ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, January 24, 2005 - Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Rockville Centre are planning a wide-variety of activities to mark Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated January 30 to February 5, 2005. The theme this year is “Faith in Every Student.”
Every year during Catholic Schools Week, many unique, individual schools come together as one in praise of Catholic education, reaching out to others to share their enthusiasm and values through a series of activities geared to the parish, community and nation, as well as to students, friends, faculty and staff.
“Not only do we have faith in every student, we know that Catholic schools give us the best opportunity to pass on the faith to the next generation,” said The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Bishop Murphy added, “I have observed the dedication and concern that the administrators and teachers show each day, often at great personal sacrifice. To each of them I say thank you for all that you do to make our schools places where academic excellence is expected of all and where the faith is taught, experienced and lived out on a daily basis.”
“I invite you to join in your local parish or regional Catholic School Week celebration,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “See for yourselves what it means to be a school with faith in every student,” she added.
Most schools will begin Catholic Schools week with an opening Mass. A number of schools are celebrating their 50-year anniversaries including: Long Beach Catholic Regional, Long Beach; Maria Regina School, Seaford and St. William the Abbot, Seaford. For more information on specific activities, contact the Office of Public Information at 516-678-5800, ext. 633.
There are nearly 24,000 students currently enrolled in the 57 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
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. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information visit www.drvc.org.
For more information:
Sean P. Dolan
516-678-5800, ext. 625