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DATE:  August 1, 2011 (St. Alphonsus Liguori)

RE:  Statement on Archbishop Pietro Sambi, 73. 

FROM: Bishop William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

This past week one of those shepherds who came to our shores to serve the Church as the Pope’s representatives was called home to the house of our Heavenly Father.  Archbishop Pietro Sambi began his priestly life by offering to serve the Church in diplomatic service of the Holy See.  From the time he was 33 till his death at 73 last Wednesday he offered his service to the Holy Father and to the churches where he labored for forty years.  He was a diplomat but one with a shepherd’s heart.  He was a distinguished churchman, in Central America, Burundi, Indonesia, the Holy Land and for more than five years here in the USA.  But he always coupled his vigorous and attentive service to a sense of humor and a palpable love of people, everyone, rich, poor, Muslim, Jew, priest, sister.  He even loved us bishops, something not everyone succeeds in doing.

We in turn loved him and enjoyed his company and were stirred by his vision of our vocation to be worthy successors of the apostles by offering ourselves with all our being to be other Christs in service to the Church and all the faithful.  We talked often on the phone and spent more than a little time together whenever circumstances permitted.  We last spoke on July 4th two days before he entered the hospital from where he dies this past Wednesday of complications following an intervention on his lungs.  We joked about the rumors in Rome that he was about to be transferred to Rome to a post where he would be made a cardinal.  But our real concern was about a bishop about whose health we both were concerned.  His last words to me were, “we will talk again when I come out of the hospital but remember, a bishop is for the Diocese; the Diocese is not for the bishop”.

What he said to me, he lived all his life.  He was a bishop who lived for the Church he loved by offering faithful service as the Pope’s Man and by being a bishop who shepherded us bishops and in turn helped us shepherd the Churches entrusted by God to our care.

May the Lord who showed pity on the crowd and then fed them by transforming the simple loaves and fish of his first apostles, continue to feed us His Church with the bread of life and to give us priests and bishops who are like my friend. He joyfully and with wisdom and love offered his life for the Church he loved.  May we all know with heart and soul that Paul is right when he reminds us that we are the beneficiaries of that astounding truth that “neither life nor death…nor any other creatures can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Eternal rest grant unto Archbishop Pietro Sambi, O Lord.  May perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace Amen

(Statement taken from Bishop Murphy's Homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.)



CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
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Our Lady of ConsolationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

CONTACT: Gina Irwin
Manager of Community Relations
CHS Continuing Care
(631) 465-6433


August 1, 2011   

West Islip, NY 11795 – Our Lady of Consolation Nursing and Rehabilitative Care Center’s Pastoral Care Department will be providing a bereavement support group to community members mourning the loss of a loved one.  Eight sessions will be held on Monday afternoons from September 12, 2011 through October 31, 2011. The meetings will be held in the Board Room of Our Lady of Consolation from 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.  For more information or to reserve a place in this group, please call (631) 587-1600 ext. 8297.


Our Lady of Consolation is a 450-bed nursing and rehabilitative care center conducted in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Dominic since 1894 and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). As a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Our Lady of Consolation plays an integral role in the health care delivery system of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and offers expertise in the field of long-term care and sub-acute care. In addition to skilled nursing home care including geriatric care, rehabilitative care, respiratory therapy and medically complex care, Our Lady of Consolation offers specialized dementia disease care for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases. In addition, Our Lady of Consolation’s Long Term Home Health Care Program provides nursing care and other services for patients residing in their own homes in the community. 

For more information about the services Our Lady of Consolation offers, please call (631) 587-1600 or visit us on the web at



Statement of Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

archbishop_pietro_sambi.jpgNews of the July 27 death of Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, brings deep sadness for the church in the United States. As the personal representative of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Sambi enjoyed the highest respect and deepest affection of the bishops of the United States and of our Catholic people.

Archbishop Sambi was a friend of the United States in so many ways. He played an indispensible role in the coordination of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to our country in 2008, and so enabled our entire nation to see the wonderfully warm solicitude of the Holy Father for America.            

Archbishop Sambi understood and loved our nation. He travelled throughout the country, often to attend the ordination of bishops, always eager to meet the faithful, and to share with them the affection that the Holy Father has for them and their country.  He was open to the media as a conveyor of truth and welcomed journalists as representatives of the American people. He enjoyed everything from a stroll in the park near his residence in Washington to the diplomatic functions he attended as part of his service as the representative of the Holy See to the United States.           

Archbishop Sambi possessed both a keen sense of diplomacy cultivated through many years of service in the Vatican diplomatic corps, especially in Israel, and a pastoral sensitivity cultivated through his many years as a faithful and devoted priest.   Those who met or listened to Archbishop Sambi understood that at the heart of all he did was this love of the priesthood and of Christ the Good Shepherd.            

We thank our Holy Father for sending him to us as we now commend the soul of this good and faithful servant to the Lord whom he served with such steadfast devotion. May Archbishop Pietro Sambi, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of  New York
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
July 28, 2011

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Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104       

Date:           July 29, 2011 


West Islip, NY – When he and his friends were attached by a grizzly bear in the Alaskan wilderness, 17-year-old Simeon Melman acted quickly, using the training he learned at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.  The hospital’s junior volunteer performed first aid for more than six hours to assist his badly mauled companions until rescuers arrived.  For these actions, Melman earned the hospital’s “Helping Hands, Caring Hearts” award.  He has volunteered at Good Samaritan since 2010 in the Intensive Care Unit and received CPR and first aid training.
Asked how he was able to stay calm under the circumstances, Melman responded, “I followed the example set by medical staff at the hospital, I put my game face on and did what needed to be done.” 

 Melman, joined by his proud parents Good Samaritan affiliated surgeon Alexander S. Melman, MD, and Julia Melman, accepted a plaque following words of commendation from Good Samaritan Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD, and Gail Sullivan, president of the Central Council of the Guilds.  “Mr. Melman is a true ‘Good Samaritan’, putting the well-being of others before himself,” said Caldas.

Junior volunteers at Good Samaritan have the opportunity to enhance their personal development and learn skills that assist the hospital in providing its important services to the community. 

“Kids need to volunteer, it exposes them to valuable opportunities that will inevitably enhance their lives,” said Dr. Melman.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.

Melman Award







Pictured (L-R): Gail Sullivan, president of the Central Council of the Guilds, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs Jerome Weiner, MD, award recipient, Simeon Melman and Good Samaritan Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer James Caldas.



Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had nearly 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency department visits in 2010.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at

Good Samaritan provided more than $49 million in community service and charity care in 2010.  The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health.  This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.



VATICAN CITY, 28 JUL 2011 (VIS) - At 12.30 p.m. tomorrow in the Holy See Press Office a press conference will be held to present the new "iGPII" application for World Youth Day (WYD), which will be held next month in the Spanish capital Madrid. The application works on iPhones, iPods, iPads and devices which run the iOS operating system.

SMART PHONE APP FOR WYDThe new application, an initiative of the John Paul II Youth Foundation, has been developed by Futurtech & Adv Production and is available in five languages (Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese). A communique released today explains that it will provide WYD participants with documents relating to the history of previous World Youth Days, an events programme and timetable, GPS positioning, and information on accommodation, food and drink, etc. Although it is principally aimed at participants in WYD, it will also be very useful for journalists.

Tomorrow's presentation will be presided by Marcello Bedeschi, president of the John Paul II Youth Foundation, and by Iacopo Barberini and Giovanni Leone of Futurtech. A number of iPads and iPhones will be available for journalists to consult, and those who wish to do so may download the new application onto their own devices.




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Diocese of Rockville Centre
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Rockville Centre, NY 11571-9023

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications

Tel: 516-678-5800, ext. 625
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