Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

Diocese of Syracuse
Dioecesis Syracusensis
Country United States
Territory 5,479 square miles (14,190 km2) in Central New York (Counties of Onondaga, Oneida, Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oswego, New York)
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of New York
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
289,000 (24.1%)
Parishes 129
Schools 22
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established November 26, 1886
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immacculate Conception
Secular priests 223
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham
Metropolitan Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
Vicar General Timothy S. Elmer
Emeritus Bishops James Michael Moynihan, Thomas Joseph Costello

The Diocese of Syracuse is a Catholic diocese headquartered in Syracuse, New York, United States. The current bishop is the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse includes 237,546 Catholics residing in seven counties of Central and South Central New York State. The seven counties are Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego.

The diocese has 128 parishes, 8 missions and 7 Oratories. There are 3 Catholic Hospitals in our diocese who assist 650,000 people. Seven Special Centers for Social Services assisting over 100,000 people also exist. The Diocese oversees 42 residential facilities who care for the disabled. There are 22 Catholic schools 4 of which are diocesan Junior/Senior high schools. The diocese has 264 offices (including schools) and employs approximately 3,000 people.

For additional information about the diocesan profile, please visit the Office of Pastoral Planning webpage.

The Bishop's Office is located at 240 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 - Phone: (315) 422-7203, Fax: (315) 478-4619

The current chancellor of the Diocese of Syracuse is Danielle E. Cummings, who also serves as the director of communications.


The list of ordinaries of the diocese and their years of service:

  1. The Most Rev. Patrick Anthony Ludden (1886-1912)[1]
  2. The Most Rev. John Grimes (1912-1922)
  3. The Most Rev. Daniel Joseph Curley (1923-1932)
  4. The Most Rev. John A. Duffy (1933-1937)
  5. The Most Rev. Walter Andrew Foery (1937-1970)
  6. The Most Rev. David Frederick Cunningham (1970-1975)
  7. The Most Rev. Francis James Harrison (1977-1987)
  8. The Most Rev. Joseph Thomas O'Keefe (1987-1995)
  9. The Most Rev. James Michael Moynihan (1995-2009)
  10. The Most Rev. Robert Joseph Cunningham (2009–present)[2]

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Syracuse

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception opens its doors to all for worship and prayer as a spiritual home away from home. Through these doors, the Cathedral ministers to the needs of the community by providing food for the hungry, comfort to the sick and elderly, hope to those in jail and elementary education for the young. Together with other local parishes, the Cathedral provides a regional center for strengthening the community of faith. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy ( 8 Dec 2015-20 Nov 2016) a Holy Door was designated at the diocesan Mother Church.

Cathedral restoration project

The Catholic Sun

The official newspaper of the Diocese of Syracuse; founded 1892; published 44 times a year; subscription price $25. Recipient of numerous local, state and national media awards.

Catholic schools

The Catholic School Office is proud of the work of its 22 diocesan and parish schools. The office serves as an administrative and educational resource for all of our schools. All policies are developed within the confines of the mission of the Diocesan School Office, which establishes the parameters, policies and regulations that govern the entire school system in conjunction with authority of the lay boards. The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Syracuse carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, bearing witness while proclaiming the Gospel message. Together with families and parishes, our schools provide an education rooted in the Gospel that is “living, conscious, and active” including values and ideals that are in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. We empower our students to live their faith with compassion, integrity and respect for all life and the diversity of our world. Our schools are faith-centered communities focused on promoting academic excellence while developing a strong moral conscience and embracing Catholic principles to enable students to meet lifelong challenges and demands in our rapidly changing world.

High schools

Elementary schools

See also


Coordinates: 43°02′45.7″N 76°08′58.7″W / 43.046028°N 76.149639°W / 43.046028; -76.149639

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