and added president of Cathedral Girls High School in Manhattan to his duties a year later. Monsignor Bergin’s educational resume includes master’s degrees from Hunter College and the former Richmond College, founding membership on the Policy Board of the Staten Island Cooperative Continuum of Education, and chairmanship of the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s Principals’ Council. He also served as administrator of St. Raymond’s Parish in the Bronx, with responsibility over its elementary school, boys’ and girls’ high schools and cemetery. But in 2004, Monsignor Bergin got his wish to return to the Island when he was named St. Charles’ fifth pastor in 2004, and chairman of the Board of Trustees at Farrell two years ago. Both positions enabled him to complete a circle he had started following his ordination. “Even during my two years at St. Raymond’s, and even with family in the Bronx, I would always come back to Staten Island to visit regularly,” Monsignor Bergin said. “I have always considered this my home.” Those who’ve known him throughout the years say the hoopla is well deserved, but Monsignor Bergin has a different take. “I’ve gotten more from the people of Staten Island than I’ve ever given,” Monsignor Bergin said. You’d be hard pressed to convince the people of the borough it’s not the other way around.
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Published on Jun 22, 2011