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Most Rev. Dr. Lucio Poccia DD
September 26, 1948 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Most Rev. Lucio Poccia, DD, passed away, Nov. 11, 2023, at the age of 75. Calling hours are Friday, Nov. 17, at 10:30 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy, at 11:30 a.m., both at Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., Utica.
Part of an Antiochian Independent Catholic Church, Bishop Poccia was ordained a priest on February 11, 1984, and consecrated a bishop on August 20, 2000. He received both a secular and religious education, accumulating two master’s degrees, two doctorates in theological studies and sacred theology, and an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.
A lifelong Utica resident, Rev. Poccia attended Proctor High School, Utica College, Wadhams Hall Seminary, Catholic University of America, Plattsburgh College, Agape Institute, and St. Ignatius Antiochian Societal University.
Prior to entering the ministry, he and his twin brother, Mario, operated AIM Protective Systems.
He was active for a while in the Republican and Conservative Parties and a candidate for the Utica Common Council in 2017.
His other interests included, model rocketry, being a long-time member of Tripoli Rocketry Association; lecturing and writing on the topic, “Secrets of Lost Earth,” and authoring the book, “Church and Faith,” among other writings.
He was born September 26, 1948, to Josephine and Nicandro Poccia. Predeceased by his twin brother, Rev. Poccia leaves a number of cousins.
Because of his special concern for women in crisis, whether from domestic violence or contemplating abortion, the family encourages donations to Care Net (P.O. Box 460, New Hartford, NY 13413) in lieu of flowers.