ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 21, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father William T. Slater pastor of Notre Dame parish, New Hyde Park, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.

“I’m grateful to the bishop and the personnel board for the opportunity,” Father Slater said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Born in Queens, N.Y., and raised in South Huntington, N.Y., Father Slater attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, then in Uniondale, N.Y. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y. and a master’s degree in divinity from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.

Ordained into the priesthood March 19, 1977, Father Slater’s first assignment was as associate pastor of Our Lady of Grace parish, West Babylon, N.Y. From 1981 to 1986, he completed further biblical studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York, N.Y. In 1986, he joined the faculty at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, where he stayed until 1992, when he was assigned to St. Joseph parish, Hewlett, N.Y.

Father Slater has served in Notre Dame parish since 1996. He said he is pleased to be appointed pastor of the parish where he has served for 11 years.

“It gives you a certain level of comfort,” he said. “I’ve seen firsthand the changes in the community. I look at the challenges and I see the opportunities and I think it has the potential to be exciting.”

He said the parishioners at Notre Dame have responded positively to the news.

“Some of them seem more excited than I am.”

In his free time, Father Slater likes to run and lift weights in order to maintain balance in his life. He also enjoys visiting his mother, aunt and brother in Ridge, N.Y. and his brother in Fla.

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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