Andrea Slaven, Director of Faith Formation at St. Helen’s Church in Sherrill, began to serve in her new position of Diocesan Director of Faith Formation on Jan. 3.

Sister Mauretia Kelly, CSJ, died Jan. 7 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, N.Y.

The diocese announced that Bishop’s Academy at St. Charles in Syracuse would close at the end of the school year.

On Jan. 14, Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree recognizing the miracle that was needed for Pope John Paul II’s beatification on May 1. 

The start of the annual March for Life weekend began with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Cunningham at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Jan. 22.

Sister Ann Marie O’Connor, CSJ, died Jan. 22 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, N.Y.

On Jan. 28, Catholic Schools “Light the Way” dinner honored Sister Mary Anne Heenan, CSJ, former superintendent of Syracuse Diocese Catholic Schools, with the Light the Way Award.

Father Gerald T. McCaffrey, OFM, died Jan. 31 at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.


Sister Mary Peter Doran, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Feb. 1 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pa.

On Feb. 13, World Marriage Day, Bishop Robert Cunningham celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse for couples who were married 25, 50 or more years.

Sister Mary Theonilla Franklin, CSJ, died Feb. 13 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, N.Y.

Holy Trinity Church in Syracuse celebrated its final Mass on Feb. 14. 

St. Louis Gonzaga Church in Utica celebrated its 100th anniversary and the 1,600th anniversary of its patron saint St. Maron with a special liturgy on Feb. 20. 


Students from diocesan high schools and parishioners from the Syracuse Diocese traveled to Albany to participate in Public Policy Day on March 8.

Msgr. Peter W. Gleba, rector of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on March 9.     

The Rite of Election was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse on March 13, the first time the diocese combined all of the regions into one ceremony. 


The third annual IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference was held April 2 at the OnCenter in Syracuse.

Bishop Cunningham announced four new priest appointments. Father Paul F. Angelicchio was named pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Rome, Father Kevin J. Corcoran was appointed pastor of St. James Church in Cazenovia, Father Richard B. Dunn was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton and its mission, St. Joan of Arc in Morrisville and Father John F. Hogan was named pastor of St. Mary’s in Oswego with its mission, Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal.

On April 11, the Vatican announced that Blessed John Paul II’s feast day would be marked Oct. 22 each year in Rome and the dioceses of Poland.

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced the appointment of Father Mark Kaminski as Director of Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse, effective July 1.

Mother Mary Elizabeth Coyne, OP, Prioress of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary in Camden, Pa., died April 12.

Bishop Robert Cunningham appointed Father Artur Krawczenko as pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart & St. Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa in New York Mills, effective July 1.

Deacon Wayne Ashe, after serving many years at St. Mary’s Church in Minoa, died April 25.


On May 4, a relic consisting of bone fragments of the remains of Blessed Marianne Cope was taken to Hawaii for installation in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu that would take place on May 13.   

Nancy Gwin, parishioner at St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse, was honored with the Dorothy Day Award at a dinner held at the parish on May 5.

The diocese’s first Elizabeth Ministry, which offers “encouragement, hope and healing on issues related to childbearing, sexuality and relationships,” was officially launched at Holy Family Church in Syracuse on May 8.

Bishop Cunningham announced five new priest assignments. Father Andrew Baranski was named rector to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Syracuse, Father Daniel Caruso was named pastor of Our Lady of Pompei/St. Peter’s Church in Syracuse, Father Abe Esper was named pastor of St. Patrick’s/St. Anthony’s Church in Chadwicks, Father Kevin Maloney was appointed administrator of St. Agatha Church in Canastota and Father Daniel J. O’Hara, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Liverpool, would assume the additional responsibilities of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool.   

Sister Elizabeth John Timmins, OSF, Director of Donor Relations for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in the Syracuse region, received the Bishop’s Medallion from Catholic Charities at the House of Providence Dinner in Syracuse on May 18.


Richard Bucci was appointed principal of Seton Catholic Central High School and president of Broome County Catholic Schools, effective July 1.  

Father James Schultz was ordained a priest of the Syracuse Diocese on June 4 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Sister Mary Catherine Marone, CSJ, died June 11 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham, N.Y.

On June 25, 42 parishes received 54 McDevitt Grants totaling $350,000.

Parishioners from throughout the diocese processed down North Salina Street in Syracuse with the Eucharist in celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 26.

Bishop Robert Cunningham announced new clergy assignments. Father Paul J. Alciati was appointed administrator of St. Margaret’s Church in Homer, Father John Baptist as chaplain to the Asian Apostolate of the Diocese of Syracuse and Father Philip Brockmyre as pastor of St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix. In addition, Father Christopher Celentano as administrator of St. Michael’s in Central Square and St. Agnes in Brewerton and Father Stanislaus Kardas as parochial vicar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Syracuse. Father Gregory Kreinheder was appointed administrator of St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s Church in Oswego, Father Joseph Scardella as pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville and Father James Schultz as parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero. Father John Bosco Pham Trung Thuc was appointed chaplain to the Asian Apostolate of the Diocese of Syracuse, Father Thomas Ward as pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Paul’s Church in Binghamton and Father Lucien Urbaniak as pastor of St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s Parish in Cortland. Father Michael Galuppi was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Endicott and Father John Manno as pastor of St. James Church in Syracuse.

A Professional Staff Development Day was held for employees of Catholic Charities of the Syracuse Diocese June 22. Mission Value Awards were presented to employees Jack Callaghan of Oneida-Madison Counties, Helen Hoefer of Oswego County, Mary King of Broome County, Gary Quarella of Chenango County, Patricia Quigley of Onondaga County and Kurt Warner of Cortland County.

Feather kahilis, symbols of respect in Hawaii, were placed at Bl. Mother Marriane Cope’s shrine in Syracuse during a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Cunningham and Father Lane Kaino of Waikiki, HI, June 30.


Bishop Robert Cunningham and Christopher Mominey, superintendent of Catholic Schools, announced six new administrators in the Catholic School System. Stephen R. Bradley was appointed principal of Holy Family School in Norwich. Sister Helen Ann Charlebois, IHM, was named principal of Cathedral Academy at Pompei in Syracuse. Mary A. Conroy was appointed principal of Holy Cross School in DeWitt. Marc P. Crouse was appointed principal of Bishop Grimes Prep in East Syracuse. Renae A. Henderson was appointed principal of St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville.

Sister Rose Therese Zaloom, CSJ, died in St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on July 1.

Bishop Robert Cunningham announced additional clergy appointments. Father Paul V. Carey was appointed pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Oriskany Falls. Father Lukasz Kozlowski was appointed administrator of Immaculate Conception Church in Greene and St. Joseph Church in Oxford. Father Daniel C. Muscalino was appointed administrator of St. Francis Xavier in Marcellus, following the retirement of pastor Father J. Michael Donovan. Father Charles S. Vavonese was appointed director of the Diocesan Formation for Ministry Program.

Certified catechists Dorothy Monterose of St. Leo/St. Ann in Holland Patent, Jean Derby of Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal, Kate Garger of Ss. John & Andrew in Binghamton and Meg Krantz of St. Joseph in Camillus received the first Seeds of Faith Awards at Pathways to Ministry, an event held to celebrate those who work in faith formation. Linda Buckley of St. Anne, Mother of Mary Parish in Mexico received the Bishop Frank J. Harrison Award for outstanding service in catechetical ministry.

Jubilarians celebrated milestone anniversaries of religious life. Father Brad Milunski, OFM Conv., and Sister Sheila Long, OSB Cam., celebrated 25 years. Sister Jeanne Marie Pearse, OSB Cam., celebrated 35 years. Sister Patricia Bergan, OSF; Sister M. Jogues Goldsmith, OSF; and Sister Eileen Rosinski, O. Carm., celebrated 50 years. Father Paul Naumann, SJ; Sister Marie Carbery, OSF; Sister Margaret Coyne, OSF; and Sister Bridget Lennon, MFIC, celebrated 60 years. Sister Mary Martin Holly, OSF, celebrated 70 years.

Father Anthony Cincotta died on July 19.

Catholic Charities of Broome County broke ground on the expansion of the agency’s headquarters in Binghamton.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S., died at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, on July 27.

Parishioners from churches around Syracuse came together to host a three-day “food and fellowship” event at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on the city’s north side, focusing on bringing Jesus’ message to the neighborhood.

Bishop Robert Cunningham admitted seminarian Christopher Seibt to the Rite of Candidacy at St. James Church in Syracuse on July 30.

Families throughout Central New York hosted 42 children visiting from Northern Ireland through Project Children.


Thirty-four young people and their chaperones from the Diocese of Syracuse attended World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain.

Fifteen high schoolers from Immaculate Conception Parish in Fayetteville traveled to the Bronx in New York City on a PLUNGE trip, a volunteer service experience working with the poor.

Sister M. Ignatia, formerly Jordan Henneberry, from St. Anne, Mother of Mary
Parish in Mexico, professed first vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration on Aug. 10.

Sister M. Gregoria Wong, OSF, died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on Aug. 13.

Sister Caryn Crook, OSF, professed perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities at the St. Anthony Convent Chapel in Syracuse on Aug. 13.

Andrew Otto, SJ; Christopher Grodecki, SJ; James Ferus, SJ; Marco Rodridguez, SJ; and Adam Rosinski, SJ, professed first vows in the Society of Jesus at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt on Aug. 13.

Bishops Robert Cunningham, James Moynihan and Thomas Costello, along with more than 20 priests, concelebrated a Silver Jubilee Mass in honor of Father Ejike Innocent Onyenagubo on Aug. 14.

Bishop Robert Cunningham appointed Deacon Phillip Kehoe director of Deacon Personnel effective Aug. 15, succeeding Deacon Leslie Distin who served as director for 18 years.

Sister M. Prudentia Ladiski, OSF, died at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse on Aug. 27.

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry held its first class at its Syracuse extension site at Le Moyne College on Aug. 31.

Michelle (Mickey) Bruce was appointed Diocesan Archivist and Edward Long was appointed Diocesan Historian. Rosemary Smith joined the diocese as Manager of Benefits and Compensation.

Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic Health Plan, announced the distribution of $94,500 from its Community Grant Fund to benefit Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Syracuse, $12,500 to support Franciscan Northside Ministries, $8,000 to support Amaus Health Services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and $6,000 for Cortland-Chenango Rural Services.


Bishop Robert Cunningham announced new appointments effective Sept. 1. Msgr. Francis Alex Osei-Nyarko was appointed parochial vicar at Holy Family Church in Syracuse. Father Gabriel Adansi Fordjour was appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s Church in Binghamton.

Bishop Robert Cunningham marked the beginning of a new school year by celebrating a Mass of the Holy Spirit for Catholic school administrators, faculty, religious and staff at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt Sept. 6.

Flooding from Tropical Storm Lee deeply affected communities across the Souther Tier. Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City was flooded, and St. John the Evangelist in Bainbridge, St. Agnes in Afton and Most Holy Rosary in Maine were also affected. Catholic Charities of Broome County opened five flood relief centers to aid the numerous families left without food and shelter. Bishop Robert Cunningham visited with flood victims at Binghamton University on Sept. 9.

Le Moyne College hosted the inaugural Woodstock Forum on the future of the church on Sept. 8.

Brother Jim Moore, OFM Conv., began a sabbatical after spending 13 years with FrancisCorps, the faith-based Catholic volunteer service he founded in Syracuse.

Parishes around the diocese held special Masses and events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Bishop Robert Cunningham celebrated a memorial Mass at Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School in Syracuse on Sept. 9.

Father George Hartnett died at Francis House in Syracuse on Sept. 14.

Sister Ellen Michele Cullen, CSJ, died at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham on Sept. 15.

The Church of St. Anthony and St. Agnes in Utica held its 99th annual Ss. Cosmas and Damian Festival Sept. 24 and 25, drawing thousands from across the Northeast and Canada.

St. Patrick’s School in Oneida celebrated is 90th anniversary Sept. 25.

Bishop Robert Cunningham celebrated the traditional Red Mass for judges, attorneys, law professors and government officials at the Cathedral in Syracuse on Sept. 27.

Andrea Marshall joined the diocese as the assistant director of development.


The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Syracuse hosted its 41st annual Rosary Rally on Oct. 2.

Sister Margaret Agnes Walsh, OSF, died at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse on Oct. 2.

The 39th annual Brady Awards were presented Oct. 5. The Msgr. Charles Brady Award went to Deacon Peter Vanelli, the C. Walter Driscoll Award went to Maria Vasquez, the Marty Cuddy Award went to Billy Brill and the Parish Service Award went to All Saints Church in Syracuse.

Sister Janet Marie Cavanaugh, CSJ, died at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham on Oct. 10.

Le Moyne College presented its annual Peacemaker Lecture, featuring speakers David Kaczynski and Janice Grieshaber Geddes Oct. 13.

Father Daniel Murphy died at the Susquehanna Nursing Center in Johnson City on Oct. 13.

Building Bridges, a two-day conference that succeeded the long-running Journey of Faith conference, brought together more than 700 people from ministries across the diocese Oct. 14 and 15.

Parishioners from across the diocese participated in CROP Hunger Walks, raising funds to support efforts to end hunger at home and around the world.

Sister Mary Joan Newell, CSJ, died at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham on Oct. 18.

The Brady Faith Center presented its 17th annual “God Love Ya” awards to Father John Schopfer, Lauren Hardee-Chase, Marie Cullen and Lois Mayo on Oct. 23.

Sun editor Connie Berry spent two weeks in Kenya and Malawi with Catholic Relief Services, witnessing the organization’s humanitarian programs in action.

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace caused a stir Oct. 24 when it released a document that, according to CNS, “proposed the creation of a world political authority to regulate financial markets and rein in the ‘inequalities and distortions of capitalist development.’”

Students from the diocese’s Catholic senior high schools attended the Mass of Life celebrated by Bishop Robert Cunningham Oct. 28.

The 2nd annual Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference, attracting some 1,000 attendees and featuring three national speakers, was held at the Oncenter Oct. 29.

All Saints Church in Syracuse dedicated a statue of Father Mychal Judge, OFM, in the parish garden Oct. 30.


The Diocese of Syracuse celebrated its 125th anniversary with a special Mass on Nov. 6. Archbishop Timothy Dolan was joined at the altar by Cardinal Edward Eagan, Bishop Robert Cunningham and other clergy. The Mass marked the beginning of a year-long celebration.

Sister Cornelia Ann McGuane, OSF, died at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse on Nov. 12.

Sister Mary Leonard O’Shea, MFIC, died on Nov. 16.

Bishop Robert Cunningham made his Ad Limina visit to Rome Nov. 23 to Dec. 1. The pilgrimage is required of bishops every five years. Bishop Cunningham met with the Pope and reported on the state of the diocese. He also attended meetings with members of the Curia, or departments, of the Holy See.

Full implementation of the new Roman Missal began in the U.S. on the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27. The Missal was revised to incorporate new prayers and to more closely follow the Latin text.


Sister Mary Laurence Hanley, OSF, died at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse on Dec. 2.

Sister Claire Frances Fitzgerald, CSJ, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany on Dec. 2.

Bishop Robert Cunningham conferred the Rite of Acolyte upon permanent diaconate candidates Robert Burke, Dare Dutter, Paul Lehmann, David Losito and Mark Shiner at Holy Cross Church on Dec. 3.

Sister Elizabeth Urbanek, OSF, died at Jolenta Convent in Syracuse on Dec. 4.

Bishop Robert Cunningham presented outstanding lay volunteers from 73 parishes in the diocese with the first-ever Immaculata Awards for Service at the Cathedral Dec. 4.

St. Lucy’s Church held its annual Food Pantry Gift-Giving day on Dec. 10, enabling hundreds of pantry clients to select Christmas gifts for themselves and their families.

Father Edward Zandy, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Johnson City and St. Vincent  de Paul in Vestal, led a prayer service Dec. 10 to mark the merging of Blessed Sacrament Church with St. Vincent de Paul Church. After significant damage from the 2011 flood preceded by similar damage five years earlier, it was the recommendation of parishioners and parish trustees to officially merge with St. Vincent de Paul. 

Father Gregory LeStrange, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Camillus, died at Francis House in Syracuse on Dec. 13.

The Holy Father approved two miracles that will clear the way for both Blessed Marianne Cope and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha to be canonized in 2012. Mother Marianne Cope will be the first saint from the Diocese of Syracuse and Kateri Tekakwitha will be the first Native American woman to become a saint.

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