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
Honorees and guests arrive at St. Agnes Cathedral.
The St. Agnes medals are displayed in the sanctuary.
Members of the boys section of the Select Choir of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, Hicksville, sing.
Honorees sing at the beginning of the service.
Father Michael Bartholomew, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Westhampton Beach, processes with fellow clergy into the cathedral.
Bishop John Barres offers a prayer.
Bishop Barres delivers his homily.
Deacon Lawrence Faulkenberry proclaims the Gospel.
Sister of Charity Maryanne Fitzgerald, diocesan chancellor, reads the names of the honorees.
Honoree Mercedes Peralta of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish, Wyandanch, is acknowledged.
Honoree Arlene Ruggieri of Holy Name of Mary Parish, Valley Stream, receives her medal from Bishop Barres.
Honoree Giuseppina Carbone of St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Franklin Square, accepts her medal.
Honoree Leslie Pramnieks of St. Gerard Majella Parish, Port Jefferson Station, is all smiles after receiving her medal.
Bishop Barres presents medals to Will and Concetta Whelan of Our Lady of Grace Parish, West Babylon, as their children look on.
Honorees recite the Lord's Prayer.
Bishop Barres applauds the honorees.
Francis Ruchalski of St. Agnes Cathedral Parish, Rockville Centre, holds the medal awarded posthumously to his daughter Mary. He is joined by daughters Lyndsey and Ashley, wife Carol and son John.
Honorees Michael and Maggie Killeen are joined by their family and Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning after the liturgy.
Bishop Richard Henning congratulates honoree Juan Perez of Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Hempstead, who is joined by his family and friends.
Father John McCarthy, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church, Hicksville, with parish honoree Eileen Millis.
Bishop Barres joins honoree Karleine Graham, second from left, of St. Martha Parish, Uniondale, and her family and friends.
Father Robert Holz, pastor of St. Raphael Church, East Meadow, with parish honorees Arlene and John Vosilla.
Honoree Doreen Hau of Holy Cross Church, Nesconset, with family and friends.
Bishop Barres with honoree Susan Neubauer of St. William the Abbot Parish, Seaford, and her friends Karen Duncan, left, and Margherita Scotto.
For a list of this year’s honorees, click here.
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