More than 160 lay people from across the Diocese of Rockville Centre were celebrated for their dedicated and faith-filled service to their respective parishes during a special liturgy Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre.

The honorees received the St. Agnes Medal of Service from Bishop John Barres, who presided at the event and was joined in the sanctuary by Auxiliary Bishops Robert Brennan, Robert Coyle, Richard Henning, Andrzej Zglejszewski and dozens of parish priests.

Following the prayer service and award ceremony, the medal recipients gathered with their family and friends for light refreshments in the parish center.

The St. Agnes Medal, which is presented annually, was instituted by Bishop William Murphy in 2007—on the occasion of the diocese’s 50th anniversary—to honor members of the lay faithful in each of the diocese’s 133 parishes who generously donate their time and talent to ministries and activities for the overall good of their worship communities.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz


For a list of this year’s honorees, click here.

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