The Most Reverend
Peter A. Rosazza, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus
Born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 13, 1935, Bishop Rosazza
is the eldest child of the late Agatha (Dinneen) and Aldo Rosazza.
He grew up in Torrington and attended St. Francis Elementary School
and Torrington High School graduating in 1952. After one year at
Dartmouth College he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield,
Connecticut. Next he studied at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester,
New York, and completed his four-year concentration in theology
at Seminare Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France. He was ordained a priest
for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
on June 29, 1961.
Back in Connecticut he served as assistant pastor in the Church
of St. Timothy in West Hartford and then was appointed to the faculty
of St. Thomas Seminary where he taught French, Spanish and Italian.
In 1972 he became co-paster of Sacred Heart Church in Hartford's
north end, the mother church of Hartford's Hispanic Catholic community.
In 1978 he was named auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Hartford
by Pope Paul VI and was ordained bishop on June 24. He continued
to minister at Sacred Heart until his transfer to Waterbury in
1981. In 1988 he was assigned to New Haven.
On February 2, 1997, Archbishop Cronin appointed him Episcopal
Vicar for the Spanish speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of
He is a member of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops'
Committee for Social Development and World Peace and is liaison
with Brazilian Catholics for the Committee on Migration and Refugees.
He is also bishop advisor to the National Catholic Student Coalition.
He is one of the founders of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a coalition
of churches and labor union locals as well as ECCO (Elm City Congregations
Organized), a community organization of 18 churches in the New
Haven area. Also, he is one of the five bishops who drafted the
U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy and
Catholic Social Teaching.
Office: Office of the Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999
should manifest their concern for everyone, no matter
age, condition, or nationality, be they natives, strangers,
this pastoral care they should preserve for their faithful
proper to them in
Church affairs; they should also respect their duty and
right of actively collaborating in the building up of
the Mystical Body of Christ."
THE PASTORAL OFFICE
IN THE CHURCH
POPE PAUL VI
ON OCTOBER 28, 1965