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Banner day for Bishop Moynihan: meeting Pope Pius XII

   Editor’s note: Retired Syracuse Bishop James M. Moynihan died March 6, 2017. Here is a reminiscence shared by his seminary classmate Father Tim Gollob. He approached throne with classmate, and then … Submitted by Father Tim Gollob Msgr. Joseph A. Ranieri of the Archdiocese of Washington was a classmate of Bishop…


‘He had a big, big life’

Franciscan Father Simeon recalled as holy and kind By Tom Maguire Associate editor Back in his youth, the late Father Simeon (Daniel) Rukstalis, OFM Conv., could deliver a hit and take one, but only with the best intentions.    Down in Pennsylvania, the big football game was always on Thanksgiving Day: James…


Syracuse company crafts candles used around the world

By Katherine Long, Editor   The church is dark and the congregation watches, keeping vigil, awaiting the resurrection of the Lord. Then, a single flame illuminates the darkness: the paschal candle, “the symbol of the light of Christ, rising in glory, scattering the darkness of our hearts and minds” (United…


New policies for pastors’ term limits, retirements 

By Katherine Long Editor Two new policies have been established for priests in the diocese, limiting assignments as pastors to six years and requiring priests 80 and older to retire from the office of pastor or administrator.     Bishop Robert J. Cunningham accepted the policies after consultation with the College…


Liverpool parish raises thousands for well in Haiti

It’s a response to Pope’s encyclical, Pastor O’Brien says By Tom Maguire Associate editor W hen the water is foul the devastation is severe.    “Every day, unsafe water results in many deaths and the spread of water-related diseases, including those caused by microorganisms and chemical substances,” Pope Francis said two years…


Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel celebrates 25th anniversary

Submitted by Tom Loughlin Jr.    “For the last 25 years, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we’ve never left Jesus alone for an hour!” — Elizabeth “Betty” Frank, OFS    Utica’s St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church, home of the Syracuse Diocese Eastern Region Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel,…


A tale of two evangelists

Brady Faith Center exec and buddy recall epiphany at Cornell By Tom Maguire Associate editor God took a look at the bone-cracking world of lacrosse and decided to do some mending.    At Cornell University in the mid-1980s, lacrosse player Kevin Frank’s prayer was answered, with a slight delay, through…



Vatican welcomes three new refugee families from Syria

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first three refugee families from Syria welcomed by the Vatican left their temporary homes to start their new lives in Italy, and three new families took their places in Vatican apartments. The papal Almoner’s Office, which helps coordinate…


DPC discusses vocation discernment, new priest personnel policies

By Katherine Long Editor The Diocesan Pastoral Council met at Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in East Syracuse March 11, discussing a vocation discernment ministry, new priest personnel policies, parish sustainability, fundraising for the restoration of the Cathedral, and more. This week’s issue will focus on the presentations on vocation…