Diocese of Rockville Centre

Ordination on Saturday, May 18 in Saint Agnes Cathedral

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – May 17, 2013 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre will ordain 14 men to the Diaconate on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11 a.m., in Saint Agnes Cathedral.  The Mass will be broadcast on Telecare, the diocesan television station (Cablevision Channel 29/Verizon FiOS Channel 296).

A deacon is a member of the clergy and an ordained minister of the Catholic Church.  There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops, presbyters and deacons.  Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came “to serve and not to be served.”  The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

The 14 men being ordained are:

Rene Orlando Alvarado

St. John of God, Central Islip


Jose Domingo Arevalo

St. Luke, Brentwood

Vincent Joseph Barreca, Jr.

Resurrection, Farmingville


Joseph Frank Bianco

Ronald Edward Federici

Cure of Ars, Merrick


Edward John Karan

Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point

Frank Louis Kurre

Notre Dame, New Hyde Park


Orlando Alexis Mancilla

St. Luke, Brentwood

Rodolfo Bartolome Martin

St. Aidan, Williston Park


Gregory Thomas Nardone

St. Patrick, Bay Shore

Joseph Eric Oliva

Maria Regina, Seaford


John Salvatore Panzica

St. Gerard Majella, Pt. Jefferson Sta.

Ralph Joseph Rivera

Holy Cross, Nesconset


William August Weiss

St. Kilian, Farmingdale

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 1,544,167 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2012, 15,606 baptisms, 15,366 confirmations, 16,374 First Holy Communions and 3,193 marriages took place in the diocese.  

There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.  More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.  In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (04/13).

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