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Bishop Barres Offers Ash Wednesday Mass at Good Sam

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Bishop Barres Offers Ash Wednesday Mass at Good Sam


Employees of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and members of the community observed the first day of Lent with a special visit from the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D., delivered the homily for the noon mass in the St. Vincent DePaul Chapel and joined with staff and clergy from Good Samaritan Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department to offer ashes to those in attendance. 

“Lent is one of the holiest times of year in the Christian faith, and we were honored to have Bishop Barres visit our Medical Center and lead us in our Ash Wednesday Eucharist,” said Thomas Ockers, Good Samaritan Hospital Chief Administrative Officer.

Prior to mass, Bishop Barres met with employees and visitors, posed for pictures and offered blessings and well wishes. During the Eucharist, Bishop Barres followed up on the message delivered during his Installation Mass and encouraged dramatic missionary growth in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He drew parallels between Catholics serving as “Good Samaritans” to their neighbors, and the excellent care provided by the physicians, nurses and staff at Good Samaritan to their neighbors in the community.

Bishop Barres was installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on January 31. He presides over the sixth largest Diocese in the nation serving approximately 1.4 million Catholics through 134 parishes, 56 Catholic Schools.