ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 19, 2009 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Office of Faith Formation is pleased to announce its annual Catechetical Service Awards on Tuesday, October 20, 2009.  The ceremony will be held at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre at 7:30 p.m.  The Most Reverend John C. Dunne will preside over the ceremony honoring 353 recipients from 68 parishes.

The Diocesan Office of Faith Formation leads diocesan efforts in faith formation through individuals, families, and local communities into ever more conscious, living, and active union with the Triune God by offering a variety of programs to enrich Catholics in their faith formation and to prepare Catholics for lay ministry in the Church.

The awards are granted for years of dedicated service in the catechetical ministry, and indicate the tremendous commitment to and support of volunteers in the catechetical programs in our diocese.

During the ceremony, 52 Bishop John R. McGann Awards (34 for 30 years of service, nine for 35 years, seven for 40 years, one for 45 years and one for 55 years); 24 Pope John XXIII Awards for 25 years of service; 58 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards for 20 years of service; 212 St. Pius X Awards for 10 years of service; and seven Kerygma Awards for three years of service will be delivered by Bishop Dunne.

Among those earning an award is Louise G. Smith from St. Martin of Tours in Bethpage, who will receive the Bishop John R. McGann award for her outstanding 55 years of service.


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 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.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


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