ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK August 31, 2004 - The Diocese of Rockville Centre will start a support group for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy and other church personnel. The sessions are scheduled to start September 20, 2004.
“We’re responding to a need voiced by some survivors of abuse who said they would find a support group helpful in bringing about healing,” said Eileen F. Puglisi, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Those interested in joining the support group should contact:
Eileen F. Puglisi
Director, Office for the Protection of Children and Young People
Tel: (516) 678-5800, ext. 573 or 507
Fax: (516) 887-1584
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 Baptisms, 18,000 Confirmations, 21,000 First Communions and 5,000 Marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625