Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 26, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Joseph V. Davanzo pastor of Christ the King parish, Commack, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.

Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Father Davanzo has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y. He worked as an auditor for Ernst and Whinney in Manhattan, N.Y. and as a financial analyst for Amerada Hess Corp.

He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y., and was ordained into the priesthood on June 14, 1997.

His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln parish, Huntington Station, N.Y., followed by St. Joseph parish, Kings Park, N.Y. and most recently as parochial vicar at St. Agnes Cathedral parish, Rockville Centre, N.Y. In addition to serving St. Agnes parish, he also currently serves in the diocesan Office of Worship.

Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Long Island Catholic/Greg Shemitz

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, 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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)

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