Fr. Marciano ’75 celebrates 40 years of priesthood

WARWICK, RI (December 10, 2023) – The Bishop Hendricken High School community expresses its congratulations to Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President, on his 40th Anniversary of Ordination. On December 10, 1983, Fr. Marciano was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by the Most Reverend Kenneth Angell, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

A 1975 graduate of Bishop Hendricken, Fr. Marciano has served as the school’s president since January 1, 2019. Under his pastoral leadership, the school has seen historic growth in fundraising, financial stewardship, and strategic planning efforts, all in service of its mission and ministry to the Church. Additionally, Fr. Marciano has served as pastor of St. Kevin Parish and School in Warwick since 2012. Throughout his 40 years as a priest, Fr. Marciano has served in several pastoral settings, including parish administration, parochial school administration, military and public service chaplaincies, community boards, and civic involvement.

“I am truly thankful for Fr. Bob’s leadership and guidance,” said Mark DeCiccio ’03, Principal. “Father keeps our [Bishop Hendricken’s] Catholic identity at the forefront of everything we do, instilling in our community a sense of camaraderie through Christ. Under his leadership, Bishop Hendricken has accomplished remarkable feats, including campus improvements and the expansion of programming, all for the benefit of our people.”

“Through four decades of dedicated service to God, Fr. Marciano has exemplified a profound commitment to building and restoring a sense of community wherever he goes,” said Daniel Friel, Director of Development. “His unwavering devotion and compassionate servant leadership have touched the lives of countless individuals worldwide, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts, minds, and souls.”

In 2003, Fr. Marciano was made a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS) by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and was installed by His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston. From 2006-2010, he served at the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Among his many accolades, Fr. Marciano serves as Chaplain of the Rhode Island National Guard, Warwick Police Department, Warwick Fire Department, Rhode Island Airport Police Department, Providence Fire Department, and the 100 Club’s Rhode Island Chapter.

Fr. Marciano received his Bachelor’s degree from Providence College in 1979 before earning his Master of Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in 1983. In 2007, Father was named a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College.