Most Rev. James M. Moynihan, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, died March 6, 2017, at the age of 84. (Archive photo)

Syracuse, New York – The Office of Family/Respect Life, Diocese of Syracuse is once again offering a scholarship in honor of the late Bishop James Moynihan. The Pro-Vita Award is available to any high school senior in the seven county diocese.

Bishop Moynihan was a fearless leader in the pro-life movement. He was dedicated to building a Culture of Life, promoting vocations, and strengthening Catholic schools. Following Bishop Moynihan’s passing in 2017, the Family/Respect Life office created the Pro-Vita Award to honor his legacy.

This year’s scholarship will grant two $1,000 awards and one $500 award to high school seniors graduating in 2019. Funds are awarded based on submissions answering the following:

Why are you Pro-Life and how will you help build a culture of life?

Submissions may be video, essay, dance, song, music, pictures, or art (limited to two minutes or 500 words.) Work must be submitted by e-mail to by October 10, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the Mass for Life with Bishop Cunningham at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on October 18, 2018 at 9:30 am. Contest is open to all Catholic students who reside in and attend private or public schools in the Syracuse Diocese. For more information, contact director Lisa Hall at

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