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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Bishop Murphy Among Religious Leaders Scheduled to Appear 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, October 21, 2004 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, S.T.D., L.H.D. will join a panel of renowned religious scholars for a two-hour conference marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Israel and the Vatican. Entitled “Jews, Catholics, Israel and the Vatican: Building Bridges,” the conference will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2004 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Suburban Temple, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh.

The South East Synagogue Enterprise (SENSE), the Pave the Way Foundation, Inc., and the Diocese of Rockville Centre are cooperatively broadening their efforts to bridge the relationship between the two religious faiths by hosting the conference which promises to be a stimulating and educational experience for the entire community.

In addition to Bishop Murphy, a distinguished group of leading religious dignitaries representing the various religious faiths will address the conference, including: Oded Ben-Hur, Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican; Father David Jaeger, Legal Representative for the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and member of the first bi-lateral commission for establishing relations between Israel and the Holy See; and Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding.

Advance tickets are required and seating is limited. To attend the conference, or for further information, contact the Diocesan Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs,
516-678-5800, ext. 614.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3 million). There are 134 parishes in 119 towns. Last year over 21,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 21,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,622 students in kindergarten, 26,738 in primary or elementary school, 11,979 in secondary school and 9,310 in higher institutions. There are 77 Catholic elementary schools, high schools and colleges/universities in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. These facilities served over 743,000 people last year. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information visit


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