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Beloved St. Peter's pastor Msgr. Anthony Caligiuri passes

Thu, Jul 28th 2016 11:55 am
Msgr. Anthony Caligiuri
Msgr. Anthony Caligiuri

The Rev. Msgr. Anthony Caligiuri, 92, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016. "Monsignor" was pastor at St. Peter R.C. Church in Lewiston from 1977 until his retirement in December 1999. He was designated pastor emeritus.

Calling hours are 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Amherst chapel of Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner of Hopkins), Williamsville. Caligiuri will lie in state from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter's, 620 Center St. His funeral will follow at 11 a.m., with the Most. Rev. Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo, presiding. Family and friends are invited.

Caligiuri will be buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Caligiuri's memory to the Diocese of Buffalo Priest's Retirement Fund.

Caligiuri was born in Buffalo on Feb. 16, 1924. He was the beloved son of the late Rosario and Sebastiana (nee Giampaolo) Caligiuri; and the dear brother of Mary (late William) Witherspoon, Michael (late Louise) Caligiuri, Rev. Msgr. Angelo M. Caligiuri and the late Joseph (Joan) Caligiuri. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Caligiuri attended Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, Christ the King at St. Bonaventure (seminary) and St. Bonaventure University. He was ordained by Bishop (later Cardinal) John F. O'Hara on June 4, 1949, at St. Joseph's New Cathedral in Buffalo.

In addition to St. Peter's, Caligiuri's assignments included missionary apostolate (Hinsdale, 1949-50); assistant pastor, St. Anthony (Batavia, 1950-52); assistant pastor, Holy Cross (Buffalo, 1952-64); pastor, St. Columba (Buffalo, 1964-69); director, inner city apostolate (1968-69); and assistant chancellor and director of the office of communications (1969-77). He was named prelate of honor (monsignor) in 1972.

Caligiuri also served on the board of consultors; on the emergency hospital board of directors and manager committee for total religious education; as a judge for the diocesan marriage tribunal; and as treasurer for the Ellicott Housing Foundation.

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