Cummings is first woman, layperson to serve as diocese’s chancellor

Danielle Cummings has been appointed chancellor of the Diocese of Syracuse, becoming the first woman and the first layperson to hold the position in the diocese’s 128-year history. Chancellor is the highest diocesan position open to women.

   Bishop Robert J. Cunningham publicly announced the appointment, effective Jan. 1, on Dec. 18.

   “Danielle has worked here in the diocese for 18 years. She has come to know the priests and the people of the diocese very well and she knows the diocesan operations. She is the best-qualified person for the job, and her education, her experience, her compassionate way of dealing with people will serve her well — and serve all of us well — in her new position,” Bishop Cunningham told the Sun.

   Cummings is a graduate of Syracuse University and the former assistant director of the City of Syracuse/County of Onondaga Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. She came to the diocese in 1996 as director of communications and was appointed assistant chancellor in 2005 by then-Bishop James Moynihan. She will continue as director of communications in addition to serving as chancellor.

   “I really am humbled and honored to be appointed to this position, knowing who served in this position prior to me,” Cummings said. “I had the great pleasure of working with four chancellors — Msgr. Richard Kopp, Msgr. Michael Minehan, Father Cliff Auth, and Msgr. Timothy Elmer — all of whom brought unique sets of gifts and talents that strengthened the diocese and helped us move forward. I hope to learn from their examples and to build on the foundation they set.”

   Cummings succeeds Msgr. Timothy Elmer, who served as chancellor since 2010.

   Msgr. Elmer has been appointed vicar general in addition to his role as judicial vicar. The vicar general assists the diocesan bishop in the governance of the diocese. Msgr. Elmer joined Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel in serving in that capacity, effective Jan. 1.

   Numerous other appointments were also announced Dec. 18. See the full list at right.
 

New appointments announced

   Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced the following personnel assignments Dec. 18:
Msgr. Timothy Elmer has been appointed vicar general in addition to his role as judicial vicar. He joins Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel in serving in this capacity for the Diocese of Syracuse. This appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Danielle E. Cummings has been appointed chancellor in addition to her role as director of communications. This appointment was effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Msgr. John P. Putano, pastor of St. Patrick & St. Thomas Churches in Binghamton, has been re-appointed as vicar forane (regional vicar) for the Southern Region. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Msgr. James T. O’Brien, pastor of Pope John XXIII in Liverpool, has been re-appointed as vicar forane (regional vicar) for the Western Region – West Area. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Father Richard Dunn, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton, has been appointed as vicar forane (regional vicar) for the Eastern Region – West Area. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019.
Father John Manno, pastor of St. James Church in Syracuse, has been appointed as vicar forane (regional vicar) for the Western Region – East Area. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019.
Father Mark Kaminski, pastor of St. Anthony and St. Agnes Church in Utica, has been appointed as vicar forane (regional vicar) for the Eastern Region – East Area. This appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019.

Father Daniel Caruso, pastor of Our Lady of Pompei-St. Peter’s Church in Syracuse, has been appointed the additional responsibility of temporary administrator of St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse. This assignment was effective Dec. 19, 2014.

Msgr. Richard M. Kopp, vicar for priests, has been appointed the additional responsibility of temporary administrator of St. Matthew’s Church in East Syracuse, St. Mary’s Church in Minoa and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bridgeport. This assignment was effective Dec. 19, 2014.

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