Broglio, 70, was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Boston College and later earned a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology and a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1977. After serving as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Euclid, Ohio, for two years, he returned to Rome and studied at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, joining the Vatican Diplomatic Corps in 1983. He was secretary of the apostolic nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, for four years, then in Asunción, Paraguay, for three years.
From 1990 to 2001, Broglio served as personal secretary to Pope John Paul II’s former secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. He may face questions about his past work with Sodano in light of allegations that the recently deceased cardinal covered up sexual abuse by Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel, former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and d ‘others.
In 2001, Broglio was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico and was ordained Archbishop by Pope John Paul II. He was named the fourth Archbishop of the United States Military Services in 2008 and served in that position for 14 years.
broglio said EWTN News In-Depth in May 2021 that serving the needs of the men and women of the United States Army has been a “very fulfilling and rewarding ministry.” He also pointed out that the military “remains the greatest source of priesthood vocations in the United States today.”
He was an advocate for religious freedom protections for those serving in the military. Last year, he spoke out against requiring military personnel to receive the COVID-19 vaccine against their conscience.