Albert Charles Giaquinto, S.S.
11 November 2014
December 13, 1923 – October 27, 2014
American writer, May Sarton, wrote “Love is the great enlarger of the person because it requires us to ‘take in’ the stranger and to understand him, to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as imagination to make the relationship work.” Such love was clearly manifest in Fr. Al Giaquinto’s life through his gift for relationships. Fr. Giaquinto had a genuine interest in others and a willingness to make relationships work. Through the profound wisdom gained from a lifetime of prayer and service, he knew how to make friends and to make loyalty last.
When speaking about his childhood and family life, Fr. Giaquinto often referred to how his Italian immigrant parents lived under the dark cloud and burdens of financial challenges. But despite such stress as the sixth of eight children born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 13, 1923, Fr. Giaquinto would still describe his early life as marked by love, unity and an intense faith rooted in parish life and family piety.
As he began to discern his vocation to the priesthood, Fr. Giaquinto entered the seminary sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford. He eventually was assigned to Theological College first as a Basselin Scholar and then as a theologian graduating with a M. A. in Philosophy (1944) and an S.T.L. from The Catholic University of America in 1948. Fr. Giaquinto was ordained a priest on May 27, 1948, for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He was later incardinated into the newly formed Diocese of Norwich in 1953.
After ordination Fr. Giaquinto was given the opportunity to serve as the Newman Chaplain at the University of Connecticut, an initial pastoral immersion that gave birth to many of his priorities as a priest and as a future Sulpician. Later in life he often celebrated the many blessings he experienced from his large extended family, the educational opportunities offered at The Catholic University of America and Theological College, and the insights gained from the students he served at the University of Connecticut—insights that became the catalyst for his discernment of a call to serve the Church and the priesthood as a Sulpician.