Photo: The Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica is illuminated while seen from the Tiber River in Rome March 11, the evening before the world’s cardinals gather for the conclave in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope. (CNS photo/Paul Hanna, Reuters)


All of you know how proud I am to be part of the presbyterate of Rockville Centre.The reason is simple: we have wonderful priests. They serve you and they serve the Church even beyond our diocesan borders.

Let me tell you about two of them.  Since 1986, Msgr. Kenneth Boccafolla has been a prelate judge of the Roman Rota. This is the historical Church Court of Appeals where Msgr. Boccafolla has brought his canonical expertise to serve the Church Universal for 26 years. For the last several years he has been the Vice Dean of that prestigious group of canonical judges. In addition he has given his services to several offices of the Roman Curia as a counselor and expert in canon law. After this distinguished service that began in parishes and in the Tribunal of our diocese, he has come home. We welcome him home as the good and faithful servant and priest of Jesus Christ we know him to be.
Father Lachlan Cameron was ordained by me five years ago and has been serving as Associate Pastor at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa. In addition, he readily accepted my request that he be the priest to guide the annual Men’s Spirituality Conference held for the fifth time last Saturday at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School.  He also has taken on the role of priest chaplain at Adelphi University where he has brought to Campus Ministry his great faith and deep theological learning with a special expertise in the thought of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Father Cameron has been invited to enter the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. This is the school that trains priest to serve in the diplomatic service of the Holy See. After Easter, he will transfer to Rome, first to study Italian and then to enter the Academy both to pursue a doctorate in one of the Sacred Sciences and to receive the education and training for diplomatic service.

Our prayers go with him as we send him to serve the new Holy Father even as we thank Msgr. Boccafolla for his service to our last two Popes. Rome and Rockville Centre are linked in the love we have for the Roman Pontiff and the generosity of our priests who serve this diocese and the Church Universal.