Ordination on Saturday, May 16 in St. Agnes Cathedral


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y.   15 May 2009 – Most Reverend William Murphy will ordain nine men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11 a.m., at St. Agnes Cathedral.  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 nine men being ordained are:

Mr. Hernst Bellevue, Sr., 56, of St. Martha’s parish, Uniondale.  Born in Haiti, Bellevue earned a bachelor’s degree from York College, Queens and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.  He also earned his Master of Arts degree in pastoral studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  He is currently a management specialist for the New York State Office of Temporary Disabilities.  Bellevue and his wife Yanick, have two children and three grandchildren.

Mr. Michael A. Bonocore, 48, of St. Isidore’s parish, Riverhead.  Born in Brooklyn, Bonocore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology; a Master of Arts degree in education from Adelphi University and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. Michael and his wife Reina have three children.

Mr. Jean D. Cantave, 47, of St. Francis of Assisi parish, Greenlawn.  Born in Haiti, Cantave graduated from the Ecole Saint Enfance, Croix-des-Bouquest and Petit-Seminaire College St. Martial, Port-au-Prince.  Cantave works for the MTA, Long Island Bus Authority. He and his wife Marie have three children.

Mr. William R. Crosby, 58, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Lindenhurst.  Born in the Bronx, William graduated from Suffolk Community College and is a retired Nassau County Police Officer.  He and his wife Michele have four children.

Mr. John C. Newhall, 60, of Good Shepherd parish, Holbrook.  Born in North Carolina, Newhall retired as managing director of Equity Trading, C. J. Lawrence.  John and his wife Patricia have four children.

Mr. Jacques N. Philippeaux, 56, of St. Thomas the Apostle parish, West Hempstead.  Born in Haiti, Philippeaux earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Mercy College and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  Philippeaux and his wife Marie have two children.

Mr. Joseph Simeone, 56, of St. Jude’s parish, Mastic Beach.  Born in Brooklyn, Simeone earned a BPS from Empire State College and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.  Simeone served in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter search and rescue aircrew man.  He served for 28 years in the Suffolk County Police Department.  Simeone possesses an FAA Airframe and Power Plant License.  He and his wife Vivian have four children.

Mr. Douglas G. Smith, 55, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Lindenhurst.  Born in Amityville, he attended SUNY Farmingdale.  Currently Smith is a manager, patient financial systems for Catholic Health Services.  He and his wife Eileen have two children.

Mr. Mark E. Wetzel, 50, of St. Kilian’s parish, Farmingdale.  Born in Queens, Wetzel graduated from Richmond Hill High School, Queens and spent 30 years on Wall Street.  Wetzel and his wife Kathleen have two children.

Note to Editors: Photos available upon request.



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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
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