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Ordination set for May 14, 2011 at Saint Agnes Cathedral

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 11, 2011 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain 11 men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11 a.m., at Saint Agnes Cathedral.  The Mass will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS Channel 296). 

A permanent deacon receives the sacrament of Holy Orders and is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.  There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church:  bishops, presbyters and deacons.  Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”  The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

Deacons are ordinary ministers of Holy Communion, may preach at Mass and preside at weddings and baptisms.  They can also officiate at wake and burial services as well as other forms of liturgical prayer, but they cannot celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments of penance, confirmation or anointing of the sick.

The 11 men being ordained are:

Mr. Scott Graham Baker of Holy Name of Mary parish, Valley Stream.  Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Baker is an electronic technician.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969-75.  He and his wife Amelia have a daughter.

Mr. Richard Henry Becker of Saint Philip Neri parish, Northport.  A Mineola native, Becker and his wife Carrie have two children.  A real estate broker, Becker earned his bachelor’s degree from Empire State College.  He is pursuing clinical pastoral education for chaplaincy work.

Mr. Basil Anthony Bliss of Saint Anne’s parish, Garden City.  He earned an M.S. from Molloy College and an M.A. in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  He is chairman of the theology department of Bishop Loughlin Memorial H.S. in Brooklyn.  Bliss and his wife Kathy have two sons. 

Mr. Dale William Bonocore of Saint Patrick’s Church, Huntington.  President and owner of A.J. Bonocore Agency, Bonocore has a bachelor’s degree from Saint Bonaventure and a master’s in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  He and his wife Marion have two sons.

Mr. James Joseph Byrne of Saint Francis of Assisi parish, Greenlawn.  Byrne is a business systems analyst at CA Technologies.  Dublin-born and educated, Byrne earned a bachelor of engineering from University College, Dublin.  He and his wife Eileen have two children.
Mr. Andres Christopher Colpa of Saint Anne’s parish, Brentwood.  Born in Panama Canal Zone, Colpa attended CUNY and New York University.  He is vice president of engineering standards for HBO. He and his wife Luz have two daughters.

Mr. Louis Francis Cosentino of Saint Patrick’s parish, Huntington.  Cosentino lives in Cold Spring Harbor with his wife Deborah; they have two daughters.  He is a Ph.D. candidate in religious education at Fordham University.  Cosentino has master’s degrees in theology and pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  He is the northeast regional vice president of sales for Caris Diagnostic.

Mr. Michael Joseph Monahan of Saint Anthony’s parish, Oceanside.  Monahan is executive director of executive compensation and benefits for Grant Thornton, LLP.  He has previously served as director of human resources for both the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Diocese of Brooklyn.  In addition to his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, he holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  He and his wife Doreen have two sons.

Mr. Richard Horatio Portuese of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Malverne.  Portuese is retired from Reliance National Insurance where he was AVP for human resources.  He served six years in the National Guard.  He attended Saint Francis College and Adelphi University, and is a professed Secular Franciscan.  He and his wife Albert have five children and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Evenou Saint-Louis of Saint Martha’s parish, Uniondale.  A construction manager for MTA-NYC Transit, Saint-Louis is a licensed professional engineer who earned a Master of Civil Engineering degree from City University of NY and an MBA from Dowling College.  He also has an M.A. in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  A native of Haiti, Saint-Louis and his wife Marie have two children.

Mr. Joseph David Zubrovich of Cure of Ars parish, Merrick.  Zubrovich and his wife Catherine live in Freeport with their two children.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Albany.  He works for Catholic Cemeteries of Brooklyn.

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 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 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.  (12/10).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
  Director of Communications
  (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
  (c) 516-510-0473


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Sean P. Dolan
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