Resolution J4529-2013

Honoring Father Tom Kobuszewski upon the occasion of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood



  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 16, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Father Tom Kobuszewski upon the occasion
of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood

WHEREAS,  The  character and richness of religious and community life in
the Great State of New York  is  nourished  and  fulfilled  through  the
faithful  concern  and selfless devotion of those who commit their ener-
gies and purpose to the ministry of others; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to individuals who  distinguish  themselves  and
the  ministry  through  their  unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; one such individual is Father Tom Kobuszewski; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative  Body  is justly proud to honor
Father Tom Kobuszewski upon the occasion of celebrating the  50th  Anni-
versary of his Ordination to the Priesthood; and
  WHEREAS,  Father  Tom  Kobuszewski  was born on September 12, 1937, in
Syracuse, New York, to Walter and Mary Kobuszewski; and
  WHEREAS, Father Tom Kobuszewski attended Sacred Heart  grammar  school
in Syracuse and later graduated from St. John's Catholic Academy on June
26, 1955; and
  WHEREAS, Father Tom Kobuszewski found his calling and prepared for the
priesthood  by continuing his education at St. Mary's College and Saints
Cyril and Methodius Seminary at Orchard Lake, Michigan; and
  WHEREAS,  On  May  16,  1964,  at  the  Cathedral  of  the  Immaculate
Conception  in  Syracuse, Father Tom Kobuszewski was ordained, beginning
his remarkable journey of priesthood; and
  WHEREAS, Father Tom Kobuszewski furthered his education in  1974  with
degree  programs  from Stonewall College and Onondaga Community College,
specializing in course work which focused on the  mentally  handicapped;
  WHEREAS,  Over  the  course  of his 50 years of priesthood, Father Tom
Kobuszewski has made many  significant  contributions  to  the  Catholic
Church:   (1964-1969)  Assistant  at  St.  Mary's  of  New  York  Mills,
(1969-1974) Assistant at Sacred Heart in Syracuse, (1974-1976) Assistant
at Transfiguration Church in Syracuse, (1976-1982) Director  of  Special
Education,  (1982-1995)  Temporary Associate of Immaculate Heart of Mary
in Liverpool, Administrator for St. Patrick's  in  Syracuse,  and  Tran-
sfiguration Church in Rome, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Today, Father Tom Kobuszewski serves as Pastor of Transfigu-
ration of Our Lord Parish on Teall Avenue in Syracuse; and
  WHEREAS, Since becoming a Priest, Father Tom Kobuszewski has  excelled
in  a variety of special assignments and duties which include serving on
the Executive Committee as Priests CCD Chaplain, Syracuse State  School,
and being named Chaplain of Knights of Columbus, Christ the King Council
411, and Associate Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Central New York
Chapter; and
  WHEREAS,  Since  his arrival at Transfiguration Church in 1999, Father
Tom Kobuszewski has successfully met many challenges; among those  often
cited by his parishioners are the refurbishing of the rectory, installa-
tion  of a modern communications system and updated computers, implemen-
tation of 40 Hours Devotion to better meet the  needs  of  parishioners,
increased  enrollment  in  weekly  Bible  study classes; completion of a
handicapped-accessible restroom; and the completion of extensive repairs
and improvements throughout the church grounds; and
  WHEREAS, Father Tom Kobuszewski has also devoted his  life's  work  to
assisting those who may be ill or grieving the loss of a loved one; and

  WHEREAS,  Father  Tom Kobuszewski has been and continues to be a dedi-
cated, inspirational leader and role model for all members of the commu-
nity during his 50 years of priesthood; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Father Tom Kobuszewski upon the occasion of celebrating  the  50th
Anniversary  of his Ordination to the Priesthood, noting his unremitting
and compassionate faith in his service to God, and  his  community,  and
extending  to  him the best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future
of purposeful success and well-being; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Father Tom Kobuszewski.


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