Enlivening Faith

From parish improvements to sharing our faith and religious instruction for new Catholics of all ages and backgrounds, these initiatives are key to inspiring a bold, evangelizing Catholic faith. These programs, services and resources directly impact the daily spiritual lives of more than 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island.

Funding priorities include:

  • Parish needs
  • Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
  • Faith formation
  • Vocations and retired clergy
  • New evangelization
  • Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics

Parish Needs

The local parish is the rock of an evangelizing Catholic community, the physical place where its members connect with God and with each other, pray, share the faith, provide or receive merciful help (whether it is spiritual guidance, a warm meal, etc.), participate in community ministries, play CYO sports or attend religious education classes. For the Catholic faith on Long Island to be vibrant, our 134 parishes must be evangelizing communities that nurture, inspire us and launch our Catholic witness in the public square.

Funding priorities include:

  • Capital improvements and new construction
  • New construction
  • Ministry creation and enhancement
  • Evangelization
  • Campus ministries at Stony Brook University and others by investing in the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) program

Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

Dedicated and formally opened as the new Seminary in 1930, this historic building needs significant upgrades to meet the challenges of providing modern theological education and formation for both clergy and laity. In addition to serving as a home to some of the academic programs of St. Joseph’s Seminary and the Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of clergy, the Seminary maintains a theological library and offers retreat and meeting space to Long Island and the greater New York region’s Catholic parishes, schools, organizations and individuals.

Funding priorities include:

  • Capital improvements
  • Building restoration
  • Program development

Faith Formation

The Office of Faith Formation provides leadership training, guidance, evaluation and resources to support pastors and clergy, catechetical lay leaders and volunteers in their efforts to be joyful witnesses to the Gospel and agents of evangelization. The latest communication technologies are incorporated to help realize our mission to engage, inspire and motivate Long Island Catholics: to Christ, to the Church, to one another.

Funding priorities include:

  • Marriage preparation
  • Parenting and Family Life programs
  • Sacramental preparation to honor the moments surrounding the receiving of the sacraments
  • Religious education resources to support those who receive faith formation in our parishes
  • Adult catechetical formation to support Catholic Long Islanders in ongoing transformation
  • Special Needs Ministry programs
  • Resources for divorced and separated Catholics

Vocations and Retired Clergy

It is critical for the future vibrancy of Long Island’s parishes that, as a family of faith, we invest both in the rich harvest of a new generation of holy seminarians and priests and in the dignified care of our retired and retiring priests.

Funding priorities include:

  • Vocational recruitment and training
  • Infrastructure and housing improvements that support our priests with a dignified retirement and accommodate their needs for housing

New Evangelization

As baptized Catholics, we are all called to Evangelization, the sharing of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Long Island Catholics are called to share our Faith humbly, compassionately and intelligently, with those among us who are inactive in Church life, as well as with the entire Long Island community. We will invest in the communications and outreach tools — whether through Catholic Charities of Long Island, faith formation efforts, youth, young adult and university campus ministries or other ministries — that will ensure we can engage a new generation to be instruments of dramatic missionary growth.

The mission of Evangelization includes a robust outreach to and cooperation with the many different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds that make up Long Island. We answer the call to welcome the immigrant and minister to all cultures. The Pontifical Mission Society of the Diocese of Rockville Centre supports our missionary and charitable mandate to serve the poor on a global scale.

Funding priorities include:

  • Communications and outreach toolkits/materials
  • Communications and outreach support
  • Support for the global mission of the Church in caring for the poor

Human Life, Family and Bioethics

The Office of Human Life, Family and Bioethics enunciates and promotes the principle that human life, at all stages from natural conception to natural death, is a gift from God, worthy of respect and protection. Defending and protecting all phases of human life through prayer, concrete support services, legal advocacy and education efforts within the Church and in the public square will remain the primary focus of the office.

Human Life: In a world where the very concept of “personhood” seeks to be redefined, we emphasize human life because we are created in the image and likeness of God and in this we receive His most precious gift.

Family: Pope St. John Paul II called the family the “sanctuary of life.” Therefore, we are called to promote the good of the family through a firm understanding of marriage, a universal call to chastity as befits one’s station in life and relations to the greater community including parental responsibility.

Bioethics: In nurturing a close relationship with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, we hope to continue building a strong foundation of Catholic moral teaching throughout the Diocese – in our parishes, our health care system and most especially in our youth, who represent the future of our Church.

Funding priorities include:

  • Program investments