Looking Back at 2005

Jan. 12-18, 2006
Looking Back at 2005
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
SUN photo(s) Paul Finch
Highlights of the Year that Mourned One Pontiff, Welcomed Another January

• The Diocese of Syracuse received $137,000 in funding from Fidelis Care’s Diocesan Grant Fund.

• Holy Family Church in Syracuse hosted a LIFETEEN retreat for over 100 teens from parishes throughout the diocese on Jan. 14 -16.

• Christian Brothers Academy student Maura Welch received the Global Action Award from NetAid, a non-profit organization that educates, inspires and empowers young people to take action against global poverty.

• Father Amedeo Guida was appointed the bishop’s liaison for the Charismatic Renewal Movement in the diocese.

• Diocese began to collect donations for tsunami victims.

• Sister Monica Reynolds, CSJ, died Jan. 6.

• Sister M. Rose Anne McConway, IMH, passed away Jan. 5. Sister Rose Anne taught at Most Holy Rosary School from 1964 to 1967.


• Jim Craig, member of the winning 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, spoke at the second annual St. Peter’s School benefit dinner at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro on Feb 2.

• On Feb. 3, Mother Marianne Cope’s remains were returned to Syracuse from Kalaupapa, Hawaii and placed in the Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse Chapel.

• The Guardian Angel Society of Cathedral School hosted its annual Sweet Cabaret fundraiser at the OnCenter on Feb. 11.

• Father John J. Costello died on Feb. 10. A Roman Catholic priest for over 50 years, Father Costello served at numerous parishes throughout the diocese. Father Costello was honored at a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church in Syracuse on Feb. 15.

• Father Neal E. Quartier was appointed rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, effective July 1. Father Quartier was chosen to succeed Father Joseph Champlin who announced his retirement earlier in the year.

• Frank and Veronica Tokarz of Skaneateles, married 68 years, were recognized at the World Marriage Day celebration held at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville on Feb. 13.

• On Feb. 13, close to 200 catechumens and candidates participated in the Rite of Election and celebrated the Call to Conversion.

• Close to 1,000 people welcomed Mother Marianne Cope’s remains back to the Syracuse Diocese at a Mass on Feb. 27 at Assumption Church in Syracuse.

• Sister Aelred Joseph, CSJ, died Feb. 3. Among the schools Sister Aelred taught at during her career were St. Patrick’s and Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton. She also served as principal at both St. Patrick’s and St. John the Evangelist Schools in Syracuse.

• Sister Anne Theresa Goppert, CSJ, died Feb. 15. Sister Anne Theresa was a native of Utica. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School and taught at several schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.

• Sister M. Columba Enright, IHM, died Feb. 14. From 1975 to 1978, Sister M. Columba taught at St. Patrick Elementary School in Oneida.

• Sister Raphael Smith, CSJ, died Feb. 19. Sister Raphael taught in elementary and high schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses including St. Peter’s School, Rome; St. Mary’s Home, Binghamton; St. Francis de Sales School, Utica and St. Patrick’s School, Binghamton.


• St. Ann’s Church in Syracuse celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 6.

• More than 1,000 people welcomed Mother Marianne Cope’s remains at a Mass at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Church in Utica on March 6.

• Mike Patin was the keynote speaker at the Junior High Youth Day held at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool on March 5.

• Hundreds of Catholics lobbied for social justice issues in Albany at the New York State Catholic Conference’s annual Public Policy Forum on March 8.

• At a ceremony on March 15 at the college’s Panasci Family Chapel, Bertie Ahern, prime minister of Ireland, received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Le Moyne College for his work to bring peace to his country.

• Sister Genevieve M. Greisler, CSJ, died March 3. She taught German, Latin and business for 30 years in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.

• On March 29, retired Bishop of the Buffalo Diocese Edward D. Head, died.

April • Mourners gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse on April 2 to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II.

• Bishop Thomas Costello celebrated a memorial Mass for Pope John Paul II on April 6 at St. Patrick’s Church in Binghamton.

• Nearly 100 students from Rome Catholic School attended a special Mass held in Pope John Paul II’s honor on April 7 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica.

• Noted peace activist Howard Zinn spoke at the annual Father Daniel Berrigan Peacemaker Lecture on April 11 at Le Moyne College.

• Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope Benedict XVI and gave his first public appearance at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 19. In his first major appearance, he said he would proceed along the lines taken by his predecessor.

• St. Paul’s Church in Oswego offered a Mass in celebration of the election of the new pope, Pope Benedict XVI, on April 20.

• On April 22, the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries’ celebrated the opening of Saint Clare Gardens, an apartment complex in the former Assumption School building. The transformation of the building into apartments was part of the ministries’ campaign to reclaim the north side.

• Close to 200 people gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica on April 28 for a panel discussion on the life and importance of Mother Marianne Cope. Relics unearthed during her exhumation were on display at the church. Among the relics were her profession cross, the cross from the rosary she wore at her hip, and a cross that had been placed on top of her casket upon her burial.

• Students at St. James Middle School in Johnson City dedicated their gymnasium to Father Thomas J. Ryan. Because Father Ryan was leaving at the end of June, the students wanted to honor him by doing something in his memory that would stay with them long after he left.


• St. Patrick’s Church in Oneida held a special service entitled Tsunami Healing and for a Better World May 1.

• Bishop James Moynihan threw out the first pitch at a May 7 Syracuse Skychiefs game.

• Sister Vittorina Zacchigna, OSF, died May 10. She had ministered to the aged and infirm at Loretto Rest Home in Syracuse.

• Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, told Vatican Radio that Mother Marianne Cope of Molokai, a Utica native, would be beatified May 14.

• Mother Marianne Cope was beatified May 14 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. A significant contingent from the Syracuse Diocese went to Rome to celebrate the ceremony.

• Along with Rabbi Daniel Jezer, Bishop Thomas Costello was honored at the 23rd annual InterReligious Leadership Award Dinner May 17.

• Joe Bartus of Hope House, David Kaczynski, Peter LeClair and St. Paul Church in Rome were all honored at the Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison Counties Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation May 18.


• Conventual Franciscan Friar, Father Justin Biase, was elected Minister Provincial of Immaculate Conception Province by his fellow friars during the month of June. Father Justin was formerly the rector of Assumption Church in Syracuse.

• Sister Ruth Marie Hensler, MFIC, died June 2. Her career in catechetical ministry included stints in Greene, Oswego and Binghamton in the Syracuse Diocese.

• June 4, James Thienan Tran, Joseph Michael O’Connor and Kevin Patrick Maloney were ordained priests of the Syracuse Diocese.

• After just 18 months as superintendent of the Syracuse Diocese School District, John Cataldo resigned.

• After 153 years of service to the Syracuse Diocese, the Daughters of Charity withdrew their ministries from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A special Mass to honor Sister Anne Marie Graham, DC, and Sister Donna Smith, DC, was held June 17 at the Cathedral.

• Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School Principal George F. Sheehan resigned effective June 30. The celebrated educator’s retirement was short-lived, however, as he was named interim superintendent of diocesan schools July 5 following the resignation of John Cataldo.

• A Mass to honor Father Joseph Champlin, then rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, was held June 29. The Cathedral was filled to overflowing as Bishop Thomas Costello delivered a heart-felt homily in honor of Father Champlin.


• Parishioners from the Church of the Holy Trinity moved into a new worship space July 1. Holy Trinity represents the merger of three previously ethnic churches, St. Ann’s, St. Joseph’s and St. Stanislaus Kostka, all in the Binghamton area.

• In Utica, a scholarship fund was established at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing on behalf of Sister Camilla Smith, OSF, who passed away in March, 2005.

• Representatives from the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence made a presentation to parents at Holy Family Church in Fairmount July 11. The presentation was part of a campaign to bring the sisters to the diocese in the fall to begin a catechetical program for those with special needs.

• A highly publicized, attempted ordination of women was held July 25 aboard a tour boat on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The church states that such ordinations are invalid.


• New York bishops submitted a letter to Gov. George Pataki urging him to veto bill A.116 Paulin/S.3661 Spano, which would have authorized pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptive drugs without a prescription.

• In early August, Pax Christi members joined a small coalition of protest organizations for a march against nuclear energy and nuclear war. The march stretched from Oswego to Syracuse.

• A Luminary Mass for victims of cancer as well as the survivors and caregivers of those with cancer was held at St. Cecilia’s in Solvay Aug. 4.

• Aug. 10, 30 pilgrims of the Syracuse Diocese set out for Cologne, Germany for World Youth Day.

• The “Lost Boys of Sudan” received scholarships to attend Le Moyne College in Syracuse. The scholarships were presented at a special ceremony held Aug. 18.

• Sister Cecilia Elizabeth Tobin, CSJ, died Friday, Aug. 19. Sister Cecilia taught at various schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.

• Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast Aug. 29. The nation looked on in horror as the U.S. government was scandalously lethargic in reacting to the worst national disaster in recent American history. Father Doug Cunningham of the Church of the Apostles in Norwich accompanied the 104th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard in the military’s relief effort. He was with the first group to enter Orleans Parish in New Orleans nine days after the hurricane hit.


• Plans are launched to merge the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse with the Syracuse Diocese’s first cathedral, St. John the Evangelist Church.

• New York bishops initiated a postcard campaign in an effort to pressure the state government to allow for a tax credit to help those who give financial support to private schools.

• Oswego hosted its first joint meeting of the Charismatic Prayer Groups of the Northern Region from Sept. 9 through Sept. 13.

• A prayer service honoring St. Pio of Pietrelcina was held Sept. 18 at Our Lady of the Apostles Church in Frankfort.

• During the week of Sept. 19, the self-described St. Patrick’s Four were put on trial in Binghamton. The four members of the Ithaca Catholic Worker community were found guilty of trespassing and destruction of government property, but were acquitted of a conspiracy charge.

• The InterReligious Council of Central New York held the first annual Dorothy F. Rose Women in Religion Forum Sept. 20.

• Sept. 21, Syracuse University football coach Greg Robinson spoke at the Guardian Angel Society’s annual luncheon.

• Holy Family School in Fairmount held its second annual Diversity Day.

• Agnes Hannah, whose home parish is St. Peter’s Church in Oswego, celebrated her 100th birthday at Le Moyne Manor in Liverpool Sept. 22.

• The Bishops’ Meeting for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre was held from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 in New York City.

• Journey of Faith conference was held at Syracuse OnCenter Sept. 24.

• The Persons with Disabilities Mass was held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 25.

• Sister M. Maris Law, IHM, died Sept. 28. From 1960-1961 she taught at St. John Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton.


• Parishioners at St. Daniel Church in Syracuse joined millions worldwide in prayer for Sanctity of Life Sunday. The prayers were focused on natural death and respect for life from beginning to end.

• Bob Walters assumed the role of director of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Office on Oct. 2.

• Bishop James Moynihan led the annual March for Life in Syracuse Oct. 7

• Edward Cardinal Egan of the Archdiocese of New York concelebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse in honor of the culmination of the Year of the Eucharist.

• Blessed Mother Marianne Cope was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls Oct. 8.

• Brother William Kevin Obrien, O. Carm., died Oct. 12. Brother William was born in Baldwinsville.

• Sister Patrick Therese Lee, CSJ, died Oct. 16. She taught at schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses and, upon retiring, ministered to the elderly in Our Lady of Solace Parish in Syracuse. A Syracuse native, she attended both St. Patrick’s grade school and St. Lucy’s High School.

• St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles and St. Anthony of Padua were honored by People’s Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. at the annual Champions of Diversity dinner Oct. 20.

• Pastoral Care Day was held Oct. 20 at Crouse Hospital’s Marley Education Center. Father Dennis Hayes, a minister to law-enforcement officers, was the keynote speaker.

• Father Vincent Ryan, SJ, died on Oct. 15. Father Ryan was a pivotal figure at Le Moyne College, serving as the Dean of Men and then the Moderator of Athletics. He also served as the director of Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse.

• Father Robert Ours, a teacher at Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton, was honored Oct. 25 both for 25 years of service in the priesthood and for his 17 years of teaching at the school.

• Bishop James Moynihan announced the appointment of Michael Colabufo as the new Diocesan Superintendent of Schools.

• Oct. 27, 163 youths from the Syracuse Diocese attended the “Winds of Change” National Catholic Youth Conference in Atlanta, Ga.


• Bishop Ludden graduate Andrew Murray spoke at his alma mater while on leave from a tour of duty in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps.

• Nov. 5, Christian Brothers Academy claimed its second consecutive Section 3 Class AA Football title. The Brothers advanced to the semifinal round of the New York State tournament before falling to Section 5 representative Webster-Thomas.

• A special Mass in honor of American veterans was held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse Nov. 6.

• Nov. 7, for the first time since 1977, the Le Moyne men’s soccer team earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament after winning its first-ever Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

• St. James Church in Syracuse hosted a musical presentation to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina Nov. 11.

• Sister M. Gerlinda Griffin, IHM, died Nov. 12. From 1952 to 1954, she taught at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse.

• Popular Catholic performer Jesse Manibusan performed at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Endicott before 450 people Nov. 18.

• The church document “Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with Regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to the Seminary and to Sacred Orders” was released Nov. 29. Father Fred Daley, an admittedly gay priest in Utica, was thrust into the national spotlight. He appeared on television’s “Nightline” and CNN as well as in several newspapers.


• A special Charismatic Mass was held at St. Daniel Church in Syracuse Dec. 2.

• Dec. 3, Father Stephen Wirkes of Immaculate Conception in Fulton announced that the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool will be the site of the 2007 Sacred Heart Family Conference.

• Dec. 4, Kate Mahoney, who was declared healed by the intercession of Blessed Mother Marianne Cope, revealed herself publicly to the Syracuse Diocese and to the world.

• Jimmy Riverso, an assistant with the Le Moyne women’s soccer team, was elevated to head coach of the program Dec. 9.

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