Bishops from the Diocese of Rockville Centre traditionally make pastoral visits to Long Island prisons each Advent. They celebrate Mass in anticipation of Christmas for inmates at the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities in Riverhead and Yaphank, and at the Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow. This year Auxiliary Bishops Robert Coyle, Richard Henning and Andrzej Zglejszewski offered a total of ten Masses in the jails for both the English- and Spanish-speaking populations. The services are coordinated by the diocesan Office of Prison Ministry.
Here is a gallery of photos from Bishop Henning’s visit to the East Meadow Jail on Dec. 21. Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Bishop Henning greets inmates as they arrive for Mass.
Deacon Manuel Ramos proclaims the Gospel.
Bishop Henning delivers his homily.
Chaplain Jim Mundy reads the general intercessions.
Bishop Henning elevates the chalice.
Bishop Henning exchanges the sign of peace with the inmates.
Volunteer Wally Rodier leads the music at Mass.
Bishop Henning distributes Holy Communion.
An inmate kneels in prayer.
Bishop Henning addresses the assembly at the end of Mass.
Bishop Henning greets inmates as they return to their cells.
From left, Deacon Jim McLaughlin, prison ministry director; Deacon Jose Bueno, chaplain; volunteer Peter J. Clines, minority counsel, Nassau County Legislature; Nassau County Sheriff Vera Fludd; Bishop Richard Henning; Nassau County legislator Debra Mule; volunteer Wally Rodier, Deacon Manuel Ramos, chaplain; and Jim Mundy, part-time chaplain.
Here are photos from Bishop Coyle’s visit to the Yaphank Correctional Facility on December 19. CNS photos by Gregory A. Shemitz.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Coyle greets female inmates before Mass Dec. 19, 2019, at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank.
Bishop Coyle delivers his homily during the Mass for female inmates.
Bishop Robert J. Coyle of Rockville Centre, flanked by Deacon Roger Mott, left, and Father Jerry DiSpigno, addresses the congregation during a Mass for female inmates.
A female inmate sings during Mass.
Bishop Coyle, flanked by Deacon Roger Mott, left, and Father Jerry DiSpigno, prays during Mass.
Bishop Coyle distributes Holy Communion.
Inmate James Zizzi offers remarks at the end of Mass.
Prison chaplain Sister Michelle Bremer, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, chats with female inmates following Mass.