Father Benjamin John Bacino

June 10, 1948May 8, 2018
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Father Ben Bacino passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2018. He was born to Sam and Dorothy Bacino on June 10, 1948. He will be missed not only by the many people whose lives he touched in his 43 years of Priesthood, but especially by his brother, aunt, nieces and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and older brother, Charles Sam. He leaves to mourn him, his brother Jim Bacino, his aunt Kathy Bacino, Nieces, and as well as Bacino and Zancanella cousins too numerous to mention. He gave his family such joy as they watched him grow from a mischievous little boy who loved to joke and clown around at family gatherings, into a beloved priest who counseled his flock with love and compassion. His was a very special calling from God. He attended Resurrection College Seminary in Kitchener Ontario Canada, College of Santa Fe, and St. Thomas School of Theology in Denver. Attended Adams Sate and received his Master’s Degree in counseling. He served in so many parishes in the diocese: Alamosa, Holy Rosary in Pueblo, Walsenburg, La Junta, Ordway, Grand Junction, La Veta, Gardner, Chama, Holy Family in Pueblo, St. Leander in Pueblo, and St. Mary Help of Christians. In addition, he served at the Correctional Facilities in Canon City and as President of the St. John Neumann School Board. He also served as coordinator for Campus Ministry, Dean of the Walsenburg-Trinidad Deanery, Member of the Diocesan Financial Advisory Council, Clergy Personnel Committee, the Historic Southside Catholic Community Committee, and was a Faithful Friar and Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. In addition, he was a Diocesan Boy Scout Chaplain, a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society and of Jesu Caritas, along with being the Spiritual Advisor for the Altar & Rosary Society, and Champlain of Sons of Italy Pueblo. He will be missed by many. Father Ben will lie in state at St. Mary Help of Christians from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16; Vigil to follow at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo on Thursday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery with a reception at St Joseph Parish Hall immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations in support of Catholic Education may be made in memory of Father Ben Bacino to the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Pueblo.


  • Benjamin leaves to mourn him, his brother Jim Bacino, his aunt Kathy Bacino, Nieces, and as well as Bacino and Zancanella cousins too numerous to mention.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Vesper Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 17, 2018

Father Benjamin John Bacino

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Sue Reif

September 18, 2018

I first met Ben when he was serving in La Junta, CO and I was in Rocky Ford, CO....back in the early 1980's. Then we came in contact again when I was working on a masters degree at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. Ben came to St. Thomas for an alumni gathering, and he took me out to a nice dinner and we had a GREAT visit. I was living at the seminary at the time, and was struggling with what it meant to be a woman religious in the church.....and I so appreciated the connection that Ben made with me during that time period. Rest in peace, Ben, and thank you for your ministry in the Church and in following the Gospel.

jim lazansky

July 20, 2018

I was so sorry to hear about Ben passing. He and I were classmates from 50 years ago in Santa Fe. Ben was one of the funniest people I have ever met. I remember having so much fun with him.

Rest in peace from friend.

Jim Lazansky

Don Pleasant

June 20, 2018

We enjoyed sharing memories from the time we worked at Centennial Correctional facility together and conversations we had over coffee & donuts. We've known each other 30 years, I will miss you dearly, rest in peace.

Judy Kucharyson

May 17, 2018

I have known Father Ben since I was a little girl at St. Leander's and all through High School up to seeing him for High School Reunions!!
He would always smile and talk to me as my priest and my friend!
He helped me with many sad times in my family such as the unexpected death of my brother Stanley and being so very wonderful to Esther Chapman!!
Pueblo will not seem the same without him and his smile.
He used St. Francis as a symbol at my brother's funeral because of Stan's love for animals and nature! That made me appreciate him and love him and St. Francis even more.
Now as he walks with GOD may he know how much he was loved and admired by so many.

Love Judy (Slanovich) Kucharyson

Randy & Mary Ricci

May 16, 2018

What can you say about Father Ben? "Not your typical priest" is the first thing that comes to our minds. And we mean that in a good way. Those of us who got to know him, if even for a short time, can consider ourselves lucky. He did us a tremendous favor several years ago when he took Mary and her brother Ted through their home and the Church at St. Pats to relieve some precious childhood memories. We will never forget his kindness. He was definitely one of a kind and will be missed greatly by this community.

Gaylene Horning

May 15, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The Adams State community offers our sincere condolences. We will miss Father Ben at our alumni events.

Lori and Gaylene
ASU Alumni Relations

Fr. Ray Van Dorpe, C.M.

May 15, 2018

Fr. Ben was a great friend to the Vincentians who served in Pueblo. He had great stories of his Vincentian teachers at St. Thomas Seminary and did a great imitation of a few of them! I will always remember his pastoral zeal and compassion for the poor and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. May he rest in peace!

Phil Gallegos

May 14, 2018

To Jim
From Phil Gallegos and Pat Gallegos-Robles:
It saddens us so much to know that Ben has gone from this world.
We talked a very long time at the funeral of Nancy Robles in Aurora and he showed signs of love, concern and respect for all of the family. While still his jovial self, he also reminded me of someone who was sad for the world at that moment.
Jim, stay strong my friend and know that you are in our prayers and thoughts at your brother's passing.
God be with you and him.

Katie Coomer

May 14, 2018

I knew Fr. Ben as both a Priest and a friend when he server at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Junction. His ability to bring healing and consolation, could only be matched by the smiles and laughter he brought into this world. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. 1 Jn 4:16 Fr. Ben was truly a man of God. It was an honor to have known him and to be able to call him friend.

Dave Montanari

May 13, 2018

Father Ben changed my life forever. He and I attended PCH in the 1960's, when every teenager dreamed of being a rock star. I wanted to play drums but had no opportunity. "Bennie" played drums in the high school band and was the only drummer who would give me pointers and allow me to play his drum. Eventually I bought a drum set and was able to pay my own tuition to SCSC by playing in local Pueblo bands. I simply would never have had that opportunity without Bennie's help. I am forever grateful to him for helping to make my dream a reality. Our family was deeply honored and genuinely blessed that Father Ben gave our dear mother Irene Montanari, the last rites, and conducted the most beautiful funeral mass possible for her, accompanied by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. His memorial gathering will be in the same room at St. Joseph's in which he and I last spoke in person. It was an honor and a privilege to call him my friend and mentor. Thank you so very much Bennie, and may you rest in eternal peace forever. Namaste' - Dave Montanari