ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, October 27, 2009 – The Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, located in Huntington, New York, launched its new website ( on October 19, 2009.  The website features information for prospective students, current students and alumni as well as visitors and guests. 

The goal of the website is to enhance the presence of the seminary and provide a communication link to all individuals connected to the school.  The website includes a password-protected section for seminarians and features an online course catalog.  The website also includes an events calendar.  The seminary requested permission from the Prado Museum in Spain for the use of the image of the Virgin Mary, The Inmaculada Concepción by Tiepolo, appearing in the header of the website. “It is our hope that the new seminary website will serve as an instrument of evangelization, and be a source of information concerning the primary mission of the seminary in its program of priestly formation according to the mind and heart of the Catholic Church,” said Rev. Msgr. Peter Vaccari, rector, Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. 

“The late Pope John Paul II reminded us that the history of evangelization reveals how the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was first preached in the streets of Jerusalem has crossed many cultural thresholds,” said Msgr. Vaccari.  “In each era and in every place, from urban space to cyberspace, with an anointed imagination, the Church has sought to employ the best technological means available to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus: a story of love, truth, goodness, and beauty.”

“The seminary is a part of the diocese many people haven’t seen but it is so integral to the Catholic Church on Long Island,” said Kristin Keenan, communications coordinator, Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

“The dedicated and hard work of many people went into the website,” said Msgr. Vaccari.  “Sr. Mary Louise Brink, S.C. served as chairperson of the website committee.  Our gratitude goes to the entire committee.  In particular, deep gratitude goes to Kristin.  Her expertise, layout design, guidance, many hours of work, and coordination of the efforts of others from beginning until its completion was extraordinary.  Two of our seminarians, Mr. Jason Grisafi and Mr. Jim Shelton, offered their time and knowledge of computer technology to the project.  Ms. Kathy Zahner, the registrar in the academic office, contributed with her editorial assistance.”
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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
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.  Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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