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So good and so Saintly

Seton girls blast Bronx team, win state tournament By Ryan Hayner Contributing writer    GLENS FALLS — History was made and records fell March 26 in the Federation Tournament of Champions Class B girls basketball title game. Seton Catholic Central High School sank a single-game tournament record 16 3-pointers and capped a…


Sculpture unveiled at Westside Kitchen

Artwork in Utica based on Gospel of Matthew Submitted by Mary Stronach, OFS “Unbelievable!”   That’s how Doris Goff described the sculpture dedicated to the people of Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church in Utica.    It was unveiled at the soup kitchen’s ninth anniversary celebration March 12, perched…


Crowd encouraged to be courageous men of action

IGNITE conference offers stories of God’s providence By Tom Maguire Associate editor Receiving a punt in front of 80,000 people is pressure. Talking about it in front of 820 men requires a certain poise as well.    Chris Horn, who played for three NFL teams, held to the day’s theme of “It’s…


Project Children film screened at Le Moyne

Submitted by Tom Loughlin Jr.    A screening of the film “How to Defuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story” was held March 19 at Le Moyne College.    According to the college, the film “tells the story of Irish immigrant Denis Mulcahy, who gathered a group of family, friends,…


A Saintly Steamroller

Hanna Strawn MVP as Seton takes state title By Tom Maguire Associate editor When the bus carrying the Seton Catholic Central High School girls basketball team hit the Binghamton city line, the police showed up. Never fear for the Saints: The officers offered a glorious escort back to the school for…


Icon of Mary revered at Holy Trinity in Utica

Pastor Mikalajunas  commissioned woodcarving By Tom Maguire Associate editor Appearing out of legend, revered as a dowry gift, and protected by an ancient order of priests and brothers, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa is an icon that resides at a majestic monastery in central Poland.    Three popes — St. John…


Cathedral restoration enters second phase

By John Barsanti Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer    and Katherine Long Editor The first phase of the project to restore the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is complete and the second phase is beginning, diocesan officials report.    More than 100 years of weather and use took…


‘A special and sacred place’

Catholic Charities project brightens lives in Cortland By Tom Maguire Associate editor On ribbon-cutting day, members of the Riverview Apartments “army” that forged the supportive housing project spoke of comfort, safety, affordability, and sacred places.    If a sense of welcome completes the sacredness, then Kevin Knapp is already entrenched. Knapp, 58,…


Rite of Recognition and Call to Continuing Conversion celebrated

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham celebrated the Rite of Recognition and the Call to Continuing Conversion at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 12. The rite recognizes individuals, called candidates, who will complete their Christian initiation at the Easter Vigil with the reception of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. 


Saints top Lady Gaelic Knights and head to states

Seton’s Lexi Levy scores 29 points in regional win By Tom Maguire Associate editor Bishop Ludden had a big “motor,” but Seton Catholic owned the Run-and-Gun Highway.    The two high school girls basketball teams battled in classic Catholic-vs.-Catholic style March 11: loud crowd, flashy “gym rat” moves, long passes, full-court drives,…