The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, presided at the Installation Mass of Rev. Robert L. Marciano Sept. 16 at St. Kevin Church.
Father Marciano, or “Father Bob” as he is affectionately known, then installed the 2012-2013 faculty and staff of St. Kevin School.
The school has recently experienced a surge in enrollment after announcing its new Early Learning Academy and historic partnership for its junior high with Bishop Hendricken High School. After adding 25 new students, the school opened its doors this year with a record 172 students.
Father Marciano was born in Providence and educated at St. Francis of Assisi School, Bishop Hendricken High School and Providence College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. He completed his seminary studies at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, N.Y., and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983 by Bishop Kenneth Angell in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence and appointed assistant pastor of St. Joseph in Woonsocket. He also served at St. Joan of Arc in Cumberland from 1990 to 1992, and St. Kevin from 1992 to 1994. He was a pastor of St. Rose of Lima beginning in 1994. Three years later, the church merged with St. Clement to become Sts. Rose and Clement, where he then served.
In 2006, he was named Chief of Chaplains of the Air National Guard for the Archdiocese for Military Services in Washington, D.C., and served there until his appointment as pastor of Our Lady of Good Help in Mapleville in 2010. He has also served as chaplain at Bryant University in Smithfield.