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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,…


Colleagues, family, friends reflect on bishop

Interviews collected by Katherine Long and Tom Maguire During the April 4, 1995, press conference announcing his appointment as bishop of Syracuse, then-Msgr. James M. Moynihan recalled the letter he penned to Pope John Paul II, accepting the appointment: “I told him what a splendid diocese I knew [Syracuse] was,”…



Bishop Moynihan remembered as ‘an inspiration’ at vigil

By Katherine Long, Editor Most Rev. James M. Moynihan was remembered as an inspiration, a friend, and an example during a vigil service celebrated for him at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 9. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, diocesan clergy, religious, family members, friends, and faithful gathered for the evening…


Bishop Moynihan’s body received at Cathedral

By Katherine Long, Editor Clear, poignant notes played by a single bagpiper greeted the body of Most Rev. James M. Moynihan as he arrived at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 9. Msgr. Timothy Elmer, vicar general of the diocese, played “The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home,” a slow march, as…


Ludden girls win sectional hoop title

Lady Gaelic Knights top Lady Cobras; will face Seton By Tom Maguire Associate editor    Extraordinary athletes still count on special blessings.    Before the girls Section III Class B championship basketball game March 5 at Onondaga Community College, the Bishop Ludden players waited and waited in a window-lined hallway for the…


Rite of Election

The Rite of Election was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 5, bringing together 48 catechumens — along with their sponsors, godparents, families, pastors, and RCIA team leaders — from across the diocese.    Catechumens are preparing for baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Church. The rite…