Bernard A. CUMMINS - 1974

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Independent Journal
Wednesday, January 17, 1974
Page 4

Mass Set for Msgr. Cummins

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco for Msgr. Bernard A. Cummins, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and former Marin Catholic High School teacher.

Monsignor Cummins died Monday in a San Francisco hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was 48.

He had been schools superintendent since 1966, during a period in which the archdiocese schools faced shrinking enrollments and tight money.

Monsignor Cummins was born in Oakland, the son of a family dedicated to the church. His brother, Msgr. John Cummins, is former chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland and now serves as executive secretary of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops in Sacramento.

His sister, Mary, was a nun for years before leaving the Maryknoll order in order to marry.

Monsignor Cummins was reared in Oakland, attending school there and then St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley.

He also attended St. Joseph’s College Seminary in Mountain View and graduated from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.

After ordination in 1950, he became assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Stockton. A year later, he went to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master’s degree in education.

He served on the faculty of Marin Catholic High School from 1952 to 1961, teaching religion, Spanish and English. He also was the school’s athletic director and coached freshman football.

During his years at the Kentfield school, he directed a highly successful speech and drama program, in which the Marin students won many honors in Bay Area competition.

While teaching, the priest continued his education at the University of San Francisco, earning a secondary school teaching credential in 1955.

After leaving Marin, he was named vice principal at Serra High School in San Mateo and a year later was appointed assistant superintendent of the San Francisco Archdiocese schools and in 1966 was named superintendent.

He also served as vice president and later president of the National Catholic Education Association’s superintendents; department on the association’s executive committee.

He was a member of the accrediting commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Monsignor Cummins is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cummins of Berkeley; his brother, John, of Sacramento, and his sister, Mrs. Mary McCarthy of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today at St. Agnes’ Church, San Francisco. Burial will be Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

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