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Diocese of Rockville Centre

 For Immediate Release

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 2, 2010 – In recognition of his service to the Church and the diocese, the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, conferred Papal honors upon Charles Trunz, III on Sunday, November 28, 2010 during the 10:30 AM Mass at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Manhasset, New York.

Honored for his faithful service to the Church, Trunz received the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice, Latin for “Cross of the Church and the Pontiff,” bestowed by the Pope to either the laity or clergy.  Recipients are known for their extraordinary, virtuous, public witness to the Catholic faith.

In expressing his gratitude to Trunz while addressing the congregation at Mass, Bishop Murphy said, “In the year that he spent working with us, he gave us analyses of our diocese and of our parishes from an administrative point of view, from a financial point of view, and from a managerial point of view.  And because of his keen intellect and extraordinary experience and expertise, we have a better grasp on our diocese from an administrative point of view that I never could have had without his help.”



About The Diocese of Rockville Centre

The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 11 high schools (3 diocesan and 9 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (11/10).


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