CLARKS SUMMIT — There was plenty to celebrate with the beginning of Advent and the installation of a new pastor at the Our Lady of the Snows Parish New Beginnings Mass Nov. 28 at the Church of St. Benedict.
The Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, bishop of Scranton, was presider and concelebrants were Msgr. Joseph Quinn, the new pastor, and Rev. Richard J. Cirba, senior priest of the parish. Deacon of Liturgy was Leo Lynn and master of ceremonies was Deacon Stephen Frye. Both the adult and children choirs participated in the ceremony.
“Throughout the 11 counties of the Diocese of Scranton, the parish of Our Lady of the Snows has always been known to be a very vibrant and active community of believers,” said Quinn via email following the celebration. “And I must say that, in my early days at the parish, I readily see that it is still the case! It is my genuine honor, sacred privilege and happy delight to return to my home diocese to serve as pastor of this great parish. I pray that God grants me the ongoing graces needed each and every day to proclaim and give witness to witness the consolation and joy that is indeed the Gospel of Christ!
“How very thankful I am to Bishop Bambera for his confidence, his encouragement and his support as I commence my new duties as pastor of Our Lady of the Snows and St. Benedict’s!”
Quinn succeeds Msgr. James J. McGarry, who served as pastor of the 104-year-old church for the last 20 years.
Quinn was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James C. Timlin in 1985 and served as the Rector of St. Peter’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Scranton from 1989-2005, then as pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale from 2005-2009. He served as the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry at Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York, since 2009.
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