Biography of Father Robert A. Quarato
Entering this world by way of the beautiful Bronx in Westchester Square Hospital on November 19, 1962, Robert Anthony Quarato was baptized on December 30, 1962 in Saint Anthony Church (Commonwealth Ave., the Bronx). Having studied at Saint Anthony School he then went onto Cardinal Spellman High School (the Bronx) and Fordham College (Rose Hill Campus, the Bronx) receiving the B.A.
Summa Cum Laude In Cursu Honorum (Philosophy and Theology). He then entered the Doctoral Program in Philosophy at Fordham, and served as a graduate teaching assistant.
During this time, Prof. Quarato discerned a call to the priesthood while volunteering for various committees and ministries at his new parish, Holy Spirit in Cortland Manor, Westchester County (the family relocated in 1984). He terminated doctoral studies upon reception of the M.A. (Philosophy) and entered the seminary system. Spending a year of discernment at the Saint John Neumann Residence (Riverdale, the Bronx), he was assigned as campus minister and teacher of religion at Saint Pius V Girls High School in the South Bronx. During four years of studies for the sacred priesthood at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie, Yonkers), he received the S.T.B
Summa Cum Laude (Bachelor of Sacred Theology - Angelicum, Rome), a M.Div. (Master of Divinity) and a M.A. (Dogmatic Theology). During those seminary years, he was assigned as a seminarian intern and assisted as a deacon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (Belmont, the Bronx). He was ordained a (Transitional) Deacon on December 23, 1991 by Bishop Patrick Sheridan, V.G. (former Pastor of Holy Rosary, the Bronx). On May 16, 1992 he was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by John Cardinal O’Connor at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.