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Biography of Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre


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The Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, S.T.D., J.C.L., D.D.
Fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre

On December 9, 2016, Pope Francis named Most Reverend John Oliver Barres, the fifth bishop of Rockville Centre. Bishop Barres had served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania since July 30, 2009. He was installed on January 31, 2017, in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, New York. During his installation homily, Bishop Barres appealed to inactive Catholics to rediscover the power of the Word of God, the power of the Sacrament of Penance, and the power of the Catholic Mass. He encouraged and challenged active Catholics to invite one inactive Catholic friend or family member to Mass, to gently, compassionately, non-judgmentally witness the beauty of their intimacy with Christ and their love for the mission of the Catholic Church.


Long Island Catholic Monthly Column "Holiness and Mission"

April 2017: Dramatic Missionary Growth – The Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Call to Dramatic Missionary Growth: The Power of Praying the Gospel, Resurrection Appearances of the Risen Christ in the Easter Season

May 2017: The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima and Dramatic Missionary Growth in the Diocese of Rockville Centre

June 2017: Inspirational Phrases and Images of Pope Francis as Prophetic Catalysts of Dramatic Missionary Growth in the Church of Rockville Centre

July/August 2017: A Catholic Spirituality of Commuter Delays

September 2017: Priesthood Ordination

October 2017: Seven Reasons to Celebrate our Catholic Faith on the 25th Anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

November 2017: Keynote Meditation at the UN September 11, 2017 Prayer Service

December 2017: Funeral for Deacon Patrick Logsdon – Homily by Bishop John Barres

January 2018: “The Relationship between Catholic Sacramental Theology and Catholic Social Justice Teaching: The Sacrament of Penance in Service of ‘Welcoming the Stranger’. - Keynote Address - St. John’s University – Sept. 3, 2017

February 2018: A Tribute to My CYO Basketball Coach Joe Gallick – and to All CYO Coaches on Long Island

March 2018: Lent

April 2018: Easter 2018

May 2018: March for Life

June, July & August 2018: Avery Cardinal Dulles and the Future of Catholic Apologetics in America, St. Joseph’s Seminary Convocation Keynote Address

September 2018: Bishop Henning Ordination

October 2018: Archbishop Saint Oscar Romero: A Catholic Martyr Who Made the Holy Sacrifice of His Life While Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

November 2018: The 100th Anniversary of St. Padre Pio Receiving the Stigmata of Jesus Christ and the Wounds of the Church in Our Day

December 2018: Saints that Inspire and Motivate Young People

January 2019: Bishop Barres' Commentary on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation