Parish History

Timeline for St. John the Evangelist, Camden;

St. Mary of Mount Carmel, Florence & St. Patrick’s, Williamstown

September 2, 1845     Rev. Robert Keleher becomes first pastor of St. Mary Mt. Carmel, Florence

August 1, 1852            Rev. John P Fitzpatrick becomes second pastor of St. Mary’s

December 1852          First Mass in newly purchased St. John the Evangelist, Camden

December 1855          Rev. John M. Ludden becomes third pastor of St. Mary’s

March 21, 1857           Present site of St. John’s is acquired

January 3, 1876          Rev. Patrick H. Beecham becomes first pastor of St. John’s (died February 4, 1905)

December 20, 1876    Land bought for Holy Cross Cemetery, Williamstown

December 17, 1879    Land bought for St. John’s Cemetery, Camden

August 6 & September 30, 1884  Two undivided interests in the present site of St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown acquired by three parishioners, transferred to the Bishop On November 24, 1884

October 26, 1884        Cornerstone of St. Patrick’s laid

June 7, 1885               First mass in St. Patrick’s

March 6, 1886             Rev. John J. Brennan becomes second pastor of St. John’s (died December 15, 1900)

August 30, 1887          Rev. John H. McGraw becomes third pastor of St. John’s (died April 19, 1938)

April 12, 1888              Pulaski and Sandy Creek detached from Camden; Altmar added to them in 1890

March 6, 1889             St. John’s burns beyond repair after Ash Wednesday morning services

April 9, 1889                St. John’s Church Society organized under New York State law

August 16, 1889          Contract let for new church

September 3, 1889     Cornerstone laid for new St. John the evangelist church

December 25, 1889    First Mass in new church on Christmas Day

June 3, 1890               New church dedicated by Bishop Ludden

March 1, 1891             St. Patrick’s incorporated under same title under New York state law

June 1, 1891               Bishop Ludden confirms first class

June 1, 1894               Rev. Joseph S. Tiernan becomes fourth pastor (died December 11, 1939)

March 9, 1895             Church mortgage paid

August 4, 1897            Present rectory purchased; electricity installed in church and rectory

September 7, 1902     Bells Blessed and organ dedicated

October 1, 1916          Rev. William H. Purcell becomes fifth pastor (died December 19, 1966)

October 5, 1918          Rectory mortgage paid

August 3, 1923            St. John’s Cemetery enlarged

September 24, 1924   Holy Cross Cemetery enlarged

March 6, 1932             Rev. Adlai J. Baker becomes seventh pastor (died February 12, 1937)

September 16, 1936 Rev. Edward J. Kissane becomes eighth pastor (died December 1973)

April 4, 1939                Rev. Harold J. Quinn becomes ninth pastor (died May 31, 1966

January 11, 1951        Rev. Roger A. Bowen becomes tenth pastor (died May 31, 1961)

February 4, 1952        Lot adjoining church purchased for parking lot

1952-1958                   Roof built over church steps; glass doors installed into vestibule

January 28, 1953        CYO rooms leased

August 27, 1958          Rev. Charles A. Stuczko becomes eleventh pastor

July 2, 1963                 St. John’s original Parish Hall purchased

October 31, 1966        Manley Field property purchased

February 1970            Rev. Daniel W. Heintz becomes twelfth pastor

September 1972         St. Patrick’s becomes a Mission of St. Ann’s, Parish

January 19,1973         Rev. Joseph P. Kennedy become thirteenth pastor (died February 19, 1999)

1997                            New Parish Hall is opened

February 1998            Rev. Joseph Moskal become fourteenth pastor

St. Patrick’s closed Changes in Parish Relationships Announced

July 2003                    The Most Reverend James M. Moynihan, Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, has approved the following parish changes, Status changed from Parish to Devotional Chapel, effective July 1, 2003 St. Mary Church in Florence will now serve as a devotional chapel.

June 30, 2004             Rev. Carlo C. Stirpe appointed fifteenth pastor of St. John’s

2005-2006                   Interior of Church extensively remodeled

2010                            New and enlarged vestibule added to church

2011                            Existing slate roof on rectory replaced with metal roofing

2014                            Crosses of Mercy constructed on Manley Field

July 1, 2015                 Rev. R. Paul Mathis appointed fifteenth pastor

October 2016              Sale of St. Patrick’s church  property to Ranch of Hope church

August 2018                Church roof and steeple repaired with the steeple receiving new copper cladding

July 1, 2019                Rev. John F. Hogan, Jr appointed sixteenth pastor