ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 26, 2010 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Reverend Joseph Coschignano to pastor of St. Barnabas parish, Bellmore.
Father Coschignano was previously pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish, Center Moriches. Other assignments since his ordination in 1969 include pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish, Rocky Point; associate pastor of St. Patrick’s parish, Smithtown; St. Rose of Lima parish, Massapequa; Most Holy Trinity parish, East Hampton; and St. Peter of Alcantara parish, Port Washington. He served as chaplain of St. Agnes Cathedral High School and Maria Regional Diocesan High School, Uniondale.
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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