Articles by Pat Shea

Diocese of Syracuse and District Attorneys sign Memorandum of Understanding

District Attorneys from Onondaga, Broome, Chenango, Cortland,Madison, Oneida and Oswego Counties joined Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of the Diocese of Syracuse at the signing of a  “Memorandum of Understanding” press conference Oct. 28 at the George Harvey Justice Building in Binghamton. The memorandum, which was created in a joint effort between the…



Changes in the annulment process

On Sept. 8, Pope Francis announced changes in the annulment procedure for Catholics that would not only streamline the process, but also reduce the cost to obtain an annulment. What does that mean for couples seeking annulments in the Diocese of Syracuse?


Father William Esposito, ‘A man among men’

Every pew at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero was filled on Mon. Sept. 21, 2015, as family, friends and clergy gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Father William C. Esposito, 82, who passed away on Sept. 16, 2015. Father Esposito is survived by his uncles, Joseph (Mitzi) and…


Father Evans remembered as ‘a kind, gentle man’

Family, friends, clergy and religious gathered at All Saints Church in Syracuse Aug. 27 for the funeral Mass of Father Wilfred Evans, 79, who passed away on Aug. 23 after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Msgr. Timothy S. Elmer, vicar general of the Diocese of Syracuse, concelebrated the Mass with…


Ideas to help students ‘keep the faith’ at college

By Pat Shea Associate editor College students need a wide variety of supplies when heading off to campus to start a new school year, especially if it’s freshman year. Along with notebooks, backpacks, pillows, comforters, pictures of the family, (and, of course, food), bibles, crosses, faith-inspired t-shirts, key chains and…



Pope Francis to see ‘Homeless Jesus’ during U.S. visit

By Chaz Muth, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — When Pope Francis approaches the Catholic Charities building in downtown Washington during his U.S. visit in September, he will encounter a “homeless person” covered in a blanket laying on a park bench.