Skaneateles native represents Holy Cross Priests and Brothers far off in South America.
Skaneateles native Rev. Michael M. DeLaney, CSC, left his post as president of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois at the end of the school year to become the District Superior of Chile for the Priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Indiana Province. DeLaney is now overseeing Holy Cross ministries, priests and brothers within Chile.
He arrived in Santiago, Chile on June 30 for his new assignment. His ministries include two schools (K-12), three parishes with more than 2000 members each, each with a number of chapels serving the poor and marginalized, two orphanages, various social ministries to the poor and formation and vocation outreach. He is also responsible for ministry to the priests and brothers of Holy Cross who live and work in Chile.
He is the son of the late William and the late Mary Jane DeLaney and brother of William, Joseph, Patricia and Katherine. Father DeLaney grew up in St. Mary's of the Lake Parish and is 1976 graduate of Skaneateles High School. His uncle, Rev. Thomas J. McGrath, is the pastor of St. Mary's of the Lake in Skaneateles.
DeLaney is also serving as coordinator of the work of a new Latin American Council, which is bringing together the districts of Holy Cross in Peru, Chile, Brazil and Haiti, and part of Mexico. Their mission is to look at the Holy Cross ministries and programs in these countries, seeking possibilities for collaboration and establishing a clearer identity for the congregation's work in Latin America. DeLaney's appointment, which was approved by the Superior General of Holy Cross in Rome, will take him to the Eternal City annually to meet with the provincials and district superiors of all the Holy Cross provinces and districts throughout the world.