Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

Communicating our message

It is a well known fact that we have entered the age of instant communication. Most people want to be “connected” to learn instantly what is taking place not only in their own backyard but also in the four corners of the world. Pope Benedict XVI has given a new...
Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

The Diaconate

Saturday, May 15 will be an important day for the Diocese of Syracuse, as I ordain eight men to the permanent diaconate. These men have completed a seven-year formation program, including two years in the commissioned lay ministry program. Together with their wives,...
Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

What is a bishop?

The past week has been an especially joyful one for me as I welcomed two new neighbors.  On Monday, April 26, I traveled to Scranton for the ordination and installation of the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera as the new bishop of that diocese. The Diocese of Scranton is...
Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

Health Care Reform

Today’s column is the homily that Bishop Cunningham preached on Easter Sunday at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. It is a personal joy for me to wish you, for the first time as your Bishop, the peace of Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that...
The Chrism Mass homily

The Chrism Mass homily

Let me begin by telling you how pleased I am to be with you this evening for the annual Chrism Mass, my first as your Bishop. It was a year ago today, March 30th, shortly after 11 a.m. that I received a call from the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Sambi, telling me of my...
Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

Catholic Relief Services

The devastating earthquake in Haiti called our attention once more to the outstanding work of Catholic Relief Services — a work made possible in no small measure by the tremendous generosity of the Catholic faithful in the United States. Each year you respond most...
Homily from the ordination of our permanent deacons

The faith of St. Joseph

On Saturday, Feb. 27, a spirit-filled gathering was held at the OnCenter for approximately 1,000 men interested in deepening their relationship with the Lord. IGNITE 2010 was a memorable day. I share with you today my homily on St. Joseph — since March is his month in...

February 14 Homily

The following is the homily delivered by Bishop Cunningham at the closing Mass at Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse, NY on February 14, 2010. A careful reading of the New Testament shows us that there are two instances in the life of our Lord when He cried.  One was over...

Lent 2010

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: The lengthening of days and the progression of the seasons brings us once more to the Holy Season of Lent, which this year begins on Feb. 17th. Our observance of Ash Wednesday commences the solemn period of 40 days during which...

Marriage in 2010

In mid-January, the New York Times published the obituary of a prominent Dominican theologian, the Rev. Edward Schillebeeckx, who died in the Netherlands on Dec. 23. When I was a seminary student and in later years a student at the Catholic University of America,...

Life’s lessons

There are some lessons, learned from family, friends and school that we carry with us throughout the course of our lives. Defining moments that are integral to our country are among them. I do not remember what grade I was in when I learned about Dec. 7, 1941, a day...

The Blessing of Mother Marianne

One of the many gifts of being a bishop of a diocese is to learn about its history and about those who paved the way before us. Undoubtedly, there is a lengthy list of individuals in our own diocese that used their God-given gifts to serve those most in need. Some,...

Reflections on the Christmas Season

Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, D.D. The Christmas season is all too quickly drawing to a close.  Christmas trees have been discarded at the curb.  Fewer lights are decorating homes.  Gifts given and exchanges made are not as common as they were just a few days...

Bishop’s Christmas Message

      BISHOP CUNNINGHAM’S 2009 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE Dear Friends in Christ, This Christmas season gives me the treasured opportunity of extending heartfelt good wishes to the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Syracuse. I pray that this...

Advent 2009

I am writing this article as darkness envelops the evening of the day which enterprising entrepreneurs call Cyber-Monday.  Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone; Black Friday is behind us once more; the onslaught of shopping has begun in earnest. I had the...

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