Father Patrick Anthony Bascio, 83, of Aurora, IN, died Sunday, May 30, 2010 in Covington, KY.

He was born Sunday, January 2, 1927 in Boston, MA, Son of the late Pasquale Bascio and the late Antoinette Quagliata Bascio.

According to stories published by Register Publications,

Bascio was a pilot in the United States Air Force towards the end of World War II when he was drawn to the priesthood. Ordained in 1955 by the Holy Ghosts Fathers, Bascio served as a missionary in various countries: Tanzania, Trinidad, and Grenada. In the 1970s, he got involved in the Grenada revolution. He was appointed as Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations. He is the only Priest to ever be an Ambassador to the United Nations.

Bascio, who originally wanted to work with blacks, also served as pastor for a church in Harlem before being asked to develop a Ph.D. program in humanities for the United States Naval War College at Newport, R.I., in the 1980s. Later, the priest filled in at a Cincinnati parish for a year, and spent several years in Trinidad and the Bahamas before retiring in February 2006.

Bascio also spoke on a national weekly radio show about faith and religion in America, in 2007 according to an announcement by TheFlyPod.com New Media Network.

Father Bascio was a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of Holy Ghost for 55 years. He acted as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary's Catholic Church and assisted there as a retired Priest. He was an author and published 8-10 books, including a dictionary in Swahili. One of his recent novels, "A Crime of Innocents", was purchased by Lifetime Network for filming as a movie

Surviving are Brother, Thomas Bascio of Las Vegas, NV; Sister, Phyllis Gindhart of OR; Nephew, Russell Gindhart of OR; Several Nieces & Nephews & Many Friends from all over the world.


Services

Friends will be received 10:00-11:00 am, Saturday, June 5, 2010 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.

Funeral Mass will be held following visitation at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.

Contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Catholic Church. Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.