Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. James Ruggiero

Reverend James S. Ruggiero, 74, was a Priest for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, ordained on May 16, 1970 by Bishop Vincent Leonard. He attended St. Colman Elementary School, Turtle Creek, graduated from Central Catholic High School, Athenaeum College and Saint Meinrad School of Theology. His Assignments include, Parochial Vicar, St. Sylvester Parish, Religious Coordinator, Pauline Auberle Foundation Home, Parochial Vicar, St. Peter, McKeesport, Administrator and Pastor, St. Philip Neri Parish, Pastor, St. Basil Parish, Pastor, St. Bartholomew Parish, Secretary for Clergy and Religious, Diocese of Pgh, Pastor, St.Teresa of Avila Parish, Replacement Ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Pgh, Parochial Vicar/Senior Priest, St. Louise de Marillac Parish. He also served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities. Father Ruggiero was the son of the late Pasquale and Florence Ruggiero, Brother of Richard L. Ruggiero and his wife Felicity of Bethany, WV. Uncle of Christopher J. (Kristin), John P., Marianna L. and Daniel R. Nephew of Dolly Gregowich and Phyllis Ruggiero. Also by numerous cousins and many friends.Contributions may be made to the Auberle Home, 1101 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132 or to Catholic Charities.Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 3/10/2010.