Diocese of Rockville Centre

Biography of Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

      

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The Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

On December 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Most Reverend John Oliver Barres the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre. Bishop Barres had served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania since July 30, 2009.

He was installed on January 31, 2017, in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, New York. During his installation homily, Bishop Barres appealed to inactive Catholics to rediscover the power of the Word of God, the power of the Sacrament of Penance, and the power of the Catholic Mass. He encouraged and challenged active Catholics to invite one inactive Catholic friend or family member to Mass; to gently, compassionately, non-judgmentally witness the beauty of their intimacy with Christ and their love for the mission of the Catholic Church.

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