My Place in the Sun

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Liturgical changes

In 1969, as a newly ordained priest, I had the opportunity of helping parishioners as they made adjustments to the celebration of Mass in the English language.  Until that time, Latin was the language of liturgical prayer in the Roman Rite.  Missals, with an English translation, helped us to know…


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Homily from the Mass for Religious Jubilarians

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, especially our much loved and esteemed Jubilarians: What a joy it is for me to be here this afternoon to celebrate the Eucharist with you! By your religious consecration, each of you responded in love to Jesus’ invitation to come and follow Him. Many…


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Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

Dear brother priests and deacons, Dear brothers soon to be ordained to the sacred ministry, Dear wives of these chosen eight, dear families, Dear friends all in Jesus Christ: This morning, the Church of Syracuse gathers in joy-filled and grateful prayer as these chosen men — your husbands, your fathers,…


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Communicating our message

It is a well known fact that we have entered the age of instant communication. Most people want to be “connected” to learn instantly what is taking place not only in their own backyard but also in the four corners of the world. Pope Benedict XVI has given a new…


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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…