The Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, the 9th Bishop of Rochester

    He's a "devout, very bright, faithful and courageous bishop" fellow bishop says

    Nov. 6, 2013 -- Pope Francis has appointed as the Ninth Bishop of Rochester The Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, who had been serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, Vt. 

    Bishop Matano's installation will be Jan. 3, 2014.

    Bishop  Matano was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 15th, 1946; the son of Salvatore and Mary Santaniello Matano. 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 to the priesthood on December 17th, 1971 by James Cardinal Hickey in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he was awarded a Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology in 1972, and later received a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1983 from that same university.

     Bishop Matano served as Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Johnston, Rhode Island from 1972-1973. He was also a faculty member of Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School in Providence from 1972-1977. In 1977 he was named Diocesan Director of Priests' Personnel, while residing at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick.

    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 Co-Chancellor until 1991. During this time he resided at St. Augustine Parish in Providence.

    After a year's service at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. where he served as Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio (1991-1992), Bishop Matano returned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. He was named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia and served at that post until 1997, when he was appointed pastor of St. Sebastian Parish in Providence until 2000.

    The Bishop also enjoyed five years as a Special Lecturer in the Undergraduate and Graduate Departments of Theology at Providence College of the Dominican Fathers, between 1995 and 2000.

    In January of 2000, Bishop Matano returned to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. where he served as Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio until his Ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Burlington on April 19th, 2005.

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

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York said, "I am grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the appointment of Bishop Salvatore R. Matano to be new Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester.  Bishop Matano has been an excellent Bishop of Burlington, and I know that he will be warmly welcomed as he undertakes his new pastoral duties in Rochester. He succeeds my good friend, Bishop Matthew Clark, who served the people of Rochester so well and so faithfully during his time as their bishop.   I look forward to working with Bishop Matano in caring for God’s people in New York.” 

     Added Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo: "I have known Bishop Matano since his ordination and installation in Burlington, and have gotten to know him as a devout, very bright, faithful and courageous bishop.  He has a crisp sense of humor.  I look forward to welcoming him to Western New York in our neighboring Diocese of Rochester."