(2) For Bishop Barres’ own reflections on the relationship between Catholic Faith and athletic experience, see the following: 1)Apostolic Athletes: 11 Priests and Bishops Reveal How Sports Helped them Follow Christ’s Call (collected by Trent Beattie). (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2017), Bishop Barres’ chapter “From College Point Guard to Point Guard for the Church,” 85-106; 2)February 2018 Long Island Catholic column entitled “A Tribute to my CYO Basketball Coach Joe Gallick – and to all CYO Coaches on Long Island,” 3-5; 3)April 2019 Long Island Catholic Column entitled “A Wink from God: an Epilogue to Apostolic Athletes,” 3-5; 4)March 2017 Long Island Catholic issue which explores key dimensions of Bishop Barres’ life.
Even in these extraordinarily painful times there are so many signs of God’s grace at work.
- In the June 22, 2019 Priesthood Ordination of Fr. Cody Bobick, Fr. Matt Browne, Fr. Kenneth Grooms, Fr. Nelson Marquez Salvador, Fr. Alexander Turpin, Jr., Fr. Roger Velasquez. In addition to ordaining six new priests, we have eight young men entering the seminary in August 2019.
- In the third year of Camp Quo Vadis July 7-12, 2019, 100 teens gathered for a dynamic experience of Eucharistic Adoration, catechesis, formation, discernment and a lot of fun. What a Triple A farm team is to a Major League baseball team, Quo Vadis is to vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
- In the more than 90 parishes of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, that have set a national record for the usage rate of FORMED, an online compendium of Catholic videos, readings, and audio resources offered by the Augustine Institute.
- In the implementation of a senior year Catholic Apologetics program in participating Catholic high schools which will prepare our students to witness to their Catholic faith.
- In the preparations to celebrate the canonization of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman on October 13, 2019 and the evangelizing Newman Apostolates at Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, Adelphi University and LIU-Post. FOCUS campus missionaries have arrived with passion and zeal at Stony Brook University and they are already amazing in their effect on the students there.
- In the vibrant sign of young couples bringing their newborn child to the waters of Baptism to be a living sign to the world of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- In the sign of children whose parents and catechists have brought them to the moment of celebrating the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist in First Holy Communion, their first encounter with the Bread of Life that will carry and feed them throughout their lives.
- In our young people coming forth in an ever confusing and secular culture to give witness to Christ and be anointed to service and full initiation in the Church through the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- In our parish experiences of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults which enrich not only the catechumens and candidates but the entire parish with the spirit of Catholic evangelization.
- In the increasing numbers of faithful Catholics who celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly, and those who have returned to the life of faith through that beautiful sacrament in the last year, especially in Holy Week at our Reconciliation Monday celebrations in every parish in the diocese.
- In the striking witness of our beloved sick who approach Jesus for healing in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in our homes, our hospitals, our hospices, nursing homes and other senior care facilities.
These are just a few of many examples of how the Holy Spirit is calling forth a new generation of saints, mystics and missionaries in our parishes and in our public squares on Long Island to be instruments and catalysts of dramatic missionary growth.