ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 12, 2010 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will ordain ten men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11 a.m., at St. Agnes Cathedral.  The Mass will be broadcast on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS Channel 296).

A deacon is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.  There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons.  Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”  The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

The ten men being ordained are:

Peter Acquaro, 62, of St. Frances Cabrini parish, Coram. Born in Brooklyn, Acquaro earned a Bachelor’s degree from New York Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling from Long Island University. Acquaro is currently a Federal Aviation Inspector with the FAA and an Airline Transport Pilot. Acquaro and his wife, Kathleen, have four adult children and five grandchildren.

Thomas Anderson, 50, of St. Frances de Chantal parish, Wantagh. Born in New York, Anderson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University, NY. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations and Manager of Deli Food Stores, Inc. Anderson and his wife, Bernadette, have three children.

Kenneth Clifford, 62, of Infant Jesus parish, Port Jefferson. Clifford earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Manhattan College. He is currently the business manager of Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church. Clifford and his wife, Jean, have five adult children and two grandchildren.

Edward Hayes, 62, of St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden. Born in Brooklyn, Hayes earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Queens. He is a Court Officer for the U.S. Marshals Office and is a 27-year veteran of the NYPD (retired). Hayes and his wife, Anne, have two adult sons and five grandchildren.

Richard Janiec, 63, of St. Patrick parish, Smithtown. Born in Mineola, Janiec earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology. He is currently in Instrumentation Sales with ARA Technologies. Janiec and his wife, Mary, have two adult children.
Thomas Malone, Jr., 64, of St. Raymond parish, East Rockaway. Born in the Bronx, NY, Malone earned a Bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook. From 1964 to 1967, he was in the United States Marine Corps. Malone is currently a Senior Business Analyst with JP Morgan Chase. Malone and his wife, Marianne, have two adult sons and one grandchild.

Robert Mullane, 63, of St. Louis de Montfort parish, Sound Beach. Born in Astoria, Queens, Mullane attended Suffolk County Community College. From 1966 to 1970, Mullane was in the United States Air Force. He is currently a Hospitality Manager of Ecolabs, Inc. Mullane and his wife, Jane, have two daughters and one granddaughter.

John Rapacki, 59, of St. Thomas More parish, Hauppauge. Born in Mineola, More earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hofstra University. He is currently the owner and president of the Best-Fit Bath Systems, Inc. Rapacki and his wife, Christine, have two adult sons.

Edward Vigneaux, 65, of St. Thomas More parish, Hauppauge. Born in Rutland, VT, Vigneaux earned a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Hofstra University. He is a retired teacher after 34 years in the classroom. Vigneaux, a widower, and is married to his wife, Laura. The Vigneaux’s have eight children and eight grandchildren.

Daniel Waloski, 60, of St. John the Evangelist parish, Riverhead. Born in Brooklyn, Waloski earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College. He is currently a Senior Risk Analyst with Capital One Bank. Waloski and his wife, Judy, have one daughter. 

*Editor’s Note: Pictures available upon request.


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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