A wake will be held from 3 p.m. Thursday, September 5, for Msgr. Anthony J. Savastano, who died September 2. He was 84. The wake will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 690 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, where Msgr. Savastano served as pastor from 1985 until his retirement in 1999.
Msgr. Robert Romeo will preside at a 7 p.m. Mass of Transferral on Thursday, September 5 at Holy Name of Jesus Church. Msgr. Richard Bauhoff will be the homilist. On Friday, September 6, Bishop William Murphy will preside at an 11 a.m. funeral Mass for Msgr. Savastano, also at Holy Name of Jesus. Msgr. John Alesandro will preach the homily. Interment will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.
Born in Brooklyn May 30, 1929, Msgr. Savastano was educated at Fordham University and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington. Ordained June 2, 1956 at St. James Pro Cathedral in Brooklyn, his first assignment was at St. Rocco’s Parish in Glen Cove — a year before Nassau and Suffolk counties were split off from Brooklyn to form a new diocese.
“I think of myself as a pioneer of the Diocese of Rockville Centre,” he told The Long Island Catholic years later.
Msgr. Savastano subsequently served at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Rocky Point, Christ the King in Commack and Our Lady of the Assumption in Copiague. While at Our Lady of the Assumption, he also served as a Procurator-Advisor, assisting people seeking annulments at the diocesan Tribunal. That led to his being assigned to the Tribunal in 1968 as Canonical Consultant, with residence at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Floral Park. He became Vice Chancellor for the diocese in 1970, and Chancellor in 1974.
In 1975 he became pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst, serving there for 10 years before becoming pastor of Holy Name of Jesus in 1985.
Msgr. Savastano was named a Diocesan Consultor in 1977 and an Honorary Prelate to His Holiness in 1980.