The Office of Youth Ministries, including the Catholic Scouting Office, was established by Bishop John McGann in September of 1983 as a result of a recommendation by the Diocesan Task Force on Youth Ministry in our diocese. Actually the Catholic Committees on Scouting date back to the establishment of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1957, and until 1983 were a part of the Catholic Youth Organization division of Catholic Charities. Included in the responsibilities and duties of the Diocesan Catholic Committees are the following:
- promote and assist in spiritual development programs for Catholic Leaders
- Scouting as a viable youth ministry in parishes
- promote religious emblems and religious recognitions
- provide spiritual enrichment for Scouts through retreats, days of recollection, and pilgrimages
- coordinate Diocesan Scouting events and activities
- make national Catholic Scouting services and materials available in the diocese and act as a liaison
- maintain updated documents and statistics and help stimulate the fulfillment of responsibilities of Catholic laypeople in Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting programs.
Diocese of Rockville Centre Contacts
|Diocesan Chairperson||Diocesan Scouting||Diocesan Chairperson|
|Scouts BSA||Chaplain||Girl Scouts|
|Deacon Thomas Lemme||Father Frank Zero||Joan Monastero|
A Special Message from our Chaplain Father Frank Zero, Diocesan Scouting Chaplain, has asked that Catholic Scouts, leaders and parents be reminded that attendance at Sunday Mass is a vital part of their faith life. Plans should be made to attend Sunday Mass during or after any camping trip or scouting activity. Participation in a scouting activity does NOT excuse a Scout, parent or leader from this obligation.
Books for these Awards are available for purchase at the Catholic Scouting Office.