Saint Brigid's New Associate Pastor

Bishop Barres has appointed Father Rony Fabien to be our new associate pastor, effective Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Father Rony will replace Father Jason, who has been assigned to graduate studies for Sacred Scripture in Washington DC. Father Rony has been kind enough to offer a few words about himself:

"This past Tuesday, I received the news that I will be assigned to Saint Brigid Parish, this coming June, as Associate Pastor. Saint Brigid was my first choice from the three Parishes I had submitted to the Diocese. I am looking forward to be part of the Saint Brigid’s family. I love the diversity and the sense of community of the parish. How great it will be to have the opportunity to serve in English, Spanish, French and Creole.  I also hope to learn some Italian.

Some of you might be asking, 'Who is Fr. Rony?' Allow me to tell you a little about my background.

I was born in Bainet, the southernmost part of Haiti on March 16, 1961, and ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Jacmel, Haiti, on February 28, 1993.  From March 1993 to May 1995, I was Associate Pastor of the Parish of Saint Joseph, Cotes de Fer, and from May 1995 to June 2000, Pastor of Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Baudin/Grande Colline.

Then, my bishop sent me to the U.S. to study at Fordham University in the Bronx, for an MA in Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership. In 2003, I returned to my Diocese and was appointed Rector of the Cathedral Saints Philip and James and at the same time Diocesan Director of the Episcopal Commission of Justice and Peace. I spent 9 years in that assignment.

In 2012, I returned to the U.S. and was assigned as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Victory Parish, Floral Park and Sunday helper for the Haitian Community of Saint Martha, Uniondale. I can tell you, that experience here is one of 'a brother among brothers'. This year I was incardinated to the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

As I said previously, I am looking forward to being with you, to serve you and to continue to experience the joy of serving the Lord through you, my sisters and brothers. You are in my prayers.

Praised be the name of Jesus Christ now and forever!"