In Memoriam: Father Pasquale “Pat” Apuzzo

Father Pasquale "Pat" Apuzzo

Visitation for Father Pasquale “Pat” Apuzzo will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m. at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond. Father Apuzzo, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 11.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Father Apuzzo attended St. Thomas and St. Mary Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond on Nov. 27, 1976, Father Apuzzo served at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1976-1979; and Sacred Heart, Richmond, 1980-1982.

In 1982, he received his first pastorate, St. Patrick, Church Hill, where he served until 1994. That year he was assigned to minister at St. Olaf, Williamsburg, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Quinton, serving both parishes until 1997. During that time, he was also assigned to St. Elizabeth, Richmond — an assignment that overlapped with his being pastor of Holy Rosary, Richmond, 2000-2001.

Father Apuzzo was named administrator of St. Gabriel, Chesterfield, in 2001, and pastor in 2003. He was also pastor of Good Samaritan, Chesterfield, beginning in 2010. He concluded both pastorates in 2013.

While ministering in parishes, Father Apuzzo also did diocesan work. From 1979-1985, he was director of the Office of Worship, and from 1984-1987, he was director of the Office of Stewardship. From 1994-2004, he served as secretary to Bishop Walter F. Sullivan. During the past year, he wrote commentaries for The Catholic Virginian.

Father Apuzzo is survived by a brother, Robert. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pasquale and Florence Apuzzo, and by his sister, Marianne Barber.

A celebration of Father Apuzzo’s life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23. For information on how to view the event via livestream, go to

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

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