Annunciation Parish Pastors

Ilion, New York

1867 - 1878      Reverend William Howard

The first resident pastor was Father William Howard, who, coming to Mohawk, first celebrated Mass in Varley Hall, located on North Otsego St., later to become the Bates Theatre, which has since been demolished.

Reverend William Howard


Reverend John F. Hyland

1878 - 1901       Reverend John F. Hyland

In December 1878, Reverend John F. Hyland became the second pastor of Annunciation Church, at a time when the fortunes of the Remingtons were in a decline.


1901 - 1909       Reverend John V. Quinn

Reverend John V. Quinn became third pastor. The population grew to 5000 and with a consequent increase in parishioners. In 1904, the Parish House was relocated on West Street, with the thought of eventually locating the Church there.

Reverend John V. Quinn


Reverend James B. Gilloon

1909 - 1936       Reverend James R. Gilloon

The fourth pastor was Reverend James B. Gilloon who arrived in 1909, in which year Mohawk, the last of the missions, was separated from Ilion. The most important event of Father Gilloon's 27 years of service was the erection of the School of the Annunciation which occurred in 1925 - 26.


1936 - 1944       Reverend James Nolan

In June of 1936, Reverend James A. Nolan succeeded Father Gilloon. In February of 1937, a drive was undertaken to raise funds for the construction of a new church.

Reverend James Nolan


Monsignor Daniel Horan

1944 - 1961      Monsignor Daniel Horan

The sixth pastor was Father Daniel A. Horan who replaced Father Nolan on November 10, 1944. During his pastorate, an $80,000 debt on the Church was liquidated, and in 1953, the interior of the Church was completely redecorated.


1961 - 1985       Reverend J. Gregory Mulhall

Father Gregory Mulhall became the seventh resident pastor on June 12, 1961. From 1961 to 1968, various improvements have been made to the Church properties. The Convent for the Sisters of Mercy was completed in March 1962, at a cost of $225,000.

Reverend J. Gregory Mulhall



Reverend Joseph A. Benintende

1992 - 2004       Reverend Joseph A. Benintende

Reverend Joseph A. Benintende served as the Pastor for The Church of the Annunciation, Ilion from 1992 through 2004. Father "Joe" went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 15, 2016 at A. O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta with the love and support of his family at his bedside.


John R. Roos

1992 - 2004       Reverend John R. Roos

Father John R. Roos, 86, of Cherry Valley, who served Catholic churches in Cooperstown, Cherry Valley, Springfield Center and Sharon Springs, passed away Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica following a brief illness.


*Note - Additional Pastors, since the publication of the Parish Booklet, include Reverend Anthony Barratt and Reverend Paul Catena. Please send corrections/additions for inclusion on this page.

Reproduced from Parish Booklet - Annunciation Parish 1868 - 1968 with the permission of Father Joseph Benitende

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