Catholic Courier

Posted: November 6, 2013

Last Updated: November 7, 2013

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Bishop Salvatore R. Matano celebrates Mass Nov. 6 at Rochester's Sacred Heart Cathedral.

New Bishop of Rochester named

Pope Francis has appointed as Ninth Bishop of Rochester Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington, Vt., according to the Vatican website.

Bishop Matano will be introduced to the Diocese of Rochester at 10:30 a.m. during a press conference at the Pastoral Center.

Bishop Matano was born in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 15, 1946. He attended St. Ann Elementary School and LaSalle Academy in Providence before enrolling in Our Lady of Providence Seminary College in Warwick, where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

He was ordained a priest on Dec. 17, 1971, by Cardinal James Hickey in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a licentiate in sacred theology in 1972 and a doctorate in canon law in 1983.

Bishop Matano served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Johnston, R.I., from 1972-73. He also was a faculty member of Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School in Providence from 1972-77. In 1977 he was named diocesan director of Priests' Personnel. In 1980 he also served as assistant chancellor for the Diocese of Providence.

Between 1980 and 1983, Bishop Matano pursued graduate studies in Rome, after which he returned to the Diocese of Providence, where he served as vicar for administration and cochancellor until 1991.

He served as secretary to the apostolic nuncio at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., from 1991-92. He then returned to the Diocese of Providence, where he served as vicar general and moderator of the curia until 1997, when he was appointed pastor of St. Sebastian Parish in Providence until 2000. The bishop also was a special lecturer in the undergraduate and graduate departments of theology at Providence College of the Dominican Fathers from 1995-2000.

In January 2000, Bishop Matano returned to the Apostolic Nunciature, where he served as secretary to the apostolic nuncio until his ordination as coadjutor Bishop of Burlington on April 19, 2005. He took over full governance of the diocese Nov. 9, 2005.

Bishop Matano was named Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and received recognition from the Holy Father again in 1993 when he was named Prothonotary Apostolic.

The bishop also is a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.


Thanks be to God! Welcome Bishop Matano...
November 6, 2013, 8:40 AM
Tom Costello
Thanks be to God. This has been a very long awaited appointment.
November 6, 2013, 10:09 AM
We will miss him in VT! God's blessing to you Bishop Matano and people of Rochester!
November 6, 2013, 10:29 AM
Marie Gibson
Welcome to Bishop Matano! We look forward to ecumenical dialogue and getting to know one another. Blessings on your work here in Rochester, NY. Greater Rochester Community of Churches Faith In Action Network
November 6, 2013, 10:55 AM
!Gracias! Senor por nuestro nuevo Obispo. Nuestra humilde casa esta dispuesta, para cuando quiera dar misa a la comunidad Hispana de la diocesis. !Bienvenido!
November 6, 2013, 11:10 AM
Joan C. King
Thank-you for your service to our Diocese Your Excellency. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers and hoping that your Vermont footwear are still usable in NY!
November 6, 2013, 11:20 AM
I am very happy. When He spoke He sounded very humble and holy. He has a great devotion to the Holy Eucharst. I hope that a lot of people come back to the Church.
November 6, 2013, 12:17 PM
St. Francis-St. Stephen's School Geneva, NY
Welcome Bishop Matano! The children and staff look forward to meeting you!
November 6, 2013, 12:51 PM
Cory Smith
The Holy Spirit has certainly been at work in the Church this year. God bless Bishop Matano, and God bless Bishop Emeritus Clark!
November 6, 2013, 1:36 PM
Carmelo Caruso
Welcome and God bless our new Bishop
November 6, 2013, 5:45 PM
Patti Wicks
You are very blessed to receive this wonderful Bishop. We have had Bishop Matano lead our diocese for the past eight years. He is a wonderful leader who has done many great things for our Diocese. He will be be sorely missed.
November 6, 2013, 8:48 PM
Richard Emond
Lest we forget, I hope the new bishop follows in the tradition of Vatican II.
November 7, 2013, 6:07 PM
Veronica Gladysz
Hi This is concerning St Patrick's in Owego NY... I hear that they are thinking of closing our school, I hope not true and if so you reconsider not closing it. Our children need prober teachings of our church and values... we need this school open...Do not throw these children aside because of nonsense. I am sure you have ways of keeping this school open. People are decimated here and need your support to do so. We need more people to write to you to show their support. thank you Thank you Veronica Galdysz
January 13, 2015, 12:45 PM
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