A Message From the Bishop

| February 4, 2014

Bishop with GroupDear Friends,

This year, the Church of the Diocese of Syracuse has committed itself to the New Evangelization. Simply put, the New Evangelization calls us to announce the Gospel with enthusiasm and ardor in the circumstances of our day using the most effective methods to us. We are called to take up anew the mission which has been part of the Church’s identity. As I have stated on many occasions, this requires us to know, live and share our Catholic faith.

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, I released a Pastoral letter entitled Faith: A Gift Received a Treasure to be Shared. In my letter, I offer three considerations which can support our efforts: Sunday Mass, Handing on the Faith and Vocations.

In my letter, I state: “As communities of faith our schools provide the sacred place where students encounter the living God in Jesus Christ and through the light of the Gospel and the guidance of committed teachers, engage in the dialogue that integrates faith and life. Our schools fulfill a primary role in the Church’s mission of evangelization. They need the support of our entire ecclesial community. Not only parents who support our schools through tuition, or parishes and regions which maintain a school through generous financial support, but parishes without schools and indeed all the faithful need to support our schools. This support can be given in various ways: prayer for their continued vitality; financial donations and contributions: gifts of time and talent. Past generations built our Catholic schools. Our generation, no less in need of them, must make them available and accessible for parents who chose them for their children.”

Please know of my gratitude for all that you have done to support our Catholic Schools. I count on your continued support on behalf of the mission of our Catholic Schools. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families.

Sincerely yours,
Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

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