communion
- 16,722 First Holy Communions
- 15,250 Confirmations
- 2,683 Catholic
- 520 Interfaith
- Catholic clergy and community provided consolation to families and loved ones of 10,370 deceased Catholics.
- 17,797 students in 47 Catholic Elementary Schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private) and 12,655 students educated in 10 Catholic high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish, 5 private) by over 2,000 dedicated educators.
- 99 percent of our high school graduates go on to college.
- One Catholic College – Molloy College with over 4400 students undergraduate and graduate.
- Hundreds of thousands are brought to a closer relationship with God through the work of the ministries of the office of new evangelization, including: campus ministry, Catholics of African Ancestry, Haitian Ministry, Hispanic Ministry, the Diocesan Mission in the Dominican Republic, Renewal, youth and young adult ministries.
- We are a Diocese with over 11,000 catechists educating approximately 111,200 elementary and high school students in religious education.
- Through the ongoing efforts of pastoral staff and volunteers, we prepare engaged couples for marriage and parents for the Baptism of their children.
- We work for the inclusion of persons with special needs in faith formation and parish life.
- Parish and diocesan programs provide ongoing formation in the faith for our adult members.
- In 2010, Catholic Charities of Rockville Centre assisted 59,543 people who received more than 1.4 million caring, dignified, face-to-face services.
- Meals-on-Wheels delivers more than 200,000 meals to homebound seniors each year.
- Through parish outreach programs, we, the Catholic Church on Long Island, provide direct services to more than 17,000 individuals and families each month.
- We provide safe and affordable housing to people in our communities with 16 senior housing facilities with more than 1,300 affordable apartments.
- Housing and supportive services are made available to adults with chronic mental illness and substance abuse difficulties.
- We provide housing and support services to pregnant and parenting young women and their children and residences for people with disabilities.
- Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI) served 682,252 through a system of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network and a community-based agency for those with special needs.
- More than 16,700 staff and 4,600 medical professionals work within the CHSLI system
- CHS is blessed with the services of more than 2,500 dedicated and well-trained volunteers.
- More than 3,431 interments were performed in 3 Diocesan and 20 parish cemeteries.
- 68 parishes offer bereavement support groups and programs for the bereaved (37 in Nassau County, 31 in Suffolk County).
For more information visit: www.drvc.org