Members of St. James Church only have four more Sundays to experience mass led by Father Peter Worn.
Nearing the completion of his 12 year residency at St. James, Father Peter has begun to prepare to leave the church and welcome the new pastor, Rev. Kevin J. Corcoran, who will join the parish July 1.
Following his departure from St. James, Father Peter will travel to Sydney, Australia, for six months and complete an independent study program at the Broken Bay Institute.
Because he is an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, he will return to Central New York and look to obtain a position at parish in the surrounding area.
"I'm definitely sad to leave, but I knew it was coming. I've spent more than a third of my priesthood here in Cazenovia. It's the longest I've lived anywhere in my life, it's a very odd feeling," Father Peter said. "This being a smaller community, I've gotten to know a lot of people and generations of families on an extended level. I am excited about this opportunity, though. How many people are given the chance to take six months off to travel?"
Born in Ireland, Father Peter and his five siblings grew up in a few different areas around the emerald isle. He first arrived in the United States when he was 19 years old and began his journey toward priesthood. Formerly a chaplain at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, Father Peter spent time at parishes in Liverpool, Fairmount and Utica, received his master's degree in Spirituality, and acted as the chaplain at SUNY Oswego for seven years before settling in Cazenovia at St. James Church.
In his time with the parish, Father Peter has delivered hundreds of sermons and positively impacted countless Cazenovians. Blending theological principles with personal experience, wisdom and wit, his Sunday masses were highly attended and often a popular topic of discussion.