LICATHOLIC.ORG | Your Source for Local & Global Catholic News 

Diocese of Rockville Centre

2:00 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK – January 31, 2017 -- The Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., will be installed as the fifth Bishop of the Rockville Centre Catholic Diocese on January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (procession begins at 1:45 p.m.) in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, New York, 11571. Bishop Barres succeeds Bishop William Murphy who has retired. Telecare - the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will broadcast complete coverage of the installation. For the Mass of Installation, coverage will begin at 1:15 pm. Telecare can be seen on Optimum 29/137, Verizon FiOS 296, and Charter Spectrum 471. Coverage will also be available at and Telecare’s Facebook page and Twitter pages.

The principal installing prelates will be Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of the New York Province and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America.

Large numbers of civil officials, Catholic bishops, priests and members of religious communities, together with leaders of other faith communities and hundreds of Long Islanders are expected to pack the Cathedral.

Bishop Barres was ordained a Bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of Allentown on
July 30, 2009. He was the first priest ordained a bishop within the Diocese of Allentown. Recognizing that vibrant parishes make a vibrant diocese, Bishop Barres has initiated a pastoral planning process for parishes across the Diocese of Allentown and has called on every parish to establish a Parish Pastoral Council. As shepherd of the Diocese, Bishop Barres has supported efforts of pastors, teachers and parents to strengthen our Catholic schools.

Bishop Barres has guided the Diocese of Allentown in its ongoing pastoral and strategic planning which has resulted in cutting edge efforts to enhance evangelization and pastoral ministries and helped to strengthen the financial condition of the Diocese. The Bishop sees the value of social media in spreading the Gospel message and the New Evangelization. Nationally, Bishop serves on the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis and is the USCCB’s Episcopal Liaison to the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Latest News

Media Contact Information


Diocese of Rockville Centre
P.O. Box 9023
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications

Tel: 516-678-5800, ext. 625
Cell: 516-510-0473
Fax: 516-594-0984
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For emergencies call the cell phone.