PEABODY — North Region Bishop Peter Uglietto has been named to a top administrative post in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley said yesterday that Uglietto has been appointed vicar general and moderator of the curia. In that role, Uglietto will assist the cardinal in administrative duties for the archdiocese, which includes 144 communities and an estimated 1.8 million Catholics.
Uglietto succeeds the Most Rev. Robert Deeley, bishop-designate of Portland, Maine.
This announcement comes as the archdiocese is in the midst of a major reorganization, realigning nearly 290 parishes into 135 collaboratives, which are groupings of parishes under one pastor and administrative team. Parishes in Beverly and Salem are in the first phase of the reorganization, which will be carried out over several years.
“I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve Cardinal Sean and the archdiocese in this assignment,” Uglietto said in a prepared statement.
“The vibrant presence of the good works of mercy taking place across the archdiocese exists at the parish level, in our schools and in our ministries. I have witnessed wonderful acts of kindness and charity in my years as a priest and most recently as bishop of the North Region. In my new role, I will be committed to being of service to our priests, deacons, religious and laity as together we embrace the work ahead.”
Uglietto has been North Region bishop since 2010, working from an office at Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody. He begins his new duties March 6.
O’Malley said in a press release that Uglietto “has earned the respect of our priests, deacons, religious and laity through attentive pastoral care and concern for the people we serve.
“As the archdiocese moves forward with pastoral planning, ...the bishop’s understanding of the needs of our local communities will be of great assistance...”
Before becoming bishop of the North Region, Uglietto was rector and president of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston. He was ordained in 1977.
Leadership plans for the North Region are expected to be announced in a few weeks.
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