ROCKVILLE CENTRE, New York – September 30, 2008 – Franciscan Brother James McVeigh has been appointed the new director and cabinet secretary for the Secretariat for the New Evangelization, Diocese of Rockville Centre. The appointment was made by the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and is effective Nov. 3, 2008. Bro. James is currently and will continue as co-vicar for religious for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He is presently the Franciscan Mission Coordinator at St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Previous director, Rev. Msgr. Richard Figliozzi was appointed in June to serve as pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna parish, Franklin Square, N.Y.
“The Secretariat for the New Evangelization needs someone with the vision, enthusiasm and commitment that Bro. James possesses,” said Bishop Murphy. “Bro. James brings with him many years of experience in this diocese and accepting this new role will prove to be a great help to the Church here on Long Island. I look forward to collaborating with him in the years ahead and welcome him as a valued member of the cabinet.”
In 2005, consistent with Pope John Paul II’s calling for a “great relaunching” of evangelization in the present life of the Church in a variety of ways, Bishop Murphy established the Secretariat for the New Evangelization. The Secretariat promotes programs and events and provides resources so that the call of Pope John Paul II may become a reality for the people of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The nine apostolates of the secretariat include: New Evangelization, Propagation of the Faith and Mission, Hispanic Ministry, Haitian Ministry, Catholics of African Ministry, Campus Ministry, Office of Renewal Ministry, Youth Ministry and Young Adult Ministry.
Bro. James brings a wealth of experience to this position. “Bro. James brings the Franciscan charism that is so tied into the work of the Office of New Evangelization,” said Rev. Msgr. Robert Brennan, vicar general and temporary administrator of the office.
Bro. James has served on the elementary and secondary levels of education for the past forty years. He has also served as a regional school supervisor of 40 schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn and as assistant superintendent in the Archdiocese of Newark for Essex County, including Newark’s elementary schools. His ministry has always focused on spirituality and promoting the Church’s mission working with youth and young adults through retreats, campus ministry and vocations. Bro. James served at St. Anthony’s High School, Huntington, N.Y. as a teacher, chairperson of the religious education department, director of religious activities, dean of faculty and director of studies. He has also served as an elementary school teacher and principal of two schools. He has served as the Franciscan mission coordinator at St. Francis Prep, worked in campus ministry and with adults in various spirituality programs. Bro. James has served on the National Board of Religious Vocation Directors, and the Continental Congress of Vocations for North America. He has written articles and spoken at National Conferences. However for Bro. James, the only title that matters is “BROTHER.”
“I have tried to model my life based on the quote from St. Francis: ‘Preach often, when necessary use words’” said Bro. James. “In this new position, I hope like St. Francis to ‘Mirror Christ’ in all that he does. I look forward to working within the Secretariat for New Evangelization, to walk with the people of the diocese in proclaiming Jesus to all our brothers and sisters.”
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