May 4-10, 2006
VOL 125 NO. 17
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch , submitted & file photos
Diocesan Priests Celebrate Anniversaries
By Luke Eggleston & Claudia Mathis
Sun Staff Writers
As he celebrates 25 years of priesthood, Father Robert Weber said he is living out his calling. As chaplain at Midstate Correctional Facility in Marcy, Father Weber is happy to bring the message of hope to those housed at the facility. “I feel fortunate to be able to minister to those who are disenfranchised in our world and to bring the Gospel message to them,” said Father Weber. After graduating in 1973 from Westhill High School in Syracuse, Father Weber attended Auburn Community College. He attended minor seminary at Becket Hall in Rochester and completed seminary work at Christ the King in East Aurora.
From January to September 1981, Father Weber served as deacon at his home parish, St. Charles Borromeo in Syracuse. He was ordained on Oct. 31, 1981, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. Father Weber began his ministry as an associate pastor at Sacred Heart in Utica in 1981 and continued in the same capacity at St. Mary of the Assumption in Rome until 1986. Father Weber also helps out with weekend Masses at St. Ann’s in Hinckley, St Leo’s in Holland Patent and St. Anne’s and St. Paul’s in Whitesboro.
Father Joseph Clemente, pastor at St Matthew’s in East Syracuse since 2003, is celebrating 25 years of priesthood. His home parish is St. Anthony of Padua in Endicott. A graduate of Le Moyne College and Syracuse University, he completed his work in the seminary at St. Bernard’s in Rochester. Father Clemente was ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 31, 1981.
Father Clemente served as associate pastor at Immaculate Conception in Fulton and Holy Family in Syracuse. He also served as pastor at St. John the Baptist in Rome.
Father Clemente’s special assignments included serving as chaplain for the Columbiette Auxiliary in Fulton and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Fulton and in Rome.
Father Clemente said, as a priest, he’s had the opportunity to see people at their worst and at their best. “It’s been a wonderful experience,” he said. “I find it exciting.”
Father Joseph Scardella is also celebrating 25 years in the priesthood. He has served as director of the Office of Ministerial Formation and Liturgy since 2003. Father Scardella’s home parish is Immaculate Conception in Fulton. He graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in 1972 and graduated from Wadhams Hall Seminary College in 1976. He then went to Christ the King in East Aurora and graduated in 1980. In 1985-86, Father Scardella received a master’s degree in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He was ordained Oct. 31, 1981, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Ministerial positions that Father Scardella has held include associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Johnson City and the Cathedral in Syracuse. In 1993, Father Scardella became pastor at Our Lady of Pompei in Syracuse and in 2001, pastor at St Peter’s in Syracuse. He also assumed the position of director of the Office of Liturgy in 1986. Looking back, Father Scardella said the years have been enriching for him. “I would never choose another vocation,” he said. “I love working with people.”
Father Paul Drobin, Newman chaplain at Utica College and at S.U.N.Y. Institute of Technology in Utica since 1999, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. His home parish is Holy Trinity Church in Utica. He graduated from St. John Kanty Prep School in Erie, Pa., in 1958. Father Drobin studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s, St. Andrew’s and Theological College. After completing his ordination studies, he earned a master’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of Detroit. Father Drobin was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1966 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Father Drobin served as assistant pastor at Transfiguration Church in Rome in 1966. From 1966 through 1973, he served on the faculties of Rome Catholic High School and Utica Catholic Academy. His service also includes working as chaplain at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Utica. From 1973 to 1980, Father Drobin served as Newman chaplain at Kirkland and Hamilton Colleges. From 1980 to 1987, he was director of Family Life and Community Services at Catholic Charities in the Utica/Rome area. He also served as pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford from 1987 to 1999. Father Drobin said his 40 years of priesthood has been a humbling and gratifying experience.
Father James Queen, now retired, is being recognized for 40 years of priesthood. After graduating from Christian Brothers Academy in 1957, he went on to study at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester and completed his seminary work at St. Bernard’s. Father Queen was ordained on May 21, 1966.
Father Queen’s years of service include serving as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart in Utica, St. John’s in Binghamton, St. John the Baptist in Rome and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Endicott. From 1997 to 2004, Father Queen served as pastor at St. Paul’s in Rome. He also served on the faculty of Seton Catholic High School in Endicott, Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, Notre Dame High School in Utica and Rome Catholic High School.
Reflecting on his 40 years of priesthood, Father Queen said that he found his work rewarding.
Father Frederick Pompei is celebrating 40 years of priesthood. His home parish is St. Joseph’s in Oswego. After graduating from Oswego High School in 1958, Father Pompei studied at St. Andrew’s and St Bernard’s in Rochester, completing his seminary work at St. Bernard’s. He was ordained in 1966 at St. Joseph’s in Oswego.
Father Pompei began his varied and interesting career as a deacon at St. Lucy’s in Syracuse. He also served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s in Baldwinsville, St. Anthony’s in Cortland and St Cecilia’s in Solvay.
His other duties included serving as chaplain at the Knights of Columbus in Cortland in 1969 and as Newman chaplain at Broome Technological Institute in 1974.
Since 1977, Father Pompei has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. in a ministry of evangelization and renewal, conducting parish missions/renewals, retreats, seminars, directions in prayer and inner healing sessions. Reflecting on his years of ministry, Father Pompei said, “I wouldn’t trade a day of it. I am in awe when I see the way God touches people.”
Father John Smegelsky, pastor at St. Michael’s in Central Square since 1991, celebrates 40 years in the priesthood. His home parish is St. Mary’s in Oswego. He graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in 1957. He completed his seminary studies at Our Lady of Angels in Niagara Falls and Christ the King in East Aurora. Father Smegelsky was ordained on May 21, 1966 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. He began his ministry as associate pastor in 1966 at St. Mary’s in Cleveland and St. John the Evangelist in Oswego. He then served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s in Oswego and St. Margaret’s in Mattydale. Father Smegelsky assumed the position of pastor at St. Patrick’s and St. Anne’s in Taberg in 1986. Father Smegelsky said he enjoys the spiritual dimension of his vocation. “I like saying Mass and personal prayer, and also, the devotion to our Sacrament and devotion to Mary,” he said.
A special Mass will be celebrated on May 21 at St. Michael’s in Central Square and on June 4 at St Mary’s in Oswego.
Father William Guckert, pastor of St Agnes in Brewerton since 1986, is also celebrating 40 years of priesthood. A graduate of St Lucy’s High School in 1958, he attended schools in his home parish. Before his ordination at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Syracuse on May 21, 1966, he attended St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s Seminaries in Rochester. Father Guckert began his ministry as an assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Rome. He then served on the faculty at Rome Catholic High School and Seton Catholic Central School in Binghamton. Father Guckert also served as associate pastor at St. Ann’s in Syracuse and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Endicott.
Father Guckert’s other duties included working in the diocesan accounting office and serving as administrator at St. Francis and St Mary’s in Lacona/Altmar. As he looked back on his many years of priesthood, he said he has enjoyed being a priest. “I enjoy the goodness, generosity and the love of people,” he said. “I love it here at St. Agnes.”
Father Joseph Kehoe, administrator at St. Francis of Assisi in Durhamville, is celebrating 40 years of priesthood. His home parish is St. John the Baptist in Syracuse. After graduating from St. John the Baptist High School in 1952, Father Kehoe attended Le Moyne College. He then served in the Air National Guard for three years and earned a Latin certificate from Glastomny Monastery Latin School. Father Kehoe went on to complete his seminary work at Christ the King Seminary. He was ordained on May 21, 1966, at the Cathedral.
Father Kehoe began his priesthood as associate pastor at Holy Family in Fulton and St. Vincent de Paul in Syracuse. He also served as parochial vicar at St. Lucy’s in Syracuse, Immaculate Conception in Fulton, Sacred Heart in Cicero and St. Mary’s in Baldwinsville. Additionally, Father Kehoe served as administrator at St. Mary’s in Irish Ridge, Holy Cross in New London and St. Therese in Munnsville.
Father Kehoe’s special assignments include serving as chaplain at the Knights of Columbus Council in Syracuse and Oneida and at Oneida Hospital Health Care, celebrating Mass at The Towers Complex and the Extended Care Facility in Oneida and spiritual advisor at Holy Cross Academy in Oneida Castle.
A special Mass with a reception following in the church hall will be held on May 21 at St. Therese’s in Munnsviille.
Father Paul Keebler is being recognized for his 40 years of priesthood.
After serving as pastor at St. Ann’s in Binghamton since 1991, Father Keebler retired in 2002. Father Keebler’s home parish is St. Therese in Syracuse. After graduating from Nottingham High School in 1944, Father Keebler studied at Syracuse University and Le Moyne College. He was ordained on May 21, 1966 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse after attending Maryknoll and Christ the King Seminaries.
Father Keebler began his ministry as an associate pastor at St. Joseph’s in Liverpool. He then served on the faculty at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse and at Rome Catholic High School. Father Keebler also served as administrator at St. Mary’s in Florence and St. Ann’s in Binghamton. In 1983, Father Keebler became involved with the Southern Region in the diocesan Spanish Apostolate ministry for one year. In 1986, he served as a missionary in Bolivia and Argentina. Looking back on his priesthood, Father Keebler said, “It’s been extremely rewarding. I love it and I still do — I hope to continue.”
Father Francis Case celebrates 40 years as a priest this year. His home parish is Sacred Heart in Syracuse, now the Sacred Heart of Jesus Basilica, where he attended grade school. After graduating from the old Christian Brothers Academy on Willow Street, Father Case attended St. Andrew and St. Bernard’s Seminaries in Rochester. He was ordained at the Cathedral by Bishop Walter Foery on May 21, 1966.
Father Case served in the office of the Diocesan Tribunal from 1966 to 1981. During that time he also served as a priest missionary by traveling from parish to parish to celebrate Mass as needed.
He served as an associate at Sacred Heart Church in Syracuse from 1982 to 1987. Father Case has been administrator of St. Theresa Church in New Berlin since leaving Sacred Heart and at Our Lady of the Valley in Leonardsville until its closing. He also served as administrator at St. Malachy’s in Sherburne while its pastorate was vacant. He currently serves on the Presbyteral Council for the diocese.
Father Philip Hearn, pastor at St. Peter’s since 1990 and St. Mary’s in Rome since 1992, is celebrating 40 years of priesthood. His home parish is St. Matthew’s in East Syracuse. Father Hearn graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School in Syracuse in 1958. After that, he attended St. Jerome’s and Christ the King Seminary and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education from Fordham University.
Father Hearn began his priesthood as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse in 1966 and served in that same capacity at St. John the Baptist in Rome and Blessed Sacrament in Syracuse. Father Hearn’s assignments also included serving on the faculty at Rome Catholic High School from 1971-77 and as principal at Bishop Ludden High School from 1980-85. He also served as associate director of vocations at the Aquinas House in Syracuse from 1977-80. In 2005, Father Hearn held the office of regional vicar for the western part of the eastern region of the diocese.
In celebration of Father Hearn’s anniversary, a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on May 21 at St Peter’s in Rome. The last 40 years have been good for Father Hearn. “I’ve enjoyed serving God’s people and serving the Lord,” he said.
Father James Carey is also celebrating 40 years of priesthood. He presently serves in many capacities. In addition to his responsibilities of pastor and administrator at St. Leo’s in Tully and St. Patrick’s in Otisco, Father Carey serves as administrator at Immaculate Conception in Pompey, St. Paul’s Mission in Fabius and St. Joseph’s in LaFayette.
Father Carey graduated in 1958 from Most Holy Rosary School. His home parish is Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse. After attending pre-seminary at St. Jerome’s in Canada, Father Carey completed his seminary work at St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Father Carey was ordained on May 21, 1966. Father Carey began his ministerial career as associate pastor at St. Francis de Sales in Utica and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. In 1974, Father Carey assumed the position of human development director of Onondaga County. After that, he served as pastor at St. Lucy’s and St. Charles Borromeo’s in Syracuse.
Special assignments Father Carey has held include serving as chaplain at Hillbrook Detention Home and Plaza Nursing Home and secretary to Bishop Foery from 1974-78. He has also served as the diocesan liaison to the Native American community and the diocesan director of health ministries in Syracuse.
Father Carey said his years in the ministry have been wonderful. “I’ve had the opportunity to do just about anything,” he said. “I’ve been blessed.”
Father William Regan celebrates his 50th year as a priest.
Born in Syracuse, he attended public schools, first Howlett Hill and then Marcellus Central School. His home parish is St. Margaret’s in Mattydale. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Syracuse University and Le Moyne College prior to entering the seminary. He studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s and was ordained Feb. 2, 1956.
Father Regan’s first assignment was an associate pastorate at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles. He also served at St. Francis de Sales, Utica, and Blessed Sacrament and St. Brigid/St. Joseph, both in Syracuse, as associate pastor. In 1970, he was appointed pastor for both Immaculate Conception, Pompey, and St. Paul, Fabius. He served in the Fabius-Pompey area until 1989. Upon retirement, he took up residence at Bishop Grimes Faculty House in 1995.
Father Regan currently resides at Tommy Coyne Residence, Syracuse.
He said that Vatican II and the radical changes it introduced were the most important events in his priesthood. “Those were exciting times but also challenging,” he said. “But the bishops were very supportive.”
Father Joseph Champlin celebrates his 50th anniversary in the priesthood this year.
A native of Hammondsport, N.Y., he attended public schools in Hammondsport and Camden, graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He attended Yale and Notre Dame. He studied for the priesthood at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, Rochester. Father Champlin’s first appointment was as the assistant pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, in 1956, he then served from 1968 to 1971 as the associate director of the Liturgy Secretariat for the Bishops’ Committee on Liturgy in Washington, D.C.
Father Champlin’s first pastorate was at Holy Family Church, Fulton. He served there from 1971 to 1979 until being named the Vicar of Parish Life and Worship. Following a two-year sabbatical, Father Champlin became the pastor at St. Joseph’s, Camillus in 1989. In 1995, Father Champlin became the rector at the Cathedral, serving there until his retirement in 2005. Father Champlin currently resides at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Warners.
He was an original member of the Diocesan Commission of the Liturgical Apostolate. Father Champlin has written over 50 books with 20 million copies in print and traveled more than two million miles lecturing here and abroad. He founded the Guardian Angel Society which benefits disadvantaged students first at Cathedral School and now for the consolidated Cathedral Academy at Pompei (C.A.P.). He is continuing to conduct parish missions and priest retreats across the country.
“I’ve had a very rich and satisfying life in the priesthood. Especially in teaching and preaching, forgiving and healing,” Father Champlin said.
Father Edmund Pilat is celebrating 50 years in the priesthood. A Syracuse native whose home parish is Sacred Heart, he attended Sacred Heart Elementary and then Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse. He studied for the priesthood St. Mary’s and also Ss. Cyril and Methodius, both in Orchard Lake, Mich.
After his ordination May 19, 1956, Father Pilat served as the associate pastor at Holy Trinity Church, Utica; Sacred Heart, Syracuse; St. Mary’s, New York Mills and St. Stanislaus Kotska, Binghamton, before receiving his first pastorate at St. Ann, Hinckley, in 1972. In 1985, he took sick leave but returned as pastor at St. Michael’s, Fulton, in 1989 and served there until his retirement in 1998.
According to Father Pilat, each of his assignments was a highlight.
“I enjoyed all of the assignments I was assigned to,” he said.
Among his special assignments, Father Pilat served as the chaplain for Singing Hills Senior Citizens, the Prospect Fire Department and the Remsen Fire Department.
“I thank God that he chose me…I didn’t choose him,” Father Pilat said.
Father Angelo Morbito is being recognized for 50 years of priesthood. Father Morbito is in residence at Tommy Coyne in Syracuse. He previously served as pastor from 1981-2000 at St. Cecilia’s Church in Solvay.
Father Morbito attended Oswego High School and Cornell University for engineering. His inspiration for his vocation came during this time while he was active in the Newman Center. He began to think about priesthood before graduating and went on to attend St. Bonaventure and Christ the King seminaries.
Father Morbito’s years of service include serving as associate pastor at St. Cecilia’s in Solvay, Assumption in Binghamton, Immaculate Conception in Fulton and as pastor at St. Peter’s in Oswego.
He also served as chaplain to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Fulton and on the board of directors of St. Luke’s Health Facility in Oswego. Father Morbito taught physics, math and art at Bishop Cunningham High School in Oswego. Prior to teaching, he served on the Diocesan Building Commission.
Father Morbito is still active in retirement. He celebrates Mass for the Franciscan sisters at Jolenta Hall and often celebrates Mass at area nursing homes.
He plans to celebrate his anniversary at the Tommy Coyne Residence, as well as with family and friends.
Father John Finnegan celebrates his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.
A native of Syracuse, Father Finnegan attended Bellevue Grade and Junior High and then Central High School. His home parish is Our Lady of Solace. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College, he studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s. Father Finnegan was ordained Feb. 2, 1956 and then served as assistant pastor at St. Rose of Lima Church, North Syracuse; the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica. His first pastorate was at St. James, Syracuse, in 1977. He became the co-pastor at the same church in 1982. In 1985, he was made pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Baldwinsville, until 1996 when he went to St. Joseph’s, Camillus. Father Finnegan finally retired in 2003, but, after seven months, he became the administrator at St. Mary’s, Jamesville. At the present time, he is the administrator at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
His special assignments included being the chaplain at the city-county jail in Syracuse and working on the Ecumenical Commision from 1973 to 1975. Father Finnegan served nine years as the Newman Center chaplain at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica and at Hamilton College in Clinton.
Father Finnegan said he has greatly enjoyed his 50 years in the priesthood. He noted that among his highlights was the challenge of starting a new parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in 1985.
Father Arthur Hapanowicz is celebrating his 50th year in the priesthood.
A native of Utica, his home parish is Holy Trinity and he attended Kernan Public School and Utica Free Academy before pursuing his vocation at St. Mary’s College and Ss. Cyril and Methodius, both in Orchard Lake, Mich.
After his ordination May 19, 1956, Father Hapanowicz served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Church, New York Mills; Transfiguration, Syracuse; Transfiguration, Rome, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica.
He was appointed pastor at St. Patrick, Taberg, and St. Ann’s, Glenmore, in 1971 and served there until 1975 when he was named pastor at St. Stephen’s, Oswego. In 1980, he returned to Transfiguration, Syracuse, as pastor. “Every parish was special and every parish was different,” Father Hapanowicz said. “But the people were the same and the people were special.”
Father Hapanowicz is currently the pastor at Holy Trinity, Utica.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Hapanowicz served at Annisville Youth Camp.
“I’m just grateful to have served and I look forward to continuing service as I can,” Father Hapanowicz said.
Father Thomas Hobbes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest Feb. 2, 1956. A Utica native, Father Hobbes graduated from Utica Catholic Academy. His home parish is St. John’s. He studied for the priesthood at both St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s, Rochester.
Father Hobbes’ first assignments were associate pastorates at St. Paul, Whitesboro; St. Agatha, Canastota, and St. James, Syracuse. His first full-time pastorate was at Our Lady of Lourdes, Windsor, where he arrived in 1970. In 1984, he went to Our Lady of Good Counsel, Endicott, where he served until 1994 when he was appointed to the pastorate at Christ the King, Endwell. In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Hobbes has had considerable experience in diocesan schools, having served on the faculty at Catholic Central School in Binghamton, and as the principal at Seton Catholic School, Binghamton, after both schools merged in 1976. He was also involved in SCC’s guidance office and served on the Catholic School Board. He was involved in the diocesan schools for 21 years.
“It’s been a wonderful, joyful career,” Father Hobbes said.
Father Daniel Murphy is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.
Born in 1930, his home parish is St. Patrick’s, Binghamton.
He studied for the priesthood at St. Michael’s, Toronto, and Christ the King, the seminary wing of St. Bonaventure University. Father Murphy was ordained May 19, 1956, and was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church, Cleveland. He also served as associate pastor at St. James, Johnson City; St. Ambrose, Endicott, and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Endicott. His first pastorate was at St. Mary’s, Hamilton, to which he was appointed in 1972. He also served as pastor at St. Catherine of Siena, Binghamton, and Our Lady of Lourdes, Windsor. Following a sabbatical in 1994, Father Murphy returned to Our Lady of Lourdes before retiring in 2000.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Murphy served as the chaplain for Christ the King alumni and for the Knights of Columbus in Endicott and a chapter of the Catholic Nurses. He also served on the CCD Executive Committee.
“I’ve been serving with joy in the priesthood and I was never in a parish that I wanted to leave,” Father Murphy said. “The priesthood has been very rewarding to me. I just never thought I’d see my 50th.”
Father Harry Wallace is celebrating 50 years in the priesthood.
A native of Binghamton, Father Wallace graduated from G.L. Moyers High School and studied for the priesthood at St. Jerome’s in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and St. Bernard’s, Rochester.
He was ordained Feb. 2, 1956, and was assigned an associate pastorate at Christ the King Church, Endwell. He was also associate pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows, Vestal; St. Mary’s, Clinton, and St. Matthew’s, East Syracuse.
His first pastorate was at St. Therese, Munnsville, where he arrived in 1971. He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s, Lafayette, in 1975 and stayed there until his retirement in 1998.
In retirement, Father Wallace is the parochial vicar at St. Charles Borromeo in Deltona, Fla.
Father John Daley is celebrating 60 years in the priesthood. After attending St. Paul’s in Oswego as well as a year at St. Denis in Yonkers, he attended public high school in the Port City. Father Daley studied for the priesthood at St. Michael’s in Toronto and also St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained Oct. 19, 1946.
Father Daley served as parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Church in Clinton from 1946-1955 and then as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Oswego until 1966. From 1966-1973, he was the pastor at St. Augustine’s in Baldwinsville. From 1973-1979 he was pastor at Holy Trinity, Syracuse, and then Our Lady of Angels, Endwell, from 1979 to 1981. Before retiring, Father Daley served as pastor at St. Mary’s, Jamesville, from 1981 to 1995. He also served at Holy Family, Fulton.
While serving at St. Mary’s in Clinton, Father Daley was also the chaplain at the Newman Center on the Hamilton College campus. In 1974, Father Daley was chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Council St. Joseph’s No. 5398. While in Endwell, he was the chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1839 in Endicott. Upon returning to Central New York, Father Daley was appointed the Faithful Friar of the Steuben Assembly (fourth degree) in Syracuse and chaplain of the Nottingham when it initially opened. “I’m certainly grateful to God for all the blessings he’s given me,” Father Daley said, reflecting upon his vocation. “It’s what I’ve always wanted and what I’ve always seemed to want.”
Father Daley now lives in the Bishop’s Commons in Oswego where he regularly celebrates Mass.
Father Joseph Kane is celebrating his 60th year in the priesthood. Born in Binghamton, his home parish is St. Patrick’s. He attended St. Patrick’s before pursuing his collegiate studies at Niagara University. He studied for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s. Father Kane was ordained Oct. 19, 1946 before becoming the associate first at St. Catherine and then at St. Christopher, both in Binghamton.
In 1950, he was appointed associate pastor at St. James in Syracuse and then, in 1956, he was made the associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
He took over pastoral duties at St. Andrew, Syracuse, in 1967 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1997. Father Kane has fond memories of the three decades he spent at St. Andrew.
“It was my first and only pastorate and I arrived there right after Vatican II,” Father Kane said. “The church was very open and eager to implement Vatican II. They enjoyed me and I enjoyed them.”
Father Kane said that he enjoyed the mixture of different people at St. Andrew as well.
Father Kane currently resides at the Tommy Coyne Residence, Syracuse.
Msgr. James A. McCloskey is celebrating his 60th year as a priest.
Born in Syracuse, Father McCloskey attended St. Mary’s Cathedral Elementary school and graduated from Cathedral High School. After completing his undergraduate studies at Niagara University, he studied for the priesthood at both St. Bernard’s, Rochester, and the Theological College, Washington, D.C.
Ordained May 30, 1946, Father McCloskey’s first assignment was as a chaplain at Fourth Lake, Camp Assisium. Afterwards, from 1948 to 1964, Father McCloskey served as the parochial vicar at Our Lady of Pompei Church, St. Peter, St. Daniel and St. Therese, all in Syracuse. In 1964, Father McCloskey received his first pastorate at Christ the King, Liverpool. He served there until 1972 when he became the pastor at Holy Family, Fairmount. In 1980, he was made pastor at St. Brigid/St. Joseph, Syracuse until his retirement in 1995. Since his retirement, Father McCloskey has been in residence at Immaculate Conception, Fayetteville. During the course of his career in the priesthood, Father McCloskey has had a number of special assignments including spiritual director for the Legion of Mary, promoter justitiae, diocesan consultor, evaluation-committee member, positions with continuing education and the Catholic Education Committee, Circle IFCA moderator, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine director, a role on the CCD executive committee and diocesan consultor.
“It [the vocation] became increasingly more rewarding the older I got and the older I grew,” Father McCloskey said. “It’s up to God to judge the effectiveness but it’s been increasingly fulfilling.”