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Pope Names Two Auxiliary Bishops For Brooklyn Diocese

May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Paul Robert Sanchez, 65, and Msgr. Raymond Francis Chappetto, 66, as auxiliary bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York.

The appointments were publicized in Washington May 2, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Paul Sanchez was born November 26, 1946 in Brooklyn and ordained a priest in 1971.

He holds a bachelor’s degree at St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a licentiate in theology at North American College in Rome.

After ordination he was assigned to Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Forest Hills , New York, 1972; St. Michael Parish, Flushing, New York, 1975; St. Sebastian Parish, Woodside, New York, 1987. He was named administrator of St. Sebastian Parish in 1990; pastor of St. Agatha Parish, Brooklyn, 1991; and pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Astoria, New York and administrator of St. Margaret Parish, Long Island City, New York, 2001. He was named vicar for Queens North in 2008 and vicar for Queens in 2009.

Raymond Chappetto was born August 20, 1945, in Astoria, Now York, and ordained a priest in 1971.

He attended Our Lady of Angels Seminary in the Diocese of Albany, New York and earned bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees. In 1978, he earned a master’s degree in

religious education from St. John’s University. In 1983, he received certification in pastoral counseling.

Assignments after ordination included St. Camillus Parish, Rockaway Point, New York, 1971; St. Pius V Parish, Jamaica, New York, 1975; Incarnation Parish, Queens Village, New York, 1976; St. Helen Parish, Howard Beach, New York, 1981; Our Lady of Miracles Parish, Brooklyn, 1983.

He was named pastor of Our Lady of Miracles, in 1989; episcopal vicar of Brooklyn West, 1995; and pastor, Our Lady of the Snows, Floral Park, New York, 1999-present. He has also served a vicar for clergy of the diocese since 2009.

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Sr. Mary Ann Walsh
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