Bishop John O. Barres

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

Bishop Barres to ordain two men to the priesthood on June 20 - read more here.

BISHOP-ELECT ROMERO, M.Id TO BE ORDAINED ON JUNE 29, 2020 - Read the announcement here

The Great Week,
 a new Pastoral Letter by Bishop Barres is available online - please visit Weblink: to read a copy.

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 

Dear Friends: As I approach my 30th anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on October 21, 2019, I would ask your prayers for a very special and specific intention for the future of the Catholic Church on Long Island. Pray that 30 young men – 30 seminarians for 30 years of priesthood – will enter the seminary in August 2020. Let’s call on the Holy Spirit together to provide a rich harvest of vocations to the priesthood for Long Island! And let’s express our gratitude to the holy and dedicated priests who serve us with such Good Samaritan dedication each day in our evangelizing parishes. Gratefully in Christ,
Most Rev. Bishop Barres 

Bishop Barres has just released "Heart Speaks to Heart" – a Pastoral Letter to the People of God in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on the occasion of the Canonization of St. John Henry Newman.  The pastoral letter highlights the new saint and offers six lessons from his life.  Copies of the Pastoral Letter, along with St. John Henry Newman prayer cards, can be found in the church and in the rectory. 

Click the image to read Bishop Barres' timely Statement:ImmigrationReformStatement10.19

Bishop Barres has a new Pastoral Letter coming out "Ya Gotta Believe" celebrating the 50th anniversary of the '69 Mets winning the World Series - copies will be available at the rectory.


“Building a Safer Church – A look at how the Diocese of Rockville Centre is working to ensure a safe environment.”   

This special magazine was developed as a useful source of information on how parents and care givers can keep children safe and lays out in detail all our Diocese is doing to help ensure a safe environment.  Hard copies of the magazine are available in the rectory and in the church, or you can view it online 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

   Letter on the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program from Bishop Barres - click here to read English version, here to read the Spanish version.  Watch Bishop Barres, Bishop Brennan and Msgr. Vlaun on Racism and Violence: video

In conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, Bishop Barres has released a Pastoral Letter for Dramatic Missionary Growth through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. If you would like a copy, please contact our rectory.

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