In Loving Memory

Rev. Msgr. Joseph L. Cunningham
March 4, 1937 – October 12, 2023

Msgr. Cunningham touched the lives of many in Forest Hills over his 60 years of priestly ministry, beginning at Our Lady of Mercy and ending at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. As Bishop Sanchez said in his homily during the Vigil Mass of Transferral, “How lucky we are to have known him.” Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio concelebrated the Mass on October 16, 2023, at our church. Msgr. Cunningham funeral Mass on October 17 was at St. Gregory the Great R.C. Church, where he previously served as pastor, and he was buried at St John’s Cemetery in Middle Village. May he rest in the peace of Christ, the Risen Lord.

A happy time from September 2022 at the awards dinner, when Msgr Cunningham was honored for his service from 1979 to 1984 as a principal of Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary.
The week of his burial, on October 20, 2023, he was honored posthumously for his service from 1986 to 1991 as rector at the Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Florida.