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Bishops Statements


Statement of the Bishops of New York State

The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.

We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.

We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.

Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles.

+Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
+Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop of Albany
+Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
+Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
+Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
+Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
+William F. Murphy
Bishop of Rockville Centre
+Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

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New York State Catholic Conference



For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2011 

             Contact: Dennis Poust
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Sources today are indicating that discussions on religious protection language in the same-sex “marriage” legislation may now be focusing on passage of a “chapter amendment.” This disturbing news gives great cause for alarm among those who seek genuine protections for the deeply held religious beliefs and mission of individuals and organizations in this state.

Chapter amendments are separate pieces of legislation used to clean up or correct mistakes or problems with previously enacted laws. Use of a chapter amendment in the context of same-sex “marriage” legislation is an empty promise. Language that cannot be secured in the body of same-sex marriage legislation cannot be secured in a separate piece of legislation. This should be obvious. There is no reasonable expectation that the Assembly would support passage of a Senate chapter amendment to offer genuine religious liberty protection once a same-sex “marriage” bill is signed into law.

We call on all parties to discuss reality, not fiction.


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Our Lady of ConsolationFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              

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

June 21, 2011 

Sadia Johnson of Copiague

West Islip, NY 11795 – On Saturday, June 4, 2010, Our Lady of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center hosted their 4th Annual Strawberry Festival.  All guests had a chance to enjoy the variety of craft vendors, musical entertainment and children’s activities which included face painting and a petting zoo. There were also many delicious strawberry desserts prepared by Our Lady of Consolation’s Executive Chef Anthony Rezza.  A fun-filled family day was enjoyed by all the residents and guests.



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



Photo Caption: Sadia Johnson of Copiague

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            

CONTACT: Gina Irwin
Manager Community Relations
June 21, 2011                                          
CHS Continuing Care

Smithtown, NY – On May 19, 2011, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center held their Healthcare Career Exploration and Internship Program graduation ceremony.  This is a program which was partnered with Commack and Smithtown High Schools.  27 students received a half a health credit through participation in a fourteen week lecture series in healthcare careers.  The students were given hands on experiences as well as industry information in various departments including nursing, pharmacy, physicians, dieticians and laboratory.  The cultivation of future healthcare professionals as well as community outreach initiatives is an important part of St. Catherine’s mission.


St. Catherine of Siena Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 5-star rated long-term care facility of choice in northwestern Suffolk County, and is well known in the health care community throughout Suffolk and Nassau for its excellence and for the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Services include: 120 beds providing long-term care for the senior and chronically-impaired population, a  40-bed secure unit for residents challenged by Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, up to 80 beds for sub-acute care, including short-term orthopedic and medical rehabilitation, 24-hour nursing care, nutritional care planned by registered dieticians, licensed physical and occupational therapists, therapeutic recreation programs, geriatric social workers, pastoral care for residents of all faiths; and partnership with Good Shepherd Hospice to offer terminally-ill residents palliative care. For more information about the services at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, please visit:  or call 631-870-3444.




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

Date:           June 17, 2011


West Islip, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo recently paid tribute to volunteers across the state for donating millions of hours of service annually to health care facilities.  Similarly, Good Samaritan Hospital, along with local political leaders, honored its volunteers at the Central Council of the Guilds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s monthly meeting. 

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Guild Central Council President Gail Sullivan.  “The Guilds of Good Samaritan are a dedicated group of individuals who are proud to be part of the team at Good Samaritan.”

For more than 50 years, Good Samaritan’s volunteers have been supporting the vital work of the hospital.  During the past year, the Guilds of Good Samaritan raised approximately $258,000 and collectively contributed more than 39,000 hours to benefit the medical center.  Three volunteers, Rosella Brink, Inge Luttmann and Claire Runyon, have each donated at least 30,000 lifetime  hours to Good Samaritan.  All three women have dedicated themselves to supporting the services provided by the hospital, exemplifying the critical role that volunteers play in the community.
“I enjoy this service, when I can help people,” stated Inge Luttmann.  She calls herself a “professional volunteer”, because prior to joining Good Sam’s family, she cared for her father and then her husband.

For more information on volunteering opportunities or Good Samaritan’s upcoming volunteer job fair on October 25, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit

Guild Recognition


Pictured (L-R): Representative Ryland Gaines, Jr., Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano, Suffolk County Legislator Thomas F. Barraga, Suffolk County Treasurer Angie Carpenter, Town of Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt, Guild Central Council President Gail Sullivan, Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Administration Joseph Loiacono and Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez.


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 provides more than $49 million in community service and charity care each year.  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.


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

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications

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