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Pope Names Seminary Rectors as Auxiliary Bishops in Boston, Accepts Resignation of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emilio Allué

June 30, 2010

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Arthur Kennedy, 68, and Father Peter J. Uglietto, 58, priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and both seminary rectors, as auxiliary bishops of Boston. The pope also accepted the resignation of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emilio Allué, SDB, 75, from the office of auxiliary bishop.

The appointments and resignation were publicized in Washington, June 30, by Msgr. Jean-François Lantheaume, Chargé d’Affaires, at the apostolic nunciature in the United States.

Bishop-elect Kennedy has been rector of St. John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts; Bishop-elect Uglietto has been rector of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts.

Arthur Kennedy was born January 9, 1942. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 from St. John’s Seminary College; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion from Boston University in 1978.

He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1966.

Bishop-elect Kennedy served as associate pastor at St. Monica Parish, Methuen, Massachusetts, 1967-1969; and at St. Joseph Parish, in East Boston, 1969-1974, before joining the faculty of the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1974-2007. While at St.
Thomas he also served in Holy Trinity Parish, St. Paul, 1974-1982; Assumption Parish, St. Paul, 1982-1986; and director of the Office of Ecumenism for the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, 1986-2003. He served as executive director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2003-2006, and was named rector of St. John’s Seminary in 2007.

Bishop-elect Uglietto was born September 23, 1951, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, a Master of Divinity degree from St. John’s Seminary, a Master of Arts degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha and a Licentiate and Ph.D. in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington.

He was ordained a priest for the Boston Archdiocese in 1977.

After ordination, Bishop-elect Uglietto served as associate pastor in St. Francis Xavier Parish, South Weymouth, Massachusetts, 1977-1978; St. Gregory Parish, Dorchester, 1978-1984; and St. Margaret Parish, Dorchester, 1984-1988. From 1986-1988, he was also director of the archdiocesan permanent deacon program. He pursued degrees at the John Paul II Institute, 1988-1990, and worked in campus ministry at Regis College, Weston, with residence at Blessed John XXIII Seminary.

He pursued higher education, 1993-1996, and joined the faculty of Blessed John XXIII Seminary in 1996. From 2001-2005, he was director of pastoral field education at the seminary and was named rector in 2005.

Bishop Allué, a native of Spain, is a member of the Society of Don Bosco, also known as the Salesians. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Don Bosco College, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

The Archdiocese of Boston includes 2,465 square miles. It has a population of 3,844,675 people, with 1,484.661, or 39 percent, of them Catholic.


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