Message from Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

| February 13, 2017

Dear Friends,

Pope Francis often speaks of the importance of education, and still remembers his first grade teacher. “She was why I loved school,” he said. During his visit to the U.S. one year ago, the Holy Father visited a Catholic elementary school in Harlem, New York, telling those gathered that “When we all come together to educate our children, we will be one step closer to creating a world of good.” I would be remiss if I did not bring attention to the incredible commitment to extending mercy that I have witnessed in our schools. In addition to the hundreds of hours of service logged by our students, each of our 22 schools has again committed to a diocesan-wide Day of Service during the annual Catholic Schools Week celebration. This is just another example of how Catholic education not only benefits our students, but the greater community, as they “create a world of good.”

Some of the most enjoyable times as your Bishop are when I am invited to spend time in our schools. Our faith-centered school communities continue to promote academic excellence, strong moral conscience, and a deep devotion to our Catholic faith.

Here in our diocese, the continued support and dedication of our pastors and school communities is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic education. Be assured of my continued prayers throughout the school year.

Cordially yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse

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