Nine Priests Celebrating 50th Anniversaries of Ordination

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Nine priests of the archdiocese are marking the 50th anniversaries of their ordination this year.

Father Joseph Victor Maynigo-Arenas has served as parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s parish on Staten Island since 2007. He was parochial vicar of the Staten Island parishes of St. Clare, 2006-2007 and Blessed Sacrament, 1995-2006. A native of the Philippines, he served as rector of Mary Help of Christians College Seminary in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines, 1985-1989, and San Pablo Regional College Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines, 1979-1983. He was dean of students at Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, 1973-1974. He was a professor at all three seminaries, and at Immaculate Conception School of Theology in Vigan. He also served at parishes in the Philippines and California.

Msgr. Michael Crimmins, who retired in 2017, served as parochial vicar of Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great, 2015-2017. He was pastor of St. Gregory the Great, 2006-2015, and St. Malachy’s, Manhattan, 1991-2001. He was director of the archdiocesan Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 2002-2005, and coordinator of the University Apostolate and Campus Ministry, 1990-1997. He was temporary administrator of St. Philip Neri, the Bronx, 2002, and administrator of Notre Dame, Manhattan, 1981-1987. He was parochial vicar of St. Clare’s, Staten Island, 2005-2006, and of the following Manhattan parishes: Notre Dame, 1979-1981; Transfiguration, 1977-1979; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1975-1977; St. Joseph, 1974-1975; and Blessed Sacrament, 1970-1974. He was named a monsignor in 1999.

Father Thomas Curley, who retired due to medical reasons in 2015, served as administrator of St. Sylvia’s, Tivoli, 2008-2015. He was pastor of St. Christopher, Red Hook, 2008-2010, and St. Columba’s, Chester, 1990-2008. He was administrator of  Nativity of Our Blessed Lady in the Bronx, 1989-1990. He was parochial vicar at Sacred Heart, Staten Island, 1978-1989; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ardsley, 1977-1978; Holy Trinity, West Point, 1972-1977; and St. Frances de Chantal, the Bronx, 1970-1972. 

Father Patrick Dunne, who retired last year, was parochial vicar of St. Denis, Hopewell Junction, 2010-2019. He served at Our Lady of Sorrows, White Plains, as pastor, 1992-2008, and temporary administrator, 1991-1992. He was parochial vicar of Sacred Heart, Hartsdale, 1983-1991, and St. Gabriel, the Bronx, 1970-1983. 

Msgr. Philip Hill, a retired priest who has resided in the Florida Diocese of Venice since October 2019, assists at a parish in Punta Gorda. Before retiring as colonel in the U.S. Army, his most recent assignment was as command chaplain at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. He served as a U.S. Army chaplain working at the Pentagon Army Chief of Chaplains Office during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He also served at posts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He was appointed executive officer for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps in 1998 and stationed at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. Before that appointment, he was deputy command chaplain for the Army in Europe, stationed at Heidelberg, Germany. He earlier was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was pastor of St. Mary’s in Poughkeepsie, 1989 to 1994. At the same time, he served as chaplain of the 77th Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort Totten, Queens. From 1975 to 1989, he was with the Metropolitan Tribunal, in its Manhattan and Poughkeepsie offices. He was a parochial vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale, 1971-1973.

Father Kevin Madigan has served as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel-St. Thomas More in Manhattan since 2015. He was pastor of St. Thomas More, 2012-2015. He was pastor of St. Peter’s and administrator of St. Joseph’s, both in Lower Manhattan. He was parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament, Manhattan; St. Matthew, Hastings-on-Hudson; and St. Lawrence O’Toole, Brewster. He served in a ministry to alienated Catholics in Yorkville, Manhattan, and as a board member of the Archdiocesan Catholic-Muslim Dialogue.

Father Jose Marabe has served since 2017 as parochial vicar of St. Michael, Manhattan. He was parochial vicar of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Manhattan, 2016-2017, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan, 2000-2016. He served as temporary director of the archdiocesan Filipino Apostolate and as moderator of San Lorenzo Chapel on Broome Street in Manhattan. He served on the Metropolitan Tribunal, 2002-2015. He was ordained in his native Philippines and was incardinated into the archdiocese in 2009.

Father Robert Panek, who retired for health reasons in 2013, was pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Gardiner, 2001-2013. He served as parochial vicar at St. Catherine Laboure, Lake Katrine, 2001; St. Casimir, Yonkers, 1989-1992 and 1980-1986; and Sacred Heart, Mount Vernon, 1970-1980. He was a U.S. Navy chaplain, 1992-2001 and 1986-1989.

Msgr. James Sullivan, who retired in 2019, had been administrator since 2016 of St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie, where he served as pastor, 2004-2016. He was dean of Dutchess County, 2014-2019. He served at Cardinal Spellman High School, the Bronx, 1997-2004, first as principal and from 1999 as president. He was administrator of St. Eugene’s, Yonkers, 1997; and rector of St. John Neumann Residence, 1990-1996, and Catholic Preparatory Seminary, 1988-1990. He served as special assistant to the archbishop for vocations, 1986-1988. He was director of youth services at Catholic Charities and director of Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), 1983-1986. For the first two years of that period, he was director of the Pope John Paul II Residence on Staten Island for men considering the priesthood. He was associate superintendent for religious education, 1981-1983; a teacher at Msgr. Farrell High School, Staten Island, 1973-1981; and parochial vicar of Annunciation, Crestwood, 1970-1973. He was named a monsignor in 1990.

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