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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….


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…


Message from Disabilities Awareness Ministry

For my house shall be a house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:6 This We Believe! If there are barriers to attitude, communication or architecture for anyone, the foundation of the House of God is weakened for all. Every person is created by God, each is loved by God,…


Message from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools

As we embark on a new academic year here in the 24 schools of the Diocese of Syracuse I am proud to share with our readers that Catholic education, while filled with great challenges, remains for our Church the single most effective tool for passing on the important traditions of…


Message from a good shepherd

by Father John Manno Recently, I was visiting a parish in our diocese and I noticed that many people were cleaning the church and the sanctuary. I approached one of the people and asked if it was time for spring cleaning. The response I received was, “No, we do this…


Message from the Office of Faith Formation

By Sister Katie Eiffe, CSJ As Jesus spoke to his disciples at the Last Supper, he promised to send the Paraclete — the Holy Spirit — to them. Even as they dreaded the reality of his leaving them, he reassured them with the promise of the Spirit. “Because I have had…


Message from the Office of Ministerial Formation & Liturgy

When you were growing up, who were your heroes? Growing up in the sixties and seventies, we seemed to have many. As young men we wanted to be like John Glenn and JFK. Like them, we wanted to make our mark on the world. The airwaves were filled with stories…