Diocese of Rockville Centre

31 May 2011
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 31, 2011 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre appointed Reverend Thomas Moriarty administrator of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Inwood.  This appointment becomes effective June 22, 2011.  Father Moriarty will continue to serve as pastor of Saint Joseph parish, Hewlett. 

The parishes of Saint Joseph, Hewlett; Saint Joachim, Cedarhurst and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood will work together to provide pastoral services and planning the future mission of the Church in the Five Towns area.

Parish leadership in the Five Towns area will be consolidated, beginning June 22, when Father Larry Duncklee, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel moves to his new assignment.  Father Eric Fasano, who has been named to the diocesan Tribunal, will reside at Our Lady of Good Counsel and assist in the celebration of the Mass and the sacraments there.  A Spanish-speaking priest will also be assigned to provide sacramental and pastoral care, including the celebration of the Mass, for the Spanish-speaking community of Our Lady of Good Counsel. 

At Saint Joachim, Msgr. Paul Rahilly will remain as pastor until his retirement, at which time Father Moriarty will also become administrator of that parish. 

Father Moriarty has served Saint Joseph parish as its pastor since XXXX. Ordained in 1992, he served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Victory parish, Floral Park and Holy Name of Mary parish, Valley Stream.

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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 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six 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.  (12/10).

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