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Obituary Sister Ellen Michael Schafer, OSF

  Sister Ellen Michael Schafer returned to God on April 5, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, N.Y.       Magdalene Mary Schafer was the second daughter born to Henry and Nora (Schenete) Schafer of Boonville, N.Y.       Sister Ellen’s home parish was St. Joseph’s in Boonville. She attended Blessed…


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Strawberry festival scheduled for June 11 in Hannibal

   The Our Lady of the Rosary Annual Strawberry Festival will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at 923 Cayuga St. in Hannibal.    Food and game booths will open at 11 a.m. A chicken barbecue is set for 11:30 a.m., and takeouts will be available, along with strawberries and…


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Bishop to ordain two friars as priests May 27 at Assumption

   With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Franciscan Friars Conventual announced that Friar Nicholas Carmelo Spano and Friar Nader Nabil Ata will be ordained as priests on Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse.    The friars will be ordained…


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Rev. Mr. Matthew Lyons to be ordained June 3 at Holy Cross

     Rev. Mr. Matthew Lyons, of Endicott, will become the newest priest in the Diocese of Syracuse when he is ordained at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt on Saturday, June 3.     Lyons is the son of Nancy and Thomas Lyons and graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in 2006. …


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Notre Dame HS NJROTC unit honored by Navy

     UTICA — For the first time in its 44-year history, the Notre Dame Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit has been named as a “Distinguished Unit with Honors” by the Navy for NJROTC Area Four.    Only 11 of the 59 units in the area earned…


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St. Ann Parish in Manlius to host free concert May 19

     The Daniel Difference Ministry and New Horizons at St. Ann Parish in Manlius will host a free concert titled “Common Home—Common Mission” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 19.      The concert will feature Ceili Rain and the New Horizons Orchestra and will celebrate Pope Francis’ charge to “care…


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Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison to present luncheon 

   UTICA — Catholic Charities of Oneida/Madison County, Platinum Presenting Sponsor Joe Tahan’s Furniture, and Gold Sponsor Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield will host the 2nd Annual Starfish Awards Luncheon May 17 to honor those in the community who are making a positive difference in the lives of others.    This year’s honorees…


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St. Mary’s Academy hires director of enrollment

   St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville announced that Tara Nolan has joined the staff as director of enrollment. Tara has been a member of St. Mary’s Parish since 2008 when her children began attending St. Mary’s Academy.     Tara holds a bachelor of science degree from the University at Albany…


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In memoriam: Father Robert S. Stephenson

   Father Robert S. Stephenson entered into his eternal rest on May 4. He was 69 years old.    Ordained for the Diocese of Syracuse in 1978, Father Stephenson ministered in parishes throughout the diocese, including St. Andrew’s Church in Binghamton, Holy Family in Fulton, St. Paul’s in Oswego, St….


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In memoriam: Father Alfred E. Nortz

Father Alfred E. Nortz entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday, April 25.  He was 88 years old.      Father Nortz celebrated 60 years as a priest in 2015, having been ordained for the diocese on February 2, 1955. Over the next 50 years, he served as associate pastor of…