2015 in review

As the new year approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of the top stories of 2015.



Cummings appointed first female chancellor of diocese

Pope issues ‘firmest condemnation’ of killings at French weekly

Throwback game brings back Parochial League memories

‘Angels’ honored at Catholic Schools dinner

St. Marianne celebrated on her feast day



Pastoral planning moves ahead in the diocese

Catechumens celebrated at the Rite of Election; Candidates celebrated at Rite of Recognition



Three things every New Evangelist needs

Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty

Remembering Montgomery: Bishop Costello recalls marching, advocating for civil rights

Madam President: Dr. Linda LeMura makes history as the first woman to lead Le Moyne College

2015 religious jubilarians celebrated



Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis proclaims extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy

Obama and Castro take next steps to normalize U.S.-Cuba ties

In new location, Samaritan Center will feed body and soul

Vatican, LCWR announce conclusion of reform process

2015 priest jubilarians celebrated



Father Mike Bassano, Binghamton native, lives with ‘suffering Christ’ at U.N. base in South Sudan

Young boy from Haiti receives life-saving cardiac surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Papal nuncio visits Auriesville shrine

Cardinal Dolan, Dolphins discuss opposition surrounding Le Moyne commencement address

Archbishop Oscar Romero beatified



Kenneth Kirkman and Peter Tassini, Jr., ordained transitional deacons

Utica native Sister Kathleen Appler, DC, elected Superioress General for the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Father Zachary Miller ordained a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse

Catholic Sun sponsors Catholic Schools Night at the Chiefs

14-mile walk raises $40k for St. Mary’s Academy

Pope Francis releases Laudato Si’, encyclical on creation



Supreme Court term ends with rulings on same-sex marriage, execution drugs, health care subsidies, more

St. Joseph’s Hospital joins Trinity Health



U.S. Embassy in Cuba reopens, ending 54-year diplomatic break



Le Moyne College, SU’s iSchool announce expanded partnership for accelerated graduate degree program

Father Arthur Krawczenko becomes U.S. citizen

Syracuse Catholic Schools announce decentralization model for diocesan high schools

Diocese welcomes new school principals

Bishop: ‘No child is responsible for being abused’

‘Merton speaks to us today’

Mercy House celebrates ‘groundbreaking’

From substance to style to symbolism, Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S. promises a ‘revolution of tenderness’

America’s pastor: Pope Francis visits the U.S.

Our family in Philly: At the World Meeting of Families with the Denkenbergers



Notre Dame School receives $1 million from Good News Foundation

Diocese announces changes to the annulment process

Pilgrimage to Ireland

Synod on the family tackles issues facing modern families

Diocese of Syracuse and district attorneys sign memorandum of understanding



Bishop Cunningham: ‘Spotlight’ movie is ‘an important story to be told’

Bishop Cunningham responds to removal petition

Utica marks Veterans Day with ‘Flags for Heroes and Families’

Nothing can justify terrorist attacks, pope says

Syracuse diocesan schools earn Middle States accreditation



The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: Mercy encountered, mercy extended

Alumni couple makes $6.5 million gift to Le Moyne


In memoriam

Jan. 14: Sister James Therese Downey, OSF, dedicated educator remembered

Jan. 24: Funeral Mass celebrates life of Syracuse ‘hospitaller’ Ann O’Connor

Feb. 26: Father Theodore Hesburgh, higher education leader, diplomat, dies at 97

March 5: Cardinal Edward M. Egan, retired archbishop of New York, dies at 82

July 26: Jerry Berrigan, longtime Catholic advocate for peace, dies at 95

Dec. 1: Father Linus DeSantis, OFM Conv.,  beloved friend, mentor, colleague and confidante 

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