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Supporting seminarians

Message from the Director of Seminarian Formation by Father Thomas Servatius Sometimes I get a funny look when I tell people that I work in the Vocation Office in the Diocese. With the funny look comes the response, “But I thought Father Joe O’Connor did that.” And it is true,…

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Message from the Family Life Education Office

Pope John Paul II tells us: “The prayer of families is their joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, birth and birthday celebrations, wedding anniversaries of the parents, departures, separations and homecomings, important and far-reaching decisions, the death of those that are near” (Familiaris Consortio, #59). The Pope’s words describe so…


Message from Deacon Tom Harley

On Feb. 23, 1941 Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (OLGC) was dedicated by Bishop Walter A. Foery. Originally a mission of St Ambrose, the church’s first census indicates that 243 families (about 925 members) lived in the parish’s geographic area. From the beginning, OLGC was a parish that had…


Message from the Vicar for Parishes

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” [Acts 1:8] “Why are you standing looking up at the sky?” [Acts 1:11] The Church, the people of God, has…


Message from the Office of Social Action Ministry

Matthew 25:31- 46 clearly expresses what is asked of a follower of Christ. In my Catholic formation the Ten Commandments were the most common guidelines for confession and the basics for a good life. However, Christ did not preach the 10 Commandments; he preached love of God and neighbor. Matthew…


Message from the Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Would it surprise you to see over 500,000 youth excited to hike several miles to sleep outside, in the middle of winter, just to attend Mass on Sunday? That is exactly what happened at the last World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney,  Australia with teens from our diocese in 2008….


Message from the Public Policy Office

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus very powerfully conveys his vision for life in what has come to be known as the Beatitudes in a very powerful and inspiring way.  When reflecting on the Beatitudes, one also may notice that the use of language that Jesus has chosen to…


Message from the director of the Respect Life Office

This year’s theme for the annual Respect Life Program from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is “the measure of love is to love without measure.” This theme embodies Respect Life Ministry and comes directly from the best of all examples of love — Jesus Christ.  It is through…


Message from the director of the Diocesan Office of Vocation Promotion

The Vocations Office in the Diocese of Syracuse is staffed by two priests who work together with the Seminarian Review Board to assist Bishop Robert Cunningham in cultivating religious vocations in the diocese.  Father Tom Servatius, who is also the pastor of St. Augustine’s Parish in Baldwinsville, serves as Director…