Numerous comings and goings have recently taken place involving clergy and staff members at Southern Tier parishes. Among the changes of note are:
* Father Leo Reinhardt has departed as pastor at Immaculate Conception, Ithaca, after 12 years. He was honored with a reception at the church June 24. Father Reinhardt’s new assignment is as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community in the Finger Lakes. Succeeding him as pastor of Immaculate Conception is Father Jeff Tunnicliff, who served the past two years at Our Lady of the Lakes in the same capacity that Father Reinhardt has assumed. Father Tunnicliff also served from 2007-10 as parochial vicar at St. Mary Southside Parish in Elmira.
* Father Lewis Brown has retired as assisting priest at All Saints Parish, Corning/Painted Post, after five years. He will celebrate 45 years in the priesthood with a parish party and dinner at the Corning VFW Post after 11:30 Mass on July 29. (His retirement story appeared in the May 2012 edition of the Courier.) Father Brown’s successor at All Saints is Father John Forni, who had served since 2000 as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Greece.
* Father Peter Adu Boahen Nkansah, parochial vicar at Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes in Tioga County since the fall of 2011, has left for a similar assignment at St. Mary Parish in Canandaigua. Send-offs for Father Nkansah took place June 2 at St. James Church in Waverly and June 3 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Newark Valley. Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick’s new parochial vicar is Father Brian Carpenter, who had served in that capacity at Rochester’s Peace of Christ Parish since being ordained a diocesan priest in 2009.
* Rose Ann Ewanyk has retired as principal of All Saints Academy in Corning after more than 35 years of service in Southern Tier Catholic schools, including the past 13 years as a principal. She was honored with a celebration involving students and parents on June 15 at All Saints. (A story on Ewanyk will appear in the Courier‘s August 2012 edition.)
* Mary Anne Hinkley has retired as faith-formation coordinator at All Saints in Corning/Painted Post after more than 25 years of parish service. She was given a reception May 20 at All Saints Academy.
* Sue Bierl has retired from Holy Cross Church, Dryden, after serving as the church’s longtime bookkeeper/secretary. A celebration was held May 6 at Holy Cross.
*Cecilia Ryan has retired as youth minister at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira. She was well-known for holding Teen Reality meetings that addressed contemporary youth issues.
* Maureen O’Neill has left her position as pastoral associate in Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes, where she had served since 2010. A reception was held for O’Neill on June 17 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Apalachin. Prior to ministering in Tioga County, O’Neill was pastoral administrator from 2006-10 at St. Gabriel Parish in Hammondsport.
* Sister Mary O’Brien, CSJ, and Mary Boris have stepped down from their positions as pastoral associates for St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca. They were both honored at the parish center on June 23 and 24. Sister O’Brien had served at St. Catherine since 2003 and Boris had been a staff member since 1999.
* Six women with notable service in Elmira parishes have left their positions and were honored with a reception on May 5 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. They are: Karen Batrowny, business manager for 24 years; Julie Bostwick, administrative assistant, 10 years; Maureen Donahue, secretary, 11 years; Lisa Rustici, sacramental preparation/adult education, 20 years; Maggie Johnson, faith formation, 13 years; and Mesina Pacete, youth ministry, three years.