Bishop Curley has revoked his appointment of the
Rev. Walter A. Sinnott of this city as an assistant at the Church of St.
John the Baptist at Syracuse and instead has appointed him pastor of St.
Bartholomew's chapel in this city.
Announcement of Bishop Curley's change in the
appointment is made public in the following communication from the
bishop to Father Sinnott which says:
"My appointment made in letter directed to you
October 25 is hereby revoked, and it affords me the great pleasure to
inform you that you are hereby appointed pastor of the Church of St.
Bartholomew at Norwich"
News that Father Sinnott is to remain in Norwich
will be received with delight by all who are familiar with his work in
this city., especially by those who worship at St. Bartholomew. Father
Sinnott has served the people at this chapel recently and they have
grown to love and respect him. that he is to continue his residence in
Norwich will be a source of much gratification to all concerned.
Father Sinnott took possession of the parish
To Editor of the
In order that there may be no
misunderstanding in regard to the new Italian parish established in the
city of Norwich the following letter from the Rev. Bishop Curley of
Syracuse will explain.
October 30, 1923
The Rev. Joseph S. Tiernan,
St. Paul's Rectory
Norwich, N. Y.
Dear Father Tiernan;
to advise you that I have this day appointed Rev. Walter Sinnott pastor
of St. Bartholomew's Church, Norwich, with the understanding that it is
to be a distinctly Italian Church and parish, which means that only
Italians are to worship there, unless under stress of extraordinary
circumstances, for example, when the weather would be so stormy as to
make it a very great hardship for some to reach St. Paul's. Even these,
however, should be pewholders in St. Paul's and, in time of illness,
should receive the spiritual ministrations of yourself or your Reverend
God's blessing upon you all I am
Faith fully yours in Christ,
Daniel J Curley,
Bishop of Syracuse
name of Father Sinnott is synonymous with St. Bartholomew. He was like
the star over Bethlehem, a beacon, a light for his people. He was truly
venerated as a patriarch, who led his people out of the desert into the
promised land. It was through him, by him and in him that the church of
St. Bartholomew was born. He enjoyed the complete confidence of his
people. He was the full man, the alter Christus, the ingenious man, the
generous heart that engineered this house of God. He was the extension
of God's hand. Over St. Bartholomew, his image will always shine as the
effulgent rays of the noon day sun. Like his Master he too suffered a
Gethsemane. Those who were short in faith, bitterly criticized for
overbuilding, too expensive, an impossible luxury. Time proved him
The spirit of God moved him in the right direction. At the ingress of
the depression, he suffered and shed tears alone in the face of the
interest and principal of the church's mortgage. For a short time, it
was like a black cloud but soon is dissipated in the bright sun of
living faith. The people never let him down. They were like Him,
children of the faith who made heroic sacrifices for God's house. While
other churches struggled or failed, St. Bartholomew not only paid the
interest due, but also reduced the church's debt.
Father Sinnott was born in Utica, New York, the eleventh child in a
family of sixteen. After graduating from Assumption Academy, he
matriculated at St. Charles College in Maryland. In the fall of 1912 he
began his seminary course at St. Bernard's, Rochester, where he remained
for one year and then was sent by Bishop Grimes to the North American
College in Rome, Italy. On July 15, 1917 he was ordained to the
priesthood by Cardinal Pompili and celebrated his first Mass in the
church of St. Andrea at the altar of the Miraculous Medal, where the
first miracle attributed to the medal took place, the conversion of the
Jew Ratisbonne 1842. In June 1918, Father Sinnott returned to America
and immediately enlisted as an Army Chaplain. After receiving his
discharge, he was sent by Bishop Grimes to the church of St. Cyril and
Methodius in Binghamton with the added office of being chaplain of St.
Mary's Home. In February 1920, he came to Norwich as assistant at St.
Paul's parish where he remained until the end of October 1923 when he
was appointed pastor of the newly formed parish of St. Bartholomew.
September, 1942, Father Sinnott was transferred to one of the oldest
and largest parishes of the diocese, St. Paul's Church in Oswego.
We can truthfully say that Father Sinnott consecrated and dedicated
the best years of his priestly life to St. Bartholomew. Of him, we can
say in the words of the great Lacordaire: "To live in the midst of the
world without wishing its pleasures; to be a member of every family, yet
belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to
heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their sacrifice and
prayers; to return from God to man and to bring pardon and hope; to have
a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; always
to reach and pardon, always to console and bless ... My God what a life!
And it has been yours, 0 priest of Jesus Christ."
On humble knees, the people of St. Bartholomew thank God for sending
Father Sinnott to Norwich. We feel certain that a permanent niche has
been created by Father Sinnott in the heart of his first pastoral
children, viz, St. Bartholomew. God bless and love him forever! On July
8, 1965, he went to heaven.