ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 26, 2010 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Reverend Monsignor Robert Brennan to pastor of St. Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach.
Msgr. Brennan was ordained in 1989. He served as associate pastor in St. Patrick’s parish, Smithtown. Since 1994, he has served as secretary to Bishop John McGann, Bishop James McHugh and Bishop William Murphy, residing in St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre. Recently, he served as temporary rector of the cathedral. Msgr. Brennan was named chaplain to his Holiness with the title of monsignor in 1996. He was appointed diocesan Vicar General in 2002 and will continue to serve in this role.
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).
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