My Place in the Sun

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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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Religious Jubilee

On Wednesday, May 28th, I celebrated Mass at the annual Religious Jubilee at Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville. The Religious Jubilee celebration is always a joyous occasion for me. It gives me an opportunity to express my gratitude to them for their witness to the Gospel and their service to God’s…


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Ordination Homily

   On Saturday, June 7, I conferred the sacrament of Holy Orders on Jason Hage at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The following is the homily I preached on that occasion. Please join me in praying for Father Hage that he may be a faithful priest, teacher and shepherd…


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Come Holy Spirit!

As I write this article, it is Pentecost afternoon and I have just returned from the last of 33 scheduled Confirmation ceremonies that I have celebrated this spring. The Holy Spirit is very much on my mind this Pentecost afternoon. I recalled the familiar invocation, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the…


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Corpus Christi

Sunday morning, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, I celebrated Mass at Corpus Christi Parish in South Onondaga. Later in the day I celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica commemorating the canonization of St. John Paul II. Both events were joyous occasions for me. The most sacred Body and Blood…


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Religious Liberty

As I begin to write this article we are in the concluding days of the Fortnight for Freedom observed June 21 to July 4, 2014. The theme for this year’s observance was drawn from Pope Francis and acknowledged that our faith impels us to serve, that there is a bond…


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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…