Year in Review 2004

Jan. 13-19, 2005
VOL 124 NO. 1
Year in Review 2004
By Eileen Jevis/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch
also by Claudia Mathis SUN staff writer


• Francis House completed $1.2 million expansion project and opened second hospice facility for the terminally ill.

• Catholic school superintendent, John Cataldo shared his vision for diocesan Catholic schools, including a new technology initiative.

• Rome Catholic Schools announced a new venture that brings St. Peter’s Elementary School students at Rome Catholic Jr./Sr. High School at a new K-12 Catholic school campus.

• President George Bush stressed the importance of vouchers in remarks to Catholic educators in Washington, D.C.

• Bishop James Moynihan offered regional healing services for victims and families affected by sexual abuse.


• Father William J. Brown, 77, died on Feb 10. Father Brown was an associate pastor at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fulton, served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Minetto and returned to Fulton as pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

• The Sudanese Community Center on North Salina Street in Syracuse had its official opening on Feb. 15.


• Bishop James Moynihan and a contingent of Catholic educators and administrators from the state traveled to Albany on March 9 as part of the New York State Catholic Conference. More than 500 Catholics met with lawmakers to lobby for moral issues and funding for education.

• Three Franciscan Communities –– The Third Franciscan Order of Syracuse, the Sisters of St. Francis Third Order Regular of Buffalo and the Sisters of St. Francis of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin of Hastings-On-Hudson, made up of over 500 Sisters, merged to form a new community called Sisters of St. Francis. The Motherhouse is based in Syracuse.

• Students from St. Rose of Lima School traveled to Albany on March 10 to perform at the state capital as part of “Music in Our Schools Month.”

• During the first weekend of Lent, 407 individuals, representing 76 parishes of the Diocese of Syracuse, participated in the Rite of Election and Call to Conversion.

• St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Syracuse celebrated its 50th anniversary.

• Christian Brothers Academy boy’s basketball won Section III Class AA-2 championship game on March 11.


• Bishop Thomas J. Costello announced his retirement after serving the people of the Syracuse Diocese for 50 years.

• InterReligious Council hosted a panel discussion on Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of Christ.

• Father Regis Rodda, OFM Conv. died on April 4. He was deeply involved in the Charismatic Renewal on the local and national level.

• At the six-month mark, the Syracuse Diocese had completed training of over 7,000 clergy, religious, employees and volunteers as part of its Protecting God’s Children Program.

• Pope John Paul II declared Mother Marianne Cope, OSF, of Molokai, Venerable on April 19.

• Bishop Thomas Costello is the first recipient of the Evangelizer of the Year Award, presented by the Good News Foundation of Utica.


• Bishop Frank J. Harrison died on May 1. Bishop Harrison was the seventh bishop of the Syracuse Diocese and was the only bishop who was a Syracuse native. He graduated from St. Lucy’s Academy, attended Notre Dame University and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. Bishop Harrison was ordained in June1937 and retired in June 1987.

• John Cowin, Syracuse’s fire chief; Fran Nichols, managing partner with Eric Mower; and Associates and Julie Boeheim, an active participant and board member of several non-profit agencies in Central New York; were honored for their community service by Catholic Charities on May 26.

• Bishop Thomas J. Costello celebrated 50 years of priesthood and 26 years as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse.

• Rome Catholic School appointed Chris Mominey principal of the newly-created K-12 campus.

• Seton Catholic Central High School choral students won gold and silver in national competition held in Nashville.

• St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles celebrated its 150th anniversary of the parish and the dedication of the new Holy Family Pastoral Center.


• Seton Catholic Central High School mourned the deaths of two of its students, Andrew Donahue and Brad Conklin who were killed in an automobile accident.

•Father Michael Greco and Father John Kurgan were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James Moynihan on June 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

• Six men were ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Syracuse Diocese on June 12 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

• Father Edwin T. Comeskey died on June 9. He was ordained in 1955 by Bishop Walter Forey and served in parishes throughout the Syracuse Diocese.

• The U.S. Bishops approved on-site audits of all U.S. dioceses and Eastern-Rite eparchies to monitor compliance with child sex abuse prevention policies.

• St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Ann’s and St. Joseph’s Parishes in Binghamton merge into one, newly-named parish, Church of the Holy Trinity.

• The Le Moyne men’s varsity lacrosse team won the NCAA Division II Championship. The softball team won its first ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship and the college’s baseball team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


• Bishop Thomas J. Costello received the Thomas J. Costello D.D. Medal in Peace and Global Studies from Le Moyne College’s Center for Peace and Global Studies.

• Deacon Richard J. Chiesa died on July 7. He served as associate deacon of Sacred Heart Parish in Cicero.

• Three former Sisters of St. Francis communities came together on July 11 to form a new union. Sisters from Hastings-on-Hudson, Williamsville and Syracuse merged in a ceremony and Mass at the OnCenter in Syracuse.


• Father Alfred Bebel retired after 18 years as hospital chaplain at Upstate Medical Center and Crouse Hospital.

• Holy Family Church in Syracuse hosted the “Feel the Power of the Spirit” worship event. Close to 200 students gathered for group and individual worship, singing and a keynote address by Bishop Thomas Costello.

• Father John Phelan died on Aug. 4. For 28 years, Father Phelan was an associate priest of Madonna House Apostolate, based in Combermere, Canada. He served at several parishes in the diocese as well.

• Father Hyacinth Seremet died on Aug. 14. Father Seremet served in parishes throughout the Syracuse Diocese. In his last assignment, he served as chaplain of St. Joseph Nursing Home in Utica.


• Patriarch Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, stopped in Syracuse and Utica as part of his tour through Central New York and New England.

• Sister Christine Steigerwald, OSF, officially began her life as a Sister of St. Francis during a Mass celebrated at the Franciscan Motherhouse Chapel in Syracuse.

• The 10th annual Journey of Faith Conference was held in Syracuse on Sept. 24. Sponsored by the Diocesan Religious Education Office, the theme of the conference was “Stewards of God’s Gifts. ”

• Recipients of the Msgr. Charles Brady Awards were honored at a dinner on Sept. 28 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. Recipients included Brendan Whelan, Sister Eileen McCann, CSJ, Elizabeth Zorbo, Kristen Palmer, Joelle Adolfi, Marie Cullen, Roger Whelan, Michelle Haas and Michael Curry.

• SUN photographer Paul Finch traveled to Haiti to document the plight of the poor and produced a photo story from his trip.

• St. John the Evangelist Church in Bainbridge celebrated its 90th anniversary on Sept. 18.

• Special Masses were celebrated to promote Sept. 25-26 as “Disabilities Awareness Weekend” in the Syracuse Diocese.

• Bishop James Moynihan commissioned 45 members of the diocese in the Formation for Ministry Program on Sept. 12 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

• St. Francis Xavier Church in Marcellus celebrated 150th year anniversary the weekend of Sept. 25-26 with a special Mass and picnic.

• Father Donald Cozzens, author and researcher, spoke at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Liverpool on Sept. 23.

• The diocesan priest convocation meeting was held the week of Sept. 27. Bishop James Moynihan spoke to the priests about the encyclical of Pope John Paul II entitled, “Church of the Eucharist” and the instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum.”


• The Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus, a new religious community, was formed in Binghamton.

• SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Binghamton celebrated its 100th year anniversary. The celebration included a dinner dance and a special Mass with Bishop James Moynihan as principal celebrant.

• Christ the King Retreat House celebrated its 10th year as a diocesan ministry on Oct. 27. Father Michael Carmola celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving.

• Bishop James Moynihan traveled to the Vatican for ad limina visit on Oct. 3.

• Bishop James Moynihan led a prayerful procession for life through Syracuse on Oct. 15.

• Hannibal’s Our Lady of the Rosary Church celebrated 50th anniversary on Oct. 31. A Mass was celebrated by Bishop James Moynihan followed by a dinner in the parish hall.

• Father Stephen Rossetti was honored with the 2004 Alumnus Lifetime Service Award of Theological College in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6.

• St. Ann’s School in Syracuse held a tech rally on Oct. 22 to introduce their shipment of new equipment. Four other schools in the diocese received shipments of laptop computers as part of the Diocesan Wireless Laptop Project.

• St. Cecilia’s Church in Solvay celebrated its 100th anniversary on Oct. 23 with a Mass and dinner dance.


• Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School was named among top 50 Catholic high schools in America.

• A Veteran’s Appreciation Mass was held on Nov. 7 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse.

• Cazenovia College and Le Moyne College hosted a symposium on the genocide crisis in the Sudan on Nov. 6.

• Bishop Thomas Costello delivered the homily at the first annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Syracuse University’s Hendrick’s Chapel on Nov. 23.

• The Christian Brothers Academy football team defeated AA champion New Rochelle at the Carrier Dome, 41-35, winning the Class AA state championship.


• The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse celebrated its centennial with Masses, a luncheon and musical concerts on Dec. 8-11.

• Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School celebrated and dedicated its new Center for Artful Expression on Dec. 2. The new facility houses the school’s visual art and music programs.

• Seminarians Michael Galuppi and Gregory Krienheder received the Rite of Candidacy to the priesthood on Dec. 3 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Syracuse.

• Six men were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders for the Permanent Dioconate on Dec. 4 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Syracuse.

• A prayer service for hope and healing was held at St. Mary’s Church in Cortland on Dec. 4. Bishop James Moynihan presided at the service for those who have been affected by the issue of child sexual abuse.

• CBA student Greg Paulus makes his post-CBA plans official at a news conference on Dec. 6. Paulus will play basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. next season.

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