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Msgr. Anthony J. Caligiuri, pastor emeritus of St. Peter’s Church in Lewiston

Feb. 16, 1924 – July 27, 2016

Monsignor Anthony J. Caligiuri, pastor emeritus of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lewiston, died Wednesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 92.

Born in Buffalo, he attended high school at the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary and was a graduate of Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University. He was ordained June 4, 1949, by Bishop John F. O’Hara in St. Joseph’s New Cathedral.

He was first assigned as a missionary apostolate in Hinsdale, then was assistant pastor for two years at St. Anthony’s Church in Batavia and assistant pastor for 12 years at Holy Cross Church in Buffalo. He was pastor of St. Columba’s Church in Buffalo from 1964 to 1969. He also served for a year as director of the Inner City Apostolate.

In 1969, he became assistant chancellor and director of the Office of Communications for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, a post he held until he was named pastor at St. Peter’s in 1977.

He retired in December 1999.

He was named a prelate of honor, with the title monsignor, in 1972. He received the title of Prothonotary Apostolic from Pope John Paul II in 1993.

Monsignor Caligiuri was manager of the former Emergency Hospital and served on the hospital’s board of directors.

A judge for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal and treasurer of the Ellicott Housing Foundation, he also served on the Board of Consultors and the Committee for Total Religious Education.

Survivors include two brothers, Michael and Monsignor Angelo; and a sister, Mary Witherspoon.

Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, will preside at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.

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