Diocesan Sponsored Faithful Citizenship Day Features Bishop Lori of Bridgeport Bishops’ Statement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Discussed
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – September 2, 2008 – As the election season heats up, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) invites all to a special free afternoon seminar on voting one’s conscience. “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” will take place at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip (http://www.stjohnsdhs.org), from noon until 4 p.m.
The Most Reverend William E. Lori, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. (http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/breakingnews.shtml) (at left) will be the keynote speaker of the day. As chairman of the doctrine committee for the Bishop’s Conference, Bishop Lori was instrumental in the development of the statement, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” This document (http://www.faithfulcitizenship.org/) is issued by the Catholic Bishops of the U.S. every four years on the responsibility we have as citizens to participate in a moral and conscientious way in these elections.
The day will open with a presentation for all in attendance on “The Church in the Public Square” by John Carr, director of the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. This will be followed by breakout sessions on important individual issues, including:
Abortion and Other Threats to Life
Presenter: Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, director, Respect Life Office, Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Family and the Right to Educate Children
Presenter: Jim Cultrara, Director for Education, New York State Catholic Conference
Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Related Issues
Presenter: Carmen Maquillon, Director of Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Economic Security: housing, meaningful work, food security
Presenter: Anthony Mullen, Chief Community Services Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre
U.S. and Global Solidarity: Moral issues in international relations
Presenter: Father Drew Christiansen, S.J., editor of America
Accessibility to Quality Health Care
Presenter: Ron Guglielmo, Director for Health Care, New York State Catholic Conference
Catholic Voting in College: Making the Grade
Presenter: Sam Chey, director of youth ministry, Church of the Guardian Angel, Allendale, NJ.
The United States of Entertainment: Mass Media's Impact on Faithful Citizenship
Presenter: John Romanowsky, associate director, Office of Faith Formation, Diocese of Rockville Centre
“Our nation’s quadrennial presidential and congressional elections are among the most significant events in which we participate as citizens, considering their impact on the future of our country both in the near and far terms,” said Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, chair of the diocesan public policy advisory counsel. “We strongly urge Catholics and non-Catholics to attend this event as it will provide them a lens by which to make an informed political decision.”
Directions to St. Johns the Baptist Diocesan High School:
Sunrise Highway West to Robert Moses Causeway South to exit RM2W. After you exit the first light is Montauk Highway continue to the third traffic light and make a left turn. The school will be on your left side. If you pass Good Samaritan Hospital you went too far.
Coming East or West on the Long Island Expressway: exit at Sagtikos parkway south (exit 53 south)- *remain on the Sagtikos Parkway eventually the road will split, stay in right lane which bears into Southern State Parkway going West- continue to Exit 40 (Robert Moses Causeway)- passing Sunrise Highway Exits. Move into right lane and continue to exit RM2W. After you exit the first light is Montauk Highway continue to the third traffic light and make a left turn. The school will be on your left side. If you pass Good Samaritan Hospital you went too far.
Coming East or West from the Northern State: get off at the Sagtikos Parkway going south. Follow directions above (*).
Coming East or West on Southern State: get off at Exit 40 (Robert Moses Causeway) going south. Follow directions above (*).
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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 1.4 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