Obituary: Fr. Gilbert Joseph Siverio, OFM of Boston’s North End

SILVERIO, Fr. Gilbert Joseph, OFM Age 88, of Boston’s North End and Buzzards Bay, on December 7, 2013. Born, Joseph Anthony, in Boston on October 27, 1925 the son of Ralph and Anita (Rea) Silverio. He was received into the First Order on July 14, 1950 and made his temporary profession on July 15, 1951 at Immaculate Conception Novitiate in Troy, NY. He professed Solemn Vows on July 15, 1954 at Mount Alvernia Seminary in Wappingers Falls, NY. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on June 20, 1959 by the Most Rev, Bernardine Mazzarella, D.D., at Mount Alvernia Seminary, Wappingers Falls, NY.

For many years, he worked with great ardor in the ministry of Secondary Education. He began at Christopher Columbus High School in the North End of Boston in July, 1961 and eventually assumed the leadership responsibility of Principal from 1970 to 1982. Fr. Gilbert’s other ministerial experiences included: Formation Team at St. Bonaventure Friary in Melrose, Ma., St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Derry, N.H. as Pastor, St. Joseph Friary in Onset, Ma. as Friary Vicar and Parochial Vicar of St. Margaret/St. Mary Churches in Buzzards Bay. In June, 1997, He was transferred to Convento San Francesco in Rome, first as Administrator and then Guardian as well as being a member of the Post-Novitiate Formation Team.

He remained in Rome until August, 2001. Fr. Gilbert then returned to St. Joseph Friary in Onset. He served as Pastor of St. Margaret/St. Mary Churches in Buzzards Bay, from 2002-2004. He is the loving brother of Eugene Silverio and his wife Jean of Hingham, the late Theresa Paulicelli, John and Gaetano. He also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 7-9 pm in St. Margaret Church 141 Main St., Buzzards Bay, with a Wake Service at 7:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am in St. Margaret Church on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. His body will be interred at the Friars’ Mausoleum at Mount Alvernia Friary, Wappingers Falls, NY on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am.