Bishop Robert J. Cunningham delivers his homily during a Mass to mark World Refugee Day June 20. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham has asked every parish to celebrate a Mass on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15 and 16, 2018) with the intention of the Church asking for forgiveness and for the healing of victims of abuse.

“As Bishop of Syracuse, I personally will be praying and fasting and invite others to join me as a community of faith. As suggested by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, we Catholics pray and fast ‘to open our eyes and our hearts to other people’s sufferings and to overcome the thirst from power and possessions that are so often roots of evil. May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by children, young people and disabled,’” said Bishop Cunningham.

Additional statements from Bishop Cunningham following the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse are available here. To locate a parish in the seven-county Diocese of Syracuse, visit

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