He was very active in the media for much of his priesthood. He worked collaboratively with KDKA radio during Vatican II, hosted a television program, wrote a column, “A View from the Bridge,” for The Catholic Accent and provided commentary for Accent on the Air, the former diocesan radio newsmagazine. He embraced new communication technology to evangelize and educate, overseeing the development of the diocesan website and connecting the diocese’s parishes via a single network. He also chaired the U.S. bishops’ communication committee.
Bishop Bosco served as a professor at Seton Hill University of Greensburg and was a facilitator for the University of Dayton’s (Ohio) Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. The Catholic Press Association honored him with the 2001 Bishop John England Award, which is given to publishers in the Catholic press for their defense of freedom of the press and freedom of religion.
Bishop Bosco was born in New Castle Aug. 1, 1927, to the late Joseph M. and Theresa M. Pezone Bosco and raised on Pittsburgh’s North Side. He graduated from North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh and attended St. Fidelis Seminary in Butler County and Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 7, 1952.
Bishop Bosco, who earned a licentiate in canon law from the Lateran University in Rome in 1957, served in several capacities in the Pittsburgh chancery and was named a domestic prelate of honor with title of monsignor in 1968. During part of that time, he was a chaplain and instructor at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh and chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Ross Township.
He was ordained a bishop for the Diocese of Pittsburgh June 30, 1970, and served there as an auxiliary bishop until his appointment to Greensburg after Bishop William G. Connare’s resignation.
Bishop Bosco submitted his letter of resignation as the third bishop of Greensburg Aug. 1, 2002, his 75th birthday. He became bishop emeritus upon the ordination and installation of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt as the fourth Bishop of Greensburg March 4, 2004.
After his retirement, he continued to remain active and serve the diocese in many capacities as bishop emeritus, celebrating Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, as recently as Saturday, June 29, 2013. He also participated in special Masses and celebrations throughout the diocese, including priesthood ordinations, and the Communities of Salt and Light Awards dinners, where he was honored with Lifetime Achievement in April 2010. He continued his work in various educational capacities.
Bishop Bosco died peacefully in his Unity Township home July 2, 2013, at the age of 85.