Our Pastor

Msgr. Donald McE. Beckmann, Pastor

Raised on Long Island’s North Shore (“Where our beach gave us rocks in our shoes as opposed to the barrier beach’s sand!”) Donald McElligott Beckmann received a graduate degree in theology from Catholic University in Washington and a Doctorate in Ministry from our diocesan seminary in Huntington.

He was ordained a presbyter of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1970. After serving parishes in Rockville Centre and Huntington, he was appointed spiritual director of St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary. He was Chaplain at Hofstra University and Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry.

During his university tenure as well he was appointed Diocesan Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, a position he still holds. In that role he served on the national Orthodox Christian – Roman Catholic dialogue, the national Muslim – Catholic dialogue and the national Orthodox Jewish – Catholic dialogue.

For eight years he was ecumenical representative from the Catholic Church in the United States to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (“My father’s Lutheran family was delighted with that appointment.”)  His most memorable work has been his involvement in the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s. (“My mother’s family in the County Kerry was proud if a bit bemused that their cousin was ‘involved with those people in the North.’”)

He continues to represent our diocese on the Board of Governors of the Long Island Council of Churches. In recognition of his ecumenical and interfaith work he was named an Honorary Prelate by Pope John Paul II. Since 2005 he has been pastor of Saint Ignatius Martyr (“a parish I have come to love like none other”).