Biography of Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

      

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The Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

On December 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre. Bishop Barres had served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania since July 30, 2009. He was installed on January 31, 2017, in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, New York. During his installation homily, Bishop Barres appealed to inactive Catholics to rediscover the power of the Word of God, the power of the Sacrament of Penance, and the power of the Catholic Mass. He encouraged and challenged active Catholics to invite one inactive Catholic friend or family member to Mass, to gently, compassionately, non-judgmentally witness the beauty of their intimacy with Christ and their love for the mission of the Catholic Church.

OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY

 


BISHOP'S HOMILIES   Pastoral Letters   Letters

January 30, 2017: Vespers Homily, Monday Evening

January 31, 2017: Installation Homily – Most Reverend John Oliver Barres

Allentown Farewell Homily

June 24, 2017: Priesthood Ordination Remarks

April 13, 2017: Chrism Mass

78th Anniversary Mass of Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn's Death Homily 

June 23, 2018: Priesthood Ordination Homily

July 22, 2018: Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Homily

July 24, 2018: Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Richard Henning 

October 2, 2018: Nassau Red Mass

October 3, 2018: Annual Theological College Alumni Mass

November 3, 2018: Conlusion of Diaconate Ordination Homily

2018: Christmas Midnight Mass Homily

January 22, 2019: Bishop Barres' Homily at the 7:45am Cathedral Mass this Morning

April 18, 2019: Chrism Mass Homily 

April 21, 2019: Easter Homily

April 27, 2019: Divine Mercy Sunday

May 17, 2019: Chaminade School Mass Homily  

May 19, 2019: Respect Life Youth Contest Homily

   

April 20, 2017: Miracle of the Sun - Spanish

May 2017: Miracle of the Sun, Fatima: 100 years

April 2018: The Dream and Our Deepest, Truest Selves

July 25, 2018: The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life - Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Pope Blessed Paul VI’s Encyclical Letter: Humanae Vitae – A Pastoral Letter from Bishop John O. Barres to the People of God of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

October 14, 2018: Archbishop Saint Oscar Romero: A Catholic Martyr Who Made the Holy Sacrifice of His Life While Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – A Pastoral Letter from Bishop John O. Barres to the People of God of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

    

Easter Letters

Easter Letter 2017

Easter Letter 2017 – Spanish

Easter Letter 2018

Easter Letter 2018 – Spanish

Lent

Lent 2017

Lent 2017 – Spanish

Lent 2018

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – June 23, 2017

Christmas Letters

English Letter 2018 

Spanish Letter 2018