Bishop Anthony F. Mestice
RYE - Bishop Anthony F. Mestice passed away on April 30, 2011.
He was born in NYC on December 6, 1923 the son of Donato and Consiglia Mestice. He attended St. John the Evangelist parish school in NYC, Cathedral College in Manhattan and St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1949 by Francis Cardinal Spellman and consecrated titular bishop of Villanova and auxiliary to Terence Cardinal Cooke at St. Patrick's Cathedral on April 27, 1973.
His ministry took him first to the Church of St. Anthony in the Wakefield section of The Bronx, NY as Parochial Vicar from 1949 to 1969.
He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Poughkeepsie, NY and served there from 1969 to 1972 when he returned to the Bronx as pastor of the Church of St. Dominic. He went back to Poughkeepsie again as pastor of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Arlington and Episcopal Vicar of Dutchess County from 1978 to 1990.
His last assignment was as pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, Rye and Episcopal Vicar of Central Westchester from 1990 to 2002.
Bishop Mestice served on many Boards of Trustees: St. Francis Hospitals (Poughkeepsie and Beacon), Ferncliff and Astor Home in Rhinebeck, St. Joseph Seminary, and Operating Services of the Archdiocese of New York. He founded the Commission of Health and Human Services of Dutchess County.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Our Lady of Mercy Health Center and on the Board of Trustees of St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains and a member of various committees of the hospital. He served as Vicar for Vocations in the Archdiocese of New York from 1973-1985.
He was elected Chairman of the Vocations Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1980 and served the three year term in that capacity. During that term, he was a member of the Administrative Board of the USCCB in Washington, DC. He was Chairman of the Nominations Committee of the USCCB.
He taught at Manhattan College, served on the Board of Visitors for the City College of New York and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Marist College.
He is survived by his nieces Patricia J. DeGregorio and her husband Robert and Rosalie M. Mislowsky and her husband William and was great-uncle to Michael A.A. DeGregorio and wife Elizabeth, Christiana D. DeGregorie and Angela M. Mislowsky.
He was predeceased by two brothers: P. Francis Mestice MD and G. Michael Mestice JD, CPA.
A wake will be held at the Church of the Resurrection, Rye, NY on Wednesday May 4 from 5 PM until 7 PM when the Mass of the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated. The mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Please contact Graham Funeral Home 914-967-0129 for final arrangements. Internment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations make be made in his memory to the Priest Relief Fund of the Archdiocese of NY.
Published in Poughkeepsie Journal on May 3, 2011.