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Rev. Msgr. Mario Antonio Serraglio


The Reverend Monsignor Mario Antonio Serraglio died on May 25, 2018, while in assisted living at the Villas of Saint Therese. He died peacefully surrounded in prayer by Bishop Frederick Campbell, brother priests, Sister Eileen Fitsimmons, O.Carm., family members and friends. The son of Alfonso and Maria (Crespi) Serraglio, he was born on October 14, 1933 in San Zenone (Treviso), Italy, and was baptized on October 15, 1933 at San Lorenzo Church in San Zenone. Following his seminary formation and studies in Italy for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (Pontificium Institutum Missionum Exterarum, PIME) - a society of secular priests and brothers who dedicate their lives to worldwide missionary activities - he continued his religious formation and theological studies for PIME at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954, and completing his theological studies at the Saints Peter and Paul Mission Seminary (PIME) in Newark, Ohio, in 1958. He was ordained a priest for PIME on April 26, 1958, by Bishop Clarence Issenmann at the Saints Peter and Paul Mission Seminary chapel. Following ordination Msgr. Serraglio taught in the Saints Peter and Paul Missionary Seminary High School, later serving as seminary Rector 1965-66, then as Dean of Men for the PIME theologians in formation at the Josephinum seminary. During his priestly ministry and service to Christ, His Church and His people, Msgr. Serraglio served in a number of parishes, including: Saint Rose of Lima (New Lexington); Holy Rosary (Columbus); Blessed Sacrament (Newark); Saint Mark (Lancaster); and Holy Spirit (Columbus). Msgr. Serraglio transferred from the PIME missionaries and was officially incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Columbus on September 14, 1971 - the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. As a priest of the Diocese of Columbus Msgr. Serraglio continued to shepherd the faithful in a number of parishes, including Saint Rose of Lima (New Lexington); Saint Mark (Lancaster); Saint Mary (Chillicothe); Saint John the Baptist (Columbus); and Saint Agnes (Columbus). Following his retirement in 2003 Msgr. Serraglio served as Administrator pro-tem at Saint Francis de Sales Church (Newark), and assisted at number of parishes - especially Saint John XXIII Church (Canal Winchester). In addition to his parents, Msgr. Serraglio is preceded in death by his brother, Luciano. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Maria Serraglio; brothers Giovanni and Vincenzo, and his sister, Annateresa. Survivors also include nieces Gabriella (Eric) Rupert, Luciana Pierson, Paola Serraglio (Albert Torresin); nephews Mario Serraglio, Giuseppe (Elena) Serraglio, Enrico (Alketa) Panziera; 15 great nieces and nephews; two great, great nephews; many friends. Special thanks for the wonderful care provided by Sister Ann Brown, O.Carm., Sister Eileen Fitzsimmons, O.Carm., and the Sisters and staff at the Villas at Saint Therese. Calling hours for Msgr. Serraglio will be Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST ITALIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 720 Hamlet Street (at Lincoln), Columbus, 43215 ( Calling hours will resume Thursday, May 31, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at SAINT JOHN XXIII CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5170 Winchester Southern Road NW, Canal Winchester, 43110, ( continuing until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Frederick F. Campbell will celebrate the Mass, Bishop James A. Griffin (retired) and priests of the Diocese will concelebrate; Rev. Msgr. Anthony Frecker will deliver the homily. Burial will follow in the priests' section at Saint Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19111. Arrangements entrusted with the JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Condolences may be sent via