2014 News

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Guest voice: Common Core – A Catholic Perspective

For many decades, the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Syracuse have maintained a tradition of academic excellence, preparing and challenging students to be life-long learners, rooted in the Catholic faith and who bear witness to the Gospel values and ideals. Catholic identity and outstanding educational programs are hallmarks of…



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St. Margaret’s School welcomes new principal

Amanda Hopkins is one smart lady — but when you’re the principal of an active Catholic school, smarts as well as positivity, energy and enthusiasm are all essential qualities for the job. Hopkins has them all in abundance.    Recently appointed principal at St. Margaret’s Catholic School in Mattydale, Hopkins,…


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Catholic School Education: A lasting family tradition

Nancy Metcalf enjoys hearing about her grandchildren’s daily activities at Trinity Catholic School in Oswego. She loves that they are creating memories, but it’s the older memories surrounding the school, when it was known as St. Paul’s, that brings Metcalf back to a time when she was Nancy Covell and…


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Saint Marianne Cope’s remains to return to Hawaii

St. Marianne Cope’s remains, currently enshrined in the St. Anthony Convent Chapel on Court Street in Syracuse, will be moving to Honolulu’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities announced Dec. 19.   St. Marianne was a Franciscan nun who lived in and…



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2013: The year in review

  2013 was a monumental year for the Universal Church and the Diocese of Syracuse. For the first time in more than 600 years a pope resigned and a Jesuit cardinal was chosen to succeed him as pontiff. Within the Diocese of Syracuse, older churches celebrated milestone anniversaries and new…


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New Our Lady of Sorrows Church dedicated

VESTAL — After more than a dozen years of prayer, planning and hard work, the parish community of Our Lady of Sorrows Church gathered to celebrate the first Mass in its new church Dec. 22.    Some 800 people attended the dedication Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham along…



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A Christmas miracle: Community rallies to replace stolen gifts

 Felicia Salley called the Dec. 21 Christmas pancake breakfast and gift giveaway at Syracuse’s Assumption Church a blessing.    She and her children — Robert, 9; La’Lazia, 5; and Talivo, 2 — were one of nearly 200 families that attended the annual event, organized by Franciscan Northside Ministries with members…