ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 21, 2009 – In conjunction with the Year for Priests, the Vocations Office of the Roman Catholic Church of Long Island has launched its new website www.longislandpriest.com. Using cutting-edge design and functionality, the website features informative, compelling videos and articles for prospective discerners to gain more knowledge about the discernment process, the priesthood and various seminary options.
The goal of this contemporary website is to give young men on Long Island a modern resource about the discernment process and the priesthood. Also, this site will give any potential discerner guidance in where to turn after his initial questions are answered.
“We are so happy to have our own vocations website,” said Father Brian Barr, director of vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “The site should definitely help those who are considering the call to the priesthood – something very much needed these days – and will also help the parents of those discerning. The parent’s resource page will be a tremendous help in answering questions that seem to have no answer.”
Along with news about upcoming events in the world of vocations, the site gives detailed information about what it takes to be a priest. With blog posts, video and feature stories, the site is dedicated to give possible discerners on Long Island a place to further their understanding of the ultimate act of love: the Roman Catholic priesthood.
Other key aspects of the site include a comments section where visitors can submit questions and comments directly to the Vocations Office. The Resource page contains videos and books recommended by current priests for further reflection. And, the Real Life section will detail the stories of those priests by giving insight into their day-to-day lives.
“Longislandpriest.com is another piece to the vocations puzzle,” said Sean Dolan, director of communications for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. “We hope that this will be a great resource for discerning men.”
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625