Bishop Henning receives congratulatory wishes from New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. Photo courtesy: The Long Island Catholic, Gregory A. Shemitz.
Auxiliary Bishop Richard Henning, a Chaminade graduate of the Class of 1982, was installed to his new position in the Diocese of Rockville Centre Tuesday. Pope Francis appointed Bishop Henning in June.
Religious and hundreds of spectators from across the diocese and the region were at St. Agnes Cathedral for a special Mass. Marianist brothers watched as Bishop John Barres ordained their former student, and several current Chaminade students served as ushers for the Mass.
WCBS-TV interviewed Bishop Henning and visited Chaminade to talk about the man and his road to religious life. He was a well-rounded student, making the Honor Roll and National Honor Society and participating in the school newspaper, Catholic League, and Social Studies Club. You can read and watch that story here. Bishop Henning told channel 2, “I am a local boy, I love Long Island. It’s been my home, a great place of joy with my family and friends.”
At the ordination, Bishop Henning said, "While my parish gave birth to my faith, the Marianists raised it."
After graduating high school, Bishop Henning went on to St. John's University. His first pastoral assignment was to St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington. In 2012, he was named Rector of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and Director of the Sacred Heart Institute. Bishop Henning is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and can read French, Greek and Hebrew.
The Marianists of the Province of Meribah, our faculty, students, and families offer our prayers for Bishop Henning's ministry.