Bishop John O. Barres

To read the statement from Bishop John O. Barres on the Supreme Court Dobbs vs. Jackson decision, click here.

Diocesan Bankruptcy information – Claim deadline notices and forms: Information regarding the deadlines for filing proofs of claim in the Diocese’s chapter 11 case and the forms to use can be found by clicking on the following link to the Diocese’s bankruptcy website and scrolling down the page:

Message from Bishop Barres on the sale of the Pastoral Center – click here

From the Office of Human Resources: Federal/State Employment Poster information for Parishes and other related Entities Employees can be found at this link.

Please read: Statement on Racism and George Floyd by Bishop Barres.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, January 10, 2020 — The Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC) announced the Morning Star Initiative, a bold plan for the revitalization of Catholic elementary school education on Long Island. In partnership with the Marianists, the Diocese is undertaking a comprehensive review of the DRVC elementary schools in 2020, leading to an action plan to restore a robust Catholic culture, academic excellence and fiscally sustainable schools.
Bishop Barres believes the initiative is critical to the strength and longevity of Catholic parishes, communities and education on Long Island since many Catholic elementary schools have struggled with enrollment, school building maintenance, and teacher salaries in recent years. Watch the video for more information. Any questions? email the Team at 


You may be aware from media coverage this past week of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests that Bishop Barres was referenced in the report stemming from his time as the Bishop of Allentown.  The report accuses Bishop Barres of not dealing decisively with accusations against priests, one priest in particular. To be absolutely clear, what the report presents regarding Bishop Barres is inaccurate and misleading on key facts.  During his time as the Bishop of Allentown, Bishop Barres was, in fact, as vigilant as he is now about identifying and removing abusive priests and protecting God’s children. We urge everyone to take home and read the full statement regarding the inaccuracies in the report. The statement is also available on the diocesan website at

The abuse of any human being – particularly of children – is a terrible sin and a crime.  It should not happen anywhere and it most particularly should not happen in the Catholic Church.  The fact that it did is disgraceful and the Bishop is committed to removing any abusers and keeping out future ones.  And we continue to pray and work toward healing for survivors of abuse.  The Pennsylvania report looks back at 70 years.  It is important to note the progress that has been made since 2002.  It is also important to be accurate when reporting on or speaking about the record of Church leaders who have confronted these terrible issues. Clearly, the Church’s vigilance in this area can never cease, and, in fact must always be expanded.

Marking the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Bishop Barres releases his Pastoral Letter “The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life”

At Mass on July 22, Bishop Barres introduced his letter to the people of the Diocese called “The Supreme Gift: The Gift of Life.” The letter is available on a special website: or come to the rectory to pick-up a copy.


CYObishopBarrespicBishop Barres… is now calling for a “full court press” of everyone involved in the CYO dimension of the Church’s mission to model for all of Long Island a radical fidelity to the Sunday Mass by the entire CYO community.  He encourages CYO teams to go to Mass together periodically in their team uniforms as a powerful witness of faith and commitment to the entire young Catholic community of Long Island.  He wants all CYO coaches, parents and players to read his tribute that will be available in our parish bulletin on the ‘What’s Happening Around the Diocese’ page, on and in The LI Catholic in February.” Read the entire article here

Watch Bishop Barres, Bishop Brennan and Msgr. Vlaun on Racism and Violence: video

On Tuesday January 31, the Most Reverend Bishop John O. Barres was installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Follow Bishop Barres on Twitter at, Instagram at, and Facebook at

Attached is the press release and Bishop Murphy’s statement. For more information visit

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