Salvatore Ronald Matano

His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Salvatore Ronald Matano
Bishop of Rochester
Archdiocese New York
Diocese Rochester
Appointed November 26, 2013
Installed January 3, 2014
Predecessor Matthew H. Clark
Ordination December 17, 1971
by James Aloysius Hickey
Consecration April 19, 2005
by Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, Seán Patrick O'Malley, and Kenneth Anthony Angell
Personal details
Born (1946-09-15) September 15, 1946
Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality  American
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Parents Salvatore and Mary Matano
Previous post Secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio
Bishop of Burlington
Alma mater Our Lady of Providence Seminary College
Pontifical Gregorian University
Styles of
Salvatore Ronald Matano
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Salvatore Ronald Matano (born September 15, 1946) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church serving as the Bishop of Rochester. He previously served as Bishop of Burlington.


Salvatore Matano was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Salvatore and Mary (née Santaniello) Matano. After attending La Salle Academy and Our Lady of Providence Seminary College, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in philosophy, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James Hickey on December 17, 1971, in St. Peter's Basilica. From the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Matano earned his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (1972) and Doctorate in Canon Law (1983).

He served as assistant pastor in Johnston (1972–1973) and a professor at his alma mater of Our Lady of Providence Seminary College (1972–77) before becoming Diocesan Director of Priests' Personnel in 1977. Matano was diocesan assistant Chancellor in 1980. He pursued his graduate studies in Rome until 1983. Upon his return, he served as Vicar for Administration and Co-Chancellor until 1991, when he was made secretary to the American nuncio, Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan.

Matano was Providence's Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia from 1992 to 1997, when he returned to pastoral work, serving as a parish priest until 2000 at St. Sebastian's Church in Providence, RI. From 1995 to 2000, he served as a Special Lecturer in the Undergraduate and Graduate Departments of Theology at Providence College. In January 2000, Matano returned to his service in the American nunciature as secretary to the Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1985 and Protonotary Apostolic in 1993.

On March 3, 2005, Matano was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Burlington, Vermont, by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 19 from Archbishop Montalvo Higuera, with Archbishop Seán Patrick O'Malley, OFM Cap, and Bishop Kenneth Angell serving as co-consecrators. Matano later succeeded Angell as the ninth Bishop of Burlington on November 9 of that same year. Matano currently sits on the Board of Trustees of St. John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.

In December 2008, he attended a trial in the city of Burlington in order to hear about unresolved clerical abuse affairs that occurred within the diocese in the 1970s.[1]

On November 6, 2013, he was named to succeed Bishop Matthew H. Clark as bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, NY. His installation took place on January 3, 2014.[2]

See also


  1. Priest abuse trial opens in Burlington
  2. Ninth Bishop of Rochester named
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Kenneth Anthony Angell
Bishop of Burlington
Succeeded by
Christopher J. Coyne
Preceded by
Matthew H. Clark
Bishop of Rochester
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