Diocese of Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre, New York, December 22, 2006—Father Walter R. Korycki, former chaplain of Kings Park Psychiatric Center, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 83. Father Korycki was born in Whitestone, New York on August 21, 1923 and studied at Brooklyn Cathedral Prep, Cathedral College, and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington before being ordained in 1949. From 1949 until 1955, he served at St. Josaphat Church in Bayside. He was assigned to be chaplain of Kings Park Psychiatric Center in 1955, at a time when residential chaplains were first being assigned to the hospital, which at times served 10,000 patients. Father Korycki remained a chaplain at Kings Park until his retirement in 1990. After he retired, Father Korycki took up residence at St. Philip Neri Church in Northport and continued his service as a senior priest, assisting in parishes as needed. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip Neri Church on Dec. 23. Burial followed at Mount St. Mary Cemetery, Flushing.

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 68,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org.

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