Father Laurence Kennedy is marking 60 years of priesthood this year.
A son of St. Patrick’s Church and School, he went on to seminary studies at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained for the diocese Feb. 2, 1957.
Father Kennedy’s ministry has included service at Our Lady of the Rosary in New Hartford, Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica, St. Vincent de Paul in Syracuse, Holy Family in Fulton, St. Paul’s in Rome, and St. Brigid/St. Joseph in Syracuse, retiring in 2011.
Father Kennedy also served as a chaplain at Mohawk Community College, on the faculty of Bishop Ludden High School, as well as on the diocesan marriage tribunal as defender of the bond, judge, and officialis.
Father Joseph Larkin celebrates 60 years as a priest this year.
A graduate of St. Anthony’s School in Syracuse, he completed seminary studies at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s in Rochester. He was ordained for the diocese Feb. 2, 1957.
Father Larkin has served in parishes throughout the diocese, including St. Ann’s in Syracuse, St. Patrick’s in Oneida, St. Brigid’s in Syracuse, St. Anthony’s in Syracuse, St. Mark’s in Utica, Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Minetto. He retired in March of this year.
Father Stanley Dudkiewicz celebrates 65 years as a priest this year. A native of Kielce, Poland, he was ordained there in 1952. “It was illegal to study during the war,” Father Dudkiewicz told the Sun in 2010. “They hated intellectual people. They were always looking for professors and they would shoot them. Every day you went to a different location to study. I was finally ordained in Kielce in 1952.”
He came to the United States on retreat in 1970 and stayed due to the political climate at home, according to Sun archives. He connected with his friend in the Syracuse Diocese, Msgr. Casimir Krzysiak, joining him at Holy Trinity Parish in Utica in 1973. He moved to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse in 1975, retiring from there in 2011.
Profiles were compiled from interviews where possible, Sun archive materials, and diocesan materials.