FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11 November 2012

BISHOP MURPHY CALLS FOR SPECIAL COLLECTION FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – November 2, 2012 – The Most Rev. William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, has called for a special local storm relief collection to be taken up in the 133 parishes in the Diocese this weekend (11/3-4/12). 

“We pray for the many people suffering from this tragedy and for those involved in the many relief efforts underway across Long Island,” said Bishop Murphy.

Funds collected will go to parishes to help in their relief efforts.

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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 2011, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,677 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 (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.  In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (09/12).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan   Director of Communications   (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625   (c) 516-510-0473 E-mail: sdolan@drvc>