Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – March 19, 2013 – Peter J. Ryan was recently appointed director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  In 2010, following the retirement of longtime director Neal Barlin, Ryan was appointed acting director of Catholic Cemeteries.

“I am grateful to Bishop Murphy for this appointment and I look forward to ensuring the continuance and growth of the high level of care for our cemeteries,” said Ryan.

Peter RyanFrom 2002-2010, Ryan has served as assistant director of Catholic Cemeteries for the Diocese.  Previously, he served as a manager for the director for Calvary and Allied Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of New York.  Ryan has also been a frequent contributor to Catholic Cemetery Magazine.

Ryan is committed to,”providing our families, Diocesan cemeteries and parish cemeteries a forum for the discussion of, and dissemination of information concerning all aspects of the Catholic burial tradition, bereavement, cemetery development, operation and maintenance.”

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.  Each year more than 3,500 families entrust the remains of their loved ones to the care of our catholic cemeteries.  

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 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2011, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,677 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.  (09/12).

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