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Diocese of Rockville Centre

Monsignor Appointed to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Rockville Centre, New York, July 18, 2006 – Bishop William Murphy assigned Monsignor Daniel A. Picciano pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., effective June 28, 2006.

Most recently a pastor at St. Peter of Alcantara parish in Port Washington, N.Y., Father Picciano—who was named a monsignor in 1996—is getting used to his position as pastor and the only priest in his new parish.

He described the community as welcoming and energetic.

“There’s lots of life here,” he said. “A great amount of people are involved in the parish community. There’s a stewardship mentality of giving their time and talent.”

Msgr. Picciano was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in Laurelton, N.Y. and New Hyde Park, N.Y., where a priest from Notre Dame parish and a nun from his school first piqued his interest in serving God’s people.

He attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale, N.Y., which closed in 1984, and Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Albany, N.Y. The latter was affiliated with Niagara University, where Msgr. Picciano earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and his master’s degree in divinity.

He was ordained a priest May 29, 1971 by Bishop Walter Kellenberg.

Msgr. Picciano served as associate pastor of St. Anthony of Padua parish in East Northport, N.Y., St. Aidan parish in Williston Park, N.Y. and St. Agnes Cathedral parish here. He was pastor of St. James parish in Seaford, N.Y. from 1988 to 2000.

Msgr. Picciano also serves as chaplain for the Nassau County Police Chiefs Association.

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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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