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Early life and education
Christie Macaluso was born in Hartford, Connecticut, to Albert Carl and Helen (née Meaney) Macaluso; his father's family was from Palermo, Sicily, and his mother was of Irish descent. He studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland, from where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Master's in Sacred Theology. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Trinity College, and a Master of Arts in Psychology from New York University.
Macaluso later became a professor of philosophy at St. Thomas Seminary, where he also served as academic dean (1980-1985) and rector (1985-1991). During this period, he was also a weekend assistant at St. Francis Church in Torrington and Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield. He was named pastor of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in 1991 and, in addition, episcopal vicar for the Hartford Vicariate in 1995. He was also raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1995.
On March 18, 1997, Macaluso was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford and Titular Bishop of Grass Valley by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 10 from Archbishop Daniel Cronin, with Bishops Paul Loverde and Peter Rosazza serving as co-consecrators. He selected as his episcopal motto: "Veritas Liberabit Vos", meaning, "The Truth Will Set You Free" (John 8:32).