After his first 24 years as a priest, he was nominated vicar general of the Diocese of Mazara del Vallo and diocesan director of Catholic Action. He was also a fundamental theology teacher at the Pontifical Theology Faculty of Sicily.
He was also a theology and Christology professor at the Institute of Religious Sciences of Mazara del Vallo and an expert on interreligious dialogue.
In 2007, Crociata was named bishop of Noto, a diocese in Sicily. The following year he was appointed secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference for a five-year period, thus concluding his term as bishop of Noto.
He was named bishop of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno on Italy’s mainland in 2013.
Prior to being elected president of the European bishops’ commission, Crociata was first vice president for five years. He has been the Italian delegate since 2017.
COMECE is made up of bishops delegated by the bishops’ conferences of the 27 member states of the European Union.
The commission’s leadership has released statements in support of Catholic values in Europe, particularly against abortion and for the protection of persecuted Christians in other countries.