Rev. Msgr. Brian McNamaraROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 26, 2010 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Reverend Monsignor Brian McNamara to administrator of St. Ladislaus parish, Hempstead.  He will also continue as the diocesan Vicar of Clergy Personnel. 

Ordained in 1984, Msgr. McNamara was named chaplain to His Holiness with the title of monsignor in 2007.  He has previously served as pastor of S.S. Phillip and James parish, St James and was associate pastor at St. Patrick’s parish, Bay Shore; Our Lady of Grace parish, West Babylon; and St. Joseph’s parish, Garden City.  From 1992-1998, Msgr. McNamara was chaplain at St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington. 



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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