ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, June 8, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI conferred the papal honor of monsignor on Father Richard M. Figliozzi, director of the Office of New Evangelization and the Office of Propagation of Faith and Mission.
"I was quite surprised and quite appreciative and happy," Monsignor Figliozzi said of his
reaction when the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre
, announced the conferral of papal honors onto 12 diocesan priests.
...Figliozzi was first assigned to St. Frances de Chantal parish, Wantagh, N.Y. In 1985, he was assigned to St. Vincent de Paul parish, Elmont, N.Y., and in 1988, he was assigned to Our Holy Redeemer parish, Freeport, N.Y., where he spent five years as associate pastor and 12 years as pastor.
Msgr. Figliozzi has been director of the Office of Propagation of Faith and Mission
since 2004, as well as chaplain of the neo-catechumenal way community at Our Holy Redeemer since 2003.He
described this as a "lay ecclesial" community that meets weekly for Scripture readings to foster spirituality.