Mission in the Dominican Republic
Our story begins with an invitation. Bishop Conners from the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic invited Bishop emeritus John McGann to sponsor two parishes in the Dominican Republic: Saint Peter the Apostle in El Cercado and Our Lady of Fatima in Hondo Valle. These parishes, now the official foreign mission to the Diocese of Rockville Centre, have continued to flourish under the faithful support of Bishop William Murphy for over 32 years.
Rockville Centre's ministry has been going strong for many years. Its ministry to the less fortunate not only involves providing help to those in need but also receiving their assistance; therefore creating a ministry for the poor aided by the poor.
Among the leaders in this ministry is Sister Jane Reilly, CSJ who has been serving this ministry for the past 30 years; Sister Reilly later returned home from this ministry last year. Sister Beatrice Babs Barry, CSJ has been ministering to the people of the Dominican Republic for the past 31 years and continues to do so today.
In 1986 Sister Barry was able to open an inn for those who are sick and unwell. This inn was opened as The Inn of the Good Samaritan located in the capital city, Santo Domingo. Here those who are in need are provided with a warm, care giving place to stay in the city as they seek out medical help. This inn provides easier access to medical treatments as patients are recovering from surgery and being able to consult the best health care professionals the Dominican Republic can offer.
Lastly Monsignor John I. Cervini has been ministering to the people of the Dominican Republic for over 14 years and continues to love what he does: help those with extreme needs.