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St. Charles to help monsignor mark 50 years Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 6:41 AM

Thomas J. Bergin.

"I've gotten more from the people of Staten Island than I've ever given," says Monsignor

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It was 50 years ago this month that Monsignor Thomas J. Bergin — a name virtually synonymous with Catholic education on Staten Island — was ordained a Diocesan priest. Since that time, both Monsignor Bergin and Staten Island have grown up together. So it is only fitting that he will celebrate the event next weekend at St. Charles R.C. Church in Oakwood, where he began his life as a priest and where he now serves as pastor. Monsignor Bergin was born and raised in the Bronx, but has come to call this borough home, having spent 37 years as a priest on the Island. The Regis High School and Cathedral College graduate was assigned to St. Charles following his ordination from St. Joseph Seminary in upstate Yonkers on May 27, 1961. He joined the faculty at Monsignor Farrell High School just down the street four years later, teaching religion, Latin, psychology and serving as a guidance counselor and chairman of the athletic department until 1972. For the next 10 years he was the principal of Moore Catholic High School, before returning to Farrell, this time as principal, from 1983 to 1992. Cardinal John O’Connor, New York’s former archbishop, elevated Monsignor Bergin to vicar for education following his tenure at Farrell, then named him chancellor of the Archdiocese,

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