WATERTOWN, MA (February 28, 2013) On Friday, March 1, 2013, the CatholicTV Network will air an exclusive half-hour program featuring Bishop Robert Deeley entitled, “Reflections on Pope Benedict: Bishop Robert Deeley's Story”. The program will air at 8:30PM ET and will rebroadcast on Wednesday, March 6, at 12PM ET.

When initially asked about the Pope Benedict’s resignation Robert Deeley, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Boston said, “I offer my personal gratitude to the Holy Father for the experience of working closely with him during my time in Rome with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  I know of his deep and abiding love for the Church and for fulfilling the saving ministry of Jesus.”

Born in Cambridge, MA, Bishop Deeley grew up in Belmont, MA. Following high school, Bishop Deeley entered Cardinal O’Connell Minor Seminary in Jamaica Plain to discern a vocation to priesthood. After two years of college he received a Theodore Basselin Foundation Scholarship and began Philosophy studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he graduated in 1968. After a year of post-graduate studies he was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome for his theological formation. At the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome he earned a degree in Theology (S.T.B.) in 1972.

After a year of continuing studies in theology, he returned to Boston and was ordained to the priesthood on July 14, 1973 at his home parish, Sacred Heart in Watertown, MA. In 1978, with his appointment as Secretary to the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston, he began a ministry on the Tribunal which would last for over twenty years. The last ten of those years of that time he served as Judicial Vicar (1989-1999). Bishop Deeley returned to Rome to complete advanced studies in canon law, earning a JCL in 1983 and a JCD (summa cum laude) in 1986 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Throughout his service to the Metropolitan Tribunal he provided priestly presence and assistance at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes parish in Newton and St. Brigid parish in Lexington. He was named a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) on December 13, 1995.

He was named Pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in the Wollaston section of Quincy in 1999. He assumed the presidency of the Canon Law Society of America in 2000. Bishop- Deeley was sent to Rome in September of 2004 to assist the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, first on a temporary basis and then, at the request of the then Prefect, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), as an Official of the Congregation. He served at the Congregation until being named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia in the summer of 2011. Pope Benedict XVI named him Auxiliary Bishop of Boston on November 9, 2012 and he was ordained Bishop on January 4, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.

This special program can only be seen on the CatholicTV Network. The CatholicTV Network is available to Comcast subscribers throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and New England on Channel 268 (in Plymouth and Amesbury, MA on Ch 183), on Verizon FiOS Ch 296, Charter Communications Ch 101, RCN Ch 85, on various other providers and on Roku and Google TV. A live stream may also be viewed at any time from any computer or device at www.CatholicTV.com.

About the CatholicTV Network

Founded in 1955, The CatholicTV Network is a nationally broadcast television network streaming a live feed 24 hours a day at CatholicTV.com. Heeding Pope Benedict XVI's call to greater utilize the power of television and new media, the CatholicTV Network features its cable TV station, Catholic web site, mobile apps and widget. Celebrate Mass online; pray The Rosary; enjoy programs on prayer, the saints, the Scriptures and the Catholic Church on America's Catholic Television Network. 

Shannon Muldoon
Public Relations Coordinator