Bishop Salvatore R. Matano

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Bishop Matano’s Christmas Message 2013

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.”


His Excellency, The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop Designate of Rochester

Birthdate:September 15th, 1946 – Providence, Rhode Island
Parents:Salvatore Matano – Mary H. Santaniello
Education:St. Ann Elementary School- Providence
LaSalle Academy – ProvidenceOur Lady of Providence Seminary – Warwick
Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy

Pontifical Gregorian University – Rome
Licentiate Degree Sacred Theology  (S.T.L.) –  1972
Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.)  – 1983

Ordination to the Priesthood:


December 17th, 1971 – by James Cardinal Hickey in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Ordination to the Episcopacy:April 19th, 2005 St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Burlington, Vermont by Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio; Most Reverend Sean P. O’Malley, OFMCap, Archbishop of Boston; and Most Reverend Kenneth A. Angell, D.D.,  Bishop of Burlington.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence (RI):Our Lady of Grace Parish – Johnston, R.I.
Assistant Pastor – (1972-1973)Our Lady of Providence Seminary High School – Providence, R.I.
Faculty Member – (1972-1977)

Priests’ Personnel Office: Diocesan Director – (1977-1980)
(Residence:  Our Lady of Providence Seminary)

Assistant Chancellor – (1978)
While Continuing as Diocesan Director, Priest Personel

Graduate Studies in Rome – (1980 – 1983)

Vicar for Administration/Co-Chancellor – (1983 – 1991)
Residence:  St. Augustine Parish, Providence)

Apostolic Nunciature:Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio
Washington, D.C. (1991 – 1992)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence (RI):Vicar General/Moderate of Curia (1992-1997)
Pastor – St. Sebastian Parish (1997-2000)
Special Lecturer – Providence College of the Dominican Fathers
Undergraduate and Graduate Departments of Theology (1995-2000)
Apostolic Nunciature:


Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio
Washington, D.C. (January, 2000 – April, 2005)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington (VT):Named Coadjutor Bishop by Pope John Paul II – March 3rd, 2005

Ordination to Episcopacy: April 19th, 2005
Installed as Ninth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington – November 9th, 2005

Appointments/Elections:Board of Trustees, St. John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts – 2005

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester (NY)

Outstanding Young Man of America Award –
United States Junior Chamber of Commerce -1978Named as one of “84 Faces to Watch”
by the Providence Journal’s Rhode Islander magazine.

Prelate of Honor – by Pope John Paul II – 1985

Prothonotary Apostolic – 1993

Named as 9th Bishop of Rochester by Pope Francis; announced Nov. 6, 2013. Installation Mass to be held Jan. 3, 2014, Sacred Heart Cathedral.



Coat of Arms of His Excellency,

Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, S.T.L., J.C.D., D.D.

Ninth Bishop of Rochester

In accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s heraldic tradition, the coat of arms of a Bishop is normally composed of:

~ A shield with its charges (symbols) coming from family, geographic, religious and historical meanings and/or referring to the name of the Bishop;

~ A golden processional  cross, with one traversal bar, to represent the rank of Bishop, “impaled” vertically behind the shield;

~ A green hat (galero) with 12 (six on each side) attached tassels, graded 1; 2; 3 from top to bottom;

~ A banderole (banner) with the episcopal motto, written in black, located beneath the shield.

Here it has been chosen a shield in samnitic shape, frequently used in the Roman Catholic Church’s heraldry and a botonny processional cross with five red stones, representing the five wounds of Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Episcopal Motto: “In Unitatem Fidei”

Bishop Matano adopted the phrase “In Unitatem Fidei” from the Latin scriptural passage of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (4:13) and translated as “In the Unity of Faith.” By choosing this motto, Bishop Matano embraces the Apostle’s conviction that Jesus Christ desires that the entire family of God’s children, working together, strive to attain their fullness of maturity in the unity of the one Faith and the knowledge of the Son of God.

The Heraldic Description of the Coat of Arms of Bishop Matano

The right side of the shield (in the heraldic shield, the right and left are exchanged from the observer’s point of view, since it is customary to consider the right and the left side from the perspective of the soldier who, in ancient times, held his own shield), represents the Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. Upon the gold (or) field we see the Cross of Saint Andrew, (saltire) in heraldry, red (gules) with a silver (argent) crescent in the center.  The diocesan shield was designed in the 1930’s by Mr. Pierre de Chaignon LaRose. The Cross of Saint Andrew was taken from the heraldry of the Diocese of Rochester in England, of which Saint Andrew was the principal Patron. It was in the See of Rochester, England, where the saintly Bishop, and later Cardinal, John Fisher faithfully exercised his episcopal ministry, unto the shedding of his own blood in martyrdom. In honor of Saint John Fisher’s fidelity, he became the patron of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. LaRose distinguished or “differenced” the new heraldry from the original, however, by replacing a scalloped shell in the center with the crescent, a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the United States of America, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

The color red is the color of love and of blood, and is therefore representative of the Martyrdom of Saint Andrew, the first-called by Jesus Christ among the holy Apostles, and of Saint John Fisher, both of whom heroically held to the truth and authentically handed on the Catholic and Apostolic Faith as preachers, pastors, and constant intercessors before the throne of the Triune God.  Gold, the most noble of all metals, is the symbol of the primary virtue of Faith, which enabled Saint Andrew and Saint John Fisher to believe all that God revealed through His Holy Church – and the ultimate commitment of their belief in the Son of God.

The left side is occupied by the personal heraldry of Bishop Matano; upon a blue (azure) field is displayed a silver moline cross taken from the heraldry of His Excellency’s native Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island; a golden star with seven points simultaneously recalls the Divine institution of the Seven Sacraments and the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady.  The liturgical memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows is observed on the 15th day of September, the day of Bishop Matano’s birth.

Issuant from the base are seven silver hills on which the Eternal City of Rome – the city of the Bishop’s priestly formation and graduate education – and the City of Providence – the city of the Bishop’s birth and preliminary education – are said to be built.

The blue background symbolizes the ascent of the human soul towards God, with whom each of us was created to dwell in unapproachable light.

The pontifical hat, also called a “saturno,” a “cappello romano,” or a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green, completes the design. These are the insignia proper to the heraldry of a prelate of the rank of Bishop, by instruction of the Holy See, on March 31, 1969.


List of the 9 bishops of the Diocese of Rochester:

  1. Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid: 1868 – 1909 (death)
  2. Bishop Thomas Francis Hickey: 1909 – 1928
  3. Bishop John Francis O’Hern: 1928 – 1933 (death)
  4. Archbishop (later Cardinal) Edward Mooney: 1933 -1937 (transfer to Archdiocese of Detroit)
  5. Bishop James E. Kearney: 1937 – 1966
  6. Bishop (later Archbishop) Fulton J. Sheen: 1966 – 1969 (retired)
  7. Bishop Joseph Lloyd Hogan: 1969 -1978
  8. Bishop Matthew Harvey Clark: June 1979 – September 2012. Bishop Clark resides in the Diocese and has the title Bishop Emeritus
  9. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, installation Mass Jan. 3, 2014