Father Robert HaydenROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – 30 June 2009 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Robert Hayden, pastor of St. William the Abbot parish, Seaford.  Father Hayden has been the pastor of St. Aidan parish, Williston Park since 1997. 

Father Hayden was ordained a priest in St. Peter’s Basilica in 1970, after studies at the Gregorian University.  After completing his doctoral studies, he served on the faculty of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, where he was vice rector and academic dean.  His assignments as associate pastor include: St. Rose of Lima parish, Massapequa; St. Dominic parish, Oyster Bay; and St. Joseph parish, Garden City.  Father Hayden also contributed to “The Word of God” column for The Long Island Catholic newspaper.


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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