On September 18, Bishop William Murphy presented the St. Agnes Medal to honorees of all parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The St. Agnes Medal, named for the patron saint of the diocese, was instituted in 2007 as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the diocese. It is awarded each year to an individual or couple from each parish chosen by their pastor in recognition of their service to the Church and their parish community. In this special section, TLIC presents a brief profile of each of this year’s honorees, who Bishop Murphy called “the hands and heart of Jesus.”
St. Martin of Tours, Amityville.
“Frank was founding director of the Comprehensive Emergency Program for the Unemployed. This component of our parish social ministry provides a full employment service to all members of nearby communities.”
— Father Richard Stelter, pastor
St. Joseph, Babylon.
“A woman of great faith,” Dolores uses “her professional knowledge and financial skills” in service to the parish outreach office and thrift shop. She “also serves on our parish’s ministry of consolation and hospitality teams.”
— Monsignor Christopher Heller, pastor
St. Christopher, Baldwin.
A teacher of excellence for the past 12 years at St. Christopher’s School, Susan “is dedicated and committed to the childen.” Also active in numerous parish ministries, “Mrs. O’Heir is a true Christopher, bearing Christ to all she meets.”
— Father Steven Camp, pastor
Ronald and Elizabeth Allen,
St. Patrick, Bay Shore.
Parishioners for nearly 50 years, they’ve served in leadership roles (Catholic Daughters, AOH, K of C) assisted parish social ministry and other charitable works, and served as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. “Their witness on behalf of the Gospel is truly exemplary.”
— Father Thomas Coogan, pastor
Vincent and Anne Furnari,
St. Gertrude, Bayville.
Vincent and Anne were honored for their service to the Church together as parishioners of St. Gertrude.
St. Barnabas the Apostle, Bellmore.
Barbara’s “leadership during the last 15 years in religious education has been outstanding, serving as a catechist, program assistant and role model.” She is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and member of the pastoral council.
— Father Peter Dooley, pastor
Anne and Charles Meinhold,
Mary Immaculate, Bellport.
“Both have had leadership roles in the St. Vincent de Paul Society,” Charlie as trustee for over 40 years. They work together in the fair trade project and serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
— Father Gennaro DiSpigno, pastor
St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage.
“Ann has been in ministry to our RCIA program for many years. The witness of her faith and love for the Church has been so instrumental to those seeking to enter the Church through the RCIA.”
— Father John Tizio, C.Ss.R, pastor
Robert and Adeline Otten,
Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point.
Parishioners for 54 years, they have served as coordinators of parish Couple’s Club, counters of weekly collections, fundraisers for social service ministry. “They are truly revered elders in our midst and teach us the wisdom and power of God.”
— Father Edward D’Andrea, pastor
Frank (posthumously) and Barbara Vinci, St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia.
After years of service in other parishes, Barbara and Frank served in liturgical, environmental, evangelization and community building ministries at St. John Nepomucene. “Their presence to our parish family can be characterized as one of mature energy, commitment and love.”
— Father James Wood, pastor
St. Anne, Brentwood.
“A gem of a parishioner,” Ruth is a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in the Hispanic community, and has ministered as a catechist in Spanish and English. She is also a parish trustee.
— Father Frank Nelson, pastor
St. Luke, Brentwood.
An attorney, Richard has served Long Island’s Hispanic community for 25 years, often pro-bono; has helped with projects dealing with day laborers; and holds weekly conferences to empower the Hispanic community in dealing with various legal issues. “Our parish social ministry program is grateful for all he does for this community.”
— Monsignor Thomas Molloy, pastor
Rosemarie and Kenneth Dierkes,
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Bridgehampton.
Faithful parishioners for 25 years, Rosemarie and Ken “regularly attend the Eucharist despite failing health. For over 10 years they have been our parish representatives at the Community Food Pantry.”
— Monsignor Ronald Richardson, retired pastor
St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville.
Carmela is a weekly collection counter and faith formation office assistant. She taught religious education for over 25 years. A third order Carmelite, “Carmela is devout, reflective, and a source of wisdom and experience.”
— Father Robert Clerkin, pastor
Margaret and James Wilde,
Our Lady of Hope, Carle Place.
Margaret and James were instrumental with the church’s computerization, served on the building committee, pastoral council, parish finance committee, in religious education, and as parish trustees. They are “extremely dependable and very supportive of their Church.”
— Father Richard Bauhoff, pastor
St. Joachim, Cedarhurst.
When their children were young, Alice and Deacon Frank Bono would work during summers in the mission area of West Virginia, taking other children from the parish with them. Today, “Alice continues to be an extraordinarily active member of the parish” and “is always there for others.”
— Monsignor Paul Rahilly, pastor
St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches.
A catechist in religious education since 1989, “Mabel has faithfully prepared over 400 children for the sacraments of reconciliation and first Holy Communion.” Mabel is also a minister of hospitality and Sunday collection counter.
— Father Joseph Coschignano, pastor
James and Maureen Reilly,
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach.
Over the years, Maureen has been leader of prayer group, RCIA, pro-life, and the parish nursery school. Jim has taught confirmation classes for 25 years. Both serve on parish council.
— Monsignor Joseph Curley, pastor
Elizabeth Madigan and Carol Winges,
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport.
“They have volunteered practically in all the ministries from the beginning of the parish. They are always willing to step in when needed. If there is one ministry that capsulated their contribution to the parish that would be hospitality.”
— Monsignor T. Peter Ryan, pastor
St. John of God, Central Islip.
A member of the parish for about 20 years, Hilda is very active with the Spanish Apostolate, volunteering in pre-Cana, being very prominent in the Way of the Cross, and also active with the Christmas play.
John and Mary Linge,
Christ the King, Commack.
“Pillars of our parish community” for the past 43 years, the Linges have co-chaired the church dedication liturgy committee, and served on the pre-Cana and baptismal preparation teams. For 28 years John and Mary taught Natural Family Planning classes throughout the diocese.
— Father Joseph Davanzo, pastor
Our Lady of the Assumption, Copiague.
Over the years Genia has worked “with our Polish, English and Spanish communities.” She has been a leader of the Polish and English Rosary Societies. “She offers her services multiple times a year,” always “with a kind, joyous and generous spirit.”
— Father Joseph Nixon, pastor
Janet and Joyce Lang,
St. Frances Cabrini, Coram.
“Janet and Joyce are sisters who attend Mass and devotions daily and,” besides caring for their elderly mother, “are filled with God’s spirit to be of service to His Church.” Joyce ministers to the homebound. Janet is a lector.
— Father Donald Baier, pastor
Our Lady of Ostrabrama, Cutchogue.
Andre has been dedicated to the parish for 30 years. He takes care of the cleaning of the church after weddings. He also cleans up the outside grounds, in addition to doing the church repairs.
Sacred Heart, Cutchogue.
Elaine is involved in numerous parish ministries. Shortly after her husband’s death in 1988 she began a bereavement support group. Under her leadership, the parish became involved in 2003 in Maureen’s Haven, a shelter for the homeless.
— Father Joseph Staudt, pastor
SS. Cyril and Methodius, Deer Park.
Having chaired the Catholic Ministries Appeal for the last 12 years, Jean has also served on the parish council and finance committee. “Her faith and devotion is so obvious in all she does.”
— Monsignor Francis Gaeta, pastor
St. Matthew, Dix Hills.
Margaret has been a teacher for over 30 years. She is involved in bereavement ministry and the parish outreach program, and is also in charge of Sunday hospitality.
Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton.
Roma is a “longtime parishioner and volunteer.” She “cares for altar flowers,” attends “daily Mass and morning prayer, welcomes newcomers,” and “looks out for those who are troubled and need a kind word.”
— Monsignor Donald Hanson, pastor
St. Mary, East Islip.
Aileen “has served the parish in many ways, including fundraising, teaching and advising, for the parish school, religious education program and as a trustee and finance council member. “ She is a daily communicant” and “a person of great integrity.”
— Father Donald Babinski, pastor
St. Raphael, East Meadow.
The first lay administrator in the diocesan pastoral center, Joe has served St. Raphael’s in many ways, including keeping the parish social ministry office running and training volunteers in an interim time between directors. “He is universally regarded as a ‘wisdom person’ in the parish.”
— Father Thomas Haggerty, pastor
William and Carol Maier,
St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport.
Bill and Carol sent their four children to Trinity Regional School, located at the parish. They take an active role in school life and CYO, exemplifying “the younger Catholic family upon which this parish and diocese will increasingly depend.”
— Monsignor John Dreasen, pastor
St. Joseph the Worker, East Patchogue.
A longtime parishioner, Catherine has volunteered “in many different activities to provide financial and spiritual support to St. Joseph the Worker. She is a wonderful woman and Christian.”
— Father John Mellitt, OFM Cap, pastor
St. Raymond of Penyafort, East Rockaway.
“A delightful mother, educator and parishioner” who has served in numerous parish ministries over 50 years, and “whose children have more than made their contributions in following in her footsteps, serving God, parish and community.”
— Monsignor William Jablonski, pastor
St. Boniface, Elmont.
Suzanne is very involved in various Haitian ministries. “A very important factor in her life is that she is a survivor of 9/11. She was in building one on the 49th floor and she never stops thanking God for this great miracle.”
— Father William Gomes, pastor
Thomas Cusack, Jr.,
St. Vincent de Paul, Elmont.
“Tom is a loyal, caring person and strong in his faith. His expertise in business and banking has been a great help to parishioners and pastors. St. Vincent de Paul parish is a better place because of Tom.”
— Father James Drew, pastor
St. Kilian, Farmingdale.
Steve spearheaded the campaign to expand and renovate the church building in 1995, working tirelessly for five years chairing the fundraising committee. Chairman of the parish finance committee since 1996, “he has continued to be a source of sound advice to pastors.”
— Monsignor Michael Flynn, pastor
“Kathy has always represented the heart and soul of the faith community as a family, selflessly giving her gifts in every possible ministry and service.” Most recently she served as president of the Suffolk Columbiettes chapter.
— Father Malcom Burns, pastor
James and Mary Ann Reid,
Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park.
Married in OLV 60 years ago, Jim and Mary Ann are “dedicated and committed members of the parish family” — Jim a lector, religious education teacher, driver for FISH, leader of First Friday men’s club, and Knights of Columbus member; Mary Ann a former president of the Altar/Rosary Society.
— Father John O’Farrell, pastor
St. Hedwig, Floral Park.
Dan schedules extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion for Mass, serves as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at North Shore/LIJ Hospital, is a parish trustee and member of the financial committee, and coordinates VIRTUS training in the parish.
— Monsignor Edward Wawerski, pastor
William and Ruth Rottkamp,
St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square.
“Bill always looks for ways to help the parish. Takes the initiative yet in a quiet and humble way. Ruth is a strong woman of faith whose quiet and dignified presence gives good example of what it means to be a Christian.”
— Monsignor Richard Figliozzi, pastor
Robert and Terri Herrmann,
Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport.
Robert and Terri “have willingly and selflessly offered their time, talent and treasure to OHR, even in time of sickness.” Today they coordinate pre-Cana and baptismal prep, and Robert is a parish trustee.
— Father Douglas Arcoleo, pastor
Mary Louise Straton,
St. Anne, Garden City.
“A vital part of St. Anne’s faith community for 45 years,” Mary has taught religious education, prepared and delivered meals to the homebound, now brings the Eucharist to the homebound as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. She also serves as a companion in the ministry of Consolation.
— Monsignor John Gilmartin, pastor
St. Joseph, Garden City.
When her husband lost his life at the World Trade Center on 9/11, “Dorry graciously accepted my invitation to join the school board to complete her husband’s term.” She began a Memorial Fund in her husband’s name to foster development of technology in education, and through the fund “has donated an enormous amount of computer and technology equipment to our parish school.”
— Father Joseph Schlafer, pastor
Gus and Lina Scacco,
St. Patrick, Glen Cove.
“Lina and Gus have been involved in many aspects of parish life since their marriage,” including pre-Cana, Home School Association, music ministry, family ministry activities, and “every single fundraising initiative in the parish.”
— Father Thomas Costa, pastor
St. Rocco, Glen Cove.
A lifelong parishioner, Laura also volunteers at the Glen Cove Senior Center. She crochets for parish and senior center fund-raisers; cooks for St. Rocco’s fundraising events and Friday luncheons for the homebound. She participates in the stewardship program and is active in the Rosary Society.
— Father Aaron Vellaramparampil, pastor
John and Rosemary Krol,
St. Hyacinth, Glen Head.
“Rosemary and John Krol have been generous with their time, talent and treasure for many years. Both of them respect and reverence the Church and its mission.”
— Monsignor Richard Kopinski, pastor
St. Aloysius, Great Neck.
A lifelong, involved parishioner, Joseph, currently parish bookkeeper, “devotes countless hours to shrewd counsel to the parish and finance committee and is conscientious and very scrupulous.” Has been a lector for over 30 years, served on parish council and school board.
— Monsignor Brendan Riordan, pastor
St. Francis of Assisi, Greenlawn.
George is a faithful extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector, “president of our St. Vincent de Paul Society,” board member of the Diocesan Council of St. Vincent de Paul, and “former Grand Knight of our local Knights of Columbus.”
— Monsignor Patrick Armshaw, retired pastor
St. Agnes, Greenport.
An altar server for over 59 years, for the past 30 years Henry has opened up the church and set up for daily Mass. “He is truly a good and faithful servant of God with great devotion to our Blessed Mother.”
— Father Thomas Murray, pastor
St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays.
Vincent “has given considerable time through parish social ministry – especially our food pantry – for many years. His primary love of ministry is taking Eucharist to our homebound.” Has also chaired parish finance committee, volunteers in Catholic Ministries Appeal, ushers, and serves with his wife on regional school board.
— Monsignor Dennis Regan, pastor
Chet and Lottie Kalenty,
St. Thomas More, Hauppauge.
“A dedicated and supportive couple, they never have to be asked to do things. Both have been involved in decorating the church for all seasons – flowers, banners, bunting, etc. Also part of the ‘counting’ ministry.’”
— Monsignor Francis Midura, pastor
Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead.
Generous “from the beginning” with her time, talent and treasure, “Flavia is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion who visits homebound parishioners on Sunday mornings.” Also a leader in Rosary Society and former Stewardship Committee member.
— Monsignor Pablo Rodriguez, pastor
St. Ladislaus, Hempstead.
Harcourt is a lector, parish council president, assistant director of parish bazaar, prepares altar for Mass, “and never refuses to provide services for the parish.”
— Monsignor Edward Wawerski, pastor
St. Joseph, Hewlett.
“Michael Doyle IS Saint Joseph’s CYO. Mike’s commitment to the young people of our parish, and beyond, is second to none. It is no secret that without Mike’s dedication to the program, there would be no program at all. His quiet service goes unseen by many, but is appreciated by all.”
— Father Tom Moriarty, pastor
Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville.
Timothy is a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus, and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He has volunteered in parish planning, the “greening” of the parish, and fundraising activities. “He never says he can’t help when asked.”
— Father Robert Blyman, pastor
St. Ignatius Loyola, Hicksville.
“Peggy is not only an energetic volunteer, but does so full of good humor and diplomacy.” She is a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, chair of the parish activities committee, volunteer at parish picnic and golf outing, and chairperson of parish’s 150th anniversary directory journal.
— Monsignor Donald Bennett, pastor
Herbert and Edith Grimmer,
Holy Family, Hicksville.
Longtime parishioners, Herbert and Edith have been past volunteers for the school and parish, “ready to help in any way.” Herb serves as usher coordinator.
— Father James Mannion, former pastor
Eugene Colangelo, Jr.,
Good Shepherd, Holbrook.
Gene’s major venue of service is parish outreach. He has made himself expert in social service laws so he can assist people not only with material needs but also with advice and encouragement. He is always “available to help,” whether someone needs groceries delivered, a ride to the doctor, or help starting a stalled car.
— Monsignor Thomas Spadaro, pastor
St. Patrick, Huntington.
Diane began a support group for separated and divorced women. She has served as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and started a monthly time of prayer and breakfast for attendees of the 9 a.m. Mass. She is also parish coordinator for the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.
— Monsignor John Bennett, pastor
St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station.
A native of Puerto Rico, Marta’s “presence and participation in many areas of parish life — Hispanic leadership committee, coordinator of Hispanic ushers, coordinator of Dia de la Raza, membership in the St. Vincent de Paul and Rosary Altar societies — help to unite our English and Spanish communities.”
— Monsignor Joseph Granata, pastor
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Inwood.
“Susana is a vital link between the Hispanic communities and many of the ministries we do,” coordinating the Hispanic choir, the Sunday liturgy in Spanish and the Spanish language RCIA program, and faithfully translating “all materials we place in our various communications.”
— Father Larry Duncklee, pastor
Teresa and James Fallon,
Sacred Heart, Island Park.
“They love Sacred Heart parish,” serving the Catholic Ministries Appeal and fundraising committees, in religious education, and on the feast committee. “Both from Ireland, they have been the chief zeppole makers at the feast.”
— Father John Tutone, pastor
Marilyn and Konrad Perez,
St. Peter the Apostle, Islip Terrace.
The Perezes support parish outreach by donating food each month, preparing of baskets at Thanksgiving, donating toys and gifts at Christmas and Easter, and
adopting-a-family at Christmas. They have also taught religious education.
— Father Anthony Iaconis, pastor
St. Joseph, Kings Park.
In “her long-standing service and commitment to the poor and vulnerable among us, her years of ministry with our Saint Vincent dePaul Society, her involvement and support of the life of our parish, Mary is like so many of the people who help make St. Joseph’s a place where people experience the love of God.”
— Father Sean Gann, pastor
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma.
A catechist since 1993 and second-grade coordinator since 1994, Isabella started the Vacation Bible School in 1998 and runs it each year. She and her family decorate the church for Christmas and Easter.
— Monsignor Daniel Picciano, pastor
John and Rosemarie Rotondo,
St. Bernard, Levittown.
“John has been very involved in civic projects, especially the local community center. He has also volunteered for various parish endeavors. Rosemarie is parish sacristan, member of various parish organizations, and totally dedicated, especially in regard to worship. She goes above and beyond.”
— Father Gerard Ringenback, pastor
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst.
Arthur has been a local, county and state judge, and “has served OLPH in various capacities and as trustee and confidant to priests and pastors. He still serves as trustee emeritus and as an active member of the parish finance committee.”
— Father Anthony Trapani, pastor
St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach.
“A very active parishioner,” Emily is a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, visitor to nursing homes, outreach volunteer, lector and assistant to families at funerals, member of the Rosary Altar Society and a volunteer in the parish office.
— Monsignor Donald Beckmann, pastor
St. Mary of the Isle, Long Beach.
“Mrs. Reder has been serving in our parish outreach for several years distributing food to the poor. She has served on the finance committee and most recently as a very active parish trustee.”
— Father Christopher Nowak, pastor
Our Lady of Peace, Lynbrook.
“A graduate of our parish school” and past member of the children’s choir, Mary is now leader of the parish contemporary music group. “Mary works with teens and pre-teens, emphasizing that what is most important is their response to God’s call to share their talents and gifts.”
— Father William Breslawski, pastor
Kevin and Maryjane McQuade,
Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne.
The McQuades have led the parish Human Life Committee for many years, coordinating meetings, organizing Respect Life Month activities, joining the annual March for Life, keeping parishioners informed of life issues and encouraging them to let their voices be heard.
— Father Frank Parisi, pastor
St. Mary, Manhasset.
In her mid-80s, Fran is a lector, pastoral council member, adult faith formation committee member, part of the RCIA team, led the adult Confirmation program, and is “a wonderful model of faith to those who participate in our Little Rock Scripture Program and book club.”
— Monsignor John McCann, pastor
Eugene and Angela Katz,
Our Lady of Fatima, Manorhaven.
Married more than 50 years and longtime parishioners, “Gene and Angela have been part of many ministries and advisory boards. Presently they serve as greeters at Sunday Mass and as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.”
— Father Steven Peterson, pastor
SS. Peter and Paul, Manorville.
Maureen, “one of those virtuous women” who is “exceptionally generous” in service to her parish, has been a catechist for over 25 years. “She has offered her skilled service in our baptism preparation ministry and in the consolation ministry as well.”
— Father Bruce Powers, pastor
St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa.
Sal was author of the historical portion of the parish’s 50th anniversary journal. “A well respected educator at Nassau Community College,” he is co-founder of the Center for Catholic Studies there. He is author of over a dozen books including “Faith, Power and Identity – Catholics in New York Politics.”
— Father Kenneth Zach, pastor
John Terino, (posthumous)
Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park.
Recently deceased, John Terino and his wife Mae were “at the parish constantly, in generous service to the needy. They literally began the parish outreach,” and “John served on just about every parish committee over the last 40 years.”
— Monsignor James Lisante, pastor
St. Jude, Mastic Beach.
Angela has been a member of the Rosary Altar Society and Columbiettes for 30 years, a parish bingo worker for 15 years, and also participates in adult choir, parish outreach, parish social functions, First Saturday devotions, and St. Jude’s Christmas and Easter fairs.
— Father Gregory Yacyshyn, pastor
John and Teresa McNally,
St. Sylvester, Medford.
“Terry and John have been organist and cantor and music director here for almost 40 years. Their service and devotion to our parish has been heroic.”
— Father Edward Kealey, pastor
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Melville.
Fran has been chairperson of bereavement ministry for the past 10 years. She serves as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion to the homebound and Huntington Hospital, attends Eucharistic Adoration, Small Christian Community, the senior group, and helps at the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.
— Monsignor Francis Schneider, pastor
Alice and Joe Caruso,
Curé of Ars, Merrick.
Alice and Joe “have worked tirelessly at our carnivals and Las Vegas nights. Alice taught at our school, has been a catechist, Catholic School Religious Education Board liaison, CYO swimming instructor, and started Curé Swimmers Group. Joe is in his third term as president of the Fifty-Plus Club.”
— Father Charles Mangano, pastor
Corpus Christi, Mineola.
Extremely active in parish since 1943, Tony assisted with youth group in younger days, was active with carnival, assisted in 1960s with parish’s Vietnamese community, was active in Holy Name, Nocturnal Adoration and Knights of Columbus, and today serves as head usher.
— Father James Bowman, retired pastor
St. Therese of Lisieux, Montauk.
A member of the Rosary-Altar Society, Fran was instrumental in beginning daily rosary recitation after morning Mass. Fran began Parish Outreach, which became the Montauk Food Pantry. Fran oversees the program’s total operation, which regularly assists over 95 families.
— Father Charles Ehrhart, retired administrator
Holy Cross, Nesconset.
“Bernice has always participated in the sacramental, educational and services missions of the parish,” including Scripture study, Taize and Rosary, service on the hospitality committee, and as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion to the homebound and hospitalized. She was Volunteer of the Year at Nesconset Nursing Home.
— Monsignor James McNamara, pastor
Vincent and Erica Marquardt,
Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park.
Erica has been on the pastoral council, president of ministry of inclusion (for the handicapped), volunteers in parish youth program, assists with religious education. Both assist with parish plays, began the folk group, and have opened their home continuously for children in foster care.
— Father Joseph Nohs, pastor
Notre Dame, New Hyde Park.
“It is impossible to go through old parish journals without seeing Gene involved in one important work or another.” He has been a trustee, lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and been active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
— Father William Slater, pastor
John and Patricia Kok,
Sacred Heart, North Merrick.
“John, an adjunct sacristan, often turned back his pay for the use of the parish.” He has rendered computer services and secretarial skills, and been an ardent worker for Habitat for Humanity. Pat is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and is very involved in parish outreach.
— Father Thomas Gallagher, pastor
St. Philip Neri, Northport.
“Mary and her husband Joe were particularly involved in the Holy Name Society and were big supporters of our parish school.” Mary has stayed involved in the years since her husband’s passing. “She is very caring to our seniors.”
—Father Peter Garry, pastor
St. Anthony, Oceanside.
“Dr. Ralph LaMagna is the chair of St. Anthony’s pastoral council. He is a catechist in our religious education program. Along with his wife, Hope, his sons Sam and Harry, and his daughter, Olivia, Ralph is a vibrant member of our parish.
— Father D. James French, S.J., pastor
William and Toni Fleig,
St. Dominic, Oyster Bay.
Longtime parishioners, William and Toni have run St. Dominic’s baptism program for many years.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patchogue.
John served as volunteer in the bingo kitchen for decades. Currently director of parish outreach, “his work with the poor and underprivileged, and his compassion for these families, is impressive.”
— Father Michael Torpey, pastor
Deacon Martin and Martha McIndoe,
St. Francis de Sales, Patchogue.
“Deacon Marty and his wife coordinate parish pre-Cana. Deacon Marty conducts pre-baptism program. As a team, they host ‘Teams of Our Lady’ for married couples.”
— Father John McGratty, pastor
Anne and George Bantleone,
St. Pius X, Plainview.
“It gives me great pleasure to nominate this couple. They are both very involved in the life of the parish on many levels.”
— Monsignor Domenick Graziadio, pastor
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Point Lookout.
Jack has been chairperson of the pastoral council, active in bereavement, and “has been actively involved in our After Mass Breakfast on the third Sunday of each month” which he initiated “to help develop a sense of community and fellowship among our parish members.”
— Father Patrick Callan, pastor
Al and Honor Kopcicnski,
Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson.
Al is a longtime trustee, finance committee chairman, co-chair of parish centennial celebration, a “great volunteer for all causes and needs.” Honor was the parish organist and director of music and choir for many years.
— Father Charles Romano, pastor
St. Gerard Majella, Port Jefferson Station.
“Rick has played guitar faithfully each week at the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass for 25 years,” and “has offered his professional architectural services to the parish for the last 18 years, including designing our new church.”
— Monsignor William Hanson, pastor
James and Katherine Lynch,
St. Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington.
Married for 62 years, Jim and Kay have been active parishioners for 55 years. Jim is currently coordinator for lectors. “Kay has been involved in virtually every parish ministry,” and presently serves on the liturgy committee and as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.
— Father Patrick Whitney, pastor
St. Isidore, Riverhead.
Richard serves as an usher, “has been an active volunteer in our church and school,” and “has been our annual chicken BBQ chairperson for many years.”
— Father Robert Kuznik, pastor
St. John the Evangelist, Riverhead.
Patty “is always there assisting” at special parish events; and “the parish is greatly indebted to Patty for her work as parish cemetery manager,” bringing order to “an aspect of parish life that was very poorly organized. She is extremely caring” with people who have lost a loved one.
— Father Thomas Coby, pastor
Desmond and Patricia McCarthy,
St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre.
“Always generous in service to parish, community and diocese.” Pat is active in outreach to sick and aged. Des has worked on diocesan development committee. They have taken leadership in campaign for residence for senior priests.
— Monsignor Robert Brennan, vicar general
Joseph and Mildred DiSpigno,
St. Anthony of Padua, Rocky Point.
“Joe and Mildred have been involved in almost 20 ministries in St. Anthony’s,” including lectors, Lazarus Ministry and bingo. Joe has been a trustee for 45 years. “They are the proud parents of two priests: Father Jerry DiSpigno, pastor of Mary Immaculate, Bellport, and Father Francis DiSpigno, OFM.”
— Father Richard Hoerning, pastor
St. Joseph, Ronkonkoma.
An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, team captain for summer family festival, and coordinator of RCIA and adult confirmation, Ann “gives so freely of her time and energy, sharing her great faith with so many.”
— Father Michael Maffeo, pastor
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Roosevelt.
An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, Yolanda started the parish’s Spanish Mass, is responsible for Spanish baptism instruction, and has worked in the religious gift shop.
— Father Joseph Baidoo, pastor
St. Mary, Roslyn.
“For more years than anyone can remember Walter has opened and set up the parish hall for the early Sunday morning Mass. In all kinds of weather, in the dark and snows of winter, he’s there faithfully serving the parish.”
— Father Richard Nilsson, pastor
St. Andrew, Sag Harbor.
“A lifelong member and minister at St. Andrew’s, Kathryn willingly, unselfishly and lovingly shares her time, talent and treasure in the true Christian spirit.”
— Father Peter Devaraj, pastor
Peter and Patricia O’Hara,
SS. Philip and James, St. James.
“Peter and Pat have served for many years on our pre-Cana program and Respect Life committee.” They have “helped us become aware of political issues on matters of life and have done so much to educate and lead our parishioners to take a stand for life.”
— Father Anthony Stanganelli, pastor
Ernest and Mary Beth Spina,
St. Lawrence the Martyr, Sayville.
“Both have worked tirelessly for the parish” as lectors, in catechesis, choir, RCIA, pastoral council, liturgy committee. “Even out of the parish they are lay evangelizers who express their dedication to the Church’s teaching ‘in season and out.’”
— Father Nicholas Figliola, pastor
St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff.
Born in the parish, graduate of parish school, Joe has been active for 82 years. He was a president of first parish council and school board. Initiated nursery school. A contractor, he put new kitchens in convent and rectory as a gift to the parish. “To this day Joe is still available to donate his services.”
— Father Robert Romeo, pastor
Maria Regina, Seaford.
“Mrs. Miele has been active in Legion of Mary. She began Eucharistic League for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.” Member of nocturnal adoration; served as sponsor for people in RCIA; cooks for parish soup kitchen; oversees cleaning of altar linens; recently received volunteer award from A. Holly Patterson Nursing Home.
— Monsignor Peter Pflomm, pastor
St. James, Seaford.
“Frank Turrisi has served the parish for many years as trustee, finance committee member and chair, pastoral council member, and dedicated leader of parish fundraising efforts. Also a valued and trusted confidant,” a “source of unfailing personal support, as well as honest and kindly advice.”
— Father Robert Hewes, pastor
St. William the Abbot, Seaford.
“Kathy has been a longtime catechist for the confirmation program. She has also been secretary for Catholic Ministries Appeal and Bishop’s Appeal prior to that. She is an active member of the RCIA team.”
— Monsignor William Koenig, former pastor
St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden.
“Longtime volunteer, coordinated first Communion, a respected catechist, works with pre-school, on finance committee, helps with parish social ministry, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.”
— Father Christopher Aridas, pastor
St. James, Setauket.
A lifetime parishioner (55 years) who has served the parish community since childhood, Ed most recently has been a parish trustee and member of finance committee, providing “invaluable assistance” in fundraising for new parish center. Also part of team that trains and assists altar servers; volunteers generously in annual family festival.
—Father Robert Smith, pastor
Our Lady of the Isle, Shelter Island.
Phyllis presently heads the finance committee. She was chairperson of the parish’s 100th anniversary celebration, has for 10 years been part of parish outreach, is a member of the altar guild, and brings communion to the homebound.
— Father Thomas Murray, administrator
Fred and Terry Hess,
St. Mark, Shoreham.
“Whenever there is a need, they spontaneously and generously volunteer.” They became ACTS leaders when additional facilitators were needed to expand adult faith-sharing ministry. They serve as extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass and bring Communion to the homebound. They serve on numerous parish committees.
— Father Theodore Howard, pastor
William and Ida Minerva,
St. Patrick, Smithtown.
“Will and Ida have been involved as life giving members of St. Patrick’s for many, many years. They are always there with their presence, love, support and encouragement.”
— Monsignor Ellsworth Walden, pastor
John J. Murphy,
St. Louis de Montfort, Sound Beach.
“John is a deeply spiritual Catholic gentleman, eager to deepen his faith.” Has been a catechist for 5 years, RCIA catechist for 15 years, faith formation catechist for 10 years. Holds an M.A. in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception.
— Father Charles Papa, pastor
Our Lady of Poland, Southampton.
“Helen comes daily to church. She is a lector every day, and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion daily for years. She is very dedicated and helpful to the Church.”
— Father Stanley Kondeja, pastor
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton.
“Mrs. Gilmartin will be 101 years old in October. For over 80 years she has been a volunteer at Sacred Hearts.” She was a member of the Rosary Altar Society, and part of the first diocesan pastoral council in 1958. She attends Mass every Sunday, and still attends parish functions.
— Father Jeffrey Madley, pastor
Gerard and Constance Case,
St. Patrick, Southold.
Jerry and Tippy have been extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and members of the pastoral council, and helped start the marriage preparation program and ministry of consolation. “They bring a wonderful spirit of enthusiasm to everything they do.”
— Father George Michell, pastor
John J. Cleary,
St. Edward the Confessor, Syosset.
John has served on the parish council, as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, minister of consolation, and member of the RCIA team. He has been a catechist, worker for Bishop’s Appeal/CMA, and part of the parish’s Pax Christi group.
— Father Thomas Fusco, pastor
St. Martha, Uniondale.
Barbara is an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, lector, outreach volunteer and member of the pastoral council and Spanish advisory committee. “She is actively engaged in the life of the parish community and encourages others to do so.”
— Monsignor Francis Caldwell, pastor
Felix and Maria Quezada,
Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream.
“Felix and Maria have been instrumental in the development of our Spanish-speaking community. They serve as coordinators between parishioners who speak Spanish and the parish at large. They build bridges between the two communities, and ultimately help us all to be the Body of Christ on earth.”
— Father Gerald Cestare, former pastor
Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream.
John is a parish trustee, sacristan, Vincentian, and assists in baptisms. “Simply stated, he will do whatever is needed and asked at any time.”
— Monsignor Thomas Harold, pastor
St. John the Baptist, Wading River.
“From his involvement in the building of the church, to his service as trustee and finance committee member, weekly service as an usher, and constant availability as a source of wisdom, Rod Rogers has been a grace to this parish.”
— Father John Barrett, pastor
Tom and Eileen Cook,
St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh.
Volunteers at parish outreach and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, “Tom and Eileen are on call 24/7 helping the homeless find shelter and delivering food wherever needed.” Tom volunteers at Momma’s House and Birthright, and is on the boards of the Life Center and Mother of Good Counsel Home.
— Father Gregory Cappuccino, pastor
Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon.
“Flo has been the mainstay of the weekly prayer service and monthly Mass at East Neck Nursing Center, organizing volunteers to bring Holy Communion to residents each week. She also sings in the choir and writes a weekly column for the parish bulletin.”
— Monsignor Vincent Rush, pastor
St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead.
“Mr. Slattery is the longtime chairman of parish development, has been a main supporter of the CYO golf outing,” and has been a longtime adviser to pastors on fundraising and community matters.”
— Monsignor Francis Maniscalco, pastor
Dominick and Mary Ann Lettieri,
Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip.
Dominick is a longstanding Holy Name member, and founder of the parish golf classic. Mary Ann is the rectory receptionist and member of numerous societies in the parish.
— Father Michael Vetrano, pastor
Marcel and Rose Marie Polycarp,
St. Brigid, Westbury.
“This is the 25th anniversary year of the Haitian community at St. Brigid’s. Marcel and Rose Marie are among the ‘founders’ of this community. They have been hard workers in every aspect of parish life, including coordinating youth, liturgical, and service aspects of the Haitian community.”
—Monsignor Ralph Sommer, pastor
Sue and Bob Kelly,
Immaculate Conception, Westhampton Beach.
“Sue and Bob Kelly served this parish and the Church on the east end,” from works of charity, fundraising, right to life work, helping the Dominican Sisters’ health services. “Before he died Bob was involved in constructing a seminary in the Diocese of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.”
— Father Joseph Mirro, pastor
St. Aidan, Williston Park.
Sal has taught Religious Ed, worked on the Catholic Ministries Appeal, is head usher and a money counter. “He volunteers for whatever is needed.”
— Monsignor James McDonald, pastor
Holy Name of Jesus, Woodbury.
Helen’s “kind and gentle personality have served her and the Church well as she has guided the parish’s successful efforts to implement the various screening, training and other means of maintaining a safe environment for children and others.”
— Father Lawrence Rafferty, pastor
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch.
Katherine Schneider was chosen by Father William Brisotti, pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, as the parishioner to be honored with the 2009 St. Agnes Medal.
Sister Patricia Anne Ryan, CSJ.
In addition to all the parish honorees, Bishop Murphy chose one person as a diocesan St. Agnes Medal honoree: St. Joseph’s Sister Patricia Anne Ryan. Sister Patricia was chosen in recognition of her years of service as executive director of Christa House – The Jerry Hartman Residence in West Babylon, which since 1994 has provided a safe, peaceful and dignified home environment for people with terminal illness.