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Official Appointments

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – May 16, 2019 – The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre appointed the...

Death of Father Harold Buckley

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Father Harold Erwin Patrick Buckley who died on May 11, 2019 in Florida. The...

Diocesan Statement: Moto Proprio – Vos Estis Lux Mundi

 DATE:    May 9, 2019 RE:   Moto Proprio – Vos Estis Lux Mundi (“You are the light of the world”) FROM:   Sean P. Dolan on behalf of Bishop John Barres Bishops...
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Father Walter Kedjierski Appointed Executive Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs...

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – APRIL 24, 2019 – It was announced today that Father Walter Kedjierski has been appointed Executive Director of...

Over 31 Buses of Diocesan Pilgrims Set to Participate in March for Life 2019

THIRTY ONE BUSES OF PILGRIMS SET TO ATTEND 46TH ANNUAL MARCH FOR LIFE WHILE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATORS PLAN TO SIGN DESTRUCTIVE ‘REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH...

Death of Reverend Robert Blyman

January 8, 2019 Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Reverend Robert Blyman who died on January 5, 2019. The arrangements are...

Rest in Peace Rev. Msgr. James M. McDonald

November 16, 2018 Death of Reverend Monsignor James M. McDonald Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor James M. McDonald who...

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Makes Statement at Close of Public Sessions;...

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Makes Statement at Close of Public Sessions; Fall General Assembly, Baltimore Nov. 12-14 November 14, 2018 BALTIMORE—On the final...

Rest in Peace Father Santiago Dineros

November 13, 2018 Death of Reverend Santiago Dineros Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Reverend Santiago Dineros who died on Wednesday,...

Rest in Peace Rev. Msgr. William Jablonski

November 12, 2018 Death of Reverend Monsignor William Jablonski Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor William Jablonski who died...

Official Appointments

23 October 2018 Official Appointments: * Father Edward Sheridan * Father Jason Grisafi ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – October 23, 2018 – Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop,...

Religious Jubilee Mass Homily

ST. AGNES CATHEDRAL MOST REVEREND JOHN O. BARRES, STD, JCL October 7, 2018 Today we celebrate the Religious Jubilee Anniversaries of our dedicated women and men religious...

Bishop Barres Issues Invitation to Catholics in Diocese to Pray for Survivors of Clergy...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 September 2018 BISHOP BARRES ISSUES INVITATION TO CATHOLICS IN DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE TO PRAY FOR SURVIVORS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE ROCKVILLE CENTRE,...

Statement – Father Brian Brinker

STATEMENT DATE: September 7, 2018 RE: Father Brian J. Brinker FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications In the course of the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Independent Reconciliation...

Statement – 9/6/18 – New York Attorney General Subpoena

STATEMENT DATE: September 6, 2018 RE: New York Attorney General Subpoena FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications We have received a subpoena and we are in the...

Statement from Bishop John Barres in Response to Presidential Statement Issued in Consultation with...

STATEMENT DATE: August 28, 2018 RE: Response to Presidential Statement Issued in Consultation with the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops FROM: Most...

Encounter – “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it”

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President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Renews Commitment for Greater Effectiveness and Transparency...

August 27, 2018 WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued the following statement. Cardinal...

Pope Francis: Letter to the People of God

Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the...

Response to Pope Francis’ Letter to the People of God

STATEMENT DATE: August 20, 2018 FROM: Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre “I am extremely moved by Pope Francis’ Letter to the People...

Telecare becomes Catholic Faith Network

Contact Name: Joe Perrone Title: General Manager Number: 516.538.8704 x 118 Email: JPerrone@CFNtv.org Telecare TV Announces Rebrand to Catholic Faith Network UNIONDALE, NY, August 9, 2018: Telecare, the television...

Closing of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, West Islip

STATEMENT DATE: August 2, 2018 RE: Closing of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, West Islip FROM: Sean P. Dolan We are deeply saddened at the closing...

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Richard Henning – Homily of Bishop John Barres

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Richard Henning St. Agnes Cathedral Homily of Most Reverend John O. Barres July 24, 2018 Bishop-elect Henning, as a son of Oak Island, the...

“What is the surfer without the wave?” Remarks of Bishop Richard Henning

Some twenty years ago on a beautiful summer day, I sat on a beach chair at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays with good friends....

Evening Prayer Homily of Bishop-Elect Richard Henning

Evening Prayer Homily of Bishop-Elect Richard Henning Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead, New York July 23, 2018 “Tres Teresitas” After my ordination in 1992, Bishop McGann...

Media credentials necessary for ordination of Bishop-elect Richard Henning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CREDENTIALS NECESSARY FOR ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT RICHARD HENNING Evening Prayer Monday, July 23, 2018 7:00 p.m. Church of Our Lady of Loretto 104 Greenwich Street Hempstead,...

Over 90 Young Adults Attending Camp Quo Vadis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 July 2018 OVER 90 YOUNG ADULTS ATTENDING SECOND ANNUAL CAMP QUO VADIS Held July 8-13 at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception ROCKVILLE...

Bishop-Elect Henning to be Ordained Auxiliary Bishop on July 24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 July 2018 BISHOP-ELECT RICHARD HENNING TO BE ORDAINED AS AUXILIARY BISHOP OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE ON JULY 24th AT ST. AGNES CATHEDRAL ...

Official Appointments: Fathers Rannazzisi and Sikorski

26 June 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Official Appointments: Father Gregory Rannazzisi (left photo) Father Allan Sikorski (right photo) ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 26, 2018 –...

Diocese Announces New Office of Parish Evangelization and Pastoral Planning and Announces New Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29 June 2018 – The Solemn Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Diocese of Rockville Centre Announces New Office of Parish Evangelization and...

Statement: Family Separation on U.S./Mexico Border

STATEMENT DATE: June 20, 2018 RE: Family Separation on U.S./Mexico Boarder FROM: Sean P. Dolan Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, echoes the statement of...

DRVC Appoints Nolan Reynolds to Lead Youth Ministry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 June 2018 DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE APPOINTS NOLAN REYNOLDS TO LEAD YOUTH MINISTRY ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – June 22, 2018 –...

Diocese of Rockville Centre Announces New Office of Parish Evangelization and Pastoral Planning to...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29 June 2018 – The Solemn Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Diocese of Rockville Centre Announces New Office of Parish Evangelization and...

Bishop Barres to Ordain Deacon Leo Song on June 23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 June 2018 BISHOP BARRES TO ORDAIN DEACON LEO SONG ON JUNE 23 ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – June 20, 2018 – Most...

Statement from Bishop-elect Richard G. Henning

STATEMENT DATE: June 8, 2018 RE: Announcement FROM: Bishop-elect Richard G. Henning Praised be the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am grateful to His Holiness, Pope Francis,...

Statement from Most Reverend John O. Barres

STATEMENT DATE: June 8, 2018 RE: Bishop-elect Richard G. Henning FROM: Most Reverend John O. Barres The Diocese of Rockville Centre rejoices in Pope Francis' appointment of...

Pope Francis Names Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of...

EMBARGOED UNTIL 6:01 AM EDT ON 6/8/18 8 June 2018 Pope Francis Names Rev. Msgr. Richard G. Henning as Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Rockville...

The Death of Reverend John Hien

 “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.” -Mark 16:15 May 22, 2018 Death of Reverend John Hien Prayers are requested for the...

Bishop Barres to Ordain 5 Men to Permanent Diaconate

For Immediate Release 18 May 2018 Bishop Barres to Ordain Five Men to Permanent Diaconate • Ordination on Saturday, May 19 in St. Agnes Cathedral ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y....

Bishop Barres Ordains 5 Men to Permanent Diaconate

Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre ordained five men to the Permanent Diaconate on Saturday, May 19, 2018...
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Knights of Columbus Profiles “Singing Seminarians” as ‘Everyday Heroes’

New Video Series Shows How Ordinary Men Can Make an Extraordinary Impact NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “Everyday Heroes,” a new nine-part online video series, including...

Apostolic Athletes Book by Trent Beattie Features Bishop Barres

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625 (c) 516-510-0473 E-mail: sdolan@drvc.org APOSTOLIC ATHLETES BOOK BY TRENT BEATTIE FEATURES BISHOP BARRES ROCKVILLE CENTRE – April 27, 2018...

78th Anniversary Mass of Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn Death Homily

Most Reverend John O. Barres Diocese of Rockville Centre (NY) St. Brigid Parish (Westbury, NY) April 7, 2018 We celebrate this 78 th Anniversary Mass of Monsignor Bernard...

Holy Week and Easter Masses

28 March 2018 HOLY WEEK AND EASTER MASSES Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday March 29, 2018 – April 1, 2018 HOLY THURSDAY CHRISM MASS – March 29,...

Rev. Caetano Costa, 76

 “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.” -Mark 16:15 March 26, 2018 Death of Reverend Caetano Costa, 76  Prayers are requested for the...

Diocese of Rockville Centre Announces School Consolidation and Closing

CONTACT:           Sean P. Dolan (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625 (c) 516-510-0473 E-mail: sdolan@drvc.org   DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE ANNOUNCES SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION AND CLOSING Plan Is Part of Broader Effort To Strengthen...

Statement of Bishop Barres on passing of Billy Graham

DATE:                          February 21, 2018 RE:                              Statement of Bishop Barres on...

Statement from Most Rev. Robert Coyle

DATE: February 20, 2018 RE: Appointment Statement FROM: Bishop Robert J. Coyle Today I humbly accept the appointment to serve the people of God on Long Island as an auxiliary...

Statement from Archbishop Broglio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/20/2018 Archbishop Timothy Broglio Expresses Gratitude for Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle’s “Selfless Ministry” Comments on Holy See’s transfer of Bishop Coyle to...

Statement: Hidden Disgrace II Report

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) was established by the Diocese of Rockville Centre (the “Diocese”) in October 2017 to enable survivors of...

Passing of Rev. Msgr. James A. Brassil

January 24, 2018 Death of Reverend Monsignor James A. Brassil Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Reverend Monsignor James A. Brassil who...

Death of Deacon Patrick Logsdon, 68

“Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.” -Mark 16:15 November 7, 2017 Death of Deacon Patrick Logsdon, 68 Wake: Wednesday, November 8, 2017        2:00...

Statements on the Death of Deacon Logsdon

DATE: November 5, 2017 RE: Deacon Patrick Logsdon FROM: Most Reverend John Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre Deacon Logsdon life was an expression of the corporal...

Statement: Nov. 4 — Deacon Patrick Logsdon

STATEMENT DATE: November 4, 2017 RE: Deacon Patrick Logsdon FROM: Sean P. Dolan This morning we learned of the news of the tragic death of Deacon Patrick Logsdon,...

Diocesan Vocations Director to Enter 2017 Ithaca College Hall of Fame

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 19, 2017–Father Joseph Fitzgerald, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Rockville Centre will be enshrined into the Ithaca College Hall...

Diocese of Rockville Centre Announces Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for Survivors of Clergy...

EMBARGOED UNTIL 10/16/17 AT 6:00 AM EDT. DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE ROCKVILLE CENTRE –...

Rev. Msgr. Alexander Manly, 85

 “Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.” -Mark 16:15 October 6, 2017 Death of Reverend Monsignor Alexander F. Manly, 85 Prayers are requested...

Death of Rev. Msgr. Joseph Granata, 69

Go into the world and proclaim the Gospel to every living creature.” -Mark 16:15 September 29, 2017 Death of Reverend Monsignor Joseph P. Granata, 69 Prayers are requested...

Bishop Authorizes Additional Natural Disaster Collection

Bishop Barres Authorizes Additional Special Collection to Aid those Affected by Recent Natural Disasters ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 28, 2017 – At the request...

Bishop Barres, Bishop To Visit The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County...

Bishop Barres, Bishop To Visit The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) September 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. For a Museum Tour...

Statement from Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop Reference: Bishop-elect Alfred Schlert

DATE: June 27, 2017 RE: Bishop-elect Alfred Schlert FROM: Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre I am ecstatic about Pope Francis’ providential choice....

Diocesan Statement: Michael Wustrow

DATE: September 15, 2017 RE: Michael Wustrow FROM: Sean P. Dolan The Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Parish of Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre are saddened...

Bishop Barres to Offer Meditation Tonight at Opening Prayer Service for 72nd Session of...

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 8, 2017–The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre (@BishopBarres) (www.drvc.org), will...

Bishop Barres statement on DACA

STATEMENT DATE: September 5, 2017 RE: Rescission of DACA FROM: Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre The Diocese of Rockville Centre stands in unison...

Relics of St. Padre Pio at St. Rocco Parish Glen Cove on Oct. 8

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 6, 2017 -- The relics of one of the Catholic Church’s most beloved saints, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, will...

Bishop Barres Authorizes Special Collection to Aid those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – August 28, 2017 –The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, today asked...

Diocese of Rockville Centre Once Again Puts a New Spin on Raising Funds for...

25 AUGUST 2017 Event set for Saturday, October 28, 2017 There is still time to form a SPIN team or reserve a ZUMBA spot! ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW...

Pastoral Visit To The Diocese Of Rockville Centre By Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez

02 August 2017 MEDIA ADVISORY NEWS MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THESE EVENTS. THESE EVENTS ARE LIMITED TO MEDIA CREDENTIALED BY THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS.  TO...

Naming of First Bishop of the New Eparchy in Parassala, India and New Bishop...

DATE: August 7, 2017 RE: Naming of New Bishop of the Syro-Malankara Eparchy of Saint Mary Queen of Peace of the U.S. and Canada and...

Pastoral Visit to DRVC August 18-20 by Cardinal Chavez

02 August 2017 CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT WHAT:                 PASTORAL VISIT TO THE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTER BY CARDINAL GREGORIO ROSA CHAVEZ Pope Francis appointed Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez the...

Calendar Announcement: Holy Hour and BBQ with Bishop Barres

31 July 2017 CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT WHAT:                 DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE – MILLENNIAL MISSIONARIES 2017 – CELEBRATING OUR FAITH HOLY HOUR AND BBQ WITH  BISHOP JOHN BARRES Catholic young...

Statement from Most Rev. John O. Barres

DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS STATEMENT DATE: July 11, 2017 RE: Pope Francis Appointment of Bishop Nelson J. Perez as the Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland FROM: Most...

Pope Names Bishop Perez as Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland

DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONFIDENTIAL Strictly EMBARGOED July 11, 2017 6 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time POPE NAMES BISHOP PEREZ AS BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE...

Statement from Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez

DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS STATEMENT DATE: July 11, 2017 RE: Pope Francis Appointment of Bishop Nelson J. Perez as the Bishop of the Diocese...

Statement from Most Rev. William Murphy

DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS STATEMENT DATE: July 11, 2017 RE: Pope Francis Appointment of Bishop Nelson J. Perez as the Bishop...

RE: Bishop-elect Alfred Schlert

FROM: Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre I am ecstatic about Pope Francis’ providential choice. Bishop-elect Alfred Schlert has a blend...

Announcement by Diocese of Brooklyn of Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for abuse victims

DATE: June 22, 2017 RE: Announcement by Diocese of Brooklyn of Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for abuse victims FROM: Sean P. Dolan Since October of 2016 when the Archdiocese...

Bishop Barres to ordain five men to priesthood on 6/24

From left:  Rev. Mr. Liam McDonald, Rev. Mr. John Wachowicz, Rev. Mr. Michael Bissex, Rev. Mr. Christopher Sullivan and Rev. Mr. Michael Plona. ROCKVILLE CENTRE,...

Statement from Bishop Barres on Anti Christian Symbols on churches

DATE: June 19, 2017 RE: Anti-Christian Vandalism at four Amityville-area churches FROM: Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre The recent news that four...

St. John the Evangelist Mass for Healing

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT:     MASS FOR HEALING AT ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST The parish of Saint John the Evangelist, Center Moriches continues to seek healing and peace in...

Statement from Bishop John Barres on situation at St. John the Evangelist Church, Center...

Date: May 19, 2017 Today is a sad day for all of us on Long Island and in particular, the parish of Saint John the Evangelist...

Death of Rev. Lawrence O’Leary

May 2, 2017 Death of Reverend Lawrence O'Leary, 87 Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Rev. Lawrence (Larry) O'Leary who died on...

Easter Sunday Homily – Bishop Barres

EASTER HOMILY 2017 As we celebrate Easter with our families and our parish families, we ask the Risen Lord for a true resurrection of our...

Recent Gang Violence – English | Spanish

DATE: April 18, 2017 RE: Recent Gang Violence FROM: Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre During Holy Week we all learned of the...
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