2007 Year in Review

Compiled By  Luke eggleston & Claudia Mathis
SUN staff writers

January
• Sister Kathleen Marie O’Hare, OSF, died Jan. 3 at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse. Sister Kathleen ministered at Assumption School, the Convent School and Maria Regina College as well as St. Joseph Hospital before retiring to Jolenta Convent.
• Father John Daley, 86, died Jan. 4. At the time of his passing, Father Daley was a priest in residence at Holy Family Church in Fulton. He was ordained in 1946.
• Alfred Fusco took over as the director of public policy in the Syracuse Diocese’s Respect Life Office Jan. 4. Previously, Fusco worked in the realm of public policy advocacy at the Mental Health Association for Onondaga County.
• In a letter dated Jan. 9 and released Jan. 10, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, urged the House of Representatives to reject an embryonic stem cell bill that would fund research that involves the destruction of human embryos. The bishops stressed that Congress should instead support research that uses stem cells derived from adult tissues, cord blood, amniotic fluid or placentas.
• Over 300 people, including Bishop James Moynihan, participated in the Syracuse Diocese’s March for Life Jan. 20. Of those 300, 100 youths went on to board a bus to the National Rally for Life in Washington, D.C.
• A Vigil Mass in honor of Blessed Marianne Cope’s feast day was held Jan. 22 in the St. Anthony Convent Chapel at the Franciscan Motherhouse in Syracuse. Bishop Moynihan celebrated the Mass. Blessed Marianne Cope is originally from Utica.
• At a Jan. 24 press conference at Le Moyne College, the organization formerly called the InterReligious Council of Syracuse announced that it had formally changed its name to InterFaith Works. The change was intended to reflect a new emphasis for the organization, which desired to stress its inclusiveness.
• Jan. 31, students at Rome Catholic School had an opportunity to talk to soldiers serving abroad using satellite technology.

February
• The Countdown to Confirmation was published Feb. 1. Father John Manno, the parochial vicar at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, and Maureen Giocondo, the director of religious education and confirmation at Blessed Sacrament Church in Syracuse, co-authored the resource guide.
• Sister M. Evangelista Lipple, IHM, died Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. From 1971 to 1984, she taught at St. John the Evangelist Elementary in Binghamton.
• Jim Morris, the former Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher who was the inspiration for the film The Rookie, spoke at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro Feb. 7. The presentation was part of St. Peter’s School’s fourth annual benefit dinner event.
• Sister Jane Driscoll, IHM, died Feb. 7 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. From 1974 to 1978, Sister Jane taught at Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse and, from 1986 to 1988, she ministered as the catechesis teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Vestal.
• Father Denis Hackett, OFM Conv., died Feb. 11 in Branchburg, N.J. Father Denis had served as associate pastor at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church in Binghamton and Assumption Church in Syracuse. He was ordained in 1974.
• Sister Marie Aimee Hurley, CSJ, died Feb. 11 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. She taught in elementary schools in both the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.
• Longtime Unity Acres community member Lawrence E. Oakes died suddenly Feb. 16. Oakes had arrived there in 1988 and he helped with general grounds maintenance.
• Feb. 24, Father Joseph Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society held its sixth annual “Swinging Sweet Cabaret” fund raiser at the OnCenter Grand Ballroom. The annual event helps raise scholarship money for students from the Cathedral Academy at Pompei who wish to continue their education at either Bishop Ludden, Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School or Christian Brothers Academy.
• Also on Feb. 24, Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School alum Terry McAuliffe held a signing for his book What a Party! My Life Among Democrats, Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals. Notably, the Syracuse Diocese denied McAuliffe an opportunity to speak at his alma mater, citing the author and politician’s pro-choice stance on abortion, which conflicts with Catholic teaching and diocesan policy.
• Sister James Margaret Lafferty, CSJ, died Feb. 28 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. A Utica native, she graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School and taught kindergarten through fourth grade in schools throughout the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses.

March
• Sister Roberta Scanlon, CSJ, died March 1 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. She taught chemistry, Latin and theology at schools in both the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.
• March 13, numerous representatives from the Syracuse Diocese flexed their political muscles by attending Public Policy Day at the capitol.
• Catholics in the Utica area celebrated the 15th anniversary of their Perpetual Adoration Chapel March 4 at the Radisson Hotel.
• Father John Drozdzal, the chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford. died March 15. Father Drozdzal was ordained in 1974.
• Our Lady of Sorrows-Seton Campus in Endicott celebrated its 50th anniversary March 16.
• Syracuse St. Patrick’s Day Parade founder Nancy Duffy was honored during the parade itself March 17. Duffy had passed away on Dec. 22, 2006.
• Also on on March 17, American University wrestler Josh Glenn won the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament at 197 pounds. Glenn is a parishioner at St. James Church in Johnson City and a graduate of New York State scholastic wrestling powerhouse Johnson City High School.
• The Oswego State ice hockey team, coached by St. Stephen’s in Oswego parishioner Ed Gosek, claimed its first NCAA Division III National Championship March 18. The Lakers defeated Middlebury 4-3 in overtime to claim the title.
• Retired Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of the Archdiocese of Detroit visted St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse on March 20. Bishop Gumbleton is a high-profile advocate for peace.
• Sister Catherine Paul Theiss, CSJ, died March 29 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Sister Catherine taught at elementary schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses and also served in parish ministry and religious education in Oswego, Elmira Heights and Watkins Glen.
• March 31, Father Roy Bourgeois, MM, founder of the School of the Americas Watch and advocacy leader for the closure of the SOA, spoke at St. Andrew’s Church in Syracuse. It was the first of four speaking engagements Father Bourgeois had in the region.

April
• Sister Mary Ernesta Flynn, CSJ, died April 7 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Sister Ernesta taught and administered in schools throughout the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses.
• Lost Boy John Bull Dau attended a screening of God Grew Tired of Us at Syracuse University April 13. Dau is prominently featured in the film, which includes considerable footage shot in the city of Syracuse.
• Sister M. Faith Brown, IHM, died April 17 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. She served at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse on two occasions during her vocation.
• April 21, Bishop James Moynihan held a  press conference at St. Peter’s in Rome, N.Y., to announce the reconfiguration plans for the Eastern Region of the Syracuse Diocese.
• Sister Mary Margaret Nagle, DC, died April 28 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md. Before entering her vocation, she first came in contact with the Daughters of Charity when they were administering Cathedral School. Sister Mary returned to the Syracuse Diocese several years later to serve as a dietician at St. Joseph’s Infant Home in Utica.

May
• Bishop James Moynihan made appearances at St. James in Johnson City and St. Joseph’s Church in Oswego on May 2 and May 3 respectively to officially announce changes to parishes in those regions impacted by the reconfiguration process.
• Deacon John A. Lee died May 4 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare Center. Deacon Lee was a communicant of both Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary’s Church in New York Mills.
• Sister M. Susan McMenamin, IHM, died May 7 at the Marian Community Hospital in Scranton. She taught at St. Patrick Elementary School in Oneida from 1940 to 1942.
• Bishop James Moynihan led a March for Life through Utica May 11. The bishop delivered a homily during the opening Mass at Holy Trinity Church before engaging in the peaceful demonstration.

June
• Sister M. Jeanetta Hughes, IHM, died June 21 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. From 1990 to 1993, she taught at Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse.
• June 29, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Policy called for an end to the continuing violence against the Iraq’s Christian and other religious minorities.
• Sister Damien Marie Crandal, OSF, died June 30 at Olean General Hospital in Olean, N.Y. During the course of her vocation, she taught at Blessed Sacrament School in Utica.

July
• Bishop James Moynihan announced the appointments of five pastors, all effective Aug. 16. Father John Fenlon was appointed pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Syracuse. Father Peter Reddick was appointed pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Syracuse. Father Guy Baccaro was appointed pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Oswego. Father Brian Lang was appointed pastor of St. Ann and St. Charles, both in Syracuse. Father James O’Brien was appointed pastor of St. John’s Church in Liverpool.
• Amaus Health Services at Cathedral opened in Syracuse July 2. The clinic provides medical care to the underserved.
• Sister Jean Patrice DiFulvio, CSJ, died July 2 in Binghamton. She had been a  Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 53 years. Sister Jean Patrice taught secondary French and religion in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses. In addition, she contributed regularly to The Catholic SUN’s “Word of the Lord” column.
• Bishop James Moynihan celebrated his 75th birthday July 6.
• Joseph and Elaine Scuderi donated $1 million to Bishop James Moynihan’s foundation for Catholic schools.
• Father James V. Buttino, MM, passed away July 6 at the Maryknoll Residence in Los Altos, Calif. Father Buttino was a native of Cortland and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School.
• July 8, Holy Cross Church in DeWitt held a welcoming Mass for the merging parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Jamesville.
• Msgr. Frank Sammons passed away July 10. Ordained in 1947, he was known for his passion for sports and working with young people.
• Sister Jane Marie McCormack, PVMI, died July 12, just after celebrating her 60th anniversary as a Parish Visitor. In addition to serving in Kingston, Pa., Rome, N.Y. and West Haven, Conn., she served as treasurer, Motherhouse Portress, librarian and secretary at Marycrest Motherhouse in Monroe, N.Y.
• The Los Angeles Archdiocese announced the largest church settlement of sexual abuse lawsuits to date July 15, agreeing to pay more than 500 alleged victims a total of $660 million. 
• Msgr. Charles Borgognoni passed away July 19. Serving as director of the Pompeian Players musical theater group in Syracuse and as chaplain of the St. Thomas More Chapel at S.U. are two things of the many things for which he will be remembered.

August
• Visionary and mystic Emma de Guzman spoke at an Aug. 5 healing Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse.
• On Aug. 6 it was announced that the Christian Brothers Academy’s undefeated football teams from 1951 through 1953 would be inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
• Sister M. Dolora Mullarkey, IHM, died Aug. 16 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa. From 1957 to 1962, she taught at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse. Sister Dolora served at Our Lady of Peace Residence as a prayer minister from May 2007 until the time of her death.
• Brother Edward Falsey, OFM Conv., was appointed to the new position of associate director of pastoral planning. He was hired to help facilitate the diocesan reconfiguration process. Brother Edward played a large part in the successful merging of St. Joseph’s, St. Ann’s and St. Stanislaus Kostka in Binghamton into Church of the Holy Trinity in 2002.
• The 2007 Sacred Heart Family conference was held at the convention center at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool Aug. 23-26. Archbishop Raymond Burke from the Archdiocese of St. Louis was the keynote speaker at the conference, which was themed “Building a Civilization of Love.”
• On Aug. 26, the Sisters of St. Francis in Syracuse held a liturgy with the ritual of merger at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville to mark a merging with the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, Pa.

September
• The Festival of Many Nations was held Sept. 8 at Church of St. Mary of the Assumption in Syracuse. Initiated by the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries, the event afforded neighbors in the Northside multicultural neighborhood the opportunity to appreciate one another’s ethnicity.
• The beginning of the 2007-08 Syracuse Diocese school year was marked with a Mass of the Holy Spirit Sept. 4 at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville.
• Father Thomas McNamara, OFM Cap., a native of the Syacuse Diocese, was ordained a Capuchin priest by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley Sept. 8 at Sacred Heart Church in Yonkers, N.Y.
• Parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Utica closed their church on Sept. 9 and merged with St. Mary of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in New York Mills.
• In a document approved by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican said on Sept. 14 that it was generally a moral obligation to provide food and water to patients who are in a vegetative state.
• On Sept. 22, St. Vincent de Paul Church in Syracuse commemorated its 50th anniversary of reopening the church after a devastating fire in 1955.
• The annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities was held Sept. 23 at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, with Bishop James Moynihan celebrating the Mass.
• The diocesan Family Life Education team unveiled A Holistic Approach to Infant Baptism, a manual detailing the diocese’s new baptismal program on Sept. 27 at the Bishop Harrison Center in Syracuse. 
• The 13th annual Journey of Faith Conference was held at the OnCenter in Syracuse Sept. 29. The event included a presentation by keynote speaker Father Michael Himes, professor of theology at Boston College. Sister Laura Bufano, CSJ, received the Bishop Thomas J. Costello Award for ministry with courage, vision and collaboration.

October
• On Oct. 3, Bishop James Moynihan, Father Andrew Baranski and Deacon Gilbert Nadeau participated in the dedication of the Blessed Marianne Cope Shrine at St. Joseph/St. Patrick Church in Utica.
• Father Gordon A. Murphy, OFM, 83, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years and a priest for 52 years, died Oct. 4 in Boston, Mass. Father Gordon was a native of Binghamton.
• On Oct. 12, Bishop James Moynihan, Father Andrew Baranski and members of the Knights of Columbus led the annual pro-life march along State Street in Syracuse headed toward Planned Parenthood on East Genesee Street.
• Sister Ana Pauline Carrigan, CSJ, died Oct. 11 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. For 33 years, Sister Ana taught in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and then served in the education department at the College of Saint Rose for 12 years.
• The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Albany celebrated their 150th anniversary Oct. 20 with a Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego. Many residents in Oswego have descended from the people who supported the sisters when they first came to Upstate New York from St. Louis.
• International speaker Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, Ph.D, spoke at the eighth annual Guardian Angel Society Update Lecture Luncheon on Oct. 24. The luncheon was held at the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center in Syracuse.
• Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer who refused to serve in the armies of the German Third Reich and to support the Nazi party, was beatified Oct. 27 in Linz, Austria.
• Bishop James Moynihan celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priesthood Oct. 28 with an anniversary Mass and dinner afterward.
• Father John Mulranen died Oct. 31. Father Mulranen grew up in Utica and Syracuse, but served in the Southern Region during his active ministry. He served as pastor at St. Thomas  Aquinas Church in Binghamton for 21 years, until his retirement in 1995.

November
• The Heritage Campaign raised $51 million, surpassing its goal in 1999 of raising $33 million in an effort to secure the future of the diocese.
• Bishop James Moynihan appointed Father Joseph O’Connor as the new Director of the Office of Vocation Promotion for the Syracuse Diocese.
• Luke Cercollone, professional soccer pro of the Charleston Battery, spoke Nov. 9 at an event hosted by Syracuse’s Holy Family Parish’s Life Teen program.
• The Commission on Women in Church and in Society, in conjunction with its satellite, the AVOW (Advocating the Vocation of Women) group, hosted a breakfast on Nov. 10 at Justin’s Grill in East Syracuse. Dawn Eden, author, journalist and convert from Judaism, was a presenter at the event.
• Sister Ellen John Emmons, CSJ, died Nov. 17 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. For over 30 years, Sister Ellen John taught in elementary schools in Utica, Hudson, Watervliet, Troy, Syracuse and Johnson City.
• The Diocesan Pastoral Council met on Nov. 17 to discuss pastoral reconfiguration.
• Actress Siobhan Fallon and Manlius High School varsity basketball coach Tom Blackford served as good role models for Immaculate Conception of Fayetteville confirmation students on Nov. 17 when they spoke about the importance of setting goals and fulfilling them.
• Irish tenor Anthony Kearns sang at a concert at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt on Nov. 18.
• On Nov. 19, Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Kenya that women who repent after having an abortion should be welcomed back into the Catholic Church.
• The Bishop Ludden Gaelic Knights football team won their first state championship Nov. 25 when they defeated the Dobbs Ferry Eagles 21-16 in the Class C state championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

December
• Pope Benedict XVI authorized a plenary indulgence to encourage renewed holiness. Catholics can receive the indulgence for taking part in any public or private devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. This is a way of marking the 150th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to St. Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France.
• Three past rectors of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse were honored at the Cathedral’s annual Christmas Concert on Dec. 7. Current rector, Msgr. Neal Quartier, acknowledged Msgr. John McGraw, Father James O’Brien and Father Joseph Champlin by introducing them and giving them a commemorative DVD that features a tour of the Cathedral.
• The Syracuse Diocese welcomed three Polish priests to the diocese. The arrival of Father Slawomir Urbanczyk, Father Pawel Lis and Father Jozef Mucha was the result of Bishop James Moynihan’s summer visit to Poland.

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