Here is a roundup of some of the people making news recently in the Diocese of Rockville Centre:


Chaminade Students Return from Service Project in West Virginia

MINEOLA — Six Chaminade High School students, above, have just returned from a week-long service project at Nazareth Farm in rural Doddridge County, West Virginia. A Catholic retreat program, Nazareth Farm aims to live the Gospel message through community, simplicity, prayer and service with neighbors in Appalachia. Retreat participants address substandard living conditions in the local region by repairing homes and building friendships. They are also asked to keep their mobile phones and devices off and, instead, connect to the moments and the people with whom they worked.

Rising Chaminade seniors on the trip included John C. Murphy, Jack Kenny, and Aidan Fitzgerald, of Garden City; Jack Bingham, of Rockville Centre; Nick Richardson, of Dix Hills; and Brendan Romano, of Seaford.

Interpersonal connections left the greatest impression on Romano, who recalled a neighbor he met while on assignment repairing roofing, siding, and a deck at Doddridge County homes. “She was the happiest person,” Romano said. “When she invited us in to her home to cool off while we worked, she said she would miss us when we left. She was grateful for the repairs – but there was more to it than that. We didn’t just build something for her. We built a relationship with her.”



Closed high school saves iconic statue

IMG_20160120_122749808_HDRSaint Pius X Preparatory Seminary closed its doors in Uniondale in 1984.  “Even without the school open, while we had the building to visit, we felt like we had something,” says Pius alumnus Frank McQuade of Long Beach.  “But when the building was sold, we felt we needed something tangible to hold onto.”
The Pius X Alumni Association negotiated with the building’s new owners for the gifting of the 20-foot statue of Saint Pius X which has been affixed to the building’s façade for the past 50 years.
Pius opened in 1961.  The “new” building at 1220 Front Street in Uniondale opened in 1966, and closed in 1984.  Following the high school’s closing, it was used as a residential facility for retired Rockville Centre Diocesan priests and by Mercy Medical Center for administrative offices and out-patient services.  In 2013, the building was purchased from the Rockville Centre Diocese by the Greek Orthodox Diocese of New York for use as the Saint Michael Center, an assisted living facility.
“When we realized the building would be soon remodeled, we asked for the Pius statue.  That iconic stone image was the face of the school we all remember.  We were glad when the new owners said we could take it,” recounts McQuade.
The statue will be located at the campus of Kellenberg Memorial High School nearby in Uniondale.  “We couldn’t bear thinking of the statue being turned to rubble. Now we have a lasting link with our alma mater,” says John Ryan, a Pius alumnus living in Manhattan.
The relocation of the statue required removing the 6,700-pound cement statue, transporting it to its new location and re-erecting it at Kellenberg.  The project cost over $20,000.00, funded by the school’s alumni.
“A statue is not the same as an open high school filled with life and energy,” McQuade muses.  “But to see the statue will bring good memories of the history and legacy of a great school for years to come.
Sean Hannity is among Pius X’s most well-known alumni.
Donations to the statue fund can be made to:  St. Pius X Alumni Association, c/o Cathedral Prep, 56-25 92nd Street, Elmhurst, New York  11373.




History comes to life at West Islip School

Before school ended in June, “Boots and Saddles” productions, above, came to Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip to showcase a historical timeline for the students. There were various “stations” set up with live historians portraying various figures including mounted cavalry members (with their horses), Civil and Revolutionary War soldiers and chaplain,  a medieval knight in armor and Theodore Roosevelt.

At the end of day there was a demonstration attended by all grades which consisted of a mounted cavalry demonstration. The riders showed how the horse was used in war and the training exercise used to ready a horse for battle.



Two CHS Hospitals Earn Highest Honors From HANYS

Rockville Centre, NY – Catholic Health Services’s (CHS) St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St. Joseph hospitals were named by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as winners of the 2017 HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety. At a recent ceremony held in Lake George, HANYS presented CHS leadership with the awards. St. Joseph Hospital was recognized for successfully addressing alarm fatigue, which resulted in a significant improvement in patient room quietness, while St. Catherine’s winning initiative enabled the hospital to exceed state and national performance levels in administering plasminogen activator (tPA) to stroke patients.

“St. Catherine and St. Joseph’s achievements reflect a high level of professionalism and intense dedication to patient safety,” said Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO. “Through the implementation of systematic performance improvement strategies, the teams at both CHS hospitals have significantly raised the bar.”

St. Catherine’s project, “Improving Patient Outcomes Through Collaboration With Emergency Medical Services to Enhance Quality of Pre-Hospital Communication,” resulted in all 2016 ischemic stroke patients receiving tPA within 60 minutes of Emergency Department (ED) arrival and 89% of all stroke patients being assessed by the ED physician within 15 minutes. Additionally, pre-hospital communication increased to 74%, exceeding national and state performance levels.

St. Joseph’s “Reducing Rule-Based Error: Implementation of PDSA and Its Impact on Alarm Fatigue” resulted in a 39% reduction in non-critical clinical alarms per patient day (exceeding its original goal), a decrease of more than 9% in transfers to a higher level of care and a 26% improvement in HCAHPS Quietness of Room at Night.

Both hospitals were chosen from among 86 statewide nominations. Winners were selected in four categories: three for acute care based on bed count and one for post-acute/outpatient providers.