2003 Year in Review

Jan. 8-14, 2004
VOL 123 NO. 1
2003 Year in Review
By Kristen Fox / SUN  Staff Writer
SUN photo(s) Catholic SUN & CNS
Compiled by Kristen Fox & Eileen Jevis / Sun Staff Writers


• St. Margaret’s (Mattydale) varsity team won the Syracuse-area CYO championship.

• Cardinal Bernard Law resigned from the Archdiocese of Boston after a year-long scandal over the handling of priestly misconduct cases.

• NYS Catholic bishops filed a lawsuit against state officials, challenging the mandate that requires Catholic schools and other religious institutions to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives.

• St. Joseph’s School in Endicott completed a $1.3 million expansion project, which included new classrooms and a new gymnasium.

• On Jan. 15, 16 people were arrested outside the Federal Building in Syracuse for protesting the possibility of war with Iraq.

• The Bishop Joseph O’Keefe Foundation for Catholic Schools honored Father Joseph Champlin for a lifetime of service to Catholic schools and for establishing the Guardian Angels Foundation, and Le Moyne College for developing a cooperative program for teachers within the diocese.

• The 30th annual March for Life was held in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22. The event, which marked the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, drew 20,000 people from across the U.S.

• Deacon Dr. William Mailloux, 72, of Sacred Heart Church in Cicero died on Jan. 29.

• Father Anthony Pascale, 85, died on Jan. 9 at Straub Medical Center, Hawaii.


• Bishop James Moynihan announced that Transfiguration School in Rome would be closing in June. As part of the new alignment for Rome Catholic Schools, grades pre-K through third were merged with St. Peter’s School.

• On Feb. 1, the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas killing all seven crew members. Astronaut William C. McCool, who became a Catholic in his adult years and was a parishioner of St. Bernadette Soubirous Church in Houston, Texas, was among those killed.

• The new Assisi Center in Syracuse was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Thomas Costello on Feb. 5. The center and the expanded Assumption food pantry were the newest additions to the Franciscan Northside Ministries.

• The diocese launched the fourth major redesign of its website, offering a more organized and concise information guide to those who visit the site.


• Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton and several other organizations in Broome County joined Cover the Uninsured Week, a national campaign to establish the issue of the uninsured as a top priority in the U.S.

• Eleven sixth graders at Trinity Catholic School in Oswego won the Oswego County Championship in the Eckerd Drug Quiz Show. The competition provides students with valuable knowledge on drugs, alcohol and lifestyle issues.

• The annual Public Policy Forum was held on March 11 in Albany. The day gave Catholics an opportunity to lobby state legislators for specific issues that are important to the Catholic Church.

• The diocese commemorated the 25th anniversary of Msgr. Charles Brady’s death at a Mass held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

• Father Fred Daley, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church in Utica, was honored with the 2003 Jefferson Award for his work with the needy on Hospitality Row. The Jefferson Award is given annually as a way to recognize individuals who do positive things in their communities.

• Father Robert Barrett died on March 16 at the age of 91.

• President George W. Bush announced on March 19 that the U.S. would wage war with Iraq. The Catholic bishops responded by calling for prayers for civilians and troops affected by the war as well as for guidance and wisdom for the nation’s leaders and for peace for all.

• Father Robert Brennan of Syracuse died on March 26 at the age of 84.


• The Catholic Daughters Bishop Cunningham Court #581 based in Oswego, celebrated the national organization’s 100th anniversary on April 8. The Catholic Daughters’ mission is to raise money for various non-profit organizations while offering support to residents in nursing homes and other facilities.

• Patricia Koch, a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Bridgeport, was selected by the U.S. National Amputee Hockey team to play in its first ever world tournament.

• Nationally known recording artist Chris Padgett performed a free concert at St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse on April 27.

• Father Bartholomew (Paul) Gaske, OFM Conv., 89, died on April 28.

• Paul and Joan Chambers, parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City, were honored by Caregivers of Broome County, an interfaith program which provides free assistance to elderly and other challenged individuals. may

• The Syracuse Diocese celebrated the 25th anniversary of the HOPE Appeal.

• St. Michael’s Church in Central Square marked its 75th Anniversary.

• The Catholic Sun named Altmar-Parish-Williamstown senior Jim Bullock and Bishop Grimes senior KC Groth as 2003 Athletes of the Year.

• St. John the Evangelist Church in Syracuse celebrated its 150th anniversary.

• Church of the Holy Trinity in Binghamton was formed through a merger of three Binghamton parishes, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Ann’s and St. Joseph’s.

• Fourteen diocesan priests celebrated anniversaries of ordination.

• Father Frederick Prevost, former pastor of St. Anne’s Church in Whitesboro, died on May 21 at the age of 79.


• Thirty-three women religious and brothers celebrated religious jubilees.

• The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception gathered to hold their chapter and elect a new leadership team.

• Father Thomas Servatius, a native of Utica, was ordained a diocesan priest by Bishop James Moynihan on June 7 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

• Sister Maureen D’Onofrio, CSJ, received the Sister Mary Vera recognition award from Vera House Inc. for her work for victims of domestic abuse.

• Students at St. Rose of Lima School in North Syracuse were recognized in Washington, D.C. for adopting American troops in Iraq.


• Bishop James Moynihan discussed how the diocese would implement the Charter of Norms for the Protection of Children and Young People.

• Six parishes in the diocese began the two-year RENEW program, a small-group based parish evangelization process.


• Health care ministry faced obstacles with the implementation of HIPPA.

• Christian Brothers Academy announced the appointment of Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC, as the school’s new principal.

• Bob Hope died at the age of 100.

• Artist Friar Brian Haverlock, OFM Conv., coordinated an art show with teenagers from the Fowler Faith Center at the Assisi Center in Syracuse.

• Over 160 diocesan youths attended the annual Youthfest celebration at SUNY Morrisville the weekend of Aug. 26-27.


• The Nazareth Marian Center sponsored a rosary rally at Our Lady of Angels Church in Endwell on Sept. 6 in honor of the Blessed Mother and the Year of the Rosary.

• The Ninth Annual Journey of Faith convention was held on Sept. 26 and 27, featuring keynote speaker Bill Huebsch and a performance by John Angotti.

• Danielle Cummings, communications director for the diocese, shared her thoughts on the formation of the Diocesan Safe Environment Committee, which was called into action by Bishop James Moynihan in response to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

• Christ the King Parish in Endwell joined other faith traditions for a prayer service in celebration of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

• Sister Lynn Abdelnour, CSJ, professed her final vows on Sept. 21 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Utica.

• The Catholic Deaf Community celebrated its 55th Anniversary with a Mass and banquet on Sept. 27.

• Bishop James Moynihan celebrated a Mass for persons with disabilities on Sept. 28 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.


• Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Oct. 19 in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.

• Cindy Falise, diocesan director of the Respect Life Office, reflected on “Respect Life Month.”

• St. Casimir’s Church in Endicott observed its 75th Anniversary.

• Syracuse University basketball star Gerry McNamara and his mentor Mike Hopkins, spoke at the annual Guardian Angel Society Luncheon on Oct. 15.

• St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix celebrated its 75th Anniversary.

• Sister Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, retired as diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools.

• St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, announced the opening of St. Mary’s Guardian House Adult Respite Center.

• Bishop James Moynihan led a Prayer Procession for Life on Oct. 17 from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church in Syracuse to Planned Parenthood.

• The U.S. Senate passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act on Oct. 21.

• Father John Canorro, parochial vicar of Holy Cross Church in Dewitt, talked to The Catholic SUN about spending time as a volunteer firefighter with the Town of Dewitt Fire Department.


• Members of the first diaconate class ordained in the Syracuse Diocese celebrated 25 years of service in the ministry.

• Bishop James Moynihan announced the appointment of John Cataldo as Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools.

• Bishop James Moynihan traveled to Oswego for a healing service for the Northern Region.

• St. Joseph’s Church in Lee Center celebrated its 50th anniversary.

• Over 170 Catholic high school youth from the Syracuse Diocese traveled to Houston, Texas to the National Catholic Youth Conference.

• Father Joseph Champlin’s newest book, Slow Down, offers advice and inspiration for living a less stressful lifestyle.

• Syracuse Diocese began the training program for Safe Environment initiative.


• St. Joseph’s Church in Binghamton closed after more than 90 years.

• Willie Farrell received a Catholic funeral 183 years after his murder in Tully, N.Y

• St. Thomas Aquinas School in Binghamton recognized World War II veteran Martha Chaddock for her dedication and service as a field nurse. Chaddock served under General George Patton.

• To coincide with World AIDS Day, Brother Peter Daino, a Marianist missionary working in Karonga, Malawi, announced a new mission entitled the “Aunts and Uncles Program.” The program is designed to teach skills to the caregivers of orphaned dependents.

• Bishop Grimes seventh grader Travis Cunniff was chosen as one of seven students nationwide to act as sportscaster for Nickelodeon.

• Thousands of deputies, police officers and firefighters joined family members and friends of Deputy Glen M. Searles at his funeral Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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