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February 15, 2014

Priest with local ties named bishop for the region

DANVERS — A priest with ties to parishes in Swampscott and Danvers has been appointed the region’s new episcopal vicar.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley named the Rev. Gerard Petringa as episcopal vicar of the North Region in the Archdiocese of Boston. His appointment is effective March 6.

Petringa, 61, succeeds Bishop Peter Uglietto, who will become the vicar general and moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese.

Petringa most recently served as the parochial vicar for St. Brigid and Sacred Heart parishes in Lexington, which he joined in June 2013. For more than 10 years, he served as pastor of St. Luke’s in Belmont.

“Father Petringa brings significant experience as a parochial vicar and pastor at parishes throughout the archdiocese to this new assignment,” said O’Malley in a prepared statement. “Also, as a member of the Presbyteral Council, Father Petringa has consulted on many of the archdiocese’s initiatives of recent years, including the planning and implementation for ‘Disciples in Mission.’”

Born in Somerville, Petringa was ordained on June 25, 1988. He attended Merrimack College in North Andover and then spent 10 years in the mechanical construction industry before entering St. John’s Seminary, according to the website for the Lexington parishes.

His education includes master pipefitter, graduate apprentice, Boston Pipefitters’ Local 537, 1976; bachelor of arts, philosophy, St. John’s Seminary, 1984; master of divinity, St. John’s Seminary, 1988, and a master of arts in church history and social teaching, St. John’s Seminary, 1989.

Petringa’s parish assignments include St. John the Evangelist in Swampscott, St. Charles Borromeo in Woburn, St. Mary of the Annunciation in Danvers, and St. John the Baptist in Quincy.

Petringa is also active in the work of the Archdiocesan Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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