Boscutti welcomed by members of St. Cyprian parish
Pastor Boscutti holds up Kermit the Frog to help illustrate the meaning of f.r.o.g., "forever rely on God". Father Darrio Boscutti conducted his first Mass at St. Cyprian Church as their seventh pastor Sunday morning. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 6, 2012 11:33AM
St. Cyprian Church welcomed Fr. Darrio Boscutti on July 1 by holding a meet-and-greet in the school lobby.
“He has the energy and new and fresh ideas,” Principal Sr. Kathleen Klingen said. “A large crowd in the church doesn’t always feel included, and any way can we include them we will.”
Boscutti has been a priest for 26 years. His previous parish was St. John of the Cross in Western Springs. He grew up in Franklin Park and attended St. Maria Goretti, East Leyden High School, Triton College and then National College. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he realized he wanted to enter the seminary.
“I was helping out at my parish (St. Maria Goretti) and one of the priests suggested I become a priest,” Boscutti said. “I said to him, ‘I’m not worthy,’ and he responded, ‘You’re as worthy as I am.’”
Boscutti enrolled at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, and was ordained four years later.
Boscutti has done a lot of incredible service work throughout his career, including working with the deaf at St. Francis Borgia and going on several mission trips.
“At my past parishes we would go on mission trips with teenagers to different places around the country. We would spend an incredible and life-changing week renovating homes,” he said. “They would see the poverty firsthand and would come home very humble. They felt very lucky to live where they live.”
Boscutti said the River Grove and St. Cyprian community have welcomed him with open arms.
“The people here are so friendly, just like the village model, ‘The Village of Friendly Neighbors,’” he said. “Everyone is very nice. St. Cyprian really is River Grove’s best-kept secret. It’s a great little parish.”
Others within the St. Cyprian community are excited to have Boscutti on board.
“His Mass was wonderful. I think it will bring a lot of new people and a younger generation coming out to the church,” said Angel Solis of River Grove. “I wish him a lot of luck.”
Solis was surprised to realize that Boscutti baptized his daughter 16 years ago.
“My wife and I knew he looked familiar,” he added.
Mary Morvay, director of Religious Education at the church, said she misses her friend Fr. Gene, but is delighted to be working with Boscutti.
“A church is a community for all kinds of people to blend together,” Morvay said. “We all melt together as a family. Father Boscutti will gather more togetherness and attract some younger people. He seems like he will be a great addition.”
Boscutti feels that working at St. Cyprian has been the highlight of his career thus far.
“We will be always be very supportive of him,” Klingen said. “We wish him a lot of luck.”