Nicholas C. Dattilo
|The Most Reverend
Nicholas Carmen Dattilo
|Bishop of Harrisburg|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||January 26, 1990 – March 5, 2004|
|Predecessor||William Henry Keeler|
|Successor||Kevin C. Rhoades|
|Ordination||May 31, 1958|
|Consecration||January 26, 1990|
March 8, 1932|
|Died||March 5, 2004
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
The oldest of six children, Nicholas Dattilo was born in Mahoningtown, Pennsylvania, to Frank and Emma (née Nocera) Dattilo. After studying at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1958. He then served as a parochial vicar at St. Patrick Church in Canonsburg until 1971, also briefly serving at St. Colman Church in Turtle Creek. He was pastor of Madonna del Castello Church in Swissvale from 1971 to 1981, and of St. Vitus Church in New Castle from 1981 to 1985. In 1985, he was named Secretary for Clergy and Pastoral Life for the Pittsburgh Diocese, later becoming its vicar general.
On November 21, 1989, Dattilo was appointed the eighth Bishop of Harrisburg by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on January 26, 1990 from Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua, with Bishops William Henry Keeler and Donald William Wuerl serving as co-consecrators, at St. Patrick's Cathedral. As head of the Harrisburg Diocese, he was the leader of the Catholics in South Central Pennsylvania. Shortly after Dattilo's consecration, a three-year Consultations Process was begun to assess the needs and resources of the local Church in preparation for the next century. This resulted in a major reorganization of parishes and missions, because of populations shifts within the fifteen counties of the Diocese. During his tenure, the overall number of parishes was reduced from 120 to 89, resulting in 23 appeals and years of protests.
In 1998 Dattilo established the Ecclesial Lay Ministry Program, a three-year formation program to prepare trained lay leaders, and directed that the needs of Catholic schools be studied. Following the closure of Villa Vianney, he approved construction for a new residence for retired priests in 1999. He also finalized plans for a diocesan conference center, with the groundbreaking ceremony being held in October 1999.
Dattilo was hospitalized in February 2004 for kidney failure, diabetes and heart and respiratory problems. He later died at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, three days before his 72nd birthday. His funeral Mass was at Good Shepherd Church in Camp Hill, as St. Patrick's Cathedral was undergoing renovations.
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- "Bishop Nicholas Carmen Dattilo". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
- "About the Diocese". Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.
William Henry Keeler
|Bishop of Harrisburg
Kevin C. Rhoades