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Diocese, partners break ground for Cortland housing

By Tom Maguire Associate editor While excavation equipment hummed in the background, Marie Walsh bubbled over the groundbreaking for an apartment complex in Cortland.    “Wow, this is a big day for us, a very big day for us,” Walsh, executive director of Catholic Charities of Cortland County, said on…



New Catholic chaplain at Syracuse University named

Submitted by the Office of Communications SYRACUSE — The Conventual Franciscans of Our Lady of the Angels Province and the Diocese of Syracuse are pleased to announce the appointment of Father Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv., as Catholic chaplain at Syracuse University. His ministry will support and embrace the students of…



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Pope writes most tender answers to kids’ hardest questions

By Michelle Francl-Donnay  Catholic News Service “Dear Pope Francis” by Pope Francis. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2016). 76 pp., $11.55. The car was always the place for the hard conversations when my sons were young. The questions would come from the back seat when I least expected it. I can still…


Father Daniel Berrigan remembered

By Renée K. Gadoua Contributing writer Father Daniel Berrigan, the anti-war Jesuit priest who grew up in Syracuse, is being remembered as a poet and prophet who challenged the Catholic Church and the country to follow the Gospel’s call for peace and justice. The last of the activist Berrigan Brothers,…


2016 Priest Jubilees

Compiled by Katherine Long Editor Each year, the Diocese of Syracuse honors its clergy who are celebrating milestone anniversaries. Here, the Sun offers a brief look at the jubilarians and their years of dedicated priestly service.



Our Lady of Good Counsel celebrates 75 years

By Deacon Tom Picciano Contributing writer ENDICOTT — “This was all field out here,” said Norma Bidwell.   Bidwell, a charter member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, doesn’t recall much about the church being built 75 years ago, but she remembers winning a statue there as the building first…


Holy Week across the diocese

Palm Sunday        Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord began Holy Week March 20. The Church celebrated Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem with a procession of palms, as seen at right at Holy Trinity Church in Utica, and the reading of the Passion narrative. Chrism Mass   …