Diocese of Rockville Centre

For Immediate Release
10 September 2010


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – September 10, 2010 – Neal Barlin, long-time director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced his retirement from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The cemeteries’ assistant director, Peter J. Ryan has been appointed to the position of acting director of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries.  Ryan will assume Barlin’s responsibilities.  Barlin has been working with Ryan to ensure a smooth transition.  Barlin will also continue to work periodically on special projects for Catholic Cemeteries.

Ryan has served as assistant director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2002.  Fluent in Spanish, Ryan also serves as the primary translator for Catholic Cemeteries.  Ryan has also been a frequent contributor to Catholic Cemetery Magazine. Previously, he served as a managing director for Calvary and Allied Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of New York. 

About Catholic Cemeteries
Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.holyroodcemetery.org) manages three active diocesan cemeteries, including: The Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, N.Y.; Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Coram, N.Y. and, Queen of All Saints Cemetery, Central Islip.  Catholic Cemeteries is also awaiting final approval to build Queen of Peace Cemetery, Old Westbury, NY.  In addition, Catholic Cemeteries works closely with parishes in the operations of the 20 parish cemeteries in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.


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 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 61 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  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 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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