Rev. George W. Cummings
1918 - 2020
BORN
1918
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Chas E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Ave.
Inverness, FL
The Reverend Monsignor George W. Cummings, 102, of Lecanto, FL, went home to be with his Lord, on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Sturgill Hospice House Brooksville, FL. Msgr. Cummings was born June 21, 1918 in Bridgeport, CT to the late George W. and Genevieve (Markert) Cummings. He attended North Ward Public School and St. Paul's Catholic School in St Petersburg. He entered St. Bernard College and Seminary in September of 1936, and then St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD in 1938, and was ordained in 1943 a Priest of the St. Augustine Diocese at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Coral Gables, FL. He received his Master of Science Degree in 1946 from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
In 1947 he was appointed to start the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Youth Camp in Floral City, FL. He ran the camp with much help from seminarians, nuns, and many other young ladies and men, two of whom were members of his family. His love of Good Counsel Camp was second only to his priesthood. Over his many years as a diocesan priest, he was given the task of starting many Catholic parishes in central and south Florida and served at St. James Parish in Orlando (1943); Blessed Trinity Parish in Ocala (1949); St. Agnes Mission, Key Biscayne (1952); Epiphany Parrish in Venice (1956); St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Citrus Springs, FL; (1976). He was the founder and first principal of Archbishop Curley High School in Miami. In 1959 he was named Monsignor, under the title of Domestic Prelate and Protonotary Apostolic, by Pope John XXIII . He was a devoted priest and pastor to many, serving under 7 popes and 7 bishops.
He is survived by five nephews, one niece, many great nephews and nieces, and many friends and fellow priests from around Florida, as well as countless counselors and campers from Our Lady of Good Counsel Camp whose lives he touched by his ministry. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Cummings and his two sisters, Joan Farrell and Gloria Crahan.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater following the Mass. Friends will be received at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on Wednesday evening from 6:00PM to 8:00PM where a Vigil Service will be offered at 7:00PM. Masks and social distancing are required. For those unable to attend, the Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral website, https://stjudesp.org/.
At a later time, there will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Services are under the direction of Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Florida. In lieu of Flowers, please consider donations in Monsignor's memory to: Our Lady of Good Counsel Camp, c/o St Scholastica Catholic Church, 4301 W.Homosassa Trail, Lecanto, FL 34461, or online at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/gcc2020.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Aug. 11, 2020.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Aug
12
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle
5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
Aug
12
Vigil
7:00p.m.
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle
5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
Aug
13
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00a.m.
Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle
5815 Fifth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
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I grew up in Epiphany Parish and was able to watch Fr. Cummings build 3 parishes, 3 rectories, a convent, and a school. My father assisted Fr Cummings in land clearing for all projects. Even then we said he was a Church Builder. When you look at ALL his accomplishments, you have to give Msgr Cummings credit for making the Diocese of Venice what it is today. He was truly a man with a vision. I have since moved, my sisters and I remember the good times growing up in Epiphany.
GOD BLESS a wonderful man PRIEST.
Elaine S.
ELAINE F. (STARK) HATTLESTAD
Friend
August 21, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving.
Simone Taylor
August 11, 2020
Msgr Cummings was my first official pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Citrus Springs. He was a priest of all priests and so warmhearted to all. A true representative of the Catholic Church as well as a great outdoorsman. His parishioners all respected him and my son looked up to him with love & respect and still does to this day. God bless and watch over you Msgr. May you R.I.P.


Frances Peterman
Friend
August 11, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Cummings Family for the loss of your loved one, George, and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
JW/JKH
August 11, 2020
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