2013 News

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Different paths, shared goal: Service to God and others

By Claudia MathisSun staff writer Sister Caryn Crook, OSF, and Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF, are hidden jewels among the diocese’s religious sisters. Although they entered religious life at very different stages of their lives, they both have one thing in common: they are extremely gratified by and thankful for…


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Guest voice: The Catholic bishops and immigration

Editor’s note: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designated Jan. 6-12 National Migration Week. This year’s theme, “We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues,” commemorates the 10th anniversary of “the historic joint pastoral letter of the United States and Mexico bishops conferences, ‘Strangers No Longer: Together…


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Called to serve

Local seminarian grateful to others as he prepares for June ordination   By Pat SheaSun associate editor How do you know when God calls you to a vocation? For Syracuse seminarian and transitional deacon Christopher Seibt, 27, the call came early.    “Parents of a priest who had just entered…


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Holy homecoming

   It was a proud and blessed morning at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church on Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill Dec. 30 as Bishop Borys Gudziak returned to his home parish to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. It was the first time Bishop Gudziak had celebrated Mass in the church since…


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Jail Ministry spreads Christmas cheer at Justice Center

By Katherine LongSun editor    As it has for many years, Christmas arrived a little early at the Justice Center in Syracuse this season.    On Dec. 20, a group of more than 30 volunteers paid a Christmas visit to inmates at the facility, singing carols, delivering gifts and sharing…


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2012 year in Review

2012 was a memorable year for the Diocese of Syracuse and the Universal Church. Here, a look back at some highlights from the past year. January    Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals on Jan. 6, including Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York.    St. Elizabeth Medical Center in…