The Rev. Leo P. Cummings, a resident of St. Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at the inpatient unit of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre.
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Father Cummings, son of the late Leo Aloysius and Margaret Mary Brennan Cummings, was born in Scranton on Jan. 15, 1939.
He received his early education at St. Peter's Cathedral Grammar School and graduated from South Catholic High School, Scranton. Father Cummings attended St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree on June 6, 1960. He continued his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Maryland, and received his License of Sacred Theology on June 2, 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1964, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late bishop of Scranton.
Father Cummings' first assignment was as assistant pastor of Gate of Heaven Parish, Dallas, where he was chaplain for the Sisters of Mercy and College Misericordia, Dallas. Father was next appointed assistant pastor of St. Paul's, Scranton, followed by assignments at Christ the King, Dunmore, chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, and assistant pastor at St. Bernadette's, Canadensis, and St. Mary's, Avoca. Father Cummings received his first pastorate on Sept. 4, 1979, at St. Luke's, Jersey Shore. He later served as pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Scranton, while also serving as chaplain of St. Mary's Villa, Elmhurst. On Aug. 22, 1986, Father was appointed chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital, Carbondale, and served until his retirement on Sept. 1, 2008.
During his tenure as chaplain at College Misericordia, Father taught philosophy, sacred Scripture, comparative religion and rational psychology. He also served the diocese as dean of the Lycoming/Tioga County Deanery.
On May 23, 2014, Father Cummings celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood, having served with unfailing faith and devotion.
Father is survived by several close cousins and many dear personal friends.
Viewing will take place at Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of Scranton, at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Viewing will also take place prior to the Funeral Mass from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral.
Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Funeral arrangements are provided by Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., Carbondale.
Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 31, 2014