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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre, New York, July 18, 2006 – Bishop William Murphy has appointed Father Jerome M. Vereb, CP, associate academic dean for the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., effective September 1, 2006. The position became available after the previous associate dean was selected as academic dean.

Father Vereb, who was born in Lakehurst, N.J. and raised in Pittsburgh, said he is moved by the assignment.

“I am especially happy to serve in the ministry of the theological formation for the faithful of the Church,” he said. “I am simply grateful to Bishop Murphy.”

He also said he is happy to work alongside Monsignor James McDonald, rector of the seminary, and Sister Mary Louise Brink, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax and newly appointed academic dean.

A graduate of the Passionist Monastic Seminary System in New York, Father Vereb was ordained a priest in 1972. He had previously received a master’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in sacred theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Father Vereb holds additional master’s degrees in missiology, philosophy and psychology and has taught at Oxford University, Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum University in Rome and has written eight books.

The well-traveled and well-educated priest also served in Rome as a staff member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and of the Passionist Generalate. He was also a private secretary to the prefect of the Congregation of Oriental Churches.

Father Vereb has served as parochial vicar at St. Peter’s parish in Columbia, S.C., founding Chancellor for the Diocese of Venice, Fla. and television producer for the Passionist Sunday Mass in New York.

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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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college 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. 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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