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Farewell Father John Cornelius

November 16th, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie

Father Cornelius of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter celebrated his last Mass with the Fellowship of Saint Alban today, November 16. Father is retiring and with his wife and family moving to Texas.

Born and bred in Bolivar, New York, Fr. Cornelius went to Allegany College, SUNY at Fredonia, then into the U.S. Navy. After receiving his Masters of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Seminary at Northwestern University, he served as an Episcopal priest for 20 some years in Florida, New York State, Rhode Island and Texas. Following his reception into the Catholic Church with his wife Sharyl, he was subsequently ordained deacon and priest in 2012 and 2013. He has been serving as a Catholic priest in the Southern Tier of New York state, as well as for the Ordinariate. The Fellowship of St. Alban was blessed to have him as its priest. He and Sharyl have three adult daughters.

Father Cornelius has been with the Fellowship since its inception in 2011.

The Fellowship is awaiting the appointment of a new pastor.

The website for the Fellowship

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Father Cornelius with acolytes John (left) and Chris at the farewell Mass at the Ordinariate.

Father Cornelius with altar severs Jon (left) and Chris at the farewell Mass at the Ordinariate.

Farewell Mass

Farewell Mass

Farewell to Father John Cornelius

Farewell to Father John Cornelius


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