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2011 Press Releases

st_cat_nursing.jpgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         

CONTACT: Gina Irwin
Manager of Community Relations
CHS Continuing Care
(631) 465-6433

 September 21, 2011

Smithtown, NY 11787 –On September 8, 2011, St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center held their annual Recognition Dinner at the Three Village Inn in Stonybrook. This dinner honors the volunteers who have donated over 500 hours for their dedication and commitment to St. Catherine of Siena.  These special individuals were treated to a dinner, dancing and a chance to win fabulous raffle prizes which were donated by staff from the facility.   It was a day of giving back to these wonderful, selfless, generous individuals who give of their time to the residents each day. 

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Photo Caption (L to R): Joyce Robinson, volunteer, Miriam Morrison, volunteer, Heather Reynolds, Volunteer Coordinator, Anthony Corbo, volunteer, Michael Quartararo, VP Long Term Care and Colette Haller, volunteer.  

 

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star rated long-term care facility of choice in northwestern Suffolk County, and is well known in the health care community throughout Suffolk and Nassau for its excellence and for the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Services include: 120 beds providing long-term care for the senior and chronically-impaired population, a  40-bed secure unit for residents challenged by Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, up to 80 beds for sub-acute care, including short-term orthopedic and medical rehabilitation, 24-hour nursing care, nutritional care planned by registered dieticians, licensed physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation programs, geriatric social workers, pastoral care for residents of all faiths; and partnership with Good Shepherd Hospice to offer terminally-ill residents palliative care. For more information about the services at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, please visit: http://chsli.org  or call 631-870-3444.

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        

CONTACT: Gina Irwin
Manager of Community Relations
CHS Continuing Care
(631) 465-6433

 September 21, 2011

 

Smithtown, NY 11787 –St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center is honored to receive a 5-Star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  This rating is based on State Survey Agencies that perform initial surveys and periodic resurveys of all providers. These surveys are conducted to ascertain whether a provider/supplier meets applicable requirements for participation in the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs, and to evaluate performance and effectiveness in rendering a safe and acceptable quality of care. At St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center we strive to deliver the highest quality of care to our residents and patients through our Centers of Excellence.   We take pride in knowing our facility is safe and our residents and family members feel secure. “I am very happy at St. Catherine of Siena because everything I need is taken care of and I feel secure here. Everyone would prefer to stay in their own home, but if you need the care, this is the place to be”, stated resident Lena Ciaccio.

 

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star rated long-term care facility of choice in northwestern Suffolk County, and is well known in the health care community throughout Suffolk and Nassau for its excellence and for the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Services include: 120 beds providing long-term care for the senior and chronically-impaired population, a  40-bed secure unit for residents challenged by Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, up to 80 beds for sub-acute care, including short-term orthopedic and medical rehabilitation, 24-hour nursing care, nutritional care planned by registered dieticians, licensed physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation programs, geriatric social workers, pastoral care for residents of all faiths; and partnership with Good Shepherd Hospice to offer terminally-ill residents palliative care. For more information about the services at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, please visit: http://chsli.org  or call 631-870-3444.

 

DATE:   September 19, 2011

RE:  Statement on Appointment of Bishop Libasci 
FROM: Bishop Peter Libasci

 

When in 2007, I was told that I was chosen to be an Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, I was overwhelmed at the thought that anyone knew that I even existed.

Bishop LibasciAnd now, four years later, I have been called, yet again, but now to be the Bishop and Shepherd of the Church, the Household of Faith in, what will be for me a new home, a new family, a new beginning in Grace.

I am coming eagerly to the Diocese of Manchester and the State of New Hampshire and I desire so much to meet all of you and to see Christ so alive and so present in you. I desire so much to share in this work that is ours: to be true to and thus carry on the mission of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

I remember well and am thankful for the words of a formula memorized so long ago: Why did God make you?  God made me to know Him and to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

The words can be memorized, but we all know that they only take on their greatest meaning and significance when they are put into practice; when they are lived: when we deepen our knowledge and understanding of the Sacred Scriptures, when Holy Eucharist becomes more and more a cause of joy, and when caring for each person’s dignity and well-being is not a labor but true compassion and care for a neighbor.

I am deeply grateful to Bishop McCormack for his years of ministry and faithful witness here in the Diocese of Manchester and his very kind welcome to me.

I am grateful to Almighty God who has brought me into being, to my parents who gave me life and to my family, friends and my Holy Catholic Church – all who have sustained me to this very hour.  These include Bishop William Murphy, my diocesan bishop in Rockville Centre, my brother priests and deacons and all the lay faithful I was privileged to serve as priest and bishop in that Diocese since my priestly ordination in 1978.

I am utterly humbled and deeply grateful to Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who has entrusted me with this ministry. I have asked him especially for his prayers that I may fulfill the duties of this Sacred Office to which I have been called as a good shepherd, a good priest and bishop, a good steward in the Household of Faith.

And may the Lord God remember us all in His Kingdom now and forever. Amen

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CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
               Director of Communications
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CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT


WHAT:  Bishop Murphy to Celebrate Annual Red Mass

The Red Mass marks the traditional opening of the judicial year.  During this Mass, all members of the legal community, including judges, governmental officials, attorneys, legal staff, paralegals and law school faculty are reminded of the power they possess and request God’s guidance in administering their office of position with wisdom, justice, fortitude, compassion and counsel.

All members of the public are invited to this Mass.  All judges, law school deans and professors, and government officials are invited to join in the Mass and participate in the procession led by the New York State Court Officers, Color Guard, members of the judiciary and the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre.

Reception and Dinner immediately following at Chaminade High School’s Activity-Athletic Center, located on Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, New York.  Admission fee for the dinner is $100.

 

WHO:    The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre,
              will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

Rev. James C. Williams, S. M. Chaminade High School president from July 1999-July 2011 and;

The Honorable Joseph F. Bianco, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York will be the distinguished honorees.

 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Saint  Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church

Franklin Avenue and Fifth Street
Garden City, NY 11530
For directions: http://www.stjosephchurchgc.com/directions.htm

 

RECEPTION: Immediately follows at Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 516-739-5151


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 September 2011 – 6:30 A.M. EDT

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 19, 2011 – Pope Benedict XVI today named the Most Reverend Peter Anthony Libasci, 59, to be the new Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire.  The appointment was announced in Washington, DC today by Rev. Msgr. Jean-Francis Lantheaume, Chargé d’Affaires at the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States.  Bishop-designate Libasci will succeed Bishop John Brendan McCormack. 

Most Reverend Peter Anthony LibasciBishop-designate Libasci will be installed as the tenth bishop of Manchester at Saint Joseph Cathedral on December 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. 

Since his ordination as bishop on June 1, 2007, Bishop-designate Libasci has served as the Episcopal Vicar for the Eastern Vicariate of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Bishop-designate Libasci is also bi-ritual and celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church.

“While I will greatly miss his wise counsel and tireless apostolic spirit as Vicar of the Eastern Region of our Diocese, I rejoice that the Holy Father has chosen one of the priests of this Diocese to lead the Diocese of Manchester which I know well and whose current bishop is a long time friend with whom I shared Episcopal ordination on December 27, 1995,” said Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

“As priest, as pastor and as bishop, Bishop Libasci brought a deep sense of the holy to all the many pastoral efforts that have marked his tenure in this Diocese which will always be his home.”  Bishop Murphy stated: “His brother bishops here as well as his brother priests of this Diocese are one in sending him our prayers and our congratulations, asking God, through the intercession of our Lady, to watch over him, bless and guide him in his new pastoral role as Bishop of Manchester and assuring him of our fraternal support in the years to come.”

“I am grateful to Almighty God who has brought me into being, to my parents who gave me life and to my family, friends and my Holy Catholic Church – all of who have sustained me to this very hour,” said Bishop-designate Libasci.  “These include Bishop William Murphy, my diocesan bishop in Rockville Centre, my brother priests and deacons and all the lay faithful I was privileged to serve as priest and bishop in that Diocese since my priestly ordination in 1978.”

Born November 9, 1951 in Queens, N.Y., Bishop Libasci attended Catholic schools throughout his childhood and attended seminary at Saint Meinrad Seminary, Indiana.  He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on April 1, 1978.

On December 10, 2004, Father Libasci was named Honorary Prelate to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.  On April 3, 2007, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rev. Msgr. Libasci auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He was installed on June 1, 2007.

From 1999-2007, Bishop-designate Libasci served as pastor of Saint Therese of Lisieux parish, Montauk, New York.  While in Montauk, he presided over the entire construction process of a new church, which was dedicated in 2007.

Bishop-designate Libasci served as administrator for six months and then pastor for ten years of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Inwood.  Previously, he served for nearly six years as associate pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius parish, Deer Park.  Bishop-designate Libasci’s first assignment as a priest was as an associate pastor of Saint Raymond’s parish, East Rockaway from 1978-1982.

A native of Middle Village, N.Y., Bishop-designate Libasci earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Saint John’s University. 

Note to Media:
A biographic summary, pictures, statement from Bishop-designate Libasci and Bishop Murphy will be posted on the Diocese of Rockville Centre website: www.drvc.org and on the Diocese of Manchester website: www.catholicnh.org.


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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 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2010, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,773 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (09/11).


CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
                Director of Communications
                (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
                (c) 516-510-0473
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