Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of the Reverend Paul J. Cummings who died yesterday, May 4, 2020. He was 94 years old. May he rest in peace.
Paul Julian Cummings was born on March 29, 1926, in Jackson, Michigan, to the late Matthew and Rose (Hahn) Cummings. He was graduated from St. John’s High School Class of 1944. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Second World War.
Fr. Cummings completed his seminary studies at St. John’s Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan, and was ordained on June 4, 1955, by Bishop Joseph Albers at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing.
Fr. Cummings pastoral assignments as Parochial Vicar included St. Roberts, Flushing; St. Joseph, Battle Creek; St. Augustine, Kalamazoo; St. Therese, Lansing; St. Mary, Mount Morris; St. John, Davison.
He also served as Pastor at St. Isidore, Laingsburg; Holy Family, Ovid; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Lansing; St. Peter, Eaton Rapids; and Holy Spirit, Hamburg.
Following retirement in 1996, Fr. Cummings continued to serve in several churches wherever he resided and helping with the sacred liturgy wherever needed. He latterly resided in senior priest housing at St Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt
Fr. Cummings is survived by four siblings: Bernard, of Lombard, IL; Leo (Glenda) of Jackson; Sr. Kathleen Cummings, OLV, of Huntington, IN; Richard (Mary Ann) of Jackson; sister-in-law, Sophia Cummings.
Along with his parents Fr. Cummings was preceded in death by seven siblings: Thomas (Jean); Rosemary (Vernon) Kite; Rita (Robert) Frybarger; Francis, James (Catharine); Teresa (Ralph) Hansel; Matthew (Janet). R.I.P.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Mother Teresa Hospice, 308 N. Walnut Street, Lansing, MI 48933 or Maryknoll Society Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY 10545.
Arrangements are through Desnoyer Funeral Home, 204 N Blackstone St, Jackson, MI 49201.
Requiescat in pace.