Articles by Claudia Mathis


Father Arthur Krawczenko becomes a U.S. citizen

As a young boy living in Poland, Father Arthur Krawczenko, pastor of Sacred Heart – St. Mary, Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in New York Mills, dreamt of coming to the U.S., a country the Polish people perceived as a land of opportunity. So it was a dream come true…



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Charismatic Renewal movement offers hope and spiritual renewal

“I never thought I would know the Lord like I do today,” commented Teresa Brusa, parishioner at Holy Family in Syracuse and secretary of the board for the diocesan Charismatic Renewal movement. She credits her participation in the Charismatic Renewal movement for the profound revitalization of her faith. Please follow…





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Six individuals honored at Light the Way Dinner

By Claudia Mathis Staff writer On Jan. 25, over 500 people attended the seventh annual Light the Way Dinner at the Oncenter in Syracuse. On that evening, six individuals were honored for their exemplary service to Catholic education.    Samantha VanLieshout, a tireless worker who volunteers at St. Patrick’s School in…


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An extraordinary man

By Claudia Mathis Staff writer Father Philip Keane, S.S., ordained a priest of the Syracuse Diocese in 1967, died Dec. 28 at the age of 71 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Md.    Father Keane was raised in Cazenovia as a parishioner of St. James Church. Even though he resided…


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Different paths, shared goal: Service to God and others

By Claudia MathisSun staff writer Sister Caryn Crook, OSF, and Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF, are hidden jewels among the diocese’s religious sisters. Although they entered religious life at very different stages of their lives, they both have one thing in common: they are extremely gratified by and thankful for…