Amid Christmas splendor in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End of Boston, the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley was ordained an auxiliary bishop of Boston on Friday afternoon, Dec. 4. Cardinal O'Malley presided at the almost three hour liturgy in the presence of a large gathering of visiting bishops, priests and parishioners from throughout the Archdiocese of Boston.
The new bishop was born in Cambridge on June 18, 1946. He comes from a family of five boys and has a twin brother a priest, Rev. Kevin Deeley. Both were graduates of Matignon High School in 1964 and their home parish was Sacred Heart in Watertown. There, on a hot summer day with Cardinal Medeioros presiding, Bishop Deeley was ordained a priest on July 14, 1973. He had completed his studies for the priesthood in Rome.
After several parish assignments, he returned to Rome for advance studies in the 1980's. Returning home, he was assigned to the Metropolital Tribunal, chaplain work in Lexington and was pastor of St. Ann Parish in Quincy from 1999-2004. In 2004, he returned to Rome as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Returning home in September, 2011, he was appointed vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese.
During the offertory procession, Bishop Deeley's three brothers and their wives presented the gifts to Cardinal O'Malley. The new bishop blessed the congregation and addressed the congregation after the distribution of communion.