2010-05-21 / Community

St. Mary Star Of The Sea Pastor Reassigned

It was announced last week that Father James Cunningham, Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish, Far Rockaway, will be leaving the parish effective June 30. Father Cunningham has been appointed by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn to serve as the new Administrator of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in the Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. Father Cunningham was appointed as the 18th Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea in January of 2002. In 2007 the parishes of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude were merged upon the death of Father Brendan W. Downing. At that time Father Cunningham was named as the 1st Pastor of the new parish of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude. Father Cunningham is the youngest child of Robert and Eileen Cunningham of Woodside. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn on May 20, 1995. Prior to his service in Far Rockaway, Father Cunningham served as Associate Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish in Brooklyn and St. Bartholomew Parish in Elmhurst. Since 2007 Father Cunningham has served as Chairman of the Board of the Margert Community Corporation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of The Tablet, the newspaper of the Diocese of Brooklyn. The people of St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Parish will host a farewell Mass and reception for Father Cunningham on Tuesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church – 1920 New Haven Avenue, Far Rockaway.

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