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Diocese of Rockville Centre


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ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. December 19, 2008 – The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has conferred the title of “Monsignor” at the level of Chaplain to His Holiness upon Father Joseph DeGrocco.  Reverend Monsignor DeGrocco is currently serving as professor of Liturgy and director of Liturgical Formation at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.

Rev. Msgr. DeGroccoThe honorary title of “Monsignor” is given to Roman Catholic priests as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service they have rendered, both locally and in the world.

One of three sons born to William and Marsille (deceased) DeGrocco, Msgr. DeGrocco, 47, was born in Carle Place, N.Y. and attended Carle Place public schools.  He later was graduated from Hofstra University Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.  In 2007, Msgr. DeGrocco earned an M.A. degree in Theology in Liturgical Studies

from the University of Notre Dame.  He also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Immaculate Conception Seminary. 

“I am humbled by this honor and very grateful to the Holy Father Pope Benedict, and to Bishop Murphy,” Msgr. DeGrocco said.  “Since my priestly ministry in recent years has been focused on teaching Liturgical Theology at the seminary and working in liturgy at the diocesan level, I think this honor reflects Bishop Murphy’s commitment to the seminary and to the importance of the liturgical life of the diocese.  I also think it is an affirmation of the great parishes I served in and the many, many great parishioners with whom I worked with while I was in parish ministry,” Msgr. DeGrocco said.

Ordained by Bishop John McGann on June 4, 1988, Msgr. DeGrocco was first assigned as associate pastor of St. Killian parish, Farmingdale, N.Y., followed in 1993 by St. Elizabeth parish, Melville, N.Y., and then St. Frances de Chantal parish, Wantagh, N.Y in 1994.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in 2003, Msgr. DeGrocco served as secretary to the bishop and vice chancellor of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Msgr. DeGrocco is an appointed member of the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council and the Diocesan Facilities and Real Estate Committee.  He also serves as theological consultant to the Diocesan Office of Worship and is a member of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission.

Msgr. DeGrocco has co-authored a book, The Ministry of Consolation: Involving Your Parish in the Order of Christian Funerals (Liturgical Press, 1997).  He writes a bi-weekly column for The Long Island Catholic newspaper entitled, “The Church at Prayer.”  He is the host of Divine intervention, a Telly Award winning game show on Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Msgr. DeGrocco has also co-hosted various live broadcasts for Telecare including the 2008 visit to the U.S. by Pope Benedict XVI. 


Sean P. Dolan
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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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 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million).  There are 134 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  There are also 120,189 total students in religious