My Place in the Sun

Instruments of Peace

Christmas trees are down and stored away until next year or waiting curbside to be picked up. Holiday decorations are packed away. Little remains visible of Christmas 2016. Stores have moved on from Christmas bargains and are prepared for the next holiday. Walking into a store the other day, I…


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Extraordinary Synod on the Family

This past February, Pope Francis wrote a letter to families in which he noted his desire to “come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being…


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Catechetical Sunday

Every year on the third Sunday in September, parishes across the United States celebrate Catechetical Sunday. This year, the celebration falls on September 21 and will focus on the theme “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.”    Two thoughts came to my mind as I considered Catechetical Sunday: the mercy…


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A new school year begins

A new school year is upon us! On September 2, I celebrated Mass at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt for Catholic school administrators, faculty and staff to mark the beginning of the new school year. Our Catholic schools have the indispensable mission to form the minds and hearts of children…


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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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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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Pastoral visits, planning, prayers

South Onondaga, New Berlin, North Bay, Sylvan Beach, Waterville, Hamilton… What do they have in common? Well, for me, they are places I have visited during the past few weeks. Although the annual fall and spring Confirmation schedules provide the opportunity to visit many of the parishes throughout our diocese,…


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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Last Thursday I was in Washington for a committee meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. When the meeting finished early, I took advantage of the time and walked over to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, America’s great tribute to the Blessed Mother,…


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The Power of Words

   On July 12, the permanent deacons of the diocese and their wives met for a summer workshop at Le Moyne College. Much of the day centered on the deacon’s role as Minister of the Word. The homily which I preached on that occasion, based on the Scripture readings for…


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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…