The Reverend Anthony Mary Corigliano, C.S.S. (92) died peacefully in his sleep on November 16, 2021, in Springfield, Massachusetts in his seventy-first year of Stigmatine religious life. He was the son of the late Giuseppe and Maria Grazia (nee Blasi) Corigliano.
Though born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 29, 1929, Father Anthony’s family relocated to Springfield, MA, where he attended Springfield public schools and then Cathedral High School. Feeling God’s call to dedicate his life in service to the Church he became a professed member of the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers on June 13, 1950. Then after completing his theological studies in Rome (Italy) he was ordained a priest there on May 8, 1955.
Father Anthony was blessed with an insightful mind and an understanding heart.
He shared these gifts throughout sixty-six years of priesthood in a range of ministries. He served as parochial vicar in three parishes during his first nine years as a priest (Sacred Heart of Jesus – Milford, MA; St. Ann – West Springfield, MA; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – White Plains, NY.) He was then tasked to help prepare candidates for the Stigmatine religious life and priesthood 1964-1970. (From this experience he would twice go to South Africa to facilitate international Stigmatine formation conferences in 1987 & 1993.)
It was during this period that he obtained a Master’s degree in psychology that would lead him into pastoral counseling. This was the ministry he most enjoyed and through which he had such a positive impact on the lives of those who sought his guidance. He exercised this ministry full time as a staff member at the Espousal Retreat House (Waltham, MA) and while in residence at Mt. Carmel Church (White Plains, NY.) from 1970 to 1980 and then again 1985 to 1988. Well into his 80’s, his gentle and compassionate personality would draw him to this ministry on a part-time basis no matter his other duties and responsibilities. He also found great joy and fulfillment, and developed enduring friendships, through his involvement with Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
The Stigmatine community turned to Father Anthony to serve in various capacities, as a Provincial Councillor, as Provincial Superior (1980-1985), and as Province Treasurer (1988-2015.) Father Anthony’s calm, steady personality and good judgment were qualities his confreres relied upon to bring clarity to any situation. From 2001 until his death he was in residence at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, assisting as needed in several ministries for the parish and the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers.
Father Anthony was always hard-working which he believed was his way to respond to God’s many blessings. He could not help but try to thank God by being as generous as possible with his time and ability. Many experienced Father Anthony as a kind and quiet person, which he certainly was. Those who knew him well also encountered a man of deep spirituality, dedication to serving the Lord as much as he could for as long as he could, and a generosity of spirit that allowed him to be available for ministry and service in whatever way the Spirit led.
Father Anthony was predeceased by his brothers Carmelo and Joseph Corigliano, as well as his sisters Mary (Corigliano) Hervieux and Grace (Corigliano) Irla. To cherish his memory are Father Anthony’s Stigmatine confreres and his nieces and nephews.
All are welcome to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 123 William Street, Springfield, MA on Monday, November 22, 2021, where Father Corigliano will lie in state from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and to his funeral Mass which follows at 6:30 p.m.
Interment will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in the Stigmatine plot at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, 110 Medway Road (Rte. 109), Milford, MA.