26 June 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
- Father Gregory Rannazzisi (left photo)
- Father Allan Sikorski (right photo)
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 26, 2018 – The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, made the following appointments which are effective June 27, 2018:
Father Gregory Rannazzisi will serve as pastor of the Church of Saint Gerard Majella,
Port Jefferson Station. Father Rannazzisi has served as administrator since March 1, 2018.
Previously, he was Associate Pastor at the Church of Saint Rose of Lima, Massapequa. He has also served as Vice Rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington and Director of Diaconate Formation for the diocese, Catholic Chaplain at Hofstra University, and Associate Pastor at the Church of Saint Brigid Parish, Westbury.
Born and raised on Long Island, Father Rannazzisi received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology from Fordham University. After seminary formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Bishop William Murphy ordained Father Rannazzisi in June 2009. He holds a Licentiate degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Since 2010, Father Rannazzisi has been an associate member of the diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission as the diocesan liaison with Long Island’s Muslim and Eastern religion populations.
Father Allan Sikorski will serve as pastor of the Church of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton,
Lake Ronkonkoma. Father Sikorski has served as associate pastor, Church of Saint Matthew,
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 1,455,644 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.9 million). There are 133 parishes plus 1 campus parish in 115 towns. In 2015, 15,957 baptisms, 15,195 confirmations, 15,312 First Holy Communions and 3,267 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 16,047 students in Catholic elementary schools; 11,478 students in Catholic high schools and 4,400 students in higher institutions. There are 47 Catholic elementary schools (43 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. There are 102,353 students enrolled in religious education programs. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three health care centers, four homes for the aged, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2015, Catholic Charities assisted more than 60,000 people of every faith and background. (12/16).
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