In Loving Memory of The Rev. Msgr. Ernest Esposito

January 23, 1935
Mount Vernon, NY
January 15, 2019
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. Pius X Church, Friday 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ( Vigil Mass 7:00 p.m. )

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

January 18, 2019


St. Pius X Church

Mass of Christian Burial

834 Brookside Drive,
CT 06824

Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:00 a.m.


St. Michael Cemetery

2205 Stratford Avenue,
CT 06615

January 19, 2019

Family Gathering


The Pontifical Mission Society

c/o The Catholic Center,
238 Jewett Ave.,
CT 06606

Rev. Msgr. Ernest Esposito

The Rev. Msgr. Ernest Esposito, age 83, of Fairfield, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, January 15, 2019 following a brief illness. Born in Mount Vernon, NY the son of the late Francesco and Maria Antonia Esposito. Upon graduating from Edison Vocational and Technical High School in 1953, he served in the United States Army in New Jersey, Kentucky and Japan (1954-1956). He began his priestly formation with the Franciscan Friars at Saint Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, New York (1956-1960) and Saint Francis College in Rye Beach, New Hampshire (1960-1962), and he went on to study Theology at Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. (1962-1963) and Our Lady of Loretto Seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania (1964-1967). He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport on May 20, 1967 by the Most Rev. Walter W. Curtis. In 1988 he received a Doctorate of Ministry from Notre Dame University. He served as Parochial Vicar of Holy Rosary Parish in Bridgeport (1967-1969), Saint Mary Parish in Bridgeport (1969), Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport (1969-1970), Saint Raphael Parish in Bridgeport (1970-1976) and Saint Pius X Parish in Fairfield (1976-1985). He was Pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Bridgeport (1985-1991) and reappointed as Pastor of the newly-united parishes of Saint Peter and Saint Anthony Parishes (1991). He served as Parochial Vicar (1991-1994; 1996-1997) and Administrator of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Fairfield (1994), and lived in residence there (1994-1996). He was named Administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Stratford (1996). He served as diocesan Director of Family Life/Respect Life (1991-2006), as Episcopal Vicar for Religious (2001-2010) and as Chaplain of Saint Joseph Manor in Trumbull (2007-2010). During his longer service in the Diocese, Monsignor Esposito was also a member of the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors. Monsignor Esposito, who retired in 2010, was named Chaplain to His Holiness, with the title of Monsignor, by Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI on November 22, 2007. An avid sports enthusiast, Msgr. Ernie loved talking sports with anyone. He was a Detroit Lions and St. Louis Cardinals fan and was especially fond of his memories of meeting and talking baseball with the late Stan Musial. Conversations about sports inevitably lead to more profound conversations about God, with Msgr. Ernie reflecting that “we can spend hours thinking about sports, so why can’t we spend hours thinking about God?” Msgr. Esposito loved the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments with his family, and presided at many Baptisms, First Communions, and weddings for his nieces and nephews. His friendly and outgoing personality will be truly missed. Survivors include his twin brother, Joseph Esposito, Sr. of Carmel NY, sisters Elena Cugno of Florida, and Luisa Romanowski of New York, eleven nieces and nephews: Debra, Jodi, Joseph, Anthony, Michael, Louis, Gail, Cheryl, Albert, Mary Lou and Elisa. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sisters Rosie Zucarelli and Christine Ginese, his sister-in-law Carol Esposito, and his brother-in-law Anthony Ginese. Msgr. Esposito will be received on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 834 Brookside Drive, Fairfield where he will lie in repose until 7:00 p.m. when a Vigil Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Powers, Vicar General of the Diocese of Bridgeport. The Homilist will be the Rev. Robert Crofut. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport will be held at St. Pius X Church on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 a.m. The Homilist will be the Rev. Msgr. James Cuneo. Interment will follow in the priest circle at St. Michael Cemetery in Stratford. In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to the Pontifical Mission Society, c/o the Catholic Center, 238 Jewett Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06606.

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7 Guestbook Entries for The Rev. Msgr. Ernest Esposito

  1. Rest in peace, Father!! I remember you so well as a friend and spiritual guide. You always reflected Jesus in all that you did and said. Enjoy your peaceful eternity with the good Lord.
    Let us continue to pray for each other.
    Sandy D’Ambrosio

  2. Msgr. Ernie. it was an honor to serve at Mass with you at Our Lady of the Assumption. I will always remember how frazzled you would get if you were a little behind the time before the start of Mass. I would tell you not to worry “because you are under control”. That would make you laugh – always. Rest in God’s Peace.
    Annie Okrentowich

  3. My deepest love,sympathy and prayers on the loss of our wonderful Monsignor Ernie! He was a wonderful man and Priest. I’ve known him for over 50 years and he was always very kind to me and we always shared a laugh shen we spoke. He always made me feel very spiritual whenever I attended his masses. May you be resting in our Lords hands. You will be missed.

  4. Father Esposito was the epitome of what a Priest should be. I know he rose straight to heaven. May God Bless his Family.

  5. My deepest condolences and to Ernie’s brothers, sisters, nephews and family. Monsignor Ernie will be missed; he was a great man and a great priest! I will always remember him and keep his family in my prayers. Rest in peace Msgr. Ernie!! We love you. Sonia Rodriguez, Ruben and Nicky.

  6. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Msgr. Esposito. As a lifelong parishioner of St. Pius X Parish, I fondly recall his service to our parish (1976-85) and his love of sports and God. He always enjoyed talking about sports with me, and we always shared our cherished memories of St. Pius X Parish. He was the con celebrant of Christmas Day Mass with Father Sam, and he seemed fine when I saw him that day. My heart is heavy, but heaven is blessed. Rest in peace, Msgr. Esposito. You will be missed.

  7. Msgr. Esposito was a wonderful priest. He had a wonderful sense of humor. I’ve know him for over 20 years. He was the moderator for the Council of Catholic Women. Rest in peace Msgr. We will all miss you.