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To the left and behind the main altar is the Cathedra or Bishop's Chair. This is a distinctive feature of a cathedral, and is in fact the only thing that marks this church as different from the other parish churches of the diocese. It is from this chair that the Bishop presides as our spiritual father and chief pastor. 

This cathedra was originally used by Bishop Walter Kellenberg, first bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  It was restored as part of the restoration project completed in 2016.  

The chair bears Bishop Barres' Coat of Arms with the motto "Holiness and Mission".  The Bishop’s motto derives from a phrase from the final section of the encyclical Redemptoris Missio written by Pope John Paul II in 1990, titled “The True Missionary is the Saint.”

Click HERE for an explanation of Bishop Barres' Coat of Arms. 

The Coat of Arms of Bishops Kellenberg, McGann, McHugh and Murphy can be found on the archways on either side of the main altar.
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