June 2015-Priest Assignments-Drvc

8 June 2012

STATEMENT

Bishop William Murphy upon the Appointment of Bishop-elect Robert Brennan and Bishop-elect Nelson Perez as Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

With deep joy I am pleased to share with you the announcement made this morning in the Vatican that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has given the Diocese of Rockville Centre two new auxiliary bishops.

They are Bishop Elect Robert John Brennan priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Bishop Elect Nelson Jesus Perez, priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Bishop Elect Brennan whose parents are here this morning, was born on June 7, 1962, grew up in Lindenhurst, graduated from St John the Baptist Diocesan High School, received his BA summa cum laude from St John’s University, prepared for the priesthood at our Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John McGann on May 27, 1989.  He served as Associate Pastor at St. Patrick, Smithtown and then successively Secretary to three bishops: Bishop McGann, Bishop James McHugh and then myself.  In 2002 I asked him to be the Vicar General, a post he continues to hold while serving as well as Pastor of St, Mary of the Isle, Long Beach since 2010.

Bishop Elect Perez was born in Miami Florida on June 16, 1961.  His parents, David and Emma Perez are Cuban Americans who left Cuba that year and now reside in Florida.  Bishop Elect Perez studied at Montclair State College.  Prior to entering the seminary, Bishop elect Perez taught at a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico.  He then prepared at St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and was ordained a priest on May 20, 1989.  In 1998, Father Perez was named Chaplain to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of monsignor.  In 2009, he was made a prelate of honor.  Bishop elect Perez is currently the Pastor of St. Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA and has served in various positions in the Archdiocese of  Philadelphia including: pastor, Church of Saint William, Philadelphia, PA; founding director for the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; adjunct faculty member of La Salle University, Philadelphia; parochial vicar for St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Philadelphia; Assistant director for the Office for Hispanic Catholics, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and a course instructor at St. Charles Seminary, Church Ministry Program, Overbrook, PA.

I wish to express my fervent thanks to the Holy Father for responding so quickly to my request for two auxiliary bishops to help me pastor this fifth largest diocese in our nation.  God has blessed this Diocese with good and holy priests and now two new auxiliary bishops, one a native son, the second, a Cuban American who will bring his many gifts and his Latino language, culture and heritage to enrich this wonderful Diocese.

These two men will be ordained by me on July 25, 2012, the Feast of Saint James the Apostle, whose shrine at Santiago de Campostella in Spain is one of the most historic places of pilgrimage in the Catholic Church.  It will take place here at Saint Agnes Cathedral where with great devotion we honor the Roman martyr, Saint Agnes, who watches over and protects this Diocese.

Bishop Elect Brennan will continue to serve as Vicar General.  Bishop Elect Perez will serve as Vicar for the Eastern Region succeeding Bishop Peter Libasci who, as you know, is now the Bishop of Manchester, New Hampshire.  Both will join Bishops John Dunne and Paul Walsh as my closest collaborators in the pastoral care of our Diocese.

Dear friends, this is great news.  We thank the Lord and His Blessed Mother.  Praised Be Jesus Christ!

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The following official appointments and announcements have been made by Bishop William F. Murphy.  All became effective June 25, 2014 unless otherwise indicated. 

RETIRED PRIESTS

Rev. Joseph V. Arevalo with residence at St. Joseph, Babylon.

Msgr. John R. Dreasen with residence at St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport

Rev. Augustine Fernando with residence at St. Kilian, Farmingdale.

Rev. Frederick Hill with residence at St. Patrick, Smithtown.

Rev. John O’Farrell to private residence.

Msgr. Pablo M. Rodriguez with residence at St. Ignatius, Long Beach, effective May 7.

Rev. William Logan to private residence.

 

 

CHANCELLOR

Rev. Irinel Racos, JUD, from chaplain, St. Anthony High School, Melville to Chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre with residence at Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream, effective June 1.

 

PASTOR

Rev. Michael Bartholomew, from Associate Pastor at St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station to Pastor of Immaculate Conception, Westhampton Beach.

Msgr. William Breslawski, from Pastor of Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook, to Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point.

Rev. Thomas Fusco, from Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor, Syosset, to Pastor of Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park.

Rev. Gerard Gordon, from Associate Pastor at St. Dominic in Oyster Bay to Pastor of St. Martin of Tours, Amityville.

Rev. Richard Hoerning, from Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point, to Pastor of St. Agnes, Greenport.

Rev. Jose Jacob Kochupoovaithummootil, SMM,  from Religious Priest at Our Lady of the Island Shrine to Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, Manorville.

Rev. Michael Maffeo, from Pastor of St. Joseph, Ronkonkoma, to Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor, Syosset.

Msgr. Joseph Mirro, from Pastor of Immaculate Conception, Westhampton Beach, to Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport.

Rev. Thomas Murray, from Pastor of St. Agnes, Greenport, to Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk Point.

Rev. Bruce Powers, from Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, Manorville, to Pastor of St. Kilian, Farmingdale.

Rev. Michael Rieder, from Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk, to Pastor of St. Joseph, Ronkonkoma.

Rev. Luis Miguel Romero Fernandez, M.Id. to Pastor of Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead, effective May 7.

Rev. Richard Stelter, from Pastor of St. Martin of Tours, Amityville, to Pastor of Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook.

 

ADMINISTRATOR

Msgr. Charles R. Fink, from Seminary Spiritual Director at St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, to Administrator of Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point, effective June 22.

 

NEWLY ORDAINED

Rev. Collins Adwatum to Associate Pastor of St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays, effective September 1.

Rev. David Charles Atanasio to Associate Pastor of St. Patrick, Bay Shore.

Rev. Christopher James Mirabal to Associate Pastor of St. Anne, Brentwood.

Rev. Daniel Opokuh Mensah to Associate Pastor of St. James, Setauket, effective September 1.

Rev. Joseph Scolaro to Associate Pastor of St. Joseph, Garden City.

Rev. James Shelton to Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd, Holbrook.

 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Rev. Innocent Amasiorah, from Associate Pastor of St. Joseph, Garden City, to Associate Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport.

Rev. Lachlan Cameron, from Associate Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport, to Associate Pastor of the Cathedral Parish of St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, and Director of Liturgy and Worship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Rev. William Scott Daniels, O.P., from Associate Pastor of St. Mark, Shoreham, to Associate Pastor of St. Dominic, Oyster Bay.

Rev. John B. Ephraim, from Associate Pastor of St. Kilian, Farmingdale, to Associate Pastor of St. Aloysius, Great Neck.

Msgr. Michael Flynn, from Pastor of St. Kilian, Farmingdale, to Associate Pastor of St. Mary, East Islip, effective September 15.

Rev. Hyacinth Jemigbola, from Hospital Chaplain at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Riverhead, to Associate Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor, Syosset.

Rev. Richard Kammerer, from Associate Pastor of St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays, to Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi, Mineola.

Rev. Freddy Lozano, from Associate Pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station, to Associate Pastor of St. John of God, Central Islip.

Rev. Alloysious Melly, from Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd, Holbrook, to Associate Pastor of St. Mark, Shoreham.

Rev. Gabriel Miah, from Associate Pastor of Corpus Christi, Mineola, to Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon.

Rev. Juan Antonio Moya de Abreu Lima, from Associate Pastor of St. Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington, to Associate Pastor of St. Kilian, Farmingdale.

Rev. Harold Noviello, from Associate Pastor of St. Patrick, Bay Shore, to Associate Pastor of St. Patrick, Smithtown.

Rev. Gonzalo Oajaca-Lopez, from Associate Pastor of St. Anne, Brentwood, to Associate Pastor of St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station.

Rev. Javier Penaranda Alvarez, from Associate Pastor of St. John of God, Central Islip, to Associate Pastor of St. Brigid, Westbury.

Rev. Todd C. Saccoccia, from Associate Pastor of St. Joseph, Garden City, to Associate Pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CHAPLAIN  

Rev. Khoa T. Le, from Associate Pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa, to Chaplain of St. Anthony High School, South Huntington, with residence at St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station.

 

HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN

Rev. James Drew, from Parish Administrator of Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point, to Chaplain of Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Care Center, West Islip, effective June 22.

 

EXPIRATION OF EXTERN PRIEST ASSIGNMENTS

Rev. John Attakruh to termination of assignment, effective June 30.

Rev. Peter McCrann, S.M.M.  to termination of assignment, effective June 30.

 

 

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