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Glorious and gratis: half a million rosaries

Inspired by dream, Syracuse couple spreads goodwill around globe By Tom Maguire Associate editor The silent angel appeared to the inspired talker with a message that he interpreted thus: Do something.    The result, so far, is about 500,000 rosaries created by Alice and Nelson Kirkpatrick of Syracuse.    “I…


Parker retires after 16 years as head of fundraising

By Katherine Long Editor In his 16 years with the diocese, Christopher “Kit” Parker saw much change — in the world, in the Church, and in himself, too.    “I’m better at living my faith,” he reflected June 2, his last day as diocesan director of the Office of Stewardship and…


Refugee success celebrated in Syracuse

Renée K. Gadoua Contributing writer Emily Prill sat on the bleachers at Syracuse’s Nottingham High School field, watching representatives of several refugee groups perform for a small crowd. Under a blazing sun on Sunday, June 11, six Karen Burmese refugees demonstrated a traditional dance. Earlier, Prill and her friends, members…



‘Showers of Hope’ in Binghamton forecast

By Deacon Tom Picciano Contributing writer    BINGHAMTON — Alongside the Susquehanna River, tucked underneath a bridge, people make their home. St. Patrick’s parishioner Barbara Donnelly has walked down a path to see where they live in cardboard “houses” just a short distance from the city’s downtown.    For the…



Children of Mary Club holds rosary rally in Utica

By Dyann Nashton Contributing writer    UTICA — Plastic rosary beads were clutched in little hands as nearly 60 children from Notre Dame Elementary made their way to five different statues of the Blessed Mother on the grounds of their school and neighboring Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The children,…


Notre Dame announces new executive principal

Submitted by Notre Dame Schools    UTICA — Notre Dame Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald R. Spadafora, Jr., to the position of executive principal, effective July 1, 2017. Spadafora succeeds Sister Anna Mae Collins, CSJ, who retires in June after serving with distinction as teacher and…


‘Scenic route’ leads to Father Nader’s ordination

He had thought of teaching; now he’s preaching By Tom Maguire Associate editor In his sophomore year at The Catholic University of America, Nader Nabil Ata found himself constantly returning to the friars’ website as if it were a favorite movie with a cast of global heroes.    He told a friend…


Father Nick doffs his chef’s cap to mentors

Talented baker recalls his days at Assumption By Tom Maguire Associate editor Not all cakes are layered with love.    Father Nicholas Carmelo Spano, OFM Conv., once thought of being a chef, but he sensed a certain flatness on the campus of a culinary institute that he toured. One woman…