Fr. Bob Marciano

Christmas 2018: Divinity Wrapped in Humanity

Dec. 25, 2018—It was a chance of a lifetime.  Natalie Gilbert, a 13-year-old eighth grader from Lake Oswego, Oregon had won the competition to sing the national anthem at the first playoff home game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks.  It was a sellout crowd and a nationally televised audience of millions.  She had sung the song hundreds of times and even minutes before in the locker room for the home team and now her big moment was here.  As the nation’s giant flag was unfurled and she took to center court to sing a hush fell over the crowd. She began perfectly on key, and then, just a few lines into the song, she suddenly went blank and forgot the words, stumbling to regain her poise.  Helpless and with tears in her eyes, she glanced to the sidelines for help.  And that is when he appeared as Coach Maurice Cheeks of the Blazers walked to her and placed his arm around her and began to sing along.  As Natalie begins singing again, the Coach motions to the crowd to join in and suddenly the entire arena is singing too.  The struggling singer has been saved and a thunderous applause erupts when the song finishes as Coach Cheeks and Natalie walk off together.  [Read more]

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Fr. Marciano serves as the 7th Pastor of Saint Kevin Parish and began his ministry on June 1, 2012. He is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School (1975), Providence College (B.A., 1979), St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA (M.Div., 1983), and also Air War College, United States Air Force (Distinguished Graduate, 2007).

He has served in many previous parochial assignments within the Diocese of Providence. Fr. Marciano is a member of the Board of Directors for Bishop Hendricken High School, the Board of Directors for the House of Hope, and an Ambassador for Ocean State Theatre. He was made a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS) by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and received those honors at an installation Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston in 2003. Since 1992, Father has served as a Chaplain for the United States Air Force. From 2006 to 2010, he served at the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and as Chief of Chaplains for the Air National Guard rising to the rank of Colonel.  On September 15, 2016, Fr. Bob retired as Chaplain for the Rhode Island National Guard.

Father also serves in the following capacities:

      • Chaplain, Colonel (Ret.), Rhode Island National Guard
      • Chaplain, Colonel for the Warwick Police Department
      • Chaplain, Deputy Chief for the Warwick Fire Department
      • Chaplain, Major for the Rhode Island Airport Police Department
      • Chaplain, Deputy Assistant Chief for the Providence Fire Department
      • Chaplain for the 100 Club / Rhode Island Chapter