Respect Life Month 2022: Called to serve Moms in need

Respect Life Month 2022: Called to serve Moms in need

 Part of the Respect Life team, from left: program coordinator Jennifer Brown, director Lisa Hall and program coordinator Kristin Dievendorf. By Dc. Tom Cuskey, Editor 2022 will go down in history as the year that Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the renewal of a...
Basking in the light of HOPE

Basking in the light of HOPE

HOPE Appeal 2022 campaign  is underway By Dc. Tom Cuskey | Editor “You are the light of the world. Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14,16). These words of Jesus captured in Matthew’s...
‘If we can do this, our  churches will change’

‘If we can do this, our churches will change’

Catechetical leaders learn more about their ministry at workshop  on Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The next step after conversion is discipleship, a form of action, says Bishop Douglas J. Lucia. He says: “Discipleship is...
Open to God’s Call

Open to God’s Call

Bishop Lucia hosts annual vocations picnic By Eileen Jevis | Staff Writer Some of those present at the Bishop’s annual vocations picnic were looking for a purpose in life. Some were contemplating answering God’s call. Some were eager while others were hesitant....
‘We know the need is great’

‘We know the need is great’

With no priestly ordinations this year, Holy Hour for Vocations trusts in the Lord By Tom Maguire | Associate editor   One is three years from his goal; the other has been at it for almost 70 years. Seminarian Joseph Ryan and Sister Colette Walter were among the...
Meet our Jubilarians!

Meet our Jubilarians!

Editor’s note: Over the next few weeks we will be publishing brief profiles on each of the participating jubilarians. Sister Katie Eiffe, the diocesan Vicar for Religious, shares that “it was inspiring to read their reflections on their religious life!” She adds that...
Mother’s Day; four sides to a story of motherhood

Mother’s Day; four sides to a story of motherhood

By Dc. Tom Cuskey | Editor Mom. The dictionary should provide synonyms for this three-letter title that include, in alpha order: advisor, advocate, caregiver, cleaner, confidant, cook, defender, disciplinarian, fan, friend, guardian, guide, lover, negotiator, nurse,...
Catechesis: Leading others to live  the truth in love

Catechesis: Leading others to live the truth in love

By Andrea Slaven  | Contributing writer Editor’s note: Andrea Slaven, M.Ed.; M.A. Instructional Technology, is the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Syracuse. This is the first of a four-article series focusing on the Office of Catechesis and the different...
Father Keeffe’s legacy: all for the refugees

Father Keeffe’s legacy: all for the refugees

Family to move into late priest’s home; couple donates $50,000 for repairs By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The house with “good bones” now fills out with a refugee family. Father Anthony Keeffe, who died last year, bequeathed his family home to All Saints Parish to...
Easter 2022 — The Resurrection of the Lord

Easter 2022 — The Resurrection of the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Risen Lord, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad!” These words of the Psalm response for Easter Day invite you and me to rejoice in the great treasure that is the Easter event in our lives as Christians, but...
‘We’re super psyched about this’

‘We’re super psyched about this’

Catholic Charities to use three-acre parcel for $12.85M project to help homeless By Tom Maguire | Associate editor A former commercial building in Syracuse will take on a steadfastly welcoming air. “We’ve never turned anybody away at Catholic Charities and as long as...
‘A home away from home’

‘A home away from home’

Sarah’s Guest House offers a respite during crises By Eileen Jevis | Staff writer It happens in an instant. Your life is turned upside down by a crisis or illness that changes your priorities and you call on God for strength and help. You wonder where you’ll find the...
Utica Ukrainian Catholics battle  Putin with pierogies

Utica Ukrainian Catholics battle Putin with pierogies

By Tom Loughlin, Jr. For the Irish in Utica and elsewhere, the pipes and the drums of this year’s celebration of the patron saint of Ireland have faded into silence, but in hearts and minds of the Ukrainians in Utica and worldwide, other drums, the drums of war, are...
Bishop leads hour of prayer for Ukraine

Bishop leads hour of prayer for Ukraine

By Eileen Jevis | Staff writer On Sunday, Feb. 27, close to 200 people gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse to participate in a holy hour for peace. Parishioners throughout the Catholic diocese joined thousands of other people of all...
Fun in the Sun! Here come the ’toons!

Fun in the Sun! Here come the ’toons!

Inspired by God’s grace, artist-deacon will publish his comical drawings in newspaper By Tom Maguire | Associate editor Cartoonist Deacon Dan Reynolds has punned on his own name (“Reynolds Unwrapped”), so why can’t he have some fun with Bible notables. Asked what they...
Hand in hand, they journey toward their special Mass

Hand in hand, they journey toward their special Mass

Couples to mark World Marriage Day at Mass with bishop By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The stone deer in their yard symbolizes the permanence of the couple’s marriage. Jane and Ted Plis, of Syracuse, will mark their 69th wedding anniversary on April 25. Unlike the...
Catholic schools: so good they give ‘goose bumps’

Catholic schools: so good they give ‘goose bumps’

Catholic Schools Week approaches with news about $500,000 grant By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The tot lullabied the adult. Recently at St. John the Evangelist School in Binghamton, a girl in the TK (transitional kindergarten) class named  Stella came up and asked...
Celebrating a saint’s feast and contributions

Celebrating a saint’s feast and contributions

St. Marianne Cope saved more lives than we know “Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse.” —Maya Angelou; American author, poet and civil-rights activist By...

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