For Immediate Release

27 December 2010

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – December 27, 2010 – The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced that Allison O’Brien has been appointed director of the Diocesan Respect Life office effective immediately.  She succeeds Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco, current pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish, West Hempstead.  The Respect Life office is now located in the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, in Rockville Centre, New York.

Allison O’Brien“I am grateful to Msgr. Maniscalco for his dedication and hard work during his tenure as director,” said Bishop Murphy.  “In 2006, I asked him to return to this diocesan ministry after his 13 years as communications director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and he graciously accepted.”  Also in 2006, Msgr. Maniscalco was asked by Bishop Murphy to serve as director of a newly- formed Diocesan Public Policy Committee.  In June 2008, Msgr. Maniscalco was appointed pastor of Saint Thomas the Apostle parish. 

“I thank Bishop Murphy for his both allowing me to lead the Respect Life office and I am also glad to turn the responsibilities of the office over to Allison, who seems like an outstanding choice for the position,” said Msgr. Maniscalco.

“I thank Bishop Murphy for giving me the opportunity to serve the diocese in the Respect Life Office,” said O’Brien.  “It is absolutely essential that the Church continue to speak and act in defense of the right to life and on behalf of the dignity of the human person from conception through natural death.  I am glad to assist Bishop Murphy in maintaining this commitment.”

O’Brien has served her parish through involvement in many different ministries.  In May 2010, O’Brien, a parishioner of Saint Patrick’s parish, Huntington, earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington and earned her RN in Nursing in May 1987 from Wagner College. 




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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