ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2007—Pope Benedict XVI conferred the papal honor of monsignor on Father Joseph P. Granata, pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln parish, Huntington Station, N.Y.

“It’s the only time in my life I’ve ever been speechless,” Msgr. Granata said of the announcement from the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “I was very honored by it.”

Msgr. Granata was born in Queens, N.Y., and attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, Uniondale, N.Y. He then attended Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y., and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y. He also studied Spanish at the Pontifical Catholic University, Puerto Rico. He was ordained into the priesthood April 5, 1975.

He was first assigned in 1975 to St. John of God parish, Central Islip, N.Y., and then in 1979 to St. Rose of Lima parish, Massapequa, N.Y. In 1984, he was assigned to Infant Jesus parish, Port Jefferson, N.Y., and in 1988, he was assigned again to St. John of God parish, where he became pastor in 1994. In 2003, he was assigned to Our Lady of Fatima parish, Port Washington, N.Y.

In 2005, Bishop Murphy asked Msgr. Granata to serve as pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln parish, where he also served his diaconate year.

“You never know where God is going to call you to serve,” Msgr. Granata said, referring to the fact that he served at two parishes twice over the years.

The bilingual monsignor said about 1,000 Spanish–speaking parishioners attend Spanish Mass on Sundays at his parish.

Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. 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 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)

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