Monsignor William E. Koenig
2018 Recipient of the William J. Cronin Award
Monsignor William Koenig is presently the Rector of St. Agnes Cathedral. He is the son of the late Alfred & Mary Koenig and has two brothers, Joe and Mike, a sister-in-law, Joan, and three nieces, Katherine, Laura and Maggie as well as a grand-nephew, Lucas. Father Bill grew up in East Meadow where he and his family were parishioners of St. Raphael’s Church. Catholic education has been a strong part of Father Bill’s life as he attended St. Raphael’s for elementary school, St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale for high school, Cathedral College in Douglaston, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington for Theology and Fordham University for a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
Father Bill was ordained at St. Agnes Cathedral in May 1983. His priesthood assignments for twenty-five of these years have been in parishes, with all but one having an elementary school. In addition to his parish assignments, Father Bill served as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Director of Ministry to Priests for seven years.
In June 2009, Bishop Murphy appointed Father Koenig as Rector of St. Agnes Cathedral. Having served at St. Agnes as an Associate Pastor from 1996 to 2000, Father Bill was aware firsthand of the vibrancy, generosity, and goodness of the people who make up the Parish of St. Agnes. Knowing how blessed he had been to have had the opportunity to serve as Pastor of the Parish of St. William the Abbot in Seaford for the previous nine years, he was also aware of how blessed he was to be given the opportunity to return to St. Agnes and be part, once again, of the work that the school does in shaping children so they can be tomorrow’s leaders