St. John Paul the Great Alumni Association was established in 2021. This committee is comprised of volunteers who are alumni of St. John Paul the Great Academy and its predecessors Sacred Heart School, St. Francis of Assisi School, St. Mary School, St. Peter School and St. Peter/St. Francis School. The group's primary objective is to support the Academy through fundraising, promotion and volunteerism.
Alumni of the Month
The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, D.D.
The Alumni Association of St. John Paul the Great Academy is proud and honored to announce the Alumnin of the month, The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza, D.D.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut on February 13, 1935, Bishop Rosazza is the eldest child of the late Agatha (Dinneen) and Aldo Rosazza. He grew up in Torrington and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi School’s Class of 1948. He attended Torrington High School, graduating in 1952. After one year at Dartmouth College he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next he studied at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, New York, and completed his four-year concentration in theology at Seminare Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 29, 1961.
Back in Connecticut he served as assistant pastor in the Church of St. Timothy in West Hartford and then was appointed to the faculty of St. Thomas Seminary where he taught French, Spanish and Italian.
In 1972 he became co-pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Hartford’s north end, the mother church of Hartford’s Hispanic Catholic community. In 1978 he was named auxiliary bishop to the Archbishop of Hartford by Pope Paul VI and was ordained bishop on June 24. He continued to minister at Sacred Heart until his transfer to Waterbury in 1981. In 1988 he was assigned to New Haven.
On February 2, 1997, Archbishop Cronin appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the Spanish speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
He is a member of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Social Development and World Peace and is liaison with Brazilian Catholics for the Committee on Migration and Refugees. He is also bishop advisor to the National Catholic Student Coalition. He is one of the founders of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a coalition of churches and labor union locals as well as ECCO (Elm City Congregations Organized), a community organization of 18 churches in the New Haven area. Also, he is one of the five bishops who drafted the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy and Catholic Social Teaching.
Pope Benedict XVI accepted Bishop Rosazza’s resignation on June 30, 2010, after the Bishop submitted the customary letter of resignation on his 75th birthday, February 13, 2010.
Alumni of the Month
Monsignor Robert F. Tucker
The first Alumni of the Month is Monsignor Robert F. Tucker. Monsignor Tucker was born November 26, 1942. He grew up in Torrington and is a member of St. Francis of Assisi School's Class of 1956. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University and was ordained a priest within the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 23, 1970. He celebrated his Golden Anniversary in 2020. Also last year, Rev. Tucker was elevated to Monsignor Tucker.
He has served as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Litchfield for over 25 years. In 2013, he became the pastor of St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Goshen as well. In 2017, through the pastoral planning of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Msgr. Tucker became the pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church in Bantam. In December 2017, the three churches merged to form the St. Louis de Montfort Parish Corporation.
Monsignor Tucker has shared his devout faith with thousands over the years through his compassion, grace and humor. He lives with JOY and unselfishly PASSES IT ALONG.
We are extremely proud to count Monsignor Robert F. Tucker as an alum of St. John Paul the Great Parish.