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Diocese of Rockville Centre


  • USCCB will post updates on blog, Twitter and Facebook
  • Proceedings can be seen on Cablevision channel 29 and FiOS channel 296

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 16, 2009– Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre (, is broadcasting the U.S. Bishops’ Fall General Assembly, held November 16-19 in Baltimore, live via satellite. Telecare is sending live transmissions to members of the Catholic Television Network (CTN) and other Catholic and non-Catholic television systems.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) public sessions will air on Telecare Monday, November 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Cablevision subscribers can find Telecare on channel 29; Verizon FiOS subscribers can tune in to channel 296 for complete coverage of the USCCB fall meetings.

Hosts of the event will include Rev. Msgr. James Vlaun, CEO and president of Telecare; Sister Mary Alice Piil, C.S.J., director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre; and Rev. Msgr. Robert Brennan, vicar general, Diocese of Rockville Centre.

“This is a great honor for Telecare that the USCCB chose us,” Msgr. Vlaun said. In previous years, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has transmitted its coverage of the bishops’ meeting to other Catholic television systems that wished to carry the coverage.

Telecare is part of the Catholic Television Network, which includes more than a dozen diocesan television systems, such as Brooklyn, Detroit, Boston, Buffalo, California, and Youngstown, Ohio. It will provide the transmission to CTN members. For this year, Telecare will also transmit its coverage to other Catholic television systems at their request without cost, said Msgr. Vlaun.

In addition to Telecare’s coverage, the USCCB Web site will post documents, vote tallies and link to live streaming video at The USCCB Office of Media Relations will also provide coverage of the meeting via Twitter at, on Facebook ( and on the USCCB Media Blog ( The Twitter account will provide real time updates of the meeting’s proceedings while the blog and Facebook posts will include photos and in-depth information.


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 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, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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