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Diocese of Rockville Centre


WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Robert J. Brennan, 50, a pastor and vicar general of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, and Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, 50, a pastor in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as auxiliary bishops for the Rockville Centre Diocese.

The appointments were publicized in Washington June 8, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Robert J. Brennan was born June 7, 1962, in New York City, and ordained a priest for the Rockville Centre Diocese in 1989.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. John’s University, Queens, New York, and a master of divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York. He was named a chaplain to His Holiness, carrying the title monsignor, in 1996, and six years later, in 2002, was named a prelate of honor.

After ordination he was named parochial vicar, St. Patrick’s Parish, Smithtown, New York, 1989-1994. From 1994-2003, he served a secretary to three bishops of Rockville Centre, Bishop James McHugh, Bishop John McGann and Bishop William Murphy, the current bishop of the diocese. He was named vicar general for the diocese, 2002-present, and pastor of St. Mary of the Isle Parish, Long Beach, New York, 2010-present.

Nelson J. Perez, a priest of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, was born June 16, 1961, in Miami, Florida, and ordained a priest for the Philadelphia Archdiocese in 1989.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Montclair State University and master of divinity and master of arts degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia. He was named a chaplain to His Holiness, carrying the title monsignor, in 1998, and five years later, in 2003, was named a prelate of honor.

Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Ambrose Parish, Philadelphia, 1989-1993; director of the Archdiocesan (Hispanic) Institute for Evangelization, 1993-2002; pastor, St. William Parish, Philadelphia, 2002-2009; and pastor, St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 2009-present. He also served as assistant director of the Archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics, 1990-1993, and served on the archdiocesan Council of Priests, 2003-2005.

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