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2011 Press Releases

Honors Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Richard J. Daly and Daniel Denihan


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 29, 2011 – The Honorable Alfonse M. D’Amato, Richard J. Daly and Daniel J. Denihan will be honored at the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, Stars for Students Scholarship Gala.  The annual gala will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the RXR Plaza, Uniondale.  The Tomorrow’s Hope Gala is the primary fundraiser for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.

Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation was created in 2005 by the Most Reverend William Murphy, Lewis S. Ranieri, and concerned Catholics on Long Island.  It is a not-for-profit organization that has succeeded in raising money and enrollment in Catholic elementary schools on Long Island.  The mission of the foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic elementary schools on Long Island, by increasing awareness and by providing scholarships and program funding for the needs of students and schools throughout the diocese.

“The success of the gala is of particular importance this year given the challenging economic climate,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “We have so many parents wanting to enroll their children in our fine schools, but they just don’t have the means to do so.  The gala and other activities of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation are created to help these parents and ultimately their children receive the Catholic school education they desire.”

The gala will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.  There will be silent and live auctions with dozens of unique items and experiences.

“The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation has raised funds for innovative programs in a number of areas such as technology,” said Mr. Ranieri, chairman, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.  “But, our main focus is providing scholarships to students in the Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese (Nassau and Suffolk counties).  In five years, the Foundation has provided $8.35 million in aid assisting 6,100 students.  The gala is our largest single fundraising event for the Children’s Scholarship Fund.”

Last year, the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation distributed over $1.75 million in scholarships to over 1,700 students.  Currently, the foundation is reviewing over 2,000 applications from students seeking financial assistance hoping to attend a Catholic elementary school.

There are 55 Catholic elementary schools and 10 Catholic high schools serving approximately 32,000 students in the diocese, which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk counties.

2011 Gala Honorees:

Hon. Alfonse M. D’Amato
Alfonse M. D’Amato is the founder and managing director of Park Strategies, LLC and served in the United States Senate from 1981-1999.  Known for his tenacity and ability to get results, D’Amato served three distinguished terms in the Senate, advocating for the interests and the people of New York State. 

The former Senator keeps close relationships with members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, and is regularly called upon for his advice and counsel.  Senator D’Amato’s transition to the private sector has made him one of the most sought after public policy and business development strategists in the country, providing advice and counsel to a variety of corporate clients throughout the U.S. and the world.  He is also a commentator on the Fox News Channel, NY1 and Bloomberg Radio.

In July 2004, Senator D’Amato married Katuria Smith.  He is the proud father of six children, including two new additions, Alfonso and Lucianna, and fourteen grandchildren, a majority who received a Catholic school education.  Senator D’Amato proudly attributes his success and values to his own experiences in Catholic school.

Richard J. Daly
Rich is the Chief Executive Officer of Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) and a member of the Broadridge Board of Directors.  Broadridge has over 5,000 associates worldwide and $2.2 billion in revenue.  Rich was the recipient of the Ernst and Young 2003 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Arthur Andersen’s world wide “Best Practices Award” for “Organization” and “People”.  Rich also attended the Harvard Business School’s Young President’s Program, successfully completing the Leadership program in 2004. 

Deeply involved in both educational and community organizations, Rich is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York Institute of Technology, his alma mater.  He is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, Inc., and serves as honorary director.

Rich is a proud graduate of Sacred Heart School in Cambria Heights and Christ the King High School in Middle Village.  Rich and his wife Debbie, reside in Upper Brookville and enjoy spending time with their daughters, Erin and Kristen, and their son-in-law, Kyle.

Daniel J. Denihan
Dan is the managing director of Tenth Avenue Holdings.  As co-owner of Affinia Hospitality for over 40 years, Mr. Denihan has held a number of functional and leadership roles in hotel management, operations, sales and marketing and HR.  Dan is passionate about developing sustainable relationships with employees, clients, vendors and business associates.

Dan has been faithfully committed to Saint Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, Saint Aloysius School, Harlem, Boston College, Boy’s Town New York, the Jesuit Collaborative and the Catholic Medical Mission Board.  Dan is a recipient of the Catholic Big Brothers Dwight Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phillip Callan Award for Volunteerism at Boston College.  In addition, he was inducted into the Xavier High School Hall of Fame.

Dan is married to Kathleen Tuohey for over thirty-five years.  Kathleen is a graduate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Fordham University.  Together, they are the proud parents of five children.  Mr. Denihan attributes his achievements to his life-long Catholic school education at Saint Mary’s Grammar School, Xavier High School and Boston 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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29 April 2011

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 29, 2011 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre appointed seven new members of the Diocesan Catholic Elementary Education Commission and graciously thanked the seven members of the commission who have concluded over five years of service since the inception of the commission in 2005.

“Each of these volunteers has brought a wealth of expertise, wisdom and insight to the commission,” said Bishop Murphy.  “Each of the members brought an interest in and a dedication to the preservation and improvement of Catholic elementary education in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.”

Creation of the commission was one of the major recommendations made to Bishop Murphy from the Catholic Elementary School Study Committee he formed back in 2004.  The committee was charged with providing actionable recommendations to the bishop after studying enrollment trends in Catholic schools and the percentage of subsidy from parishes; designing and implementing surveys to ascertain commitment of pastors and parents for continuing Catholic schools; investigating the level of interest in and cost of regional middle schools; review the current use of the annual grant the diocese makes; recommendations for the future; discovering alternative funding sources, and a diocesan-wide education endowment.

“We’re truly blessed to have such a group of talented people all dedicated to furthering Catholic education on Long Island,” said Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “We’re thankful for the countless hours, late night meetings as well as the talent of the individuals who served this committee since their appointment by Bishop Murphy in 2005.  And, we’re excited to have such a great group of new members who are raring to go as we face the challenges before us.”

Comprised of clergy, consecrated women and the laity, the 19 member body consists of Catholic school educators, parents and professionals from finance, law and communications. 

The commission includes:
*Boldface/asterisk indicate new member

 *Linda Britton is a dedicated and seasoned teaching professional who has attended Catholic elementary and high school in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

 Gerald M. Cattaro, Ed.D.  Dr. Cattaro is the director of the Center of Non-Public Education and Catholic Leadership and an associate professor of education at Fordham University.

 *Nan Doherty.  Ms. Doherty is assistant principal for curriculum and instruction and student activities for Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School, West Islip, NY.

 *Reverend Gerard Gentleman, Jr.  Father Gentleman is the pastor of Holy Family parish, Hicksville.  He serves on the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and on the Pastor’s Advisory Board of the Department of Education.  

 Joseph Geoghan, chair.  Mr. Geoghan has served as chair of the Diocesan Education Commission since its inception in 2005.  He has also chaired or participated in several task forces and commissions on Catholic elementary school education since 1975 for the Diocese of Brooklyn, including six years on that diocese’s Education Commission.  He was vice president and general counsel and a member of the board of directors of Union Carbide Corporation when he retired in 1998.

 *Sister Kerry Handal, CSJ.  Currently, Sr. Kerry serves as co-coordinator of Saint Joseph Villa (vacation and retreat center for the Sisters of Saint Joseph).  Previously, Sr. Kerry served as principal/director of development for the Academy of Saint Joseph.

 Maureen Hannan.  Ms. Hannon has 18 years of experience in finance at The Seagram Company, LTD, which included work in investor relations, strategic planning and advising senior management on complex financial transactions.

 Eileen T. Kilbride, Ed.D.  Dr. Kilbride has been involved in Catholic education for 40 years.  She is the principal of Saint Joseph School, Garden City.

 Sister Patricia Koehler, OP.  Sr. Patricia is the supervisor of the Professional Development Program for Nassau BOCES and an instructor on the adjunct faculty of Molloy College.

 *Jeanne Morcone.  Since 1992, Ms. Morcone has served as the principal of Trinity Regional School located at three sites (East Northport, Melville and Northport.)  Previously, she was principal of Saint James school, Seaford and was a social studies teacher at The Ursuline School, New Rochelle.

 Joanne O’Brien, Ed.D.  Dr. O’Brien is a professor in the division of Education, Molloy College.  For seven years, Dr. O’Brien served as associate superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

 *Reverend Edward Sheridan.  Ordained a priest in 2007, Father Sheridan was appointed pastor of the Church of Saint Rosalie, Hampton Bays, effective June 2010.  He also serves as chaplain for the New York State Troopers.

 Carol Needham Taylor.  Ms. Needham-Taylor is a practicing attorney and partner in the Williston Park firm of Pasta, Needham and Taylor.

 *John Walsh. Mr. Walsh was awarded the Saint Agnes Medal for Service in September 2010.  Active in his parish of Maria Regina, Seaford, Mr. Walsh retired as vice president of Citibank in 1997.

Ex Officio Non Voting Members:
 Rev. Msgr. Robert Brennan, Vicar General, Diocese of Rockville Centre; pastor, Saint Mary of the Isle parish, Long Beach
 Sister Joanne Callahan, OSU, superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre
 Thomas Doodian, chief financial officer, Diocese of Rockville Centre
 Steven Cheeseman, associate superintendent of schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre
 Sean Dolan, director of communications, Diocese of Rockville Centre
 Kevin Murphy, director of administration, Diocese of Rockville Centre

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).

CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
  Director of Communications
  (p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625
  (c) 516-510-0473
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In October 2001 at Nassau Coliseum I gave all of you this Gospel to be ours after the heart wrenching and life taking tragedy of 9/11.  This night you and I are invited by the Lord himself to enter into the mystery and join him and his first disciples at the Last Supper which begins the New Order of life and love.  All around us, then as now, our Jewish brothers and sisters are observing the Passover of the old law, a law we respect, a tradition that is genuine and valid so long as faithful Jews keep the practice of their ancestors.

What WE enter into is the New Covenant, the new promise, the new reality established by God’s only Son and sealed by His blood.  This is God’s ultimate and definitive message given to us by Jesus Christ, His Son, the Word made flesh.  This night he shows us by his words and action what he will accomplish the next day.  What we are given by him this night, is authentic and real. It is entrusted to us for all time because of his death on the cross.  Tonight’s gift is accomplished and sealed for all time by tomorrow’s sacrifice; the sacrifice that by death conquers sin and death, the sacrifice that crowns his gift of self so total it is offered “even to the end”.

“So, during Supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything in his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.  He took a towel and tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with his towel.”

Why did you do that Lord? What prompted this act of total humility?  Why should you?  Why would you?  The answer is simple but profound, mysterious but filled with a message for us all: You loved your own and you loved them to the end!  But what of Peter’s protest?  Isn’t it one we all would make?  “Master, are you going to wash my feet? You will never wash my feet!”   You are Lord and Master. I want you to act like one!

Now he knows and we know: you want to make Peter CLEAN.  You want to do this for all your disciples.  Three times Jesus says this: he wants us clean. But what kind of being clean is this?  We know that Jesus often does things and only later lets us see their true and deeper meaning; says things that come true in ways we never would have thought of and changed our lives in ways we never would have dreamed.  In this central action Jesus is doing just that.  He is washing the feet of his disciples first and foremost as an example.  “If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet…I have given you a model, as I have done for you, you are to do for on another.” The Son of Man has come to serve and not to be served.

But there is something more here!  Yes, Jesus is our model.  But the something more is the mystery of Jesus’ own person.  He, the Son of God, became flesh and dwelt among us.  He became one with us so that we could become one with Him.  What is happening when he makes us truly clean?  What does it mean to be clean within, within our hearts, within our minds, within our very beings?  What cleans us is His Love!  He is making us his by the cleansing power of Love.  What makes us pure is that He, who is love, loves us into becoming like Him.  He is the incarnate one, flesh and blood like you and me, soul and body like you and me but His whole being is LOVE ITSELF.  And so he loves us into newness of life by letting his love pour out of himself and transform us, making us lovers of him and of one another, a gift that is beyond our being, a gift we can only accept by returning that love which is itself possible because He loved us first. The water may wash feet, Peter’s and ours.  But His love washes our hearts, our souls, our minds, our whole being.

The next day that love accepts to become a lamb led to the slaughter, a lamb brought to the new altar of the new sacrifice.  And on the new altar of the cross he will consummate his destiny and fulfill the very reason he came into the world: to die for love of us and to leave us the means to share his life by becoming incorporated into his love.

But this night before he goes to the altar of Calvary, Jesus himself establishes his Church, his way of continuing his love for the ages to come.  Jesus is himself the ultimate sacrament, the great mystery of love offered forever by the Father’s love for us.  He, the Son, now establishes his Church as the sacrament of his love for the world in which we live, for every generation and every people.

For this night he “took bread and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, ‘this is my body for you.  Do this in remembrance of me….This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, as often as you do it in remembrance of me.”  He founds his Church be endowing it with the two essential gifts that alone can guarantee that His love, and not our own narrow loves, will continue to prevail in the world.  He makes the Church by giving us the Eucharist and the Priesthood together.  The community which is the Church, here and everywhere, can live her life with confidence and with faithfulness because this Church is a community based on communion with God which is made real and kept alive by the Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood.  These are not something the early disciples made up.  This is no one’s invention.  This is not a sociological development or some group’s act of self preservation.  These come from Him.  They are given to us by Jesus as his most precious gift of love.  Only the Son of God could have created this, because only the Son of God who is love in person could have brought such a gift into being.

“As often as you do this you do it in remembrance of me!”  If we can proclaim his death, we also can proclaim his resurrection.  And we do so by doing what he commanded us to do, the Eucharist, the gift of love through the acts of a community whose servant is a priest of the new covenant that is Jesus’ own life and love incarnate.

St. John Vianney called the Eucharist a “bath of love”.  In this Eucharist, selfishness and sin, division and enmity, separation and hatred are all washed away by the only power that can accomplish this: Christ’s love poured out upon us.  Every time he does that, every time he comes to us in the Eucharist we are made clean.  We are made more like him.  We model him.  We are transformed by Him.  We become Him.  And so we are here this night because of Him to encounter Him, receive His love, share his life, become one with Him.  He makes us His so that we can then help wash clean the hearts of others with his love.

And this very night he offers this, his last prayer about us to the Father:

Father, they are your gift to me.  I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the foundation of the world…that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”


James Joyce, the great Irish writer, once famously referred to the Catholic Church as “Here comes everybody”.  My cynical older brother used to call us “a motley crew”.  But your Bishop looks out at this beautiful gathering of men and women of faith and gives thanks to God for His goodness to each and everyone of you.  Before my eyes are youngsters and people my age, children, parents, the whole mix of backgrounds, experiences and aspirations that make up a truly Catholic Church.  Today you are here with loved ones, family, friends.  I see children looking at me wondering if I am the Easter bunny in a funny hat!  And all of you, all of us, are one in being here because we believe and we profess a truth. It is the most important truth with the greatest force to change us for the better forever: Jesus Christ is raised from the Dead.  He is risen!  He is truly risen! Amen, Alleluia.

Without this truth, as Paul said so clearly, our faith is in vain.  Our faith would be a waste of time and the human life and human death of Jesus of only passing interest.  But because He is risen is a real and objective truth, it becomes the most exciting reality of all time.  It is the YES of God to our humanity, a humanity that otherwise would have been hopelessly locked in its own limitations and its never ending fruitless struggles to find meaning and hope, joy and peace for ever restless, unsatisfied hearts.  That is why when we proclaim this truth, Jesus is risen from the dead, never again to be subjected to death, our profession of faith tells the world that His resurrection has changed everything.  His resurrection brings us life forever!  “The heart has only to believe if we are to be justified.  The lips have only to make confession if we are to be saved.”

If after this Mass, you or I should be stopped in the street and asked “Is Christ risen?”, we would surely say this is what we believe. We would do so in union with the Church throughout the world beginning with Pope Benedict who earlier today fulfilled his role as universal pastor with the same words.  But if we were asked to explain it in greater detail, I suspect the response, the narratives we would offer, would be different in word and phrasing from one of us to another. We would express the same faith.  But the attempt to grapple with the mystery would lead us to emphasize this element or that.  But be not afraid, my friends!  That is exactly what the first disciples of Jesus had to struggle to do as well.  They knew that it had happened.  They knew it was true.  They confessed it from that first Easter morning! But to put it an explanation or an accounting of this extraordinary reality into words was not easy then.  Nor is it now.

Look at the personalities in today’s Gospel.  Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to embalm a dead body and found an empty tomb.  She thought the body stolen.  She mistook Jesus for a gardener and when he called her name, she recognized him as her Lord.  But she wanted to embrace him, give him a hug.  Peter and John ran ahead.  John deferred to Peter, the leader.  Peter was confused until later Jesus appeared to Him and to the twelve.  John too was mystified but later said “He saw and believed”.  But neither one yet understood the Scriptures.  They did not grasp what it meant when he rose from the dead.  It was truly Jesus but this same one who died is here like us but also profoundly different.

Why is this so?  We struggle to understand what we believe because what happened that first Easter never happened before and will never happen again!  Jesus’ resurrection is the triumph of God’s love made manifest in his body but a body now glorified.  He now shows us a new way of being human because our human life has become transformed.  What is his as God’s son is reflected in his resurrected body that in turn offers us the way to participate in God’s life.  Pope Benedict calls this an “evolutionary leap”.  It vaults our human condition into a new reality in which we become sharers in divine life even now while we are living our earthly life.  The One born of Mary is the eternal Son of the Father.  When he became one with us, he did so in order to fulfill the Father’s eternal desire to take away from us all the sin and folly of our human and do more than restore us.  He wanted to transform us to share truly and really in the life and love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Jesus’ obedience, freely and eagerly doing what God asked him to do, led him first to share our life and then to take that life to the tree of Calvary and give it up.  This is the great act that saved us.  He died out of a love that is mutual and eternal between Father and Son. When he takes it back glorified three days later, their eternal Love for us triumphs in this world when it seemed to all those present three days before death had won on that cross.

But not only did death not win that dark, bleak Friday afternoon.  Love did win. Life conquered death!   Life, human life, was expiated, forgiven, cleansed and raised up in the triumph of God’s Son.  As God’s eternal Son he could not die forever.  But as God’s Son he took his humanity with him through a human death and kept it with him in his resurrection.  And now he calls us to receive his gift of life that does not die, life that is ours now and forever!

That life and love is now available to us.  Not only available, that life is now ours through baptism, Eucharist and the pouring of the Holy Spirit into us.  We, baptized disciples of His Son, live our human lives differently than before.  Paul says “we are a new creation!”  We live now, not ourselves, but Christ lives in us! It is human life but life in a new key, human life that already shares in the love pouring forth from the divine life that is God’s spirit within us.

How can we not be joyful, loving, hopeful, faithful, ever within our hearts at peace with ourselves, one another and the whole Church spread throughout the world, calling out Christ’s message to all humankind!  He is risen.  In Him we all have a new life to God and for one another! What matters now is that we embrace what is given and bring it into a world that needs to be helped by us even if they don’t know it, even if they don’t want it.  The faith that we profess gives us joy and peace but it also calls us to live conscious of how Jesus has changed us by joining us to Him and him to us. That is the kind of challenge that I call the new life of opportunity.  Our lives are different because they literally share divine life and love from within. God’s love is in our hearts, He is guiding our lives.  We are the “new yeast”  in the world to help the world.  When he gave us the Eucharist the night before he died, he also gave us the example of washing the feet of his disciples and told us to do the same for one another and for the world.  Once given Christ’s life we are called and sent into the world to be champions of life, especially to champion the life of the poor, the vulnerable, the innocent, the marginalized.

There are many opportunities today for doing good and showing the world the real meaning of human life in the light of God’s love.  Think of the victims of natural disasters as in Haiti where today most of the suffering still live in tents.  Your generosity has built houses and schools thanks to the Pope’s Nuncio who husbands your donations wisely.  Think of the refugees in Africa, Asia and Europe, victims of war and exploitation.  Catholic relief Services is there with them.  One of our priests is in Iraq caring for our young people in uniform.  There is still a war raging there.  But he says five and six Masses every Sunday and visits the sick and the wounded on and off the base every week.

As men and women endowed with God’s life, we are called to defend life, human life, in all its stages: in the womb, at the end of life’s natural cycle and in all the places where the bitter fruits of deprivation and exploitation hem people in or the profiteers in human innocent human life traffic youngsters for their own gain.  The world needs us who live Christ’s life to defend religious freedom which is threatened not only in countries like China and some Arab states.  Religious freedom is suffering as well from encroachments by courts and special interest groups in Western Europe and our own country.  We have a responsibility which is an opportunity to defend life when human rights are denied by dictators of right and left.  We can make a difference when the quest for excessive profits, the fruit of selfish greed, threatens to uproot families and leave them homeless.  When power seeks to impinge on the rights of free speech, free association and freedom of movement, we have yet another chance to be champions of a life that opens up opportunities for others.  When we care for our own sick, when we reach out a hand to a neighbor in difficulty, we are showing them that we see them as Christ sees them and we care for them as he does for he is in us and we in Him.

In the first reading Peter stood up to speak and bear witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the only news that is always new, the only news that is always good.  This Easter day, we who share in the joy of the resurrection are the new witnesses.  Before me I see your faces, the faces of the new disciples, the new apostles, like Mary and the other holy women, like Peter and John.  You are the ones who today live Christ’s life and by your lives proclaim his life and love is alive and active in the world!  He is here working in and through you and me.  He is risen.  He will never die again.  He is Jesus, the Son of God made man.  He is the victor of sin and death.  And we rejoice.  We give thanks for He, the living one, is with us always even till the end of time. 

St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center

For Immediate Release:


Contact:   Kevin Ryan
Director, Public and External Affairs
Phone:   (631) 862-3616

Date:                  April 27, 2011



 Smithtown, N.Y. - St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will host two continuing medical education (CME) lectures this May.

On May 18, 2011, a program titled Opiates for Non-Cancer Chronic Pain: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will be presented by Oscar A. de Leon Casasola, MD in the lower level of the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Nursing Home from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Dinner will be served.

Physicians will earn 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits for this lecture and learn how to effectively implement evidence-based, effective pain management protocols to positively impact their practices. Specific topics include: current demographics on chronic pain in the U.S., data supporting the use of opioids in chronic low back pain, osteoarthritis, and neuropathic pain and the timing of therapy with opioids in these three conditions, the pitfalls of chronic opioid therapy and associated long-term morbidity and mortality.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact the St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center Office of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management for more information at 631-862-3548.

On May 21, 2011, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center will host Long Island’s Colorectal Disease Symposium 2011 from 7:00am to 4:00pm in the lower level of the nursing home. This course offers 7 Category 1 CME credits and is directed by David E. Rivadeneira, MD, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Director of the Colon & Rectal Program at St. Catherine’s. Twelve specialists will speak about a variety of colorectal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, benign anorectal disease and pelvic floor disorders. For more information on Long Island’s Colorectal Disease Symposium 2011, please call 631-870-3444.

These programs have been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Medical Society of New York (MSSNY) through the joint sponsorship of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. St. Francis Hospital is accredited by MSSNY to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


For more than 10 years, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center has been a trusted health care resource. St. Catherine’s is located on 110 acres on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 558-bed, not-for-profit hospital (including 240 nursing home beds), a 298-unit senior housing facility and a medical office building. St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

St. Catherine of Siena provides approximately $10 million in community outreach and charity care each year. The Medical Center’s community activities include a variety of lectures, screenings, health fairs, blood drives and other programs.

For information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, please call 631-870-3444.


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