John Barres: Long Island’s new bishop

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Pope Francis named Bishop John Barres to be the new leader of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, replacing Bishop William Murphy. Barres, who headed the Diocese of Allentown in Pennsylvania since 2009, was installed on Jan. 31, 2017, as the fifth bishop of the diocese since it was created in 1957. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind experience for Barres, visiting parishes, schools and community groups, while also confronting issues facing the Catholic church and the larger community.

Hitting the ground running

100 days

Hitting the ground running

Barres said he is still getting to know the sprawling diocese but has established several priorities. He says he has made a quick transition to Rockville Centre from his previous post as bishop of Allentown, Pa.,
and already feels at home.

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The road less traveled

Profile

The road less traveled

Barres took an unusual path to becoming one of the youngest bishops in the United States when he was appointed in 2009.

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'New and creative approaches'

Beginning of an era

'New and creative approaches'

Hundreds witnessed Barres’ installation at St. Agnes Cathedral as the bishop called for fresh ideas about ministry and evangelization.

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Barres through the years

Then and now

Barres through the years

A look at Barres from his childhood in Larchmont, New York, to his college days at Princeton (he's on the left) to his previous post as leader of the Diocese of Allentown.

courtesy of Bishop John Barres

An appeal to youth

First sermon

An appeal to youth

The night before becoming the diocese’s new bishop, Barres spoke at his first prayer service on Long Island, asking the youth in attendance to be 'on fire with the word of God.'

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See readers' messages for the new bishop

Where he should focus

See readers' messages for the new bishop

What are your hopes for Barres and what he addresses in the diocese? Read others' notes and submit your own.

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Barres' 5 goals as bishop

Here's the plan

Barres' 5 goals as bishop

Barres outlines what he hopes to achieve as the new bishop, including strengthening Catholic schools and preserving religious freedom.

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Embarking on a new journey

Allentown to LI

Embarking on a new journey

See photos of Barres in his posts as bishop in Pennsylvania and on Long Island.

Newsday/Alejandra Villa

How it all began

Lighting the spark

How it all began

Barres recalls the moment he decided to become a priest, as well as what he's looking forward to as the new leader of the diocese.

Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Get to know the new bishop

Tell us about yourself

Get to know the new bishop

From basketball to the Catholic Church, Barres may become known as the 'point guard bishop.'

Newsday/John Paraskevas

Barres gets the good news

Receiving the call

Barres gets the good news

Barres recalls when he found out that he was chosen to lead the diocese, calling it 'a beautiful moment.'

Newsday/John Paraskevas

Pope Francis names new bishop to replace Murphy

Welcome to Long Island

Pope Francis names new bishop to replace Murphy

Barres was introduced as Murphy's replacement in a press conference on Dec. 9, 2016.

Newsday/John Paraskevas

Parishoners have high hopes

Eager to meet him

Parishoners have high hopes

Catholics in Rockville Centre expressed optimism as they prepare for Barres, believing he will energize the diocese.

Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Produced by Joe Diglio, newsday.com staff