When Bob Guglielmone began teaching at PMHS in 1968, he had no idea that in 2009 he would be selected by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new Bishop of Charleston, S.C. Growing up in Mastic Beach, Bob attended Seton Hall High School in Patchogue, which is now the site of St. Joseph’s College. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. John’s University in 1968, Bob began his teaching career at PMHS as a Business teacher and Director of Work Study. While at PMHS, Bob did graduate studies in Education from 1971 to 1972 at New York University.
Although Bob loved being a teacher and working with high school students, he felt another vocation calling him to continue his work with youth but to serve God as well. Bob left PMHS in 1973 and entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington to study to be a Roman Catholic priest. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in 1977 and was ordained a priest in 1978. He continued working with youth through the Boy Scouts of America as Chaplain, Diocesan Chaplain and eventually the Metro New York Area Chaplain. He served on the National Catholic Committee on Scouting and eventually served as National Chaplain from 1988 to 1991.
Now known as Father Guglielmone, he also served the people of Suffolk and Nassau Counties as a parish priest, associate pastor, Director of Pastoral Formation, Dean of Seminarians and is presently rector of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. He was named a Prelate of Honor-Monsignor- in 1996 by the late Pope John Paul II.
On January 24, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI named Monsignor Guglielmone to be the new Bishop of Charleston, S.C. He will be installed as Bishop on March 25 th . His installation as Bishop makes him the 13 th Bishop of that Diocese. While serving the people of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Msgr. Guglielmone extended his priestly presence and fraternal care to all those he met. He has a strong commitment to serve all people and to teach the ways of God in our world.
Retired Math teacher, Joseph Esposito, remembers teaching alongside Msgr. Bob at PMHS. Joe tells us that Msgr. Bob was known as Mr. G. to the students and was extremely well-liked by all. When Msgr. Bob told his fellow teachers that he was leaving PMHS to begin his studies for the priesthood, no one seemed surprised as his quiet, caring and compassionate demeanor lent itself very well toward a religious vocation.
The entire membership of the PMCT wishes Msgr. Bob the best of luck in his new assignment as Bishop and are extremely proud of his accomplishments. Although he has moved on from PMHS, he is still a member of our teaching profession and continues to enrich the lives of all those he meets in his religious life.