Ferdinando Berardi Obituary (2022) – Staten Island, NY
Beloved pastor, ‘a guiding light to many’ Reverend Monsignor Ferdinando Donato Berardi, 71, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church, Staten Island, New York died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He is predeceased by his beloved parents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vincenzo and Leonarda Berardi, Rocco Berardi and his wife Paula, Vito Berardi, Frank Berardi and his wife Eileen, and Ralph Berardi. He is survived by his beloved brother, Luciano Berardi and his wife Maryanne, and his sisters Vincenza Melluso and her husband Orazio, Rita Lombardo and her husband Giuseppe, and his sisters-in-law, Mary Berardi and Rosetta Berardi. Mgr. Berardi was also a doting and loving uncle who leaves behind 21 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews, one great-great-great-nephew, as well as many devoted cousins (here in the United States and in Italy), an extended family and countless friends. Mgr. Berardi was born in Ruvo di Puglia, Italy on September 18, 1950 and moved to the United States as a child in 1958. As a young boy, he used to pray the daily Rosary with his mother and, very young, he knew he had a call to the priesthood. He attended Mount Carmel – St. Benedicta Grammar School, Cathedral Preparatory High School, and in 1969 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cathedral College in Douglaston, New York. Four years later, he served as a deacon at St. Vito’s Church, then earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Joseph’s Seminary, as well as a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre-Dame in 1977. He has was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on November 5 of the same year. After his ordination, Msgr. Berardi served as associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church, Staten Island and continued his graduate studies at the Pontifical College of San Anselmo in Rome, Italy in 1981. After earning his doctorate in sacred theology in 1982, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of New York. In 1995 he was elevated to the rank of Msgr. and became director of the Office of Spiritual Development at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. He was then appointed Director of Propagation of the Faith in New York where he spent eight years. From there he was appointed pastor of Holy Family Church in New Rochelle. In 2013 he was appointed superior of Casa Di Santa Maria in Rome, Italy, and in 2019 he became pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Staten Island, New York. Known to most as “Father Fred”, Msgr. Berardi dedicated his life to the Catholic Church, his congregation, his family and his friends. Despite his busy life, he was always ready to offer advice, to help people in need and he was a guide for all who were lucky enough to know him. He was never too busy to write a letter of recommendation, give a blessing or share stories over a good meal and a glass of wine. In his spare time, Msgr. Berardi enjoyed reading all types of books; he was an avid Yankees fan and enjoyed spending time with his devoted family, lifelong friends, and loyal parishioners. He was a true servant of God and although his untimely passing leaves us with a heavy heart, as a man of great faith we know he is now at home with our Lord. He touched the lives of so many people and he will be truly missed and never forgotten. Please join us in celebrating Msgr. Berardi’s life. Funeral service at Matthew Funeral Home Inc., 2508 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY. Visitation will be Sunday, January 16 from 3-6 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 30 Manor Road Staten Island, NY, followed by Mass at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church on Monday, January 17 at 10 a.m., followed by interment at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Clove Road. In lieu of flowers, donate to Blessed Sacrament Church. Matthew Funeral Home 2508 Victory Blvd Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 761-5544
Published by Staten Island Advance from January 13 to January 14, 2022.