Diocese of Rockville Centre


16 July 2012

  • All media must secure credentials from Office of Communications to cover ordination
  • Ordination is ticketed event   -- only those with valid tickets permitted inside Cathedral
  • Ordination to be covered live on Diocesan Television Station, Telecare


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – July 16, 2012 –   On July 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM, -- the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, the Most Reverend William Murphy will ordain Rev. Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, 50, and Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Brennan, 50, - as auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Rockville Centre at a Mass of Episcopal Ordination to be celebrated in Saint Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, NY 11570.  The appointments were publicized in Washington on June 8, 2012, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. 

The Episcopal Ordination is a ticketed event and only those holding a valid ticket will be permitted inside the Cathedral.  Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, (Cablevision Channel 29/137 and Verizon FiOS TV Channel 296) will air the ordination live at 2:00 PM EDT and will rebroadcast the Mass at 9:00 PM EDT.  The ordination can also be seen live streaming on http://www.telecaretv.org/.

“I wish to express my fervent thanks to the Holy Father for responding so quickly to my request for two auxiliary bishops to help me pastor the fifth largest diocese in our nation,” said Bishop Murphy.  “God has blessed this Diocese with good and holy priests and now two new auxiliary bishops, one a native son, the second, a Cuban American who will bring his many gifts and his Latino language, culture and heritage to enrich this wonderful diocese.”

Bishop-elect Perez was born in Miami, Florida on June 16, 1961.  His parents, David and Emma Perez are Cuban Americans who left Cuba that year and now reside in Florida.  Bishop-elect Perez studied at Montclair State College.  Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop-elect Perez taught at a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico.  He then prepared at Saint Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and was ordained a priest on May 20, 1989.  In 1998, Father Perez was named a Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.  In 2009, he was made a prelate of honor.  Most recently, Bishop-elect Perez served as the pastor of Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA and has served in various positions within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Bishop-elect Brennan was born on June 7, 1962.  He grew up in Lindenhurst, graduated from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School, received his BA summa cum laude from Saint John’s University, prepared for priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John McGann on May 27, 1989.  He served as associate pastor at Saint Patrick parish, Smithtown and then successively to three bishops: Bishop McGann, Bishop James McHugh and Bishop Murphy.  In 2002, Bishop Murphy asked him to serve as vicar general, a post he continues to hold while serving as pastor of Saint Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach.

As Auxiliary Bishops, they will join Auxiliary Bishop John Dunne, Episcopal Vicar for the Central Vicariate and Bishop Paul H. Walsh, Episcopal Vicar of the Western Vicariate, in assisting Bishop Murphy to serve the sacramental, spiritual and pastoral needs of the 1.7 million Catholics who reside in Nassau and Suffolk counties.   Bishop-elect Brennan will continue to serve as Vicar General.  Bishop-elect Perez will serve as Vicar for the Eastern Region, succeeding Bishop Peter Libasci, who is now the Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Media outlets are invited to cover this event. 

However, only those media representatives holding credentials obtained for this event from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Office of Communications will be permitted inside the Cathedral.  To apply for credentials, contact the Office of Communications no later than July 19, 2012 at 516-678-5800, ext. 625 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions.  There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 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 (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, 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 2010, Catholic Charities assisted more than 53,500 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (05/12).

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