ROCKVILLE CENTRE – June 8, 2018 – Pope Francis today appointed Msgr. Richard G. Henning to be an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Bishop-elect Henning is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and currently serves as interim Episcopal Vicar for the Central Vicariate of the Diocese. He also serves as rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, and director of the Sacred Heart Institute, Huntington. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, made the announcement public earlier today in Washington, D.C.
Bishop-elect Henning will concelebrate the 7:45 a.m. Mass today at St. Agnes Cathedral with Bishop John O. Barres, Bishop Emeritus William Murphy Bishop Robert Brennan, vicar general. This Mass airs on the Telecare Television Network at 8:30 AM and 12:30 PM.
The first interview of Bishop-elect Henning is posted above and will also air today at 10:30 a.m. on Telecare’s “Everyday Faith Live!”news program. (Telecare can be viewed on Cablevision channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS TV channel 296, Time Warner Cable channel 471).
Bishop Barres will ordain Bishop-elect Henning on July 24, 2018 at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre.
“The Diocese of Rockville Centre rejoices in Pope Francis’ appointment of Msgr. Henning as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese,” said Bishop Barres. “Bishop-elect Henning’s pastoral charity and intelligence, his commitment to a demanding life of daily prayer, his love for the Hispanic community and evangelization, his biblical scholarship and experience in seminary formation, his national contributions to the ongoing formation of priests and assistance to international priests who serve in this country give him a wide range of pastoral experience and skills to help advance the New Evangelization and dramatic missionary growth on Long Island.”
“I am grateful to His Holiness, Pope Francis, for the call to serve as an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Centre,” said Bishop-elect Henning. “I am also grateful to Bishops Barres and Murphy for their encouragement and mentoring. This is a moment of deep reflection and the humble acknowledgement of my dependence upon the grace of God and my joy in His service.”
Since 2002, Bishop-elect Henning has served on the faculty of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. In 2012, he was named Rector of the Seminary and Director of the Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of clergy for the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Bishop-elect Henning assists on weekends at Saint Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore and administers the summer mission church, Our Lady of the Magnificat, at Ocean Beach in Fire Island.
Bishop-elect Henning was born in Rockville Centre and grew up in Valley Stream. His home parish is Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream. He is the eldest of five children of Richard and Maureen Henning. A product of Catholic education, Henning attended Holy Name of Mary School and is a 1982 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola. He graduated from St. John’s University, Queens, in 1986, then began studying for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington.
Bishop-elect Henning was ordained on May 30, 1992 at St. Agnes Cathedral by Bishop John McGann. Bishop-elect Henning also earned a master’s degree in history from St. John’s University in 1988. He went on to earn his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from The University of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Angelicum, Rome.
Bishop-elect Henning is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and is also able to read French, Greek and Hebrew. He is a leader of the Parresia Project, a grant-funded initiative working to improve reception processes for international priests serving in the U.S.