On December 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Most Reverend John Oliver Barres the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre.  Bishop Barres came from the Diocese of Allentown in Pennsylvania, where on May 27, 2009, he was named the fourth Bishop for the diocese by Pope Benedict XVI.  His installation in the Diocese of Rockville Centre on January 31, 2017 was celebrated in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, New York.  His Episcopal motto “Holiness and Mission” comes from Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptoris Missio which emphasizes the universal call to holiness and mission in the Catholic Church.

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 Year of Ignatius Pastoral Letters and Reflections

  • Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam — For the Greater Glory of God – English | Spanish
  • Father Walter Ciszek, S.J. and The Divine Will – English
  • Learning to Imitate Christ: The Conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola – English | Spanish
  • Long Island’s Historic Catholic Past Inisfada and the St. Ignatius Retreat House – English
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola Surrender of the Soul to Christ – English
  • The Ignatian Charism of 
Father John Courtney Murray, S.J. – English




 Holiness and Mission


 Pastoral Letters

 Easter Letters

 Christmas Letters

 Lent Letters