|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1913|
|Death: ||Jul. 18, 1975|
Msgr. Francis A. Marrocco was born in Peterborough on June 20, 1913. He attended St. Peter's Separate School and St. Peter's High School before entering St. Augustine's Seminary in 1932. He was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop James C. McGuigan in St. Peter's Cathedral, Peterborough on June 12, 1938.
Father Marrocco served in the Parishes of Huntsville, Kinmount, Parry Sound and St. Peter's Cathedral, all in the Diocese of Peterborough before attending the Catholic University of America in 1943, for graduate study in Social Action. In 1946, he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia studying the cooperative movement. In 1948, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops set up a Social Action Department with Father Marrocco becoming the first English speaking Secretary. He also directed the Catholic Immigrant Aid program of the Conference from 1948 to 1951. In 1954, Father Marrocco returned to Peterborough as the Rector of St. Peter's Cathedral.
On December 7, 1955, Father Marrocco was appointed as Titular Bishop of the See of Limnae and Auxiliary to Cardinal McGuigan for the Metropolitan See of Toronto. He received his Episcopal Consecration in St. Peter's Cathedral on February 22, 1956, from Cardinal McGuigan who was assisted by Bishop John R. MacDonald of Antigonish and Bishop Benjamin I. Webster of Peterborough. Bishop Marrocco was appointed Pastor of St. Edward's Parish, Willowdale and took Possession of his church on March 25, 1956. As well as his Episcopal duties, Bishop Marrocco was also appointed Dean of York in 1957, Director of Catholic Charities in 1960, and Diocesan Consultor, and Archdiocesan Director of Vocations in 1961. At times he served as Secretary of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops and was National Director of Vocations. During his tenure in Toronto Bishop Marrocco was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Canadian Register Limited and Archdiocesan chaplain of the Christian Family Movement, and served as Episcopal Vicar for the Italian community in Toronto.
On June 10, 1968, Bishop Marrocco was elected Bishop of Peterborough. He was installed in St. Peter's Cathedral by Archbishop Emmanuel Clarizio, Apostolic Delegate to Canada on August 6, of that year. On July 18, 1975, Bishop Marrocco suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 62. His Funeral was held July 22, in St. Peter's Cathedral and was interred in the Priests' Plot of St. Peter's Cemetery, Peterborough.
Saint Peters Roman Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Jun 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27904060
It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Bishop Marrocco, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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