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Two gems for Franciscans

Bishop ordains Father Nader and Father Nick By Tom Maguire Associate editor At the church’s entrance, a young Franciscan swung a censer, and the smoke flowed toward the nave — toward the Spirit — where hundreds had gathered and a two-hour ritual was about to unfold.    Friar Nader Nabil Ata, OFM…


Called to serve

Matthew Rawson ordained to transitional diaconate By Katherine Long Editor    SYRACUSE — As he lay prostrate in the sanctuary of St. James Church, diocesan seminarian and soon-to-be-deacon Matthew Rawson felt a calmness come over him.    He listened as the congregation sang the Litany of Supplication. “It was absolutely beautiful,”…


May Crownings

Schools and parishes around the diocese held traditional May Crownings this month; here are the celebrations shared with the Sun. Does your community have a crowning to share? Send it to info@thecatholicsun.com.


Astronomer poses question: ‘Did God do it?’

Submitted by Sister Rose Casaleno, CSJ  Father George Coyne, S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory, discussed the interaction of science with religious beliefs April 25 at Binghamton University’s Newman House.    Father Coyne is well known within the field of astronomy. In 1978, Pope John Paul I appointed him director…


Lay leadership highlighted at DPC meeting

Parishes without a resident pastor address council By Tom Maguire Associate editor The conductor’s DVD resounded with expressions like “Jawohl!” and “Bravo!”    Sister Laura Bufano, CSJ, might prefer “Hallelujah!,” but she agrees that encouragement is important in the search for new leaders in parishes without a resident priest.    Sister Laura,…


Diocese to evaluate role of Office of Faith Formation

  The Diocese of Syracuse announced May 16 that it will begin a study of its Faith Formation Office, evaluating faith formation efforts at the parish level and identifying how the diocesan office can assist in improving those efforts. A statement from Chancellor and Director of Communications Danielle Cummings appears…




Father Stephenson ‘enriched our diocese’

He pushed himself to serve despite illness, homilist says By Tracy Kinne Contributing writer F ather Robert B. Stephenson was a devoted Catholic priest who served his parishes with love, a man who formed close friendships that spanned decades, and a hobbyist who enjoyed the everyday pursuits of golfing and fishing.   …


Fatima seers become church’s youngest non-martyred saints

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service    FATIMA, Portugal — Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord….