Priests to Relocate From St. Pius X Residence, Uniondale
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – October 3, 2008 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre has entered into a multi-year lease with Dominican Village, Amityville to provide dedicated space for retired diocesan priests. Following modifications to the space, approximately 14 retired priests will relocate to Dominican Village from St. Pius X residence, Uniondale. It is anticipated that the move to Dominican Village will be completed before the end of the year.
The decision to relocate senior priests to Dominican Village emanates from the recommendations of a task force Bishop William Murphy formed in 2004 to look at the future needs of the diocese to care for priests entering retirement. This task force was led by Rev. Msgr. Thomas Mulvanerty, director of senior priests for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
“This is another example of how the gracious foresight of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville becomes a blessing beyond the care they have for their own sisters,” said Bishop Murphy. “I am very grateful to Sister Mary Hughes, OP, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville and the leadership of Dominican Village for working with us to take care of our senior priests now and in the future. With generous allowances on their part, we can have a dedicated floor-and-a-half of space with its own secured entrance and all that we need for the priests now and for the foreseeable future.”
“I look forward to the expanded opportunity for our senior priests to benefit from the enriched living care level at Dominican Village,” said Msgr. Mulvanerty.
The up-to-date Dominican Village facility is spacious and the grounds park-like. In addition to the living suites, the space includes a living room, dining room and chapel for the priests. The professional kitchen at Dominican Village also offers priests a wide-range of meal choices and is equipped to meet the nutritional needs of residents.
“This is a win-win for the senior priests and Dominican Village,” said Bishop Murphy. “Our senior priests will move into improved accommodations. For Dominican Village, this will have an advantage of bringing that residence up to capacity.”
Bishop Murphy has authorized, for five years only, a second diocesan collection to partially cover the increased costs of housing priests at Dominican Village. A dedicated fund raising effort will also be implemented to help defray costs.
“With great gratitude to Msgr. Mulvanterty and all who have worked so hard to bring this about, I feel confident that my responsibility to care for our beloved senior priests is being fulfilled in a manner that offers them a dignified environment that provides them with all the amenities and comfort they so richly deserve.”
Following the relocation, the St. Pius X residence will be closed. The residence is part of the 14-acre St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary which was closed in 1983.
Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
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 1.4 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