My Place in the Sun

My place in the sun

My Place in the Sun, June 8: Priesthood Ordination

   Saturday, June 3, was a joyous day for our diocese. I ordained Matthew Lyons to the priesthood at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt. Please join me in praying for Father Lyons that he may be a faithful servant, tending God’s people with love and mercy. We pray also for…


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My Place in the Sun, June 1: Moving On

In a few days, we will turn a page on the calendar. I find myself thinking, “Where does the time go?” It really does not seem possible that June is just a few days away or, by the time you read this article, already here.    As we move through…


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My Place in the Sun, May 25: Diaconate Ordination

Saturday, May 20, was a joyous and blessed day for me and for our Diocese. I ordained Rev. Mr. Matthew Rawson to the order of deacon at St. James Church in Syracuse. The homily I preached on that occasion is printed below. Please join me in prayer for Matthew as he…


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My Place in the Sun, May 18: A Treasured Gift

On Friday, May 5, I celebrated a Farewell Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Binghamton remembering the compassionate care the Daughters of Charity have provided at Lourdes Hospital. In its 92-year history, 365 Daughters have served at Lourdes. They truly have been a treasured gift to Lourdes and the…




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My Place in the Sun, April 27: HOPE Appeal

As I prepare to write this week’s article, we are nearing the end of the Easter Octave. For eight days, we have heard the beautiful Gospel accounts of the risen Jesus’ encounters with His companions. We have heard how their fear, sadness, confusion, disbelief, and despair were transformed when they…


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My Place in the Sun, April 20: Easter Vigil Homily

On Saturday, April 15, I celebrated the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This night is the most blessed of all nights “when Christ broke the prison bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld” (Exsultet). The homily I preached on that occasion is printed below….


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My Place in the Sun, April 13: An Easter message

An Easter message from Bishop Robert J. Cunningham Dear Friends in Christ, “Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness” (The Exsultet). This joyous Easter Proclamation…


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My Place in the Sun, April 6: Forgiveness and Peace

The Prodigal Son is one of the most familiar Gospel parables. The younger of two sons collects his inheritance from his father and leaves home to make his way in the world. Perhaps the popular adage about “the grass being greener” beyond the confines of the familiar prompted his desire…