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Role of governments in laws concerning marriage

QI am 70 years old, with 12 years of Catholic education and much self-education after that. One thing about Catholic practice confuses and infuriates me, however. Why and when did the church let government get control of the sacrament of matrimony?


Ave on the Air

New Catholic radio station launches in Southern TierBy Jennika BainesSUN Assoc. Editor The first radio station in the U.S. owned and operated by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate has taken to the airwaves in the Syracuse Diocese. The station, called Holy Virgin Mary Radio, can be found at 91.9…

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Syracuse prayer service addresses Gulf oil catastrophe

By Connie BerrySun editor   Media reports now say up to 2.5 million gallons of oil a day are still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico since the British Petroleum oil rig disaster on April 20. A chocolate colored goo is washing up on the shores of Florida’s panhandle beaches….



Changes bring new life, opportunities to ministry for people with disabilities By Jennika BainesSun Assoc. Editor It wasn’t Sally Johnston’s family that kept her from attending Mass when she was little. It wasn’t a lack of faith, a falling out with the priest or even a lazy longing for a…


Going global with the Gospel

Delivering the message of God’s love near or far is everyone’s mission By Jennika BainesSUN Assoc. Editor “The Church is either missionary or she is not faithful to the Gospel.” — Pope John Paul II to the National Directors of the Propagation of the Faith, May 1986 The office of…

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Secular Franciscans honor agencies serving the poor and marginalized

The Secular Franciscan Order’s St. Joseph Fraternity celebrated 150 years in Utica on Sunday, June 6, and marked the occasion by honoring two agencies that serve the poor and marginalized – Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen and the Rescue Mission of Utica. Fraternity Minister Katie Koscinski, SFO, presented the organizations…


Deacon Chris to Father Ballard

Deacon Chris reflects on his path to the priesthood By Jennika BainesSUN Assoc. Editor It was a hot day and Chris Ballard, who admits he was a little on the scrawny side, was walking home from school carrying his bookbag and his saxophone case. Because the walk was long and…


Brick by brick

Programs founded by priests help men rebuild their lives by Connie BerrySUN editor Philadelphia may be the city of brotherly love but Syracuse has a growing reputation as the city for recovery. There is a steady stream of people who arrive from places like New Jersey or New York City…


A driving force

Sister Pat Geary’s legacy remains strong at St. Augustine’s By Connie BerrySUN editor St. Augustine’s Church in Baldwinsville is a better place because of one woman religious and her determination to serve the least of her brothers and sisters. Sister Pat Geary, CSJ, died in 1998 after serving 46 years…