Josephite Father Joseph Francis Xavier Del Vecchio died at St. Joseph Manor, the Society’s Retirement Facility in Baltimore, on Jan. 13, after a long illness. He was 72 years old and was a priest for 45 years.

Father Del Vecchio was born in Flushing, N.Y., on Feb. 17, 1945, the only child of Frank and Martha Moleffeto Del Vecchio. He attended St. Patrick Elementary School in Bay Shore, Long Island, and LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale, N.Y. After graduation, he entered the Josephite college seminary in Newburgh, N.Y. to begin studies for the priesthood. After two years of philosophy and a year’s novitiate, he moved on to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Washington to complete six years of further studies. He was ordained a priest in his home parish of St. Patrick, Bay Shore, by Bishop John McCann on June 3, 1972.

Except for a one-year assignment to Most Pure Heart of Mary parish in Mobile, Alabama, Father Del Vecchio spent the rest of his ministry in parishes in Baltimore and Washington. His first position was as the assistant at St. Pius V parish in Baltimore for four years where he was known especially for his youth ministry. He moved on to St. Luke, Washington, as a four-year associate and also as assistant director of the CYO of the archdiocese.

Father Del Vecchio moved back to Baltimore as associate at St. Peter Claver church for three years and at Incarnation church, Washington, for a seven-year role as associate and also as archdiocesan director of youth ministry. He moved over to St. Vincent de Paul parish in Washington for an eight-year pastorate and back to St. Peter Claver/St.Pius V church for a nine-year term as administrator and pastor. Another pastorate was at St. Luke church, Washington, for five years including a year as Archdiocesan Director of Youth Ministry. His final assignment was in 2014 as parochial vicar at St. Peter Claver/St. Pius V church until health reasons moved him to retirement in February 2017 to St. Joseph Manor.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Del Vecchio was held at St. Peter Claver/St. Pius V church, Baltimore, on Jan. 19. He was buried in New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore.

Father Del Vecchio will be remembered especially for his interest in youth, including several World Youth Day visits with young parishioners. May he be at peace.

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