Articles by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham

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Mass of the Holy Spirit at Le Moyne College

   On Wednesday, Sept. 3, I celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Le Moyne College. I was pleased to continue the long tradition at Le Moyne of beginning a new academic year invoking the support and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The homily I preached on that occasion…


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Random Thoughts

This week, rather than a addressing a single topic, I decided to mention briefly three topics: graduation, the remembrance of those who have served in our military and our Blessed Mother.    Last week I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass for the graduates at Le Moyne College. It was a joyous…


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Religious Liberty

As I begin to write this article we are in the concluding days of the Fortnight for Freedom observed June 21 to July 4, 2014. The theme for this year’s observance was drawn from Pope Francis and acknowledged that our faith impels us to serve, that there is a bond…


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Religious Jubilee

On Wednesday, May 28th, I celebrated Mass at the annual Religious Jubilee at Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville. The Religious Jubilee celebration is always a joyous occasion for me. It gives me an opportunity to express my gratitude to them for their witness to the Gospel and their service to God’s…


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Corpus Christi

Sunday morning, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, I celebrated Mass at Corpus Christi Parish in South Onondaga. Later in the day I celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica commemorating the canonization of St. John Paul II. Both events were joyous occasions for me. The most sacred Body and Blood…


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Come Holy Spirit!

As I write this article, it is Pentecost afternoon and I have just returned from the last of 33 scheduled Confirmation ceremonies that I have celebrated this spring. The Holy Spirit is very much on my mind this Pentecost afternoon. I recalled the familiar invocation, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the…


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Ordination Homily

   On Saturday, June 7, I conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders on Jason Hage at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The following is the homily I preached on that occasion. Please join me in praying for Father Hage that he may be a faithful priest, teacher and shepherd…


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Permanent Diaconate Ordination

Saturday, May 10 was a joyous day for our diocese. I ordained nine men to the permanent diaconate at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The following is the homily I preached on that occasion. Please join me in praying for our permanent deacons. May they faithfully minister to the…


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Mary’s month

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.The son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen as he aid, alleluia. The month of May is often associated with our Blessed Mother. For many of us May is Mary’s month. For me and many others, I suspect that the connection between the month of…


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Easter message

Dear Friends in Christ, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1Pt 1:3).   On Easter we make the words of the Letter…