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Deacon Daniel Kinsky; part of diocese’s first class of deacons

Deacon Daniel M. Kinsky, who was ordained in the first class of permanent deacons for the Diocese of Rochester in 1982, died Sept. 25, 2023. He was 77 years old.

A native of Rochester, Deacon Kinsky grew up in St. Anne Parish in Rochester and St. Louis Parish in Pittsford. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School and St. John Fisher College (now St. John Fisher University). He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from SUNY Albany.

He worked for IBM and as a technical-sales specialist for Strategic Computer Solutions. Deacon Kinsky was also an avid swimmer. He would swim regularly at the YMCA and Perinton Recreation Center and also competed in various competitions throughout New York state, including the Senior Empire State Games.

After receiving diaconal training at the former St. Bernard’s Seminary and St. Bernard’s Institute (now called St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry), Deacon Kinsky was ordained April 17, 1982, by Bishop Matthew H. Clark at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Following ordination, he was assigned to Church of the Resurrection in Fairport, where he led the baptismal program and was involved in the parish’s Stephen Ministry and sacramental-preparation program. Deacon Kinsky also worked for the diocesan Office of Family Life from 1982-85, where he developed pre-Cana programs and activities geared toward families and marriage.

In 1997, Deacon Kinsky was assigned to St. John of Rochester Parish in Fairport, where he and his wife, Sheila, ran the baptismal- and wedding-preparation programs.

“He was a wonderful servant of God. He was known for his smile, which radiated, and it radiated the true light of his heart,” said Father Peter Clifford, pastor of St. John of Rochester Parish, who noted that Deacon Kinsky ended every one of his homilies with the words “peace be with you.”

“He had a servant’s heart and connected with the people of God,” Father Clifford added. “There’s a great deal of grief and sadness here today, St. John of Rochester, in light of (his passing).”

In 2009, he began serving in the pastoral-care department at St. Ann’s Community, alongside Sheila, who worked there as a pastoral-care coordinator. At St. Ann’s, Deacon Kinsky participated in the celebration of the Mass, serving as deacon and also visited with the residents, according to Father Peter Bayer, who was director of pastoral care for St. Ann’s Community during that time.

“He was a wonderful, humble human being,” Father Bayer said. “He was a person of great intelligence, interested in every person as though they were a family member. They (the Kinskys) were very strong in the practice of their faith, very dedicated and faithful people.”

Deacon Kinsky, who had previously retired from IBM, retired in June 2011 from Strategic Computer Solutions. He attained senior status as a deacon in January 2018 but continued to minister at his home parish of St. John of Rochester.

Deacon Edward Giblin, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Rochester, knew Deacon Kinsky before he began his formation. The two were regulars for daily Mass at St. Mary Church in Rochester when they both worked in the area many years ago.

“He was a quiet and humble fellow, so prayerfully and conscientiously attentive to his diaconal ministry,” Deacon Giblin said.

In addition to his wife, Deacon Kinsky is survived by his sons, Dave (Barb) and Mike (Tracy); daughters, Julie (Jason) Rucker, Maria (Brian) Frazer and Teresa (Brian) O’Dell; grandchildren, Matthew, Jonathan, Joshua, Michaela, Lindsay, Jackson, Alexander, Adam, Jilliann, Emily and Joseph; sister, Gail (Phil) Palermo; uncle, Father Thomas Erdle; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Calling hours for Deacon Kinsky will be Oct. 1, 2023, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home (Egypt location), 7501 Pittsford Palmyra Road in Fairport. Deacon Kinsky’s funeral Mass will take place Oct. 2, 2023, at 10 a.m. at St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way in Fairport. The funeral will be livestreamed at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Institute or St. Ann’s Community.

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