Endicott Church Celebrates a Priest’s Ordination
A newly-ordained priest returned to his childhood parish in Endicott to celebrate his first Mass.
Father Matthew Lyons presided over a Sunday morning Mass at St. Joseph's Church, less than 24 hours after his ordination in DeWitt.
The 29-year-old Lyons grew up in Endicott and Endwell. He is a 2006 graduate of Maine-Endwell High School. He earned a Master's Degree in business and finance at Binghamton University and then attended Theological College in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Charles Opondo-Owora said the last ordination of a priest from St. Joseph's Church occurred in May 1968.
The church on Hayes Avenue was filled for the what was billed as a "Mass of Thanksgiving" for the ordination of Lyons. He expressed his gratitude for those who supported him as he prepared to become a priest.
Diocese of Syracuse Bishop Robert Cunningham has assigned Lyons to Most Holy Family Church in Fairmount.
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