|WHAT:||Bishop Jose Grullon Estrella, Bishop of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic will join Bishop Murphy for a special diocesan Marian Celebration in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, the patroness of the Dominican Republic.|
|WHEN:||Saturday, January 21, 2006|
|WHERE:||St. Agnes Cathedral |
Rockville Centre, NY
|About The Diocese of Rockville Centre|
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 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, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org.
|CONTACT:||Sean P. Dolan|
|Tel: 516-678-5800, ext. 625|