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The Diaconate

Saturday, May 15 will be an important day for the Diocese of Syracuse, as I ordain eight men to the permanent diaconate. These men have completed a seven-year formation program, including two years in the commissioned lay ministry program. Together with their wives, they have participated in classes, seminars and…


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Diaconate Ordination for James Schultz

At the present time, the Diocese of Syracuse has thirteen young men enrolled in seminaries. They attend St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Blessed John XXIII in Weston, Massachusetts. Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit…


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Diaconate Ordination for James Schultz

At the present time, the Diocese of Syracuse has thirteen young men enrolled in seminaries. They attend St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Blessed John XXIII in Weston, Massachusetts. Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit…


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What is a bishop?

The past week has been an especially joyful one for me as I welcomed two new neighbors.  On Monday, April 26, I traveled to Scranton for the ordination and installation of the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera as the new bishop of that diocese. The Diocese of Scranton is our…



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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…