Father John P. Fenlon entered into his eternal rest on Saturday, April 9, 2016. He was 72 years old.
A native of Tully, Father Fenlon’s home parish was St. Leo’s. After graduating from Tully Central High School in 1962, Father Fenlon studied at St. Bonaventure University and completed his seminary work at Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y. He was ordained May 16, 1970.
The summer following his ordination, Father Fenlon served as chaplain at Lourdes Camp in Skaneateles. From 1970 to 1975, he served as assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s in Binghamton and in the same capacity at Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse from 1975 to 1976. From 1976 to 1981, Father Fenlon served as associate pastor at St. Therese in Syracuse. From 1981 to 1985, he served as associate pastor at St. Mary of the Assumption in Rome and as administrator at St. Malachy’s in Sherburne. After serving as administrator for a few months in 1985 at St. Agatha’s in Canastota, Father Fenlon ministered to the parishioners at Most Holy Rosary in Syracuse as associate pastor until 1986. He then assumed the role of pastor at St. Anne’s in Parish and St. Patrick’s in Williamstown. In 1991, Father Fenlon took a sabbatical after which he served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s in Cortland, and eventually as pastor from 1993 to 2006. Father Fenlon then served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse from July to October 2006 and at St. Ambrose from November 2006 to August 2007. In 2007, Father Fenlon began his ministry as pastor at St. Patrick’s in Syracuse, retiring from that pastorate in 2013.
Father Fenlon’s wake and funeral Mass will be held at St. Leo’s Church in Tully. The wake will be held on Monday, April 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the Vigil Service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 10 a.m. Burial will be at St. Leo’s Cemetery in Tully.
Father Fenlon’s obituary can be read here. Watch Father Fenlon discuss his vocation in the video below.