Bishop Cunningham announces pastoral changes

The Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse, has released the most recent pastoral appointments and changes in the Diocese of Syracuse. Additional pastoral changes will be announced in the near future. The changes are:

Reverend Richard B. Dunn, currently Pastor of St. Mary Church in Hamilton and its Mission, St. Joan of Arc Church in Morrisville, is appointed pastor of St. Mary of the Lake in Skaneateles, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Gerard F. Lupa, currently serving the parishes of St. Joseph Church in Oxford and Immaculate Conception Church in Greene, has been appointed administrator of St. Malachy Church in Sherburne and St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Church in New Berlin, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend John J. Kurgan, currently serving as pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestal, is appointed Pastor of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend John W. Canorro, currently serving as pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Fulton, is appointed pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Daniel M. Caruso, who has served as pastor of Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Church, is now appointed pastor of both Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter Church and the linked parish of St. John the Baptist/Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Lukasz R. Kozlowski, currently serving as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica and Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Hartford, is appointed as administrator at St. Bernard’s Church in Waterville and St. Joseph’s Church in Oriskany Falls, effective July 1, 2017.

These additional linkages are taking place within the diocese effective July 1, 2017:

Reverend Christopher J. Ballard, currently serving as pastor of St. James Church in Syracuse, will now become pastor of the newly linked parishes of St. James and Our Lady of Lourdes Church under the new name of Our Lady of Hope Church.

Reverend Michael P. Galuppi, currently Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Endicott, will become pastor of the newly linked parishes of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and St. Ambrose Church in Endicott.


Reverend Clarence F. Rumble,
currently pastor of Holy Family Church in Endwell, will become pastor of the newly linked parishes of Holy Family Church in Endwell and Most Holy Rosary in Maine.

The following are retirements currently taking place within the diocese:

Reverend Lester E. Smith, retiring from St. Malachy Church in Sherburne and St. Theresa Church in New Berlin, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Paul V. Carey, retiring from St. Bernard Church in Waterville and its mission, St. Joseph Church in  Oriskany Falls, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Monsignor J. Robert Yeazel, retiring from Holy Cross Church in DeWitt, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Charles S. Vavonese, parochial vicar at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt; Director of Formation for Ministry; Coordinator of Public Policy; and Director of Disabilities Ministries, retiring, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Abraham L. Esper, retiring from St. Patrick/St. Anthony Church in Chadwicks, effective July 1, 2017.


Reverend Thomas J. McGrath,
retiring from St. Mary of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, effective July 1, 2017.


Reverend Donald E. Bourgeois,
retiring from St. Ambrose Church in Endicott, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Monsignor James M. Kennedy, retiring from St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend John S. Finnegan, retiring from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Baldwinsville, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Joseph F. Kehoe, retiring from St. Francis of Assisi Church in Durhamville and St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Church in Munnsville (the Oneida Catholic Community), effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Thomas P. Fitzpatrick, retiring from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Syracuse, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Clarence J. Cerwonka, retiring from Most Holy Rosary Church in Maine, effective July 1, 2017.

Reverend Joseph M. Larkin retired from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Minetto, effective March 2, 2017.