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July 13, 2009


Cardinal Justin Rigali will lead Solemn Evening Prayer as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia bids farewell to Bishop Joseph Cistone, who was named by Pope Benedict XVI to be Bishop of Saginaw.

All are welcome to attend the service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. For those unable to attend, live streaming video will be available at

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
5:00 p.m.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Bishop Cistone is a native of Philadelphia whose home parish was Our Lady of Consolation in the Tacony section of the city. He served as Vicar for Administration and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia beginning in 1998. He was ordained a Bishop in 2004. On May 20, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Cistone as the sixth Bishop of Saginaw. He will be installed on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Church in Saginaw. For more information, please visit

Biographical Information:
Joseph R. Cistone was born in Philadelphia in 1949, the son of Daniel A. and Josephine R. (Altomare) Cistone, Sr. He has two brothers, Daniel and Anthony. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Parish Elementary School and is a 1967 graduate of Father Judge High School. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained in 1975. Father Cistone served as parochial vicar in the following parishes: Epiphany of Our Lord, Philadelphia; Saint Jerome, Philadelphia; Saint Jude, Chalfont; Saint Francis of Assisi, Norristown; Saint Bernard, Philadelphia. He served as Dean of Formation for the Theology Division, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. He was appointed Vicar for Administration and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in February 1998 and was named an Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II in April 1998.

Monsignor Cistone was Ordained to the Episcopacy by Cardinal Justin Rigali at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on July 28, 2004. Bishop Cistone serves on the following Committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Committee for Protection of Children and Young People; Cultural Diversity in the Church; Subcommittee for African-American Affairs and Committee on Budget and Finance.


Editor's Note: Television cameras will not be permitted in the Cathedral. An audio and video mult-box feed will be provided in the parking lot of the Cathedral. Please enter on 17th Street, between Race and Vine Streets. Crews will need a bnc connector/recording deck or a live truck. Reporters and still photographers are welcome in the Cathedral.

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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