Bishop John O. Barres


“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

Bishop Barres' 2019 Easter Letter!

Read Bishop Barres' Lenten Letter.  To read the letter in its entirety go to his dedicated website at

Congratulations to Bishop Robert Brennan! Pope names Bishop Robert Brennan as Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus (OHIO)BishopBrennan; Installation set for March 29, 2019

Bishop Barres' Christmas 2018 letter

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.

EFLspecial report

Click the picture to watch Telecare's special report on the U.S. bishops' recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border. Bishop Robert Brennan, one of the participants in the trip, joins host Msgr. James Vlaun in the studio to discuss his experience. Carmen Maquilon, director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, also joins the discussion.

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