Msgr. Robert P. Deeley Courtesy photo
BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley announced June 14 that Msgr. Robert P. Deeley will succeed Father Richard M. Erikson as vicar general and moderator of the curia effective Sept. 1.
The vicar general of a diocese serves as a close collaborator of the bishop and acts on his behalf, ensuring implementation of his decisions. The moderator of the curia has the prime responsibility of running a diocese's central administration and personnel. In the Archdiocese of Boston, both roles are combined into one position.
A noted canon lawyer, Msgr. Deeley has served at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican since 2004.
Msgr. Deeley was ordained in 1973 and was first assigned as associate pastor at St. Bartholomew parish in Needham, where he served for five years.
In 1978, with his appointment as Secretary to the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston, he began a ministry in that office that would last for over 20 years. He served his last 10 years at the Metropolitan Tribunal as Judicial Vicar for the archdiocese, a position he held from 1989-1999.
In October of 1999, he was named pastor of St. Ann's Parish in the Wollaston section of Quincy. While pastor of St. Ann's, he assumed the presidency of the Canon Law Society of America in 2000.