Monsignor Rocco M. Piccolomini, Servant of God, age 69, of Worcester, was greeted by the Angels of Our Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 18, at Saint Vincent Hospital.
Donations in Monsignor Rocco’s memory should be made to Saint John’s, Food for The Poor, 44 Temple St., Worcester, MA 01604, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Saint Ann Church, 24 Mulberry Street, Worcester, MA 01605.
Msgr. Rocco M. Piccolomini was born on Dec. 17, 1945, in Leominster, the son of Pietro and Santina (Piermarini) Piccolomini.
He attended Julie Country Day School and St. Leo Elementary School in
Leominster and graduated from Notre Dame High School, Fitchburg. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Fitchburg Sate College in 1968. From 1967 to 1975 he was an actor and later associate producer at Eugene S. Cassassa’s High Tor Summer Theater.
He taught in the Leominster school system from 1968 to 1970 and again in 1980 and 1981. He taught at Notre Dame High School in Fitchburg from 1972 to 1979 and was headmaster from 1976 to 1978. He taught at University High School in San Diego, Cal., from 1979 to 1980. He also completed graduate study in theater, speech and drama in 1971 at the University of Kansas.
He studied for the priesthood at the Theological College of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., from 1981 to 1985 and received a Master’s of Divinity degree.
He was ordained a priest on June 8, 1985, by Bishop Harrington in St. Paul Cathedral.
He was named associate pastor of Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Worcester, on June 21, 1985. On Aug. 12, 1988, he was appointed a member of the Priests’ Personnel Board. He served as associate pastor of Holy Angels Parish, Upton, from June 30, 1989, until Feb. 22, 1991, when he was named vicar for priests and administrator of St. John Vianney House.
In 1996 he was chosen by the Columbus Day Parade Committee to be grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade in Worcester.
He was named secretary to the bishop in February 2001. He was appointed temporary administrator of Our Lady of Loreto in November 2005, while remaining Vicar for Priests. In July of 2006 he began serving as Director of Priest Personnel, while remaining as temporary administrator of Our Lady of Loreto.
He was named pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Ann Parish on June 30, 2007, while remaining director of priest personnel before resigning that position on July 1, 2008.
He was named a prelate of honor with the title of monsignor on February 26, 2009, and was invested in Aug. 14, 2009. He retired Oct. 12, 2012.
At the time of his death he had been helping at St. John Parish, Temple Street, Worcester.