My Place in the Sun


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Protection of Children & Young People

Recent publicity in the secular press concerning abuse situations that have taken place in the past, often in places far-removed from the Diocese of Syracuse, has prompted confusion and hurt on the part of many people. With this publicity in mind, I would like to report on our efforts in…


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Health Care Reform

Today’s column is the homily that Bishop Cunningham preached on Easter Sunday at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. It is a personal joy for me to wish you, for the first time as your Bishop, the peace of Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that you…


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The Chrism Mass homily

Let me begin by telling you how pleased I am to be with you this evening for the annual Chrism Mass, my first as your Bishop. It was a year ago today, March 30th, shortly after 11 a.m. that I received a call from the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Sambi, telling…


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The faith of St. Joseph

On Saturday, Feb. 27, a spirit-filled gathering was held at the OnCenter for approximately 1,000 men interested in deepening their relationship with the Lord. IGNITE 2010 was a memorable day. I share with you today my homily on St. Joseph — since March is his month in a special way….


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Catholic Relief Services

The devastating earthquake in Haiti called our attention once more to the outstanding work of Catholic Relief Services — a work made possible in no small measure by the tremendous generosity of the Catholic faithful in the United States. Each year you respond most generously to this important work usually…


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February 14 Homily

The following is the homily delivered by Bishop Cunningham at the closing Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse, NY on February 14, 2010. A careful reading of the New Testament shows us that there are two instances in the life of our Lord when He cried.  One was over the…


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Lent 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: The lengthening of days and the progression of the seasons brings us once more to the Holy Season of Lent, which this year begins on Feb. 17th. Our observance of Ash Wednesday commences the solemn period of 40 days during which we prepare…


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Marriage in 2010

In mid-January, the New York Times published the obituary of a prominent Dominican theologian, the Rev. Edward Schillebeeckx, who died in the Netherlands on Dec. 23. When I was a seminary student and in later years a student at the Catholic University of America, Father Scheillebeeckx’s book, Marriage: Human Reality…


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Life’s lessons

There are some lessons, learned from family, friends and school that we carry with us throughout the course of our lives. Defining moments that are integral to our country are among them. I do not remember what grade I was in when I learned about Dec. 7, 1941, a day…