• Ordination on Saturday, May 17 in Saint Agnes Cathedral
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 14, 2013 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain eight men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m., in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes. The Mass will be broadcast on Telecare, the diocesan television station (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 eight men to be ordained are:
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 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. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, 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. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (04/13).
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