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.
Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. Top politicians in Nassau were charged with political corruption, and key officials in Suffolk were convicted of other crimes. A local pizza delivery man shot to fame on “America’s Got Talent,” while we mourned the deaths of iconic entertainers including Carrie Fisher, David Bowie and Prince. 2016 has been a dramatic year. Here’s some of what we’ll remember.
Billy Joel closed down the Nassau Coliseum, while a horse for the ages captured the first Triple Crown in decades at Belmont Park. Two of the state’s top political leaders, including Long Island’s Dean Skelos, were convicted and lost their seats. And a 91-year-old high school graduate made us proud. 2015 has been a nonstop year. Here’s what we’ll remember.