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b Fr. Salvator Ciullo Dies -b

Father Salvator L. Ciullo, former pastor at several diocesan parishes, died July 25th while visiting family in Italy. He was 73. Father Ciullo?s last assignment before his retirement was as pastor of Queen of Apostles Parish in Alexandria. He was living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the time of his death. The funeral Mass was offered Aug. 5 at Nativity Church in Burke. Internment followed at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria. Father Ciullo was born Dec. 8, 1930, to Crescenzo and Giovannina Ciullo in Orange, N.J. One of six children, he attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Orange and St. Lawrence Priory in Beacon, NY. He spent one year in the novitiate (1950-51) and then attended St. Lawrence Philosophical Seminary (Capuchin Friars Formation House) in Beacon. He went on to study at Covento Dei Cappuccini Theological Seminary in Florence, Italy. Father Ciullo was ordained a Capuchin Friar in Florence on April 2, 1960, and appointed parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Bronx, NY, while studying at Fordham University, 1960-61; St. Ann Parish in Hoboken, NJ, 1961-68; St. John Bosco Parish in Woodstock, 1968-76, during which time he founded Our Lady of the Shenandoah Mission Church in Basye in 1974. He was parochial vicar at St. James Parish in Falls Church from 1976-79. Father Ciullo was incardinated into the Arlington Diocese on Oct. 31, 1979, and assigned as parochial vicar and then administrator at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Warrenton. He served as pastor there until 1984. He was pastor at Nativity Parish in Burke for 12 years (1984-96) during which time he helped establish the parish school. He was appointed founding pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish in Fairfax Station in 1996 and served there for four years. Father Ciullo had been on administrative leave without pay since December 2000 when financial irregularities were discovered by diocesan officials during a routine audit. He was serving as pastor of Queen of Apostles Parish at the time. He pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and Fairfax County prosecutors agreed not to seek prison time. Upon learning of Father Ciullo?s death, Bishop Paul S. Loverde recalled that many people were assisted in their spiritual journey by Father Ciullo?s 40 years of priestly service. "Although I remain deeply saddened by the violation of trust which had occurred, nonetheless, I remain equally grateful for all the blessings that came to God?s people through Father Ciullo?s priestly life and ministry. We join together now in commending our brother through prayer to our Merciful Lord, Who alone knows fully the human heart of each person. May Father Ciullo experience God?s unfailing mercy and be given fullness of life in His presence forever."

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