Bishop Barres to Ordain 5 Men to Permanent Diaconate


For Immediate Release

18 May 2018

Bishop Barres to Ordain Five Men to Permanent Diaconate
• Ordination on Saturday, May 19 in St. Agnes Cathedral

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 18, 2018 – Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain five men to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m., in Saint Agnes Cathedral. The Mass will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television network (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS Channel 296).

A deacon 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.

The five men being ordained are:

Jose Manuel Bueno
Church of St. Martha, Uniondale

John Douglas Horn
Church of St. James, Seaford

Philip Eugene Savarese
Church of St. Anthony, Oceanside

Matthew Thomas John Surico
Church of St. Thomas More, Hauppauge

Michael Thomas Whitcomb
Church of St. Patrick, Huntington
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 1,524,639 baptized Catholics* (total population in both counties is approximately 2.9 million). There are 133 parishes plus 1 campus parish in 115 towns. In 2016, 17,114 baptisms, 14,026 confirmations, 14,626 First Holy Communions and 3,134 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 14,708 students in Catholic elementary schools; 11,642 students in Catholic high schools and 3,425 students in higher institutions. There are 47 Catholic elementary schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. In 2017, there are 115,000 children in parish Faith Formation programs taught by 12,000 volunteer catechists. The diocesan School of Missionary Disciples has 175 participants. In 2017, more than 3,215 families gave witness to a committal service at 3 diocesan and 20 parish cemeteries. Several hundred families also acted in faith of the resurrection with choosing a selection of graves, crypts and cremation niche spaces as well as memorials for their family’s future in our diocesan sacred grounds. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three health care centers, four homes for the aged, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. Catholic Charities provides Care With Dignity…Life With Hope to the poor, isolated, vulnerable, and disadvantaged on Long Island. Since its founding in 1957, the agency has grown to a position of leadership as one of the largest human service providers in the region with services that include: mental health care, chemical dependency treatment, veterans services, maternity services, food and nutrition services, immigration services, health insurance enrollment, senior services, affordable housing for seniors, services for people with physical and developmental disabilities, or a combination of these. In 2016, more than 600 staff members and 400 volunteers provided nearly 1.5 million face-to-face services to 55,955 people of all faiths and backgrounds from 60 service sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The single largest outreach to the People of God on Long Island is through the diocesan media outlets. The diocese maintains vibrant Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. Telecare, the diocesan television station broadcasts 24/7/365 to over 1.5 million homes; The Long Island Catholic Magazine, the official diocesan print publication is mailed 10 times per year to over 12,000 subscribers; the weekly LICatholic E-newsletter is emailed to 8,000 recipients. The diocesan website averages approximately 18,000 unique visitors each month; Fe Fuerza Vida, the official Diocesan Spanish-language newspaper has a circulation of 11,000 and is printed ten times each year. (10/17) *As of 2016

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