My Place in the Sun

My place in the sun

My Place in the Sun, September 6: Back to school

   Tempus fugit – time flies! A new school year is upon us! On August 30, Catholic school administrators, faculty, and staff gathered for Mass at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt to mark the beginning of the school year. This annual gathering gives me the opportunity to address the indispensable…






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My Place in the Sun, June 28: Rejoice and Be Glad: Part II

This week’s article completes the consideration of the Beatitudes that I began last week. In his apostolic exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad, Pope Francis refers to the Beatitudes as our “identity card.” They give us a portrait of Jesus that we are called to reflect in our daily lives. We…


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My Place in the Sun, June 21: Rejoice and Be Glad

Let me begin with a heartfelt thank you to all who sent birthday greetings personally or through the Catholic Sun. I am most appreciative for your kind words and thoughtful sentiments. A 75th birthday is a landmark for all of us. For a bishop, however, it marks the beginning of…


My Place in the Sun, June 14: A Pleasant Sunday

   On Sunday, June 10, I celebrated Mass at Holy Family Parish in Syracuse and enjoyed the parish picnic following Mass. The occasion gave me the opportunity to recall the Year of the Family and the family’s mission to spread the Gospel. When our families are faith-filled so too is…


My Place in the Sun, June 7: A special day!

On Saturday, June 2, I conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders on Matthew Rawson at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The following is the prepared text of the homily I preached on that occasion. Please join me in praying for Father Rawson that he may be a faithful priest,…


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My Place in the Sun, May 31: Called to Holiness

Gaudete Et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”) is the name of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation. “The Lord . . . wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. . . . My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in…