Diocese of Rockville Centre, Parishes and Related Entities Launch Transformation Effort to Ensure Viability of Church for 2010 and Beyond 

Transition Website Established to Provide Latest Information

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – February 1, 2010 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced plans under which it, the Parishes in the Diocese and certain other entities will implement a number of actions to manage growing and unprecedented financial challenges.  Over the past decade, the demands for ministries have never been higher, yet the expenses for those ministries and services provided to its parishioners and the greater Long Island community exceed donations.
“In order to ensure the financial health of the Diocese and enable it to continue its vital religious and social ministries well into the future, we must undergo these changes,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

Among the changes, a voluntary separation package will be offered to 1,800 eligible full-time and part-time employees at the Diocese and Parish corporations, and certain other related entities. The voluntary separation offers will be made this month to employees including: parish administrators, directors of religious education, outreach workers, maintenance people and elementary school teachers.
In addition to the voluntary package, the Diocese and the Parish corporations will be  implementing an employee performance evaluation and management program and working on a shared services arrangement under which many services presently performed at the Parish and entity levels will be transferred, under contract, by the Parish and entity corporations to the Diocesan Shared Services model.

The plan will foster better organization and improved finances by gaining greater efficiency through technology and shared services.  For example, a Center of Excellence is being created at the diocesan level to help guide parishes in administration, financial management, building and construction, and human resources.

Transition Website:
A special website was established that serves as a resource for all transition information.  It can be accessed by visiting the diocesan website (drvc.org) and clicking on the lighthouse icon on the home page.


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
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.  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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