A chalice belonging to the late Father William A. Burns is now being used at St. James Church in Waverly, Tioga County, where Father Burns lived in retirement.
“It was Father Burns’ wish that his chalice and paten be left for use at St. James Church. It is a great honor to be able to use the chalice of Father Burns, who served for so many years in the Diocese of Rochester. He will be remembered in our prayers whenever we celebrate the Eucharist with his chalice and paten,” Father William Moorby said in a recent bulletin announcement. Father Moorby is pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish, which comprises St. James and four other worship sites.
Father Burns, who died in August 2003 at age 96, resided at St. James for many years, beginning in 1981. An Elmira native, he also served at several of that city’s parishes during his 70-year priesthood, including 24 years (1953-77) as pastor of St. Anthony’s.