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Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Sacred (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, before a Mass Sunday morning dedicating it as a minor basilica, Long Island's first, in Southampton. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop celebrates Southampton basilica church

Long Island has its first Roman Catholic basilica. During a Mass and dedication ceremony Sunday morning, Diocese of Rockville Centre Bishop William Murphy inaugurated the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Southampton into a minor basilica.

Bishop William Murphy greets Anna Francullo at the
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy greets Anna Francullo at the Basilica Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary after the dedication Mass on Sunday. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Sacred
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, before a Mass Sunday morning dedicating it as a minor basilica, Long Island's first, in Southampton. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Basilica
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers at the Basilica Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton. (May 27, 2012)

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The music ministry plays during the Mass dedicating
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The music ministry plays during the Mass dedicating the Southampton church as a minor basilica. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy, center, congratulates Msgr. Jeffrey Madley
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy, center, congratulates Msgr. Jeffrey Madley after presiding over the Sunday morning Mass. (May 27, 2012)

Oscar Mahoney, a member of the music ministry,
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Oscar Mahoney, a member of the music ministry, plays the trumpet during the mass dedicating the Southampton church as a minor basilica. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the Sunday morning
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the Sunday morning mass. (May 27, 2012)

Msgr. Jeffrey Madley, pastor of the Sacred Hearts
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Msgr. Jeffrey Madley, pastor of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, gives Communion to parishioners on Sunday. (May 27, 2012)

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Parishioners packed the 650-seat church for the Mass
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Parishioners packed the 650-seat church for the Mass dedicating the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church as a minor basilica. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the dedication Mass
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the dedication Mass at what is now the Basilica Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the mass on
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy presides over the mass on Sunday. At the start of the Mass, Murphy presented to Msgr. Jeffrey Madley a certificate from the Vatican bestowing the minor basilica title. (May 27, 2012)

Parishioners pack the 650-seat church in Southampton on
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Parishioners pack the 650-seat church in Southampton on Sunday. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers before the dedication
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy greets well-wishers before the dedication Mass on Sunday. (May 27, 2012)

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The Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus before the Mass on Sunday. (May 27, 2012)

Bishop William Murphy enters the Sacred Hearts of
(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Bishop William Murphy enters the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church for a Mass dedicating it as a minor basilica. (May 27, 2012)

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