Joseph Maria Pernicone

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Joseph Maria Pernicone
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
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Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Yonkers
In office1954-1978
OrdinationDecember 18, 1926
ConsecrationMay 5, 1955
by Cardinal Francis Spellman
Personal details
Born(1903-11-04)November 4, 1903
Regalbuto, Sicily
DiedFebruary 11, 1985(1985-02-11) (aged 81)
Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsSalvatore and Petronilla (née Taverna) Pernicone
EducationCathedral College
Alma materSt. Joseph's Seminary

Joseph Maria Pernicone (November 4, 1903 – February 11, 1985) was an Italian-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York from 1954 to 1978.[1]


Joseph Pernicone was born in Regalbuto, Sicily, to Salvatore and Petronilla (née Taverna) Pernicone.[1] He received his early training at the seminaries in Nicosia and Catania.[1] He came to the United States in 1920.[2] He continued his studies at Cathedral College in New York City and St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.[3]

He was ordained to the priesthood on December 18, 1926.[4] His first assignment was as a curate at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Yonkers.[1] In 1932, he earned a Doctor of Canon Law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.[1] He was pastor of Our Lady of Carmel Church in Poughkeepsie from 1932 to 1944, and served as master of ceremonies at the Requiem Mass for Marchese Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless telegraphy, in 1937.[5]

From 1944 to 1966, he was pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx.[1] During his tenure in the Bronx, he oversaw the construction of a parochial school which opened in 1949.[6] He was named a papal chamberlain in 1945, and raised to the rank of domestic prelate in 1952.[3]

On April 6, 1954, Pernicone was appointed auxiliary bishop of the New York and titular bishop of Hadrianopolis in Honoriade by Pope Pius XII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 5 from Cardinal Francis Spellman, with Bishops Joseph Francis Flannelly and Edward Vincent Dargin serving as co-consecrators, at St. Patrick's Cathedral.[4] During his tenure as an auxiliary bishop, he also served as pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie and episcopal vicar of Dutchess and Putnam Counties.[2] After reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, he retired as auxiliary bishop on November 28, 1978.[4]

He died from a stroke at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, aged 81.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig.
  2. ^ a b c "Joseph M. Pernicone, Ex-Auxiliary Bishop". The New York Times. 1985-02-13.
  3. ^ a b "Pastor of Bronx Church Made Auxiliary Bishop by Pope". The New York Times. 1954-04-15.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bishop Joseph Maria Pernicone". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Mass for Marconi Celebrated Here". The New York Times. 1937-07-28.
  6. ^ "Pastors of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church". Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
Catholic Church titles
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Auxiliary Bishop of New York
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