The Most Rev. Angelo T. Acerra, 64, the auxiliary bishop and vocation director of the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services and a retired Air Force colonel, died of cancer July 26 at his home in Alexandria.
Father Acerra, an area resident since 1985, was a native of Memphis. He graduated from St. Benedict College in Kansas. He received a license in canon law from Catholic University and a doctoral degree in canon law from St. Bernard Seminary in Alabama.
He was ordained a priest in 1950. From the mid-1950s until the early 1960s, he served at St. Bernard Seminary as a rector and later as treasurer. He joined the Air Force in 1963. His assignments as a chaplain included duty in the United States, West Germany and Thailand.
His last assignment was with the Air Force chief of chaplains in Washington. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit. He retired from active duty in 1983.
He was consecrated a bishop that same year and appointed auxiliary bishop to the military vicar and auxiliary bishop of the military archdiocese, which serves Catholics in the Armed Forces and their dependents.
After serving in Tokyo and California, Father Acerra came here and settled in Washington as vocations director.
Survivors include two brothers, Paul and John Acerra, and two sisters, Mary Lovell and Margaret Dries, all of Memphis.