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St. John's Roman Catholic Church

Town of Salina

Source:  Onondaga; or Reminiscences of Earlier and Later Times, Vol. II, by Joshua V. H. Clark, A.M., Stoddard and Babcock, Syracuse, NY, 1849, pp. 145-146

St. John's Roman Catholic Church, in the village of Salina, now Syracuse, was commenced and enclosed in 1829, by the exertions of Thomas McCarthy and James Lynch, and a few Roman Catholics, and the liberal donations of their Protestant fellow-citizens in the villages of Salina and Syracuse, and by collections made by said McCarthy and Lynch, from their friends in Utica, Albany and New-York.  Rt. Rev. John Dubois was then Bishop of the Diocese of New-York, and for the two succeeding years, the congregation being small, was visited by clergymen only once a month.  The first resident clergyman that attended the church, was the Rev. Francis O'Donoghue, who was the pastor for about six years, and was succeeded by Rev. James O'Donnell, who remained in charge of the church and mission some four or five years.  After him the Rev. Mr. Haes, now of the Syracuse Church, had charge for several years, and the present pastor, Rev. Mr. Geaurdett, for about three years.  Others who had officiated are Rev. Messrs. Drummond, Chartier, Rolf and Cummings.

Submitted 5 September 1998