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On Monday, May 27, 1957, Walter P. Kellenberg was formally installed as the first Bishop of Rockville Centre during a 3 hour service which included a procession on Quealy Place and Bishop Kellenberg's first solemn pontifical mass in the newly designated St. Agnes Cathedral.

The installation was presided over by Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York.  In addition to Cardinal Spellman, the installation was attended by three archbishops, twenty-five bishops, one hundred monsignors, four hundred priests and one hundred nuns.

Those attending included:

Archbishop Patrick O'Boyle, Washington Archbishop John O'Hara, Philadelphia Archbishop William O'Brien, Chicago
Bishop Harold Henry, Kwang-Ju, Korea Bishop Hubert Cartwright, Wilmington Bishop Philip Furlong, US Military Ordinariate 
Bishop Edmund Reilly, Brooklyn Bishop Coleman Carroll, Pittsburgh Bishop Edward Dargin, New York 
Bishop Lawrence Casey, Rochester Bishop-Elect James Navagh, Ogdensburg Bishop John Boardman, Brooklyn
Bishop Paul Hagarty, Bahamas Bishop David Cunningham, Syracuse Bishop James Griffiths, New York
Bishop Joseph Flannelly,  New York Bishop James McNulty, Paterson Bishop Henry Klonowski, Scranton
Bishop Lawrence Shehan, Bridgeport Bishop William Scully, Albany Bishop William Arnold, US Military Ordinariate
Bishop James Connolly, Fall River Bishop-Elect Bryan McEntegart, Brooklyn Bishop Ambrose Senyshyn, Byzantine Rite 
Apostolic Exarchate, Stamford
Bishop Walter Foery, Syracuse Bishop George Leech, Harrisburg Bishop Stephen Donahue, New York
Bishop Fulton Sheen, New York

Among the priests assisting at the installation were Fr. Edward Kellenberg, the new bishop's brother and two priests who would  go on to be a part of the life of St. Agnes.  Fr. John McGann who would eventually become the second bishop of Rockville Centre and Fr. Robert Mulligan who would one day become cathedral rector. 

Installation Program

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Following the installation a luncheon was held at the Garden City Hotel.


- "From a Blacksmith Shop To A Majestic Gothic Edifice", 1935
- Leonard, CSJ, Sr. Joan de Lourdes, "Richly Blessed, The Diocese of Rockville Centre 1957-1990", (Walsworth Publishing, 1991)
- O'Neill, James "To Believe In A Vision"  (Delmar, 1983)
- "Rededication Journal", 1982

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