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Priest retires from Phoenix diocese’s marriage tribunal

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Posted: Friday, July 20, 2007 12:25 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The last segment of a three-tiered professional career came to an end June 30 for the Rev. Philip Acquaro. He retired as a judge on the Roman Catholic Diocesan Tribunal for the Diocese of Phoenix. He had served on the Marriage Tribunal since 1990.

The last segment of a three-tiered professional career came to an end June 30 for the Rev. Philip Acquaro.

He retired as a judge on the Roman Catholic Diocesan Tribunal for the Diocese of Phoenix. He had served on the Marriage Tribunal since 1990. A Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Basilica, led by Bishop Thomas Olmsted, followed by a dinner and ceremony to honor Acquaro and other retiring members.

On May 31, he retired as administrator of St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church in Gilbert. During his tenure that began in 1992, the church was remodeled to reflect a Byzantine Catholic church. A social hall was erected, a parking lot and rectory were acquired, and parish debt was paid off. On May 27, Acquaro was honored at a divine liturgy and luncheon, led by the Most Rev. William Skurla, bishop of the Eparchy of Van Nuys.

In 2002, Acquaro retired as a chaplain to the Phoenix Police Department after 11 years of service.

He intends to spend his time with fellow members of the Congregation of St. Basil at the order’s retirement center in Houston. The 66-year-old priest was born in Detroit and ordained a priest in 1970. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor in Canada; a master of divinity degree from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto; a master of science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; and a canon law degree from the Catholic University of America. He did postgraduate studies in six other institutions in the U.S. and Italy. He taught in Detroit Catholic schools for 15 years.

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