The Rev. Philip A. Hearn of St. Peter’s/St. Mary’s Catholic Parish will retire after nearly 30 years at the helm.
The announcement came in a release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse issued Thursday afternoon. Hearn will remain on the job until July 1, according to the Diocese.
Father Hearn was raised in East Syracuse and was ordained in May 1966, according to a 2016 profile on catholicsun.com.
Hearn served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Syracuse; St. John the Baptist in Rome, and Blessed Sacrament in Syracuse, according to the
Catholic Sun profile.
Archival Sentinel reports say that Hearn came to Rome as an assistant pastor at St. John’s parish, and was asked to serve as an Rome Catholic High guidance counselor and religion teacher.
Hearn was named pastor of St. Peter’s in 1990, and served as chaplain at Griffiss Air Force Base for five months of the first Gulf War.
Hearn became pastor of
St. Peter’s/St. Mary’s in 2002, when the parishes combined. He has served as co-director of vocations at the Aquinas House in Syracuse and as vicar for the Eastern Region of the Syracuse Diocese.
Hearn has been a pillar of the community — particularly for the poor, the sick and the elderly — throughout his tenure. He has written occasionally in the Sunday Sentinel and lead outreach programs for veterans as well as championing educational programs, including parochial education, for youth.
Other area priests are also soon to retire, according to the Diocese release. Father John A. Buehler and Father Thomas R. Servatius of Historic Old St. John’s in Utica will retire on July 1, as will Father R. Paul Mathis of St. John the Evangelist Church in Camden.