Father Ben Bacino: 1948 - 2018

Father Ben Bacino passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2018. He was currently serving as pastor of St. Mary Help of Christians in Pueblo.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Fr. Ben on May 17 at the Cathedral in Pueblo. He was entombed at Roselawn Cemetery, also in Pueblo.

During the homily at his funeral, Bishop Stephen Berg recounted the remarks from Fr. Ben’s brother, Jim, who said of him “All he ever wanted to be was a priest.” He was a priest who was always there. Bishop Berg calling him a “people’s priest and a priest’s priest,” due to his commitment to priestly fraternity. He continued, “Ben, in his own way, was always here or there, he showed up pretty much everywhere. In quiet ways he was there to listen and to minster to so many. In not so quiet ways he kept an eye on what was going on and wasn’t afraid to let you know.”

“In all levels, interior and exterior, Ben showed up.”

Bishop Berg remembered him as one who put everything he had into his priesthood. “He was never off the clock. He never put anyone off in need.” Fr. Ben Bacino was born to Sam and Dorothy Bacino on June 10, 1948.  He will be missed not only by the many people whose lives he touched in his 43 years of Priesthood, but especially by his brother, aunt, nieces and many cousins.  He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and older brother, Charles Sam.  He leaves to mourn him, his brother Jim Bacino, his aunt Kathy Bacino, three nieces, as well as Bacino and Zancanella cousins too numerous to mention.  He gave his family such joy as they watched him grow from a mischievous little boy who loved to joke and clown around at family gatherings, into a beloved priest who counseled his flock with love and compassion.  His was a very special calling from God.   He attended Resurrection College Seminary in Kitchener Ontario Canada, College of Santa Fe, Adams State University in Alamosa, and St. Thomas School of Theology in Denver.  He served in so many parishes in the diocese: Holy Rosary, Holy Family, St. Leander and St. Mary Help of Christians all in Pueblo, Alamosa, Walsenburg, La Junta, Ordway, Grand Junction, La Veta, Gardner and Chama.  

In addition, he served at the correctional facilities in Canon City and as president of the St. John Neumann School Board.  He also served as coordinator for campus ministry, dean of the Walsenburg-Trinidad Deanery, member of the Diocesan Financial Advisory Council, Clergy Personnel Committee, the Historic Southside Catholic Community Committee, and was a Faithful Friar and Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.  In addition, he was a diocesan Boy Scout Chaplain, a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society, Sons of Italy, and of Jesu Caritas, along with being the spiritual advisor for the Altar & Rosary Society.