|St. John of God Pastor Named Monsignor|
Central Islip Pastor Also Serves as Suffolk County Police Department Chaplain
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2007—Pope Benedict XVI conferred the papal honor of monsignor on Father James M. Kissane, pastor of St. John of God parish, Central Islip, N.Y., and chaplain of Suffolk County Police Department.
“I’m honored,” Msgr. Kissane said of the papal honor. “I think it’s also an honor to the people of the parish for their good work.”
Msgr. Kissane was born in Bronx, N.Y., and attended SS Cyril and Methodius School, Deer Park, N.Y. He graduated from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, N.Y. He attended Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y., from 1983-1987, and graduated from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y., in 1992.
Msgr. Kissane graduated from the U.S. Army Chaplain School and ministered in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1988 to 1994. He described this experience as “challenging” and “exciting.”
Ordained May 30, 1992, he was first assigned to Our Lady of Loretto parish, Hempstead, N.Y., in 1992, followed by St. Anthony of Padua parish, East Northport, N.Y., in 1997. He was appointed pastor of St. John of God parish in 2003.
He said the best part about being pastor is “being invited into people’s lives in times of joy and sorrows.”
Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz
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