FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 May 2012
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 23, 2012 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has conferred the title of “Monsignor” at the level of Chaplain to His Holiness upon Father Thomas Costa. Reverend Monsignor Costa is currently serving as pastor, Our Lady of Mercy parish, Hicksville.
The honorary title of “Monsignor” is given to Roman Catholic priests as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service they have rendered, both locally and in the world.
After he was ordained in 1978, Rev. Msgr. Costa served as associate pastor in Saint Boniface parish, Elmont; Saint Rose of Lima parish, Massapequa; Saint Ignatius Loyola parish, Hicksville and Saint Brigid parish, Westbury. Rev. Msgr. Costa also served as co-pastor of Saint John of God parish in Central Islip. Prior to his current assignment as pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Hicksville, Rev. Msgr. Costa served as pastor of Saint Patrick parish, Glen Cove.
In addition to Rev. Msgr. Costa, Pope Benedict XVI also conferred the title of “Monsignor” upon the following priests in the Diocese of Rockville Centre: Rev. Robert Clerkin, pastor of Saint Paul Church, Brookville; Rev. Joseph Mirro, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Westhampton Beach; Rev. Gerald Ringenback, pastor, Saint Bernard parish, Levittown; and Rev. Mark Rowan, chaplain, Colonel, U.S. Air Force.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre 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 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students 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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