Here is a roundup of some of the people making news recently in the Diocese of Rockville Centre:
Seminary honors Bishop Brennan, Scolaro family at golf outing
On July 10, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception hosted its 14th Annual Golf Classic, honoring Bishop Robert Brennan and the Scolaro family, above, Charles and Antonette, their daughter, Theresa, and their son, Father Joseph (Class of 2014). Held at Rockville Links, golfers were joined in the evening by more than one hundred additional dinner guests. Funds generated by this major fundraiser support the education and formation of diocesan seminarians.
Canine Companion Rally joins Mercy Medical Center Staff
Mercy Medical Center mental health therapist Marianne Hutcheson recently received a facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence – a national non-profit organization providing highly trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities.
Hutcheson was matched with Rally II, a two-year-old black lab/golden retriever cross who has been trained to respond to over 40 advanced commands. Rally can turn light switches on and off, open and close doors and retrieve dropped objects. But Rally’s new job will be assisting Marianne at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre where she works with patients using art-assisted therapy. Rally is a motivational tool used to help patients achieve their goals in preparation for their next step on the road to recovery.
Hutcheson and Rally completed Canine Companion’s recent Team Training Class, an intense, two-week course held at the organization’s Northeast Regional Center in Medford.
Each student who attends Team Training is paired with a fully trained, working assistance dog, like Rally, and is taught to work with his/her canine companion. The training course consists of daily lectures, exams, practice and public outings.
Hutcheson and Rally are settling into a routine at Mercy Medical Center where Hutcheson says, “Rally is a very special dog and he is already making a tremendous difference in our patient’s lives.”
Service, Scholarship and Success for SS Cyril and Methodius Grad
When Patrick Vierling graduated from Deer Park’s SS Cyril and Methodius (SSCM) School in June with numerous awards and scholarships it came as no surprise to people in the school community who knew of his history of academic excellence and commitment to community service. This ambitious young man has been on the short path toward success throughout his years at SSCM, from his kindergarten days through his involvement in SSCM’s 8th grade accelerated algebra program.
Patrick was a member of SSCM’s Distinguished Scholars and was in the school’s Gifted and Talented program. He was active in extracurricular activities including the cross country team and the Shakespeare troupe. He was an altar server for several years and volunteered at every SSCM event, from Parish Outreach food drives to Breakfasts with Santa
Patrick will attend St. John the Baptist in the fall, having earned a Coop Scholarship based on his CHSEE (Catholic High School Entrance Exam) scores. Other honors included the SSCM Senior Citizens Scholarship, awards for altar service and Excellence in Social Studies, a Parents’ Association Scholarship and the Monsignor Rooney Scholarship from the Holy Name Society.