Rev Joseph John Ruocco

Rev Joseph John Ruocco

Death 26 Jul 1980 (aged 58)
Burial Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 100625263 · View Source
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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 21, 1922, Monsignor Joseph John Ruocco was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1948, for the Archdiocese of Boston by Archbishop Richard J. Cushing at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. His first parish assignment was as Assistant Pastor at Saint Anne Parish in Readville. Subsequent parish assignments followed at Saint Catherine of Genoa Parish in Somerville and Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood.

In 1971, Father Ruocco was appointed Administrator of Saint John-Saint Hugh Parish in the Roxbury section of Boston by Cardinal Humberto Mederios. He served in this assignment until 1974, when Cardinal Mederios appointed him Pastor of Saint Timothy Parish in Norwood.

Appointed Auxiliary for the Archdiocese of Boston and Bishop of the Titular See of Polinianum, he received his episcopal consecration on February 11, 1975, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross from Cardinal Humberto Sousa Medeiros, Archbishop of Boston, assisted by Thomas Joseph Riley, Titular Bishop of Regiae and by Lawrence Joseph Riley, Titular Bishop of Daimlaig.

He died at D'Youville Manor in Lowell, Boston, on July 26, 1980, aged 58, following a lengthy illness of congestive heart failure, and is buried in Westview Cemetery, Lexington, Massachusetts.

In his homily at Bishop Ruocco's funeral Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on July 31, 1980, Cardinal Mederios said the following: "Wherever Bishop Ruocco went, people were impressed with and drawn to his spirit of genuineness, simplicity, and above all, his friendliness. To everyone he preached vigorously the gospel of Jesus Christ with its demands for love, justice and peace without compromise. His constant theme was the dignity of human person and the demand of Jesus that we respect that dignity and love one another as he loved us."

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