The announcement was publiciized in Washington on Dec. 15 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
In a statement announcing the pope's acceptance, the Archdiocese of Hartford extended its best wishes, prayers and deep gratitude to Bishop Macaluso as he makes the transition to auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The bishop continues to reside at the archdiocesan pastoral center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He will remain active in episcopal ministry to the extent that his health and circumstances permit.
Bishop Macaluso was born in Hartford on June 12, 1945. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in sacred theology from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 22, 1971, Bishop Macaluso has served the archdiocese in both parochial and administrative settings.
In 1995, he was named a prelate of honor, with the title of monsignor, by Pope John Paul II and was also named episcopal vicar for Hartford.
Following his ordination as a bishop on June 10, 1997, Bishop Macaluso most notably has held the posts of vicar general, financial officer, moderator of the curia and president/rector of St. Thomas Seminary Bishop Macaluso has shared his wisdom as both chair and member of several committees and boards through the years. He has presided at numerous celebrations across the archdiocese, including the sacrament of confirmation and ordinations to the diaconate.
With the announcement of Bishop Macaluso’s resignation, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair issued the following statement: “From my first days as archbishop of Hartford, Bishop Macaluso has been of invaluable assistance thanks to his knowledge and experience of this local Church over many years. In the name of all the clergy, religious and laity of the archdiocese, I wish him all the best and God’s blessing in days to come.”