ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 21, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Msgr. Robert E. Guglielmone rector of St. Agnes Cathedral parish, Rockville Centre, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.
Msgr. Guglielmone has served the diocese as director of clergy personnel since 2004.
“I’m anxious to get back to parish ministry,” he said. “I see it as the heart of the priesthood. St. Agnes is a very active, vibrant, energetic parish.”
Born in New York, N.Y., and raised in Mastic Beach, N.Y., Msgr. Guglielmone earned a bachelor’s degree in education from St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y., with a minor in business. He taught distributive education (marketing, management, business, etc.) at Patchogue-Medford High School, Medford, N.Y., from 1968 to 1973. He was also coordinator of the work-study program there.
When he was ready for a change, Msgr. Guglielmone studied at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y. and was ordained into the priesthood on April 8, 1978.
“I just wanted something more,” he said of the switch. “There was a void. I had heard the call for years and I decided to give it a try.”
His first assignment was St. Martin of Tours parish, Amityville, N.Y., in 1978. In 1986, he brought his teaching experience to his position as director of pastoral formation at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. In 1993, he was appointed pastor of St. Frances de Chantal parish, Wantagh, N.Y. Pope John Paul II conferred the papal honor of monsignor on him (specifically, a Prelate of Honor) in 1996.
Msgr. Guglielmone has been involved in Catholic Scouting since 1974. He has been National Chaplain, New York Chaplain, and most recently, World Chaplain for the past seven years. Naturally, this position has taken him all around the world. Although his term ends in 2008, he said he will remain active on a local level.
“It has values that it tries to inculcate in young people that are really good and wholesome,” he said of the organization. “The pedagogy of Scouting is really superb. The only real competition [for the Scouts] is themselves.”
Msgr. Guglielmone enjoys taking long walks with his mixed Shepherd Mickey on the Paumanok Path, a 110-mile hiking trail from Rocky Point, N.Y. to Montauk Point State Park, Montauk, N.Y. He also enjoys seeing Broadway musicals and visiting different parts of Italy to see friends he made through Scouting.
Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, 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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. 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. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
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