ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2006 - Bishop Jose Grullon Estrella, bishop of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic, will visit the Diocese of Rockville Centre the weekend of
January 21-22, 2006. Bishop Grulllon will celebrate several Masses in the diocese over the weekend.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre staffs a mission in Bishop Grullonís diocese. The diocese currently has three missionaries serving in the Dominican Republic: Msgr. John Cervini, pastor of El Cercado; Sister Joseph Jane Reilly, CSJ in Hondo Valle and Sister Babs Barry, CSJ in Santo Domingo.
Bishop Grullon will participate in the following events this weekend:
Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 7:30 PM
1. AltaGracia Celebration. Bishop Grullon will be the principal celebrant and homilist at a special Diocesan Mass honoring Our Lady of Altagracia, the patroness of the Dominican Republic. Bishop William Murphy will preside at the Mass.
Where: St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Bishop Grulllon will visit and celebrate Mass at the following parishes:
Our Lady of Loretto Parish
104 Greenwich Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
Mass time: 9:00 AM
Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
1 Molloy Street
Copiague, NY 11726
Mass time: 11:45 AM
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) 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:
Sean P. Dolan
516-678-5800, ext. 625