Ad Multos Annos

May 6-12, 2004
Ad Multos Annos
By Kristen Fox / SUN  Staff Writer
Also by Eileen Jevis

25 years

Father David Orzel pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Oneida since 2002, celebrates 25 years in the priesthood. His home parish is St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse. He attended the parish school and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1970. Father Orzel studied for the seminary at St. Michael’s in Winooski, Vt., St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester and Loyola University in Rome, Italy. He was ordained on Sept. 15, 1979 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

In May of 1978, Father Orzel completed his extended diaconate at St. John the Baptist Church in Syracuse. His years of service include terms as parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton, St. Peter’s Church in Rome and St. Paul’s Church in Rome. In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Boonville, where he remained until he went to St. Patrick’s. Father Orzel is a former Air Force Reserve Chaplain.

Father Thomas Ryan, pastor of St. James Church in Johnson City since 1993, celebrates 25 years in the priesthood. His home parish is St. Patrick’s Church in Syracuse. He attended the parish’s school and graduated in 1970. Father Ryan studied for the priesthood at Wadams Hall in Ogdensburg, and St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained on Nov. 24, 1979 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Father Ryan’s years of service include serving as parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton and at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton. He completed sabbatical work at Boston College in the summer of 1989 and at the North American College in Rome, Italy, in the fall of 1989. Father Ryan completed post-graduate work at Syracuse University. In 1990, he went to St. James in Johnson City as parochial vicar, where he was later appointed pastor. In March of 1999, he was appointed Southern Region Vicar. Father Ryan is actively involved not only in the Catholic community but also in the greater community of the Twin Tiers. He serves on various boards and community groups. “The church is very active in the Southern Tier,” Father Ryan said. “It is my privilege to serve this area.” A special celebration in honor of Father Ryan is planned for the weekend of Oct. 16 and 17.

40 years

Father David Baehr, pastor of St. Margaret’s Church in Mattydale since 2001, celebrates his 40th anniversary this year. Father Baehr is a native of St. John’s Church in Oswego. He attended the parish elementary school and graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in June 1956. Father Baehr studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester, and was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Father Baehr served as parochial vicar of Blessed Sacrament Church in Syracuse and then at St. Agatha’s Church in Canastota in 1969 and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Liverpool in 1972, also as parochial vicar. Then he ministered as parochial vicar and temporary administrator at Holy Family Church in Fulton. Father Baehr served as pastor of St. Theresa’s Church in New Berlin with the mission at Our Lady of the Valley in Leonardville, St. Patrick’s Church in Taberg with a mission of St. Anne’s in Glenmore. In 1986, he was assigned as pastor of St. Michael’s in Central Square and in 1991 was appointed pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego. From 1998-2001, Father Baehr served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Oswego.

His service also includes 18 years working part-time on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, chaplain of the Annsville Youth Camp, and chaplain to the Knights of Columbus in Fulton, Central Square and Oswego. He served for six years on the Priest Personnel Committee. “I am very grateful to God for the blessings of my ministry and my priesthood,” Father Baehr reflected. “I am also thankful to the parishes and parishioners I have served over the years.” A special Mass will be held in honor of Father Baehr at St. Margaret’s Church at 3 p.m. on May 16. It will be followed by a dinner in the parish hall.

Father John Fetcho, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Lakeland since 1993, celebrates 40 years of priesthood this year. His home parish is St. Brigid’s Church in Syracuse. He attended Gere Elementary School in Syracuse, St. Brigid’s Elementary School and St. Patrick’s High School in Syracuse. Father Fetcho attended St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester. He was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. Father Fetcho completed one year of post ordination education at Le Moyne College.

Father Fetcho’s years of service include parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton and at St. Margaret’s Church in Mattydale. In 1976, he was appointed pastor of St. Ambrose Church in Endicott. During this time, Father Fetcho served as director of the faith center in Union-Endicott. He moved on to St. Vincent de Paul Church in Binghamton in 1991, where he remained as pastor until 1993. Father Fetcho served on the Vocation Committee, the Priests’ Personnel Committee and the Priests’ Senate. From 1972-1974, he was chaplain of the Southern Tier Nocturnal Adoration Society.

Reflecting on his 40 years in the priesthood, Father Fetcho said that he has seen many changes in the church. He recalled when Mass was celebrated in Latin. “Looking back to 1964 when I was ordained we started out with Mass in Latin,” he said. “Things have changed over the years, but these changes have made the priesthood challenging and exciting.” A special Mass will be celebrated May 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church for Father Fetcho’s anniversary.

Father Laurence Lord, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton since 1999, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood this year. His home parish is St. Mary’s Church in Cortland. His years of service include parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Church in Syracuse, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Liverpool and St. Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville. In 1987, he was appointed pastor of St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne and then went on to become pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Binghamton in 1988. The following year Father Lord became pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Sanitaria Springs.

Father Lord taught at Catholic Central High School in Binghamton and Seton Catholic High School in Endicott. He served as chaplain of Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles and chaplain of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. For the past 35 years, Father Lord has been a chaplain with the Binghamton Police Department.

Father Lord is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Cortland. He studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester. He was ordained on May 16, 1964, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. A Mass will be held on May 16 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church to celebrate Father Lord’s 40 years in the priesthood.

Father Raymond Wood, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville since 1995, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. He is a native of Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse. He attended Salem Hyde School in Cleveland, Cleveland School and Lincoln Jr. High School in Syracuse. He graduated from Central High School in Syracuse in 1956. Father Wood studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester. He was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Father Wood’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Church in Oswego, from 1964-1967. He then served as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville and in 1972 at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse. While at St. Lucy’s, he served as the director of the Syracuse Area Apostolate for the Deaf. From 1976-1979, Father Wood served as chaplain of Crouse Irving-Memorial Hospital in Syracuse. In 1979, he was appointed as parochial vicar of St. James’s Church in Syracuse. He left St. James in 1988 as pastor. In 1981, Father Wood participated in a pastoral team workshop and team ministry workshop. In 1988, Father Wood was on sabbatical at Notre Dame Institution. The next year, he served as parochial vicar of St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus. He remained there until 1990, when he went to St. Mary of the Lake in Skaneateles as pastor.

Father Donald Karlen, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Boonville, St. Patrick’s Church, Forestport and St. Mary of the Snows, Otter Lake, celebrates his 40th year in the priesthood. Father Karlen was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. After ordination, he served as teacher and guidance counselor at Rome Catholic High School and as parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Church in Rome. Following a summer as administrator of his home parish in 1967, he became parochial vicar at St. Paul’s Church in Rome while continuing on the faculty of Rome Catholic. In 1971 he became the fifth principal of Rome Catholic.

After serving as administrator of then St. Catherine’s Church in Vernon and St. Agnes’ Mission in Vernon Center, he was named parochial vicar of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1973. In 1976, he joined the faculty of Notre Dame High School in Utica as guidance counselor and teacher. In 1978, he was appointed first resident pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Morrisville and the Newman chaplain of Morrisville College where he opened the first Newman House. In 1984, he was appointed pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Norwich, St. Therese’s Church in New Berlin and Our Lady of the Valley Church in Leonardsville for four years. In 1988 he assumed the pastorate of St. Paul’s in Whitesboro where he remained for eight years. In 1996, when the Franciscan Friars returned St. Joseph/St. Patrick Church in Utica to the diocese, Father Karlen became pastor there, as well as at St. George’s Church in Utica. In 1997, he was appointed pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes where he remained until September 2002 when he moved to his present assignment.

Father Karlen has served as fire chaplain in the various places where he has served. For many years, he served as an assistant to Msgr. Robert McCarthy, the famed “Carnie Priest” who ministers to traveling carnivals throughout the U.S. He served on the Presbyteral Council and the diocesan Priest Personnel Board from 1996-2002. He is an associate priest of the Madonna House Apostolate in Combermere Canada and for a number of years authored the monthly Syracuse diocesan Priests’ Necrology entitled, “Trails of Light.”

Father Karlen graduated from Boonville Central School in 1955 and studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester, before attending Catholic University in Washington, D.C. for his theological studies and from which he also received his master’s degree in secondary school administration in 1969.

Of his 40 years as a priest for the diocese, Father Karlen said, “I am intensely grateful to the bishops I have served for their trust and confidence, to the priests, deacons and women religious beside whom I have walked for their inspiration and example and to the wonderful people of the schools, parishes and midways of these years for their affection and affirming presence. I have been so richly blessed by God in so many ways in each of them.” A special Mass for Father Karlen is planned for Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church followed by a dinner at Boonville’s Hulbert House.

Father Michael Carmola, director of Christ the King Retreat and Conference Center in Syracuse since 1994, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. His home parish is St. Joseph’s Church in Oneida. Father Carmola’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Church in Syracuse and then at Blessed Sacrament Church in Utica. For three years, beginning in 1974, Father Carmola served as chaplain of Syracuse hospitals. He was also pastor of Christ the King Church in Liverpool and Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville.

Father Carmola’s years of service include terms as co-director of the Vocations and Aquinas House, diocesan director of vocations and director of Priests’ Personnel. He has been on the CCD Executive Committee, Vocation Board, Personnel Board and Priestly Formation Committee. Since 1998, he has served as director of continuing clergy education for the diocese. Father Carmola is a graduate of Oneida Senior High School. He studied for the seminary at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester. He was ordained on May 16, 1964 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Father Thomas Kobuszewski, pastor of Transfiguration of Our Lord Church in Syracuse since 1999, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. Father Kobuszewski is a native of Sacred Heart Church in Syracuse. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Academy in 1955. He attended seminary at St. Mary’s at Orchard Lake and at Ss. Cyril and Methodius. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1964.

Father Kobuszewski served as parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Church in New York Mills until 1969 when he went to Sacred Heart Church in Syracuse as assistant pastor. In 1974, he went to Transfiguration of Our Lord Church in Syracuse as parochial vicar. From 1975-1982 he resided at Bishop Grimes’ Faculty House. In 1982, Father Kobuszewski was appointed temporary administrator of St. Stephen’s Church in Syracuse. Following a sabbatical, he served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Liverpool. Father Kobuszewski completed post-ordination studies at Stonehill College and participated in a spiritual update program at Gonzaga University in 1984. He has special training in religious education for the mentally disadvantaged. He has been director of special religious education, served on the Priests’ CCD Executive Committee and was chaplain of the Syracuse Developmental Center from 1970-1994. A special Mass will be held in honor of Father Kobuszewski on Saturday, May 29 at 4 p.m. at Transfiguration of Our Lord Church.

Father Theodore Gryga celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. He is a native of Sacred Heart Church in Syracuse. He attended the parish’s elementary school, St. Patrick’s in Syracuse and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1956. He attended seminary at St. Mary’s at Orchard Lake and at Ss. Cyril and Methodius. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1964.

Father Gryga has served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph’s Church in Forestport, Holy Trinity Church in Utica and St. Margaret’s in Mattydale. In 1969, he was on stand-by in the United States Navy. The next year, Father Gryga served as parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Church in Cortland. His service also includes time as chaplain of Utica College from 1965-1967 and chaplain the U.S. Navy.

50 years

Msgr. Paul Brigandi is celebrating 50 years of priesthood. Msgr. Brigandi retired from St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton where he served as pastor from 1996 to 2001. His home parish is Our Lady of Pompei in Syracuse. Msgr. Brigandi’s years of service include parochial vicar of St. Bartholomew Church in Norwich and St. Anthony’s Church in Endicott. Msgr. Brigandi served as pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville, St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton, Our Lady of Pompei Church in Syracuse, St. Augustine’s Church in Baldwinsville, and St. Joseph’s Church in Oswego. Msgr. Brigandi also served as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Norwich Council, Endicott Council and Binghamton Council. He also served on the CCD executive committee, Catholic Social Services, Catholic Charities Board in Binghamton, Marriage Tribunal, Personnel Committee for the diocese, Commission on Human Rights and the Teen Center Board in Binghamton.

Msgr. Brigandi is a graduate of Franklin School and Grant Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse. He attended Syracuse University and studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, both in Rochester, where he graduated. Msgr. Brigandi was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A special Mass and celebration in his honor took place on Feb. 14 at Our Lady of Pompei.

Bishop Thomas Costello celebrates 50 years of priesthood in June. Pope Paul VI appointed Bishop Costello Titular Bishop of Perdices and Auxiliary Bishop for the Syracuse Diocese on Jan. 10, 1978. His home parish is St. Peter’s in Rome. Bishop Costello’s service includes parochial vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Syracuse, Secretary of the Tribunal, graduate studies in Canon Law and Education at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., superintendent of Catholic Schools and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Syracuse. He serves as vicar for priests and vicar general for the diocese and was formerly regional Episcopal vicar for the Southern Region of the diocese.

Bishop Costello is a graduate of St. Aloysius Academy, Rome, attended Niagara University and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. He received degrees in Sacred Theology and Canon Law from Catholic University in Washington. An anniversary Mass and celebration will take place on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. A reception will follow at the OnCenter. Reflecting upon his years of service, Bishop Costello said, “People are the answer. The people make us priests, through their expectations of us, their demands. That’s what calls forth our ministry and service. The people are the whole story.”

Father Daniel Heintz was honored with a Mass and celebration on March 28 at St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse for his 50 years of service to the priesthood. Father Heintz retired from St. Rose of Lima in 1999. His home parish is Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica. Father Heintz’s years of service include parochial vicar of St. Daniel Church in Syracuse, administrator at St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville, parochial vicar of St. Rose of Lima in North Syracuse, and Sacred Heart Parish in Utica. His years of service as pastor included St. Patrick’s Church in Forestport, St. Mary’s Church in Otter Lake, St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown, St. John’s Church in Camden, and St. Mary’s Church in Rome. Father Heintz was also the administrator at St. Malachy’s parish in Serburne. In addition to his pastoral work, Father Heintz was a member of the Priests CCD executive committee, chaplain with the Utica Police Force, and chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Oneida Council 473.

Father Heintz is a graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes School and St. Francis de Sales High School in Utica. He studied for the priesthood at St. Andrews and St. Bernard’s in Rochester and was ordained on June 5, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Father John Heagerty celebrated 50 years of the priesthood in February. He retired from St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse in 1997. His years of service include assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Skaneateles and Blessed Sacrament in Syracuse. He served as a faculty member at Bishop Ludden High School and then became principal of the school in 1966. After his years of service at Bishop Ludden, Father Heagerty went on to become pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Chittenango, St. John the Evangelist Church in Syracuse, St. Paul’s Church in Binghamton and St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse.

Father Heagerty attended Webster Elementary and Grant Junior High School in Syracuse and graduated from North High School. He studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester and was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A special Mass and celebration were held for Father Heagerty at St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse on Jan. 30.

Father James Kennedy celebrated 50 years of priesthood in February with a Mass and reception held in his honor on March 28 at St. Rose of Lima Church. During his 50 years of service, Father Kennedy served as parochial vicar at St. Michael’s Church in Syracuse, and pastor of Holy Family Church in Fairmount and St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse. He was also a chaplain in the armed services for 20 years.

Father Kennedy attended St. Patrick’s Elementary and High School in Syracuse and studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Father Richard O’Neill was honored at a Mass and celebration at St. Mary’s in Utica on Feb. 1 to commemorate his 50 years of priesthood. His years of service include parochial vicar at St. Christopher’s Church in Binghamton, St. Francis de Sales Church in Utica, and St. James Church in Syracuse. He also served as pastor of St. Theresa Church in New Berlin, St. Francis de Sales in Utica, St. Francis Church in Durhamville, Holy Cross Church in New London, St. Mark’s Parish in Utica and St. Mary’s Church in Utica. In addition to his parish work, Father O’Neill served as chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of America in Oneida, chaplain at the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy, and spiritual director for the Legion of Mary in Utica.

Father O’Neill attended St. Brigid’s Elementary School and graduated from St. Patrick’s School in Syracuse. He studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester and was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. His home parish is St. Brigid’s in Syracuse.

Father Carl Pilla celebrated 50 years of priesthood in February. His home parish is Our Lady of Pompei in Syracuse. His years of service include parochial vicar of St. Anthony’s Parish in Endicott, St. Bartholomew’s Parish in Norwich, St. Anthony’s Parish in Utica, and Our Lady of Pompei Parish in Syracuse. Father Pilla also served as pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Cleveland, St. Patrick’s Church in Jordan, and St. Patrick’s Church in Truxton, where he retired in 1995. In addition to his parish work, Father Pilla also served as chaplain for the Utica Fire Department and moderator for the Norwich chapter of the National Council of Catholic Nurses.

Father Pilla attended Our Lady of Pompei School and Christian Brothers Academy. He also attended Syracuse University and studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “As I look back on 50 years through many lights and shadows some things I would have done differently,” Father Pilla said. “I hope my service has been pleasing to God whom I have always tried to serve.”

Father Richard Stuczko will celebrate his 50 years of priesthood on June 5. His years of service include parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Parish in Rome, Transfiguration Parish in Rome, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Binghamton, St. Stanislaus Parish in Binghamton, Holy Trinity Parish in Utica, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Johnson City, and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Utica. Father Stuczko also served as pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish in Oxford, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Johnson City, and St. Stephen’s Parish in Oriskany, where he retired. Father Stuczko’s home parish is St. Stanislaus in Utica. In addition to his parish work, Father Stuczko served as chaplain at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Oxford and chaplain at the correctional facility in Oxford. A private Mass and celebration took place to commemorate his 50 years of service to his vocation. When asked about his years in the priesthood, Father Stuczko said, “I’d do it all over again.”

Msgr. Francis Willenburg was honored at a Mass and celebration on Feb. 8 for his 50 years or service. His home parish is St. Peter’s in Rome, but he also has close ties with St. Paul’s Parish in Rome. Msgr. Willenburg’s years of service include parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Utica, assistant director of Catholic Charities in Utica, resident chaplain at St. John’s and St. Joseph’s Home in Utica, director of Catholic Charities for the Rome/Utica area and Camp Nazareth. He was in residence at St. Thomas Church in New Hartford from 1970 to 1974. Msgr. Willenburg served as pastor at St. Agnes Parish in Utica and assisted and acted as administrator at St. Louis Gonzaga in Utica. In addition to his parish ministry, Msgr. Willenburg served as chaplain at the Newman Club at Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, counselor for the Utica division of Oneida County Children’s Court, a Catholic clergy representative for the Utica metropolitan area civil defense organization, and was a founding board member of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Utica. He has also been a member of Utica Council 189 Knights of Columbus since 1954.

Msgr. Willenburg completed elementary and secondary school at St. Aloysius Academy in Rome and attended Niagara University and studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained on Feb. 2, 1954 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “I am so grateful to the people –– priests, nuns, staff and lay people that I have served with and for,” said Msgr. Willenburg. “I also thank my parents and my three sisters, Barbara Cooper, Mary Willenburg and Anne Morris for their support. I am grateful to God to be in the priesthood and serve the people.”

60 years

Msgr. Francis Culkin celebrates 60 years of priesthood in June. Before his retirement in 1990 from St. Joseph’s Parish in Lee Center, Msgr. Culkin served as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist in Rome and St. John the Baptist in Syracuse. He was also pastor at Immaculate Conception in Greene, St. Patrick’s Parish in Jordan, and St. Peter’s Parish in Rome. He resides at St. Mary of the Assumption in Rome. In addition to his parish duties, Msgr. Culkin served as episcopal vicar for the northwestern sector of Madison County and the Western part of Oneida County. Pope Paul VI named Msgr. Culkin Honorary Prelate on July 7, 1973.

Msgr. Culkin attended St. Mary’s School and Fulton High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s in Rochester. A Mass of celebration will take place on June 6, followed by a reception at St. Mary’s of the Assumption in Rome. When asked about his 60 years of service, Msgr. Culkin said, “It’s been good these 60 years. I’ve been very pleased with everything.”

Msgr. L. Eugene Giblin celebrates 60 years of priesthood in June. He retired in 1991 from St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Vestal. His years of service include chaplain at Camp Assisium on Fourth Lake, Adirondacks, parochial vicar at St. John’s Parish in Utica, and St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton. In 1962, he was named the first principal of Binghamton Catholic High School. He was also the first pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Binghamton.

Msgr. Giblin also served as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Central New York Chapter, Binghamton Council 206 Chapter and Utica Council 189 Chapter. In 1962, he served as the coordinator for Binghamton Catholic radio and television. He was named Honorary Prelate by Pope Paul VI on July 7, 1973. Msgr. Giblin attended St. Patrick’s Academy in Binghamton, attended Niagara University and studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s and Theological College. He graduated from Catholic University in 1944.

Some of Msgr. Giblin’s accomplishments include his involvement in the building of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Binghamton. In reflecting on his 60 years of priesthood, Msgr. Giblin said, “I had a good time. I think I’ve done good work. I chose the right vocation for me.” A celebratory Mass and reception will take place at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Vestal on June 6 at 11 a.m.

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