Jim Raftis, a parishioner of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick, has uncovered an interesting trivia note regarding three priests who formerly served in his Tioga County parishes.
Raftis pointed out that Fathers Eloo Malachy Nwosu, Symon Peter Ntaiyia and Patrick Van Durme are now all affiliated with parishes that begin with “Our Lady of … ” in their titles.
Father Nwosu, a Nigerian priest, is now pastor of Our Lady of the Snow Parish in northern Cayuga County. Father Ntaiyia, a Kenyan priest, is serving as temporary administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes in Elmira. And Father Van Durme, a Rochester diocesan priest and native of Dansville, is pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in western Steuben County.