Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 21, 2007—The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre, appointed Father Joseph W. Staudt pastor of Sacred Heart parish, Cutchogue, N.Y., effective June 27, 2007.

Born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and raised in East Meadow, N.Y., Father Staudt attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, then in Uniondale, N.Y., and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cathedral College, Douglaston, N.Y. He attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y., and was ordained into the priesthood March 4, 1978.

“I’m grateful to God for the gifts of the priesthood,” he said. “I thank God everyday for it.”

Father Staudt’s first assignment was associate pastor of Corpus Christi parish, Mineola, N.Y., followed by St. Sylvester parish, Medford, N.Y. and St. Patrick parish, Bay Shore, N.Y. In 1997, he was appointed pastor at Christ the King parish, Commack, N.Y.

He said he enjoyed his time at the Commack parish.

“I had 10 wonderful years with the people of Christ the King and I’m looking forward to having wonderful years with the people of Sacred Heart.”

Father Staudt serves on the board of Catholic Charities and the Education Department’s Pastors’ Council.

He enjoys exercising, reading, playing the drums and listening to anything from Jimi Hendrix to Metallica to Gregorian chants.

Father Staudt said his parishioners know about his eclectic tastes.

“They’ve come to expect it. They aren’t surprised by anything.”

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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