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Message from the Respect Life Office

January is a busy month in the Respect Life Office! The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops designates Jan. 22 each year as a day of penance and prayer. The bishops state, “In all dioceses of the United States of America, Jan. 22 (or Jan. 23 when Jan. 22 falls on…


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Message from the Superintendent of Schools

“A good teacher is like a candle, consuming itself so as to light the way for others.” Author unknown As I reflect on the gift of Catholic education during this celebration of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 5th), I am immediately brought back to my own memories of Catholic school. …


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Message from the Vicar for Religious

The Diocese of Syracuse has always been blessed by the presence of dedicated religious, laity and priests who contribute to bringing to life the healing presence of Jesus and who reflect God’s great love for us. Recognizing with gratitude their unique gifts and diverse focus of ministry, the diocese has…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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….


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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…