Bishop Peter J. Uglietto
Bishop Peter J. Uglietto
Archdiocese of Boston

Bishop Peter J. Uglietto has been appointed vicar general and moderator of the curia — a post like that of a chief executive officer — of the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley announced today.

“We are grateful that Bishop Uglietto has accepted this call to leadership in the Archdiocese. ... We ask the Lord to bless Bishop Uglietto as he assumes these new responsibilities,” O’Malley said today in a statement.

Uglietto, who will start his new job on March, succeeds Robert P. Deeley, who is bishop-designate of Portland, Maine.

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“I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to serve Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese in this assignment,” Uglietto said in the statement. “I have witnessed wonderful acts of kindness and charity in my years as a priest and most recently as Bishop of the North Region. In my new role, I will be committed to being of service to our priests, deacons, religious and laity as together we embrace the work ahead.”

Uglietto had risen to become auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese’s North Region since 2010. Before that he was rector and president of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston for five years. His parish assignments have included St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth, St. Gregory Church in Dorchester, and St. Margaret of Scotland in Dorchester, the archdiocese said.

A graduate of Boston College High School and the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1973 and has several divinity degrees. He was ordained a priest of the archdiocese in 1977, the statement said.