My Place in the Sun

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The Blessing of Mother Marianne

One of the many gifts of being a bishop of a diocese is to learn about its history and about those who paved the way before us. Undoubtedly, there is a lengthy list of individuals in our own diocese that used their God-given gifts to serve those most in need….


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Reflections on the Christmas Season

Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, D.D. The Christmas season is all too quickly drawing to a close.  Christmas trees have been discarded at the curb.  Fewer lights are decorating homes.  Gifts given and exchanges made are not as common as they were just a few days ago.  Weeks of preparation…


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Bishop’s Christmas Message

BISHOP CUNNINGHAM’S 2009 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Dear Friends in Christ, This Christmas season gives me the treasured opportunity of extending heartfelt good wishes to the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Syracuse. I pray that this Christmas season, our first together, will bring to each of your hearts and…


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The Bishops’ meeting

The annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was held in Baltimore, the first diocese in the United States, from November 16th through the 18th. In the days since the conference, a number of people have asked me about the meeting. Their questions included, what is…


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Advent 2009

I am writing this article as darkness envelops the evening of the day which enterprising entrepreneurs call Cyber-Monday.  Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone; Black Friday is behind us once more; the onslaught of shopping has begun in earnest. I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with…


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Thanksgiving 2009

Thanksgiving 2009 draws near and with it our annual need to pause, to reflect and to thank God for His many gifts — and the signs of His goodness to us. As a youngster in grammar school, I was taught that we were blessed to live in this land of…


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Health Care Reform

The possibility of picking up a newspaper or watching the evening news without an article appearing or mention being made of health care reform is minimal.  A variety of bills and amendments are working their way through both Houses of Congress in the hopes that comprehensive health care reform will…


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Vocations

At St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora, the seminary which I attended in preparation for my ordination to the priesthood, there was a large, bright, multicolored mosaic depicting our Lord casting a net and calling Peter, Andrew and John to be fishers of men. This larger-than-life mosaic was strategically…


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Faith and the college student

This past Sunday morning I was privileged to celebrate Mass in the St. Thomas More Chapel at the Albriandi Catholic Center at Syracuse University.  It was parents’ weekend and the congregation was packed not only with our college students but with the supportive presence of family members.  As I celebrated…


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Faith Formation Sunday

Last week, I wrote about the Catholic schools in our diocese and the excellent educational programs, infused by Gospel values and the teachings of our Catholic faith, which they provide for the students who attend them. Many more Catholic  children and young people, however, are enrolled in the public schools…