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Diocese of Rockville Centre

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, September 29, 2004 – The Most Reverend William F. Murphy, S.T.D., L.H.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, authorized a special Sunday collection to assist people affected by the recent hurricanes that have hit the Southern U.S. and nations of the Caribbean.

Pastors are asked to take up the collection before October 30, 2004 so funds may be dispersed to the region as soon as possible. “The devastation and loss of life experienced in places like Haiti, Grenada and Florida is tragic and has hit home here in this diocese as we have families with loved ones in the areas affected by the hurricanes,” said Bishop Murphy. “Parishioners here on Long Island have always been remarkably generous in sharing God’s gifts with those in need and I know they will continue to do so.”

To contribute to the Hurricane Relief Fund, parishioners are asked to contact their local parish or the Diocese of Rockville Centre, 516-678-5800, ext. 583.



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. For more information visit


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