Reflections of Jubilarians

Father R. Daniel DeLorme,

retired in July 2011, ordained in February 1957

   “I have lived a very happy life as a priest for 60 years,” Father DeLorme said. He has served in Homer, Solvay, Syracuse, North Syracuse, and Lacona.

   “I love being with people and serving them,” he said.

   He really loved Homer: He served at St. Margaret’s Church there for 35 years. “The people liked me,” he explained. “I loved it there.”

   Asked what has impressed him since his last jubilee, Father DeLorme said, “I’m pleased with our new pope, very much pleased with our new pope. He’s very forward thinking. He’s trying to save the Church.” Father DeLorme noted that when he was ordained, the diocese had close to 300 priests.

   He said Pope Francis is very understanding about the lack of priests and the fact that parishes are closing. “He’s a very good person,” Father DeLorme said. “He loves the poor. He has a special option for the poor.  They come first. They did with Jesus, too, you know.”

   He is also impressed that “there are many people who can help the Church if they are asked. Many, many people would help the Church if they were asked.”

   Now living at The Nottingham in Jamesville, Father DeLorme said he appreciates the residents there, too.

   “I just enjoy being with people,” he said.

 

Father Tadeusz Rudnik,

retired in 2004, ordained in April 1957

   A native of Poland, Father Tadeusz Rudnik studied at the University of Lubin before his ordination April 6, 1957.
   Father Rudnik’s first assignment in the Syracuse Diocese was as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart and St. Stephen’s, both in Syracuse, in 1993.
   Father Rudnik, who is celebrating his 60th jubilee, then served at St. Michael’s Church in Fulton for two years. In 2002, he took over as administrator at St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s in Forestport and Otter Lake, respectively. In 2003, he became the administrator at St. Stephen’s in Marathon and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cincinnatus.
   Reflecting 10 years ago on his 50th jubilee, Father Rudnik said, “I am glad I went to the seminary and served God and the people — absolutely. I am sure that I served in the best possible way.”

 

Father Matthew S. Wieczorek,

retired in August 2013 ordained in May 1957

   His friends say that Father Wieczorek is very devoted to both the Church and the people of the Church. He has served in Endicott, Mattydale, Utica, and Binghamton.

   A native of Solvay, Father Wieczorek is celebrating his 60th jubilee.
   His home parish is Sacred Heart in Syracuse and he attended the Cathedral Academy before moving on to the seminary at St. Mary’s and Ss. Cyril and Methodius, both in Orchard Lake.
   Father Wieczorek’s first assignment was as associate at St. Casimir in Endicott in 1957. He also served as an associate pastor at St. Margaret’s in Mattydale from 1965 to 1968 and then Holy Trinity in Utica from 1968 to 1973. He also taught at Seton Catholic High School in Endicott from 1957 to 1965. In addition, Father Wieczorek served as the chaplain for the Catholic Daughters of America in Rome, N.Y.
   Father Wieczorek’s first pastorate was spent at St. Casimir in Endicott from 1973 to 1987. He then took over as pastor at St. Stanislaus in Binghamton until he was assigned to Transfiguration Church in Rome from 1997 to 1999. He returned to St. Casimir in Endicott in 1999.