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New Syracuse Bishop Named

June 4th, 2019, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Pope Francis Names Rev. Douglas Lucia as New Bishop of Syracuse;  Accepts Resignation of Bp. Robert Cunningham

June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Syracuse and has named the Rev. Douglas Lucia to succeed him. Father Lucia is a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, June 4, 2019 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Father Douglas Lucia, 56, was born on March 17, 1963 in Plattsburgh, New York. He attended Wadhamns Hall Seminary College, followed by Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York. He then attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1989 for the Diocese of Ogdensbugh.

Assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar of St. Patrick’s Church in Watertown; parochial vicar of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg; administrator, St. Mary Canton; associate secretary to the tribunal and chaplain at Gouverneur Correctional Facility; secretary to the bishop, vocation director, director of seminarians; pastor of St. John Morristown; St. Peter, Hammond; and St. Patrick in Rossie; He has also served as episcopal vicar for worship and priestly formation. Father Lucia was most recently pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Waddington and St. John the Baptist in Madrid, New York as well as judicial vicar for the diocese.

Bishop Cunningham was ordained a priest in 1969. He was appointed the thirteenth bishop of Ogdensburg by Pope Saint John Paul II and has reached the retirement age for bishops of 75. Bishop Cunningham was appointed the tenth bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse on April 21, 2009.

The Diocese of Syracuse is comprised of 5,479 square miles in the state of New York and has a total population of 1,199,000 of which 231,621 or 19.3 percent, are Catholic.

News From Watertown Daily Times

      Father Douglas Lucia

OGDENSBURG — A long-time north country priest has been appointed to serve as the bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse.

The Rev. Douglas Lucia, former pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton, now serves as director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

[He] will replace Bishop Robert Cunningham who has resigned from the Diocese of Syracuse. The date of his ordination and installation has not been finalized.

In a message sent to north country parishes, Ogdensburg Bishop Terry R. LaValley congratulated [Fr. Lucia.]

“You know that his ministry in a variety of positions in our Diocese has equipped him well to lead the Church of Syracuse,” Bishop LaValley said.

“Certainly, with his departure, he will be greatly missed as his tireless ministry to the North Country will soon come to an end,” he said.

“His friendship and pastoral leadership have touched deeply so many during his thirty years of priestly ministry among us.


One Response to “New Syracuse Bishop Named”

  1. avatar christian says:

    May God bless Rev. Douglas Lucia in his new office and assignment as the bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse.

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