Into Paradise

March 16-22, 2006
Into Paradise
By Connie Cissell/ SUN editor
Father Joseph Nold Passes Away After Lengthy Illness

Father Joseph Nold was 86 when he died on March 5. He was born in Troy, N.Y. and was ordained by Bishop Walter Foery at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in December of 1945. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School and attended St. Michael’s College and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. Father Nold served as associate pastor at several parishes in the Syracuse Diocese including St. John the Evangelist in Pulaski, St. Joseph’s German Church in Syracuse, chaplain at Stella Maris Retreat Center, assistant pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Lucy’s Church, St. Brigid Church, all in Syracuse, St. Patrick’s Church in Oneida and he was administrator and pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church in Bainbridge. Father Nold also served as pastor at St. Leo’s Church in Tully and then as administrator at Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse before retiring in 1973 due to illness.

Father Nold’s Mass of Christian Burial took place on Thursday, March 9 at St. Patrick’s Church on Tipperary Hill in Syracuse. Bishop James Moynihan was main celebrant and was joined at the altar by Bishop Thomas Costello, Msgr. Frank Sammons and Msgr. James McCloskey, along with St. Patrick’s pastor Father Peter Reddick. Bishop Moynihan said that Father Nold certainly “knew God and loved and served Him here on earth.” He said Father Nold hoped he would be happy with His Savior in heaven everlasting.

“My portion is the Lord, says my soul,” was part of the first reading from Lamentations proclaimed by Sister Natalie Slake, CSJ. The homily given by Msgr. McCloskey reminded everyone of how Father Nold’s suffering bound him to Christ. He pointed out that some of the priests in attendance that day were also challenged by illness and he thanked them for their service to the church. He also recognized family members who were present.

Calling Father Nold a “very private person,” Msgr. McCloskey said that Father Nold was frequently invited out to dinners and excursions but preferred the solitude of his own room in his apartment. Msgr. McCloskey said that when he attended a wake a couple of years ago, there were some sisters in front of him and he heard them say, “Oh, look, it’s Father Nold. I haven’t seen him in years,” to which Msgr. McCloskey responded, “No one has.” The duration of most of Father Nold’s assignments was short due to his fragile health. But, Msgr. McCloskey said the role he played with his illness was very important and powerful. “Like St. Paul said, ‘I rejoice in my suffering for your sake,’” Msgr. McCloskey said. “Just as Jesus let Simon help carry the wooden cross, so Our Savior invites us to share in suffering with His own.” He explained that those who suffer draw people to the Father by their patient acceptance of their suffering.

Concluding that Father Nold was now home with God, Mary, and his patron St. Joseph, and his parents and loved ones, Msgr. McCloskey said, “Joe, please accept all invitations to those heavenly banquets. Remember how much you were and are treasured by us on earth.”

Father Reddick brought his parish’s Book of Life to Father Nold’s niece, Mary Bologansky, so that she could sign his name following a tradition carried out at St. Patrick’s. Bishop Moynihan concluded the liturgy with the Prayer of Commendation placing Father Nold into the hands of the Lord, saying, “May the angels lead you into paradise…”

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