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In memoriam: Msgr. Francis Culkin

Msgr. Francis Culkin entered into his eternal rest on March 23, 2016. He was 101 years old. A priest of the diocese for more than 70 years, Msgr. Culkin was a graduate of St. Mary’s School and Fulton High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fordham University. He studied…





Chrism Mass celebrated

Joined by priests and faithful from across the diocese, Bishop Cunningham celebrated the Chrism Mass March 22. During the Mass, the oil of the sick and the oil of catechumens were blessed and the sacred Chrism was consecrated. Also at this special Mass, priests in the diocese renewed their priestly…


Annual IGNITE Conference fires up faith

By Katherine Long and Nicole Ossevoort Sun staff Hailing from every corner of the diocese and beyond, more than 800 men gathered at Syracuse’s SRC Arena March 19 for the 8th annual IGNITE Catholic Men’s Conference. The theme of this year’s event, fitting for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, was…



Kerry says Islamic State is committing genocide against minorities

By Barb Fraze, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004.