Reverend Matthew Mauriello To Be Replaced as St. Roch Church Pastor in Greenwich

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St. Roch Church in Chickahominy in the setting sun as the St. Roch’s Festival gets under way, in August 2015.

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Father Matthew Mauriello at the St. Roch Festival, August 2015 Credit Asher Almonacy

Rev. Matthew Mauriello is no longer the pastor at St. Roch Church in Chickahominy. According to multiple news sources,  the Bridgeport Diocese communications director Brian Wallace said that Rev. Mauriello resigned for personnel reasons and discontent among parishioners, and that there was no wrongdoing or an investigation associated with his departure, which comes after serving the St. Roch’s community for seven years.

Although  Father Matthew R. Mauriello is still listed on the Bridgeport Diocese website as pastor at St. Roch’s, parishioners learned of his departure on Feb. 28.

Known an avid cook, Father Mauriello published a cookbook in 2011 titled, “From A Rectory Kitchen,” and last fall he appeared on the Cooking Channel’s Holy & Hungry program with Sherri Shepherd. The episode featured his signature Italian dishes including Manicotti Crepes.

Until Father Mauriello is replaced, diocese vicar general Monseigneur Tom Powers will assume temporary leadership and other priests will take turns conducting mass. Father Mauriello will be reassigned to another post in the diocese.

See also: St. Roch’s Feast Rocks the Night in Chickahominy

 

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Vicar General Msgr. Thomas Powers, Photo Bridgeport Diocese Facebook

 

  • Susan

    Shocking. I liked him very much.

  • Frank

    I am not shocked at all. When I first bought my house, I went to the rectory and I asked him if he could bless it, since the church was a stones throw from my house. He basically said he would do it if I changed parishes. I told him that I loved St. Roch but went to St. Michael’s because they had a kids room and my children were toddlers at the time. He was unimpressed with my answer and that was the last verbal contact I had with him. Aside from that, I also witnessed him exhibit questionable behavior on many occasions outside of church, that I won’t get into here but it validated how I felt about him after our meeting regarding my house blessing. Let me just say, I will now consider going back to St. Roch now that he’s gone.