For Immediate Release
13 October 2011
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 13, 2011 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre appointed Rev. Msgr. Andrzej Zglejszewski and Sister Lucy Blyskal, CSJ as the new co-chancellors for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, effective October 17, 2011. The co-chancellors will replace Sister Kathleen Schaetzle, CSJ, who is leaving to assume a new position within her Religious community, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Brentwood.
“I am very grateful for Sister Kathy’s hard work and dedication over the years on the many tasks of the Diocesan Chancellor, but particularly so in coordinating the efforts of the Diocesan Pastoral Council; organizing the Diocesan “Belong More Deeply” Pentecost Mass at Saint Anthony’s High School this past June; and most recently for the many hours she worked in pulling together our Diocesan Ad Limina report, which was recently sent to the Holy See,” said Bishop Murphy.
The occasion of Sister Kathy’s departure marked an appropriate time to review how best to configure the Chancellor’s office to meet the needs of the Diocese. As co-chancellor, Msgr. Andrzej will oversee the sacramental and pastoral issues of the office. He will also continue as director for the office of worship. As a Canonist, co-chancellor, Sister Lucy will oversee all recordkeeping and administrative functions that Canonically belong with the Office of the Chancellor.
“Both Monsignor Andrzej and Sister Lucy bring excellent credentials to their new responsibilities but they also bring a love for God and the Church and a deep appreciation of the pastoral life of the Church,” said Bishop Murphy. “I thank them both for accepting to serve as Chancellors for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.”
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 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2010, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,773 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (09/11).
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