A new bishop has been appointed by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, succeeding retiring Bishop William Murphy.
Bishop John Barres will assume his role as fifth bishop of Rockville Centre on Jan. 31, the diocese announced in a press release last Friday. He’ll oversee a population of more than 1.45 million Catholics across Long Island.
Nearly 20 years had passed since the Rev. Piotr Narkiewicz took his last English class at a university in Poland when he journeyed to the United States in 2012. His destination was St. Isidore Roman Catholic Church, which dates back to 1903 and is situated in Riverhead’s Polish Town. READ
Percy, a Shetland sheepdog, sat quietly under the desk of his owner, Monsignor Frank Schneider, almost unnoticeable on a recent Tuesday morning. Msgr. Schneider, on the other hand, is quite unlike his trusted companion. READ
Years of aging varnish and soot from candle smoke had taken their toll on the once-colorful oil paintings and frescos inside St. Isidore R.C. Church in Polish Town. The vibrant blues of the painted skies had turned nearly black and the images of Catholic religious figures were dark. READ