DATE:      December 22, 2010

RE:          Death of Reverend Samuel Aririatu, 62

FROM:     Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications/Spokesperson, Diocese of Rockville Centre

Apparently at approximately 11:30 AM on December 21, 2010, Reverend Samuel Aririatu lost control of his car on the Southern State Parkway (just west of Exit 31: Bethpage State Parkway) and hit a guard rail and a tree head on.  He died of blunt force trauma.

Father Aririatu, 62 was born July 7, 1948 and was ordained May 26, 1979 in the Diocese of Minna, Nigeria.  Since June 23, 2010, Rev. Aririatu served as chaplain at Peconic Medical Center and resided at Saint Isadore’s parish, Riverhead.  From December 2003 – 2010, Rev. Aririatu served as chaplain for Saint Charles Hospital. 

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Fr. Samuel,” said Bishop William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “He came to our diocese to place his priestly gifts at the service of our people.  He has served at Saint Charles Hospital with a sensitive and compassionate care for the sick.  In that he reflected the call of Jesus the divine healer that we priests be instruments to bind up the wounds of the suffering and bring Him to the sick and those in need.
I have contacted his Bishop in Nigeria.  While I have not yet heard from him or his family, I extend to them my prayers and sympathy with deep gratitude for his priestly life here in our Diocese.”



About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns.  In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/10).

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