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Using Our Legs, Lungs & Hearts to Follow Christ’s Way

Rise Up Be Strong Information

The Annual Youth Bike Tour sponsored by St. Stephen – St. Patrick Church does far more than just bring together youth and adults on bicycles for 5 days of touring the roads and trails of various parts of our diocese, it involves like-minded Catholic Christian adults and young people on a theme-inspired adventure that focuses on living in Jesus’ light, knowing His truth and following His way.

This year’s venue will be the Southern Tier around the Owego area. As in the past, youth 14 years or older can participate. Complete information is now being distributed by email, Facebook, the Diocesan Events Calendar and more.

Dates:  Tuesday Evening, August 4 – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Contact David Wells, YBT Coordinator at severin1@roadrunner.com for more information.

I have called you friends…

Five men… a single calling: to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”.  And so we welcome these five men who have answered that call — “welcome, brothers!”


“I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”

Robert Burke, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse
Dare Dutter, Holy Cross, DeWitt
Paul Lehmann, St. Mary, Hamilton
David Losito, St. Margaret, Mattydale
Mark Shiner, Newman Center at Colgate Univ, Hamilton

Welcome brothers!

Eight men… a single calling:  to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”. And so we welcome these eight who have answered that call–“welcome, brothers!”

The emotions ran deep as each was ordained to the order of Permanent Deacon.  Outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, family, friends and dozens of well-wishers gathered to congratulate our new deacons. These men and their wives completed a rigorous 6 years of preparation and formation.

Today, they entered their ministries with full hearts and a commitment to service that was clear to the hundreds who participated in the Ordination Mass. They join over sixty deacons whose outreach encompass ministries in health care, for the elderly, schools, community programs for those in need and prisons.  They are preaching the Gospel news in word and deed each day in communities throughout the Diocese of Syracuse.