Father Robert Hyde – Pastor
Father Hyde was born in Concord, Massachusetts, grew up in Acton, MA, Grosse Pointe, MI, and Darien, CT, before moving to Cazenovia at the age of 16. He has one older and two younger sisters, and a brother who is the youngest in the family; He has five nephews and two nieces. His late dad was in the beer business and his mom was a former librarian and a homemaker. Father Hyde went to high school at a Benedictine boarding school, Portsmouth Abbey School, in Rhode Island. He went to college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, LeMoyne College and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, He was ordained in 1988.
Father Hyde has been a priest for 20 years, most of that time in parish ministry, but for the last four years he was a chaplain at Crouse Hospital. His ministry has been mostly in parishes: Holy Family in Fairmount, St. Joseph’s in Camillus, and as pastor at St. Patrick’s in Whitney Point. He has also worked in the tribunal of the diocese with Fr. Tim Elmer and still helps out there occasionally.
Father Hyde’s philosophy of priesthood and parish life is simple to state but challenging to put into practice: The priest and the parish should have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, the sacraments, and community life.
Father states that – “This challenges me to deepen my relationship with Jesus and it calls us as a community to do what we can to help all our members have a living relationship with Jesus. A lot goes into this, good liturgy, fostering private prayer and devotions, social justice work, and being a joyful welcoming community.”
Deacon Don Whiting
Deacon Don was ordained in 1979, with a diocesan health ministry at Plaza Extended Care Facility (now Rosewood Heights). In 1980, he was assigned by Bishop Harrison to St. Margaret’s Parish, to train interested parishioners to become Ministers to the Sick. In 1981, at a mass on May 3, he commissioned 28 members to visit those in hospitals, nursing homes and private homes. Since then, he has had various ministries conducting pre-baptismal classes, training altar servers, RCIA classes, adult classes and upon his retirement of forty years in the Air Force and Air Guard in 1990 as an Avionics Manager, has been involved with most funerals. He conducts Prayer Services at a Funeral Home prior to Funeral Mass at Church, where he serves as a Deacon, followed by officiating at a Committal Service in area cemeteries. For those not wanting a Funeral Mass, he does a Liturgy Outside of Mass at a Funeral Home, followed by a Committal Service at a cemetery.
He is also Chaplain of the 174th Alumni Association that comprises over 600 members world-wide. He conducts Memorial Services for members who have died and ensures that their names will be engraved on granite stones at the Alumni Park located on the Air Base at Hancock Field.
A native of the Syracuse area and a father of three, he has been involved with two of his children in their marriage ceremony at St. Margaret’s, by delivering the homily for his daughter and officiating at his son’s wedding. He is the grandfather of eleven, having baptized ten of them in Lake Forest, California; Lawrenceville, Georgia; St Cyril’s in Alexandria Bay; St. Rose in North Syracuse and several at St. Margaret’s. Of the ten, he has been privileged to impart the Sacrament of First Communion to seven and has been with two Bishops from Ogdensburg for three granddaughters receiving their Sacrament of Confirmation and with an Archbishop of Atlanta for a granddaughter and grandson’s Sacrament of Confirmation.
Deacon Don is an ex-officio member of the Parish Council and member of the Liturgy Committee.
Deacon David G. Losito
Deacon David Losito grew up in the small town of Herkimer, NY. He went on to college at St. Bonaventure University graduating with a degree in Accounting in 1980. After some time in public accounting he has worked primarily in religious organizations with many years of service with the Baptist Convention of New York, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and now the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ.
While at St. Bonaventure University he was touched by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and felt called to service in the church through the diaconate. That finally became a realization with his ordination to the diaconate in May 2012. His years of service in the church has included chairman of the Parish Council and Finance Committee, RCIA Coordinator, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Faith Formation teacher, director of PreBaptism and PreMarriage programs and singing in the choir.
His involvement in the parish life at St. Margaret’s Church includes preaching once a month, administering the sacrament of baptism regularly, being deacon at weekend masses, teaching PreBaptism classes and occasionally performing a wedding or assisting in a funeral. He leads a scripture sharing biweekly with his wife Mary at Commonwealth Place for inpatients with drug and/or alcohol addictions. He also leads a monthly communion service at Elderwood Nursing Home.
Deacon David and his wife Mary are the parents of eight children and several grandchildren. They fill their lives with much joy and challenges. You can usually find Deacon David sharing many family stories in his homilies. He definitely feels blessed to have this opportunity of service to the parish family of St. Margaret’s.
Sister Lucy Flaherty, MFIC – Director of Human Development
Amanda Hopkins – School Principal
Christina Marcuccio – Business Administrator
Dick Milazzo – Sacristan
Dick was born in Solvay, NY. He’s originally a communicant of St. Brigid’s/St. Cecelia’s churches, but Dick has been at St. Margaret’s Church since 1963. He’s been attending the 6:45 a.m. mass for over 40 years! Dick loves doing the work of the sacristan which involves the preparation of the sanctuary for liturgies, funerals, weddings, baptisms, and the care of the chapel, too. When asked about what has attracted him to this work (at which he is so dedicated) he responds that it’s the closest he could get to being a priest or a deacon without actually being ordained.
In the times that Dick isn’t at church he works with his son in a business that he started. It deals with tile, ceramic, and granite fabricating. Dick also enjoys baseball, in fact, he says that he, at one time, chose baseball instead of pursuing the priesthood.
Carleen Smith – Parish Secretary
Carleen has been our parish secretary for the past 27 years. She has four grown children, Anthony, Jonathan, Michelle (Bill) and Courtney (Ryan) and seven grandchildren. She knows our parishioners well and is eager to be of assistance to those who stop in or call the Rectory office. “Scatter Kindness” is stenciled on the wall behind her desk…a good reminder for us all!
Michael Stephan – Director of Music Ministry
Michael grew up as a member of Saint Margaret’s parish. He attended Saint Margaret’s School from Kindergarten through eighth grade, worked as parish sacristan for four years during high school, served as part time weekend accompanist after attending Buffalo State College, and became the full time Director of Music in 1993. Michael is the principal accompanist at all five weekend liturgies, holy days, sacraments, weddings and funerals. Michael works with many talented musicians including cantors, instrumentalists and our parish choirs.
Sheila Stone – Director of Youth Ministry
Christina Palazzoli – Director of Faith Formation
Christina has an undergraduate degree in Theology/Religious Studies with a concentration in Moral Theology. Christina came to Syracuse after college to volunteer with FrancisCorps where she served at Vincent House. Christina served as the Faith Formation Director at Holy Family in Fairmount for seven years before stepping down to start a family. She is mother to three active little girls, Francesca, Gianna, and Caterina. If you see Christina on campus, please introduce yourself, as she is eager to meet the families here at St. Margaret’s.