2013 News

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DPC addresses key topics for parishes

On Nov. 2, the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) held its final plenary session of the calendar year at Bishop Grimes Prep in East Syracuse. The DPC is composed of representatives – who may be laypeople, priests or religious – from each parish in the diocese and representatives from diocesan offices…


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Medical mission helps Haiti

The village of Chauffard, Haiti is just 15 miles outside of the country’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, but medical personnel and volunteers from the village’s “twin” parish, the Church of St. Michael-St. Peter in Syracuse, expect their fourth medical mission trip to the remote village Nov. 13 to 19 to…




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‘A cherub with fur’

                                        Rescued pup brings unconditional love to residents of Utica nursing home There is no one more excited to go to work each day at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Utica…


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Annulment questions and answers

Ten people gathered around the conference room at Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center in Syracuse Oct. 22, searching for answers on annulments. Facilitated by Father Charles Vavonese, a former member of the Tribunal court and director of the Formation for Ministry program and director of Public Policy…


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On fire for the Lord

Catholic students attend Mass for Life Father Joe O’Connor grinned as he began his homily at the Mass for Life at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Oct. 24. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, Father O’Connor and several other priests from the diocese celebrated the Mass, sponsored by the Office of…


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Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference

More than 800 women filled the Oncenter in Syracuse Oct. 26 for the fourth annual Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference. The day of prayer, speakers and fellowship is organized to give Catholic women an opportunity to “recharge in their faith,” said Nina Walters, one of the organizers.    The day began…


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‘An everlasting example for all the world’

Anniversary of St. Marianne Cope’s canonization celebrated in diocese On Oct. 21, 2012, Mother Marianne Cope, a Franciscan nun who lived and ministered in the Diocese of Syracuse and on the islands of Hawaii, was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI before a crowd of some 80,000 people in…