St. Joseph Church in Oriskany Falls held ceremonies marking its 150th year July 10.
Pictured from left are acolytes Michael Pisiak, Camryn Eastman, and Lana Pisiak; the pastor, Father Jason Hage; Father Thomas McNamara, O.F.M. Cap., and Bishop Douglas J. Lucia. Father McNamara grew up in Oriskany Falls, son of the late James and Santina McNamara. Father McNamara is currently the pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Lower Manhattan.
The clergy members are shown blessing the foundation for the Memorial Bench that is being placed in Douglass Park across the street from the church. The bench is in memory of Father Vincent Kelly, former pastor who died earlier this year, in thanks for his dedication to the parishioners of St. Joseph’s. (Photo courtesy Linda Osterhout)