Diocese of Rockville Centre


  • Henry Leuthardt of St. John the Evangelist parish, Center Moriches
  • David Regan of SS. Cyril and Methodius parish, Deer Park
  • John Ryan of St. Patrick’s parish, Smithtown


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 7, 2010 – On Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m., the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain three men who have been in formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington.  This Mass of Ordination will be held at
St. Agnes Cathedral and will be broadcast live on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision, Channel 29/Verizon FiOS 296).

“What a privilege it is for me to have been able to ordain four men last June at the beginning of the Year for Priests and now to ordain three men at the closing of the Year for Priests,” Bishop Murphy said.  “I ask that this joyful occasion be a moment for everyone in our Diocese to renew their prayerful support and affection for all priests and to join me in daily prayer that the families of our diocese might encourage men they know to discern a vocation and respond to God’s call to be a priest of Jesus Christ in service to the faithful of our diocese.”

Mass of Ordination
Saturday, June 12, 2010
11:00 a.m.
St. Agnes Cathedral
29 Quealy Place
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Deacon Henry Patrick Leuthardt, 48Deacon Henry Patrick Leuthardt, 48
Home parish: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches
Pastoral year: Church of St. Aidan, Williston Park

Born in East Patchogue, Deacon Henry Leuthardt has two brothers and was baptized at
St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches.  He grew up on his family farm in East Moriches and is a product of Catholic education.  He graduated from St. John the Evangelist Elementary School and Mercy High School (now McGann-Mercy Diocesan H.S.) Riverhead.  He graduated from SUNY Stony Brook, with a Bachelors degree.  He entered the seminary in 2005.

“At about 22, the idea of being a missionary priest popped into my head, but that was more idealistic than serious,” Deacon Leuthardt said.  “When I was about 25, I started going to daily Mass at my home parish,” he said. 
“That’s when the idea of becoming a priest started to solidify in my mind.”


Deacon David Matthew Regan, 35Deacon David Matthew Regan, 35
Home parish: Church of SS. Cyril and Methodius, Deer Park
Pastoral year: Church of St. Anne, Brentwood

Deacon David Regan was born in Amityville and has one brother and sister.  He was baptized at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Lindenhurst.  Deacon Regan graduated from North Babylon Public High School and then studied at
St. Bonaventure University, the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon. 

The 35-year-old was an altar server at SS. Cyril and Methodius parish and looking back now, “deep down, I always knew I would be a priest,” he said.  His mother, Anna Rose, said she always knew too.  “David has always been a nurturing person.  He loves to serve people,” she said.  “It is wonderful to see how the hand of God has moved him from place to place to where he is now.  Jesus is always beside him.”

Looking forward to his ordination, Deacon Regan said, “I hope and pray to have the grace to live the vocation I am called to.  I want to self-donate my person to whatever parish I’m assigned.  I look forward to being tired at night.  I look forward to waking up in the morning and praying that I had one more hour (to sleep) but knowing I have to get up because God is glorified in the ordinary and the extraordinary.”


Deacon John David Ryan, 48Deacon John David Ryan, 48
Home parish: Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip
Pastoral year: Church of St. Patrick, Smithtown

Deacon John Ryan was born in New York City and has two brothers and three sisters.  He was baptized at Church of the Good Shepherd, New York, New York.  He graduated from West Islip High School, West Islip, Suffolk Community College in Selden and Cathedral College, Douglaston.

“My goal has always been to grow in union with Christ and the kingdom of heaven and the salvation of souls,” Deacon Ryan said.  “One of the great influences on my life would be my father (Catholic Journalist Dick Ryan).  He “showed me how to be a devout Catholic.  Family and faith always were number one for him.  He defended the Church by working for the Church, working for the Brooklyn Diocese, doing social work with Little Flower (Children’s Services), writing for The Tablet (Brooklyn diocesan newspaper).” 

“I want to help people live in their faith,” throughout the struggles of society, in this age of relativism, consumerism, materialism, technology, and so many obstacles.  Twitter, cell phone, iPhones, iPads, all bring a different language to people’s lives.  I want to move them to be open to the wonders of God, be open to His graces.”


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
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 69 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.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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