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Diocese of Rockville Centre


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 Richard G. Henning, STD.  Reverend Monsignor Henning currently serves as professor of Sacred Sscripture at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.  Rev. Msgr. Henning also serves as formation advisor at the seminary and as a weekend assistant at St. Patrick’s parish, Bay Shore, Rev. Msgr. Richard HenningSt. Mary’s parish, Roslyn, and St. Matthew’s parish, Dix Hills.

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

“I am very humbled by this honor,” Rev. Msgr. Henning said.  “I cannot help but feel overwhelmed.  I believe the honor is a very kind expression of confidence from my Bishop and I am grateful to him for his confidence and the opportunity to work with the wonderful candidates for priesthood here at the seminary.  I am also very aware of how much of my work depends upon the assistance and support of others.  I am most keenly aware of the goodness of my brother priests.  All I do depends on them and anything I accomplish belongs to them,” Rev. Msgr. Henning added.

Rev. Msgr. Henning, 44, was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y. but grew up in Valley Stream.  The eldest of five children of Richard and Maureen (Lysaght) Henning, Rev. Msgr. Henning attended Holy Name of Mary elementary school.  A 1982 graduate of Chaminade High School, Rev. Msgr. Henning attended St. John’s University before studying for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, N.Y.  He also earned a master’s degree in history from St. John’s in 1988.  He then studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington and was ordained in 1992 by Bishop John McGann. 

From 1992-1997, Rev. Msgr. Henning served as parochial vicar of St. Peter of Alcantara parish, Port Washington, N.Y.  From 1997-2002 he was assigned to graduate studies.  In 2000, he went on to earn his STL in Biblical Theology from The Catholic University of America, and then in 2007 he earned his doctorate in Biblical Theology from The University of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Angelicum, Rome.

Fluent in Spanish and Italian, Rev. Msgr. Henning is a regular columnist for The Long Island Catholic newspaper. 

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