Bishop Murphy presented the Saint Agnes Medal of Service to lay men and women in the diocese during a prayer service at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre on Sunday, October 25.  


Now in its eighth year, Bishop Murphy announced the creation of the Saint Agnes Medal during a January 21, 2007 Mass opening the Golden Jubilee (50 year anniversary) of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Pastors from 133 parishes are asked to nominate lay people who unselfishly donate their time and talent to their parishes.


“Honorees are lay people whose love of the Church has been shown through the devotion to the Holy Father, to our diocese and to their parish,” said Bishop Murphy.  “They are the unsung heroes in our midst who build up our parish communities by extraordinary service in parish ministry, parish administration or some significant volunteer role.”

 See list of St. Agnes recipients below

At the prayer service, Bishop Murphy also conferred Papal honors upon Eric Anderson, Manager of Construction and Renovation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.


Eric Anderson


Honored for his faithful service to the Church, Anderson received the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice, Latin for “Cross of the Church and the Pontiff,” bestowed by the Pope to either the laity or clergy.  Recipients are known for their extraordinary, virtuous, public witness to the Catholic faith.

“I want to thank Bishop Murphy and the Holy Father for the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal,” said Anderson.  “I am humbled by the acknowledgement of my work within Diocesan Construction, which has offered the opportunity for me to work with the parishes and people of the Diocese on many satisfying mission-driven projects.”



The following are recipients of the 2015 Saint Agnes Medal of Service:






Lawrence (Larry) Davidson Saint Martin of Tours Amityville  
Vito and Patricia Colletti Saint Joseph Babylon  
Donna Marie Nappi Saint Christopher Baldwin  
Jean Beskin Saint Patrick Bay Shore  
Catherine Rapelje Saint Gertrude Bayville  
Jacqueline M. Murray Saint Barnabas the Apostle Bellmore  
Rita Straub Mary Immaculate Bellport  
Karen Sullivan Saint Martin of Tours Bethpage  
Joseph and Carolyn Brown Our Lady of the Snow Blue Point  
Annette King Saint John Nepomucene Bohemia  
Oswaldo Zurite Saint Luke Brentwood  
Kathleen Fella Saint Anne Brentwood  
Edward Tuohy Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Bridgehampton  
Doris Mardovich Saint Paul the Apostle Brookville  
William Ruth Our Lady of Hope Carle Place  
Margaret Buckley Saint Joachim Cedarhurst  
Saint John the Evangelist Center Moriches  
Jerry and Jean Flynn Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Centereach  
Michele Hudson Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Centerport  
Lorraine MC Clafferty Saint John of God Central Islip  
Rita Hetzler Christ the King Commack  
Gloria Cipriano Our Lady of the Assumption Copiague  
Richard and Doris Gallagher Saint Frances Cabrini Coram  
Patricia Burns Sacred Heart Cutchogue  
Our Lady of Ostrabrama Cutchogue  
Thomas Welch Saints Cyril and Methodius Deer Park  
Gloria Montesano Saint Matthew Dix Hills  
Loretta Walker Most Holy Trinity East Hampton  
Rocky Nevelino Saint Mary Islip  
Thomas Reilly Saint Raphael East Meadow  
Fred Leonardo Saint Anthony of Padua East Northport  
Saint Joseph the Worker East Patchogue  
James and Mary Caffrey Saint Raymond East Rockaway  
Donald Hicks Saint Vincent de Paul Elmont  
Thomas and Anne Cosgrove Saint Boniface Elmont  
Susan Picciano (postumously) Saint Kilian Farmingdale  
Roseann Mazzola Resurrection Farmingville  
Edward and Anna Nawrocki Saint Hedwig Floral Park  
Kitty Walsh Our Lady of Victory Floral Park  
Thomas and Maureen Hickey Saint Catherine of Sienna Franklin Square  
Jorge and Yolanda Miranda Our Holy Redeemer Freeport  
Peter and Margaret D’Angelo Saint Anne Garden City  
Lucille (Lucy) Nigro Saint Joseph Garden City  
Saint Patrick Glen Cove  
Rose Venturino Saint Rocco Glen Cove  
Angie Anzalone Saint Rocco Glen Cove  
Rudy and Mary Hertlein Saint Hyacinth Glen Head  
Saint Aloysius Great Neck  
James (postomously) and Marilyn Reilly Saint Francis of Assisi Greenlawn  
Paul and Doris Badamo Saint Agnes Greenport  
James (Jim) and Theresa Drew Saint Rosalie Hampton Bays  
John and Maryann Egan Saint Thomas More Hauppauge  
Our Lady of Loretto Hempstead  
Robert and Eliza Pszeniczny Saint Ladislaus Hempstead  
Joanna Richichi Saint Joseph Hewlett  
Al and Joan Geitner Saint Ignatius Loyola Hicksville  
Michael Kennedy Our Lady of Mercy Hicksville  
Karen Jenkins Holy Family Hicksville  
Joanne Sprague Good Shepherd Holbrook  
Frank Avino Saint Patrick Huntington  
Harry and Helen Moran Saint Hugh of Lincoln Huntington Station  
Robert (Bob) Nahman Our Lady of Good Counsel Inwood  
Anne Gawronksi Sacred Heart Island Park  
Augustine (Gus) Torelli Saint Peter the Apostle Islip Terrace  
Vincent and Veronica Vivolo Saint Joseph Ronkonkoma  
Marie Quick Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Lake Ronkonkoma  
Carmen Greico Saint Bernard Levittown  
Johanna Cito Our Lady of Perpetual Help Lindenhurst  
James (Jim) Higens Saint Mary of the Isle Long Beach  
Theresa Malizia Saint Ignatius Martyr Long Beach  
Frank Gaetani Our Lady of Peace Lynbrook  
Joseph Resch Our Lady of Lourdes Malverne  
James (Jim) and Linda Sellars Saint Mary Manhasset  
Ruth Masarik Our Lady of Fatima Manorhaven  
Francis and Deborah Mazura Saints Peter and Paul Manorville  
Matthew and Kelly Broletti Saint Rose of Lima Massapequa  
Fernando (Fred) and Barbara Ferrara Our Lady of Lourdes Massapequa Park  
Jean Pia Saint Jude Mastic Beach  
Marie Broderick Saint Sylvester Medford  
Jean Victor Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Melville  
Margaret (Peg) Gormley Cure of Ars Merrick  
Joseph Basel Corpus Christi Mineola  
Marianne Caserta Saint Theresa of Lisieux Montauk  
Mary Schultz Holy Cross Nesconset  
Thomas (Tom) and Judy Liddy Notre Dame New Hyde Park  
Regina Friel Holy Spirit New Hyde Park  
Frances Forgione Sacred Heart North Merrick  
Barbara Clarke Saint Philip Neri Northport  
Danny Gibbons Saint Anthony East Northport  
Frances Mortati Saint Dominic Oyster Bay  
Joseph F. Sheldrick Our Lady of Mount Carmel Patchogue  
Patrick (Pat) and Grace Molluso Saint Francis de Sales Patchogue  
James (Jim) and Marilyn Reilly Saint Pius X Plainview  
Sandy Abbe Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Point Lookout  
Ottmar and Ann Kistner Infant Jesus Port Jefferson  
Grace Surwilo Saint Gerard Majella Port Jefferson Station  
Leona Murphy Saint Peter of Alcantara Port Washington  
Georgette Keller Saint Isidore Riverhead  
Laura Stimfel Saint John the Evangelist Riverhead  
Fran Bingham Cathedral of Saint Agnes Rockville Centre  
Margaret Antonucci Saint Anthony of Padua Rocky Point  
Saint Joseph Ronkonkoma  
Francis (Frank) Onorato Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Roosevelt  
John Dussel Saint Mary Roslyn  
Francis and Ann Schiavoni Saint Andrew Sag Harbor  
Augustus Mantia Saints Philip and James St. James  
Frank Insinga Saint Lawrence the Martyr Sayville  
Donna Calamis Saint Boniface Martyr Sea Cliff  
Ruth Miller Saint James Seaford  
Bryan and Kathy MacKay Saint William the Abbot Seaford  
Joseph (Joe) and Rosemary (Ro) Niola Maria Regina Seaford  
Joe and Sue Callari Saint Margaret of Scotland Selden  
Carol Simco Saint James Setauket  
Cecelia Kraus Our Lady of the Isle Shelter Island Heights  
Mae Maloney Saint Mark Shoreham  
Ronald (Ron) and Carol Tavis Saint Patrick Smithtown  
Raymond (Ray) and Sandra (Sandy) Bohn Saint Louis de Montfort Sound Beach  
Terence and Loretta Lynch Our Lady of Poland Southampton  
Kathryn Duggan (postumously) Basilica of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Southampton  
Raymond (Ray) and Barbara Terry Saint Patrick Southold  
Anthony (Tony) and Mary Cordaro Saint Edward the Confessor Syosset  
Marie Lucie Lebon Saint Martha Uniondale  
Ralph Avallone (postumously) Blessed Sacrament Valley Stream  
Michael (Mike) and Josephine Pascuzzi Holy Name of Mary Valley Stream  
Joanne Durkin (postumously) Saint John the Baptist Wading River  
Thomas (Tom) and Doreen McDonald Saint Frances de Chantal Wantagh  
Barbara DiGiuseppe Our Lady of Grace West Babylon  
Raymond and Mary Rocensies Saint Thomas the Apostle West Hempstead  
Richard (Rick) and Cathleen (Cathy) Danowski Our Lady of Lourdes West Islip  
Margarite Lemoine Saint Brigid Westbury  
Linda O’Brien Immaculate Conception Westhampton  
Kathy Kane Saint Aidan Williston Park  
Paul and Helene Wentz Holy Name of Jesus Woodbury  
James (Jim) and Teresa (Terry) Pieper Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Wyandanch