American Catholic prelate, Joseph Robert Cistone, Died at 69

Joseph Robert Cistone was born on May 18, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died on October 16, 2018.

He was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.

Cistone served as the sixth Bishop of Saginaw, Michigan from 2009 to 2018.

His parents were Daniel A. and Josephine R. (née Altomare) Cistone, Sr.

He was one of three children, Cistone has two brothers, Daniel and Anthony.

Cistone attended Our Lady of Consolation School and graduated from Father Judge High School in 1967.

Then, Cistone studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, from where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (1971) and Master’s in Divinity (1975).

He was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Krol on May 17, 1975.

Then, he served as parochial vicar at Epiphany of Our Lord Parish (1975–1979) and chaplain at St. Maria Goretti High School (1977–1979) in Philadelphia.

Cistone became parochial vicar at St. Jerome Parish in 1979, and advocate on the metropolitan tribunal in 1980.

He served as parochial vicar at St. Jude Parish in Chalfont from 1982 to 1987, member of the admissions board for the Archdiocesan Permanent Diaconate Program, and Newman Chaplain at Delaware Valley College of Science.

Cistone was also Defender of the Bond on the metropolitan tribunal (1983–1989), and parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Norristown (1987–1989) and St. Bernard Parish in Philadelphia (1989–1991).

During 1991, Cistone became Dean of Formation for the Theology Division of St. Charles Seminary.

He was named associate to Msgr. Edward Cullen, vicar for administration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in 1993.

Later, he served as assistant vicar for administration from 1994 to 1998, and vicar general and vicar for administration from 1998 to 2009.

Cistone was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in April 1998.

He passed at his home, in Saginaw, Michigan, from lung cancer.

He died at 69 years old.

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