Most Reverend Douglas J. Lucia, Bishop of Syracuse, has announced his first set of pastoral appointments in a letter written to all clergy of the diocese. In the letter, he wrote:

“ Sunday, September 8th, will be my one-month anniversary of Installation as your diocesan bishop. Even in this short time, I find myself acclimating to my new diocese and I am most grateful for your warm welcome and solicitude. This past weekend, I was back in my home parish in the Diocese of Ogdensburg to give thanks for God’s many blessings with family, friends, and neighbors, and the Diocese of Syracuse was certainly part of that prayer. Yet, the gathering was also a reminder to me of the importance of the nurture that both comes from and sustains our parish communities.

“Parish ministry, in my mind, is the most important thing we do in a diocese and all other aspects of diocesan life is meant to support our parishes. That being said, we need also to be respectful of the resources we have and to use them wisely and well. These days it is a balancing act between caring for the Church’s ministers and staffing parishes. I am so grateful to our hardworking and dedicated priests, deacons, and lay ministers who strive to assist me in caring for God’s flock.”

Effective October 1, 2019, Joseph M. O’Connor will be the Director of Seminarians, while remaining Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Baldwinsville.

Fr. Joe is currently the Director of Vocation Promotion, a position that will be assumed by Fr. Jason Hage.

Please pray for Fr. Joe in this new and exciting role, for vocations to the priesthood, and for all diocesan clergy. A complete list of pastoral appointments is available in The Catholic Sun.