Retired Deacon Michael R. Arno, age 82, died on Monday, March 21, 2022 at his home in Florida from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.
Deacon Arno was ordained on June 1, 1997 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul by the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino. He was assigned to Saint Irenaeus Parish, Philadelphia, where he remained until it closed in June of 2004. He was then assigned to Divine Mercy Parish, Philadelphia, until September 2005. Deacon Arno relocated to Zephyrhills, Florida, and in October, 2006, he was released for service to the Diocese of Saint Petersburg. Deacon Arno retired in June, 2016.
Deacon Arno was married to his wife Joan since June 13, 1964. They have three children: Michael J. Arno; Elizabeth Andrade; and Mary Chapman; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to his parish assignments, from September 1999 until September 2005, Deacon Arno served as the Coordinator of Clergy for the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Deacon Arno retired as the Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Philadelphia.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022, beginning at 10:30 AM followed by his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM, Saint Joseph Parish, 5345 16th Street, Zephyrhills, Florida.