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Reverend William Donnelly, Retired Assisting Priest
  St. Anne’s Community, Diocese of Rochester

Seminar Title:  Reconciliation

In 1976, he took a leave of absence that lasted 10 years. During that time, Father Donnelly said he provided youth counseling services in Canandaigua and then later worked for the Tidewater Regional Group Home Commission in Portsmouth, Va.

"Most surprising for me was the 10-year leave of absence and all I learned through those years in working with families and adolescents and (how) that experience enhanced my ministry as a priest so much," he remarked.

Returning to ministry in 1986 "for all sorts of reasons," Father Donnelly served at Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Mercy parishes, both on Long Island. At the time, he also was pursuing studies in psycho-drama in New York City, he noted.

He returned to the Rochester Diocese in 1990, becoming temporary parochial vicar at St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY.  Later that same year, he began serving as parochial vicar at St. Mary Church in Canandaigua. In 1992, he was appointed as pastor of St. Mary Church in Elmira. In 1994, he became pastor of St. Mary Church in Rochester where he remained through 2003 while also serving as rector of Becket Hall from 2002 to 2005. In 2007, he began serving as a sacramental minister at St. Mary.

"I am so blessed to have been with the community of St. Mary's these past 14 years and often wondered how I got to be so lucky," Father Donnelly remarked. "The people have been my teachers all through the years, and colleagues in ministry and those I worked with in Ontario County, Virginia and New York have blessed me with their wisdom and goodness."


Father Ralph Wiatrowski, JCD, STL    

Pastor,  St. Barnabas Parish Northfield, Ohio




I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated at St. Aloysius Elementary School, St. Joseph High School, Borromeo Seminary High School and College, St. Mary Seminary. Ordained a Priest 8 June 1974, and served as Associate Pastor, St. Thomas More Parish from 1974-1976, assigned to the Chancery Staff with residence at St. Luke Parish, Lakewood from 1976 – 2007, Pastor St. Barnabas Parish, Northfield, 2007 to present.  During the Chancery assignment, I was sent to Rome for Canon Law studies from 1978 – 1981 and completed a Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) and a Licentiate in Theology (STL) at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum) during that time. I served as Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Cleveland from 1985 until 2007.








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