November 9, 2012
WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named 66-year-old Msgr. Robert Deeley, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Boston, as auxiliary bishop of Boston.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, November 9, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Robert Deeley was born June 18, 1946, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.After studies for the priesthood he was ordained for the Boston Archdiocese July 14, 1973.
Bishop-elect Deeley holds a bachelor of arts degree from The Catholic University of America, a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a licentiate degree and doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian.
Assignments after ordination included parochial vicar, St. Bartholomew Parish, Needham, Massachusetts, 1973-1978; secretary, Metropolitan Tribunal of Archdiocese of Boston, 1978-1981; studies in canon law, 1981-1985; associate judicial vicar of the Boston archdiocese, 1985-1989; Judicial Vicar of Boston archdiocese, 1989-1999; pastor, St. Ann Parish, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1999-2004; vicar forane (head of deanery), south region of Boston archdiocese, 2002-2004; official of the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, 2004-2010; and vicar general of the archdiocese, 2011-present.
He also has served as archdiocesan chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, 1988-1991; spiritual director for the Catholic Lawyers Guild, 1991-1999, and president of the Canon Law Society of America, 2000.