Deacon Anthony Sciolino, M. Th, J.D.

Deacon Anthony SciolinoAnthony J. Sciolino was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Rochester N.Y., in 1998, the same year he earned a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1967 and his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1970.

After graduating from Cornell he returned to Rochester to practice law and begin his career in public service.  His first position was as an associate attorney in the law firm of Martin, Dutcher, Cooke, Mousaw & Vigdor.   In May 1973, he became a Monroe County Assistant District Attorney, leaving in October 1976 to open his own law practice. In 1979, Sciolino was elected to the Rochester City Council and re-elected in 1983.  

In 1986, Anthony Sciolino was elected Judge of the Monroe County Family Court and re-elected in 1996.   In June 2000, he became presiding judge of the Monroe County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, the first of its kind in New York State.  He retired from the bench at the end of his second term on December 31. 2006

Married 41 years, Deacon and Mrs. Sciolino have one daughter, Kate.  He ministers at the Church of the Transfiguration in Pittsford.

Deacon Sciolino’s fascination with the Holocaust began in 1964 as a college freshman at Columbia College in New York City when he attended "The Deputy," Rolf Hochhuth's controversial play about Pius XII.  At the time, as a devout Roman Catholic, he couldn't believe the playwright's contention that Pius XII failed in his role as "deputy" of Christ on earth by his response to the greatest catastrophe in human history. “I have since come to understand that for Jews the most challenging question posed by that horrific event is
‘Where was God?’   For Christians, the most challenging question posed ought to be ‘ “Where was the Church?"

Deacon Sciolino feels that Christians need to answer this related question....”How could the worst catastrophe in human history have happened in one of the most Christian countries in Europe, birth place of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation?”   

We are thankful for Deacon Sciolino’s enthusiastic support and tireless efforts on behalf of this educational experience.  He became involved with this course “to find answers to such questions because I agree with George Santayana, if we don't learn the lessons of history, we are forced to repeat them.”