Divine Mercy Church was dedicated in Central Square.

  Former major leaguer John Johnstone was named the new baseball coach at Bishop Ludden High School.

  The annual Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference was held in Syracuse. The theme was Mercy Is Love in Action.

  The annual Mass for Life was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

  The six Catholic Charities agencies within the Diocese of Syracuse are doing extraordinary work, the national leader of Catholic Charities, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., said during a visit to Syracuse.

  Bishop Robert J. Cunningham joined a prayerful, peaceful vigil outside Planned Parenthood in Syracuse as part of the 40 Days for Life United Tour.

  More than two dozen people from around the diocese were commissioned as lay ministers by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

  Nuns’ roles rise above philanthropy, said a visiting speaker, Dr. Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, in a speech at Syracuse University.

  At two talks at St. James Church in Cazenovia, movie actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan advised students to lead prayerful lives and to always give thanks for their blessings.

  Local Jesuits reflected on the election of the order’s new superior general, Father Arturo Sosa Abascal.

  Project Joseph, a property-maintenance arm of Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, fixed more than 2,000 monuments at St. Agnes Cemetery in Syracuse.


  The diocese kicked off its Bible-literacy campaign with noted Catholic speaker Jeff Cavins.

  Bishop Ludden High School boys varsity soccer coach Oscar Vergara was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America New York State Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year for the third time. In December, he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America East Region Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year, covering New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

  Bishop Robert J. Cunningham closed the Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, marking the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

  Timothy J. Mahar, of Baldwinsville, was hired as the first Executive Director of the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

  St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale held a basketball tournament and debuted its newly refurbished gym floor.


  105 volunteers who offer help at more than 80 parishes receive Immaculata Awards at a service led by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.

  Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Vestal celebrated its 75th anniversary.

  The Pioneer Companies donated the former Cayuga Community College and Center for Instruction Technology and Innovation site in Fulton to Catholic Charities of Oswego County.

  A joint initiative of four upstate diocesan Catholic Charities agencies that will coordinate services for high-needs children launched with a rollout in 37 counties.

  Joseph G. Slavik, CEO and president of Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, retired. His 42-year career with Catholic Charities included seven years in Syracuse; he also worked in Binghamton.

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