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For Immediate Release

09 May 2018


Official Appointments:

 Rev. Robert Coyle        
Most Rev. Robert Coyle    Father Gil Lap   Father Joseph Scolaro

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 9, 2018
– The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, made the following appointments which are effective June 27, 2018:

Most Rev. Robert J. Coyle  
Most Reverend Robert J. Coyle will serve as pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Holbrook.  In addition, Bishop Coyle will oversee the work of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. 

Bishop Coyle returned to serving the People of God in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 2, 2018.  Since then, he has already performed 15 confirmations across the diocese.  Previously, Bishop Coyle served as Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Half of the US, Archdiocese for the Military Services.

“Bishop Coyle’s global leadership in the military in service to the men and women who defend our country is a great asset to the Church’s mission on Long Island and to parish evangelization at Good Shepherd parish,” said Bishop Barres. 

Father Gilbert D. Lap
Father Gilbert Lap will serve as pastor of the Church of St. Frances Cabrini, Coram.  Fr. Lapp is currently associate pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, Ronkonkoma. 

Father Joseph Scolaro
Father Joseph Scolaro will serve as pastor of the Church of Notre Dame, New Hyde Park. 
Fr. Scolaro is currently associate pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, Garden City. 

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