Robert Joseph Cunningham
Robert Joseph Cunningham
|Bishop of Syracuse|
Bishop Robert Cunningham celebrates Mass on Parents Weekend at the Alibrandi Catholic Center, Newman Center for Syracuse University
|Installed||May 26, 2009|
|Predecessor||James Michael Moynihan|
|Other posts||Bishop of Ogdensburg (2004—2009)|
|Ordination||May 24, 1969
by Bernard Joseph McLaughlin
|Consecration||March 9, 2004
by Edward Egan
June 18, 1943 |
Buffalo, New York
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Coat of arms|
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Robert Joseph Cunningham (born June 18, 1943) is the tenth and current bishop of Syracuse.
Early life and education
Robert Cunningham was born in Buffalo, New York to Cecil and Grace Cunningham; he has a brother, Patrick, and a sister, Eileen. He attended St. John the Baptist Parish School and the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary before entering St. John Vianney Seminary (currently Christ the King Seminary) in East Aurora, from where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees.
Ordination and ministry
Cunningham was ordained to the priesthood by bishop Bernard McLaughlin on May 24, 1969, in St. Joseph Cathedral, and then served as associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Kenmore. In 1972, he was named assistant pastor at his home parish of St. John the Baptist, also in Kenmore.
He became private secretary to bishop Edward Head and assistant chancellor of Buffalo in 1974. Cunningham, after earning his licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America in 1978, was made a judge of the marriage tribunal and vice-chancellor of the diocese. He was raised to the rank of Monsignor in 1984, and then full chancellor (1985) and vicar general (1986) of Buffalo. Niagara University awarded him an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1991.
In January 2002, Cunningham was named pastor of St. Louis Church in Buffalo. He was administrator of the diocesan College of Consultors from 2003 to 2004, as well as sitting on the boards of Christ the King Seminary, Catholic Charities, Baker Victory Services, the Cantalician Center, and the former Wadhams Hall Seminary College. A charter member of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation Board, he was given the Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award by the Foundation Board in 2004.
Bishop of Ogdensburg
On March 9, 2004, Cunningham was appointed the thirteenth bishop of Ogdensburg by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following May 18 from Cardinal Edward Egan, with archbishop Henry J. Mansell and bishop Gerald Michael Barbarito serving as co-consecrators, at St. Mary's Cathedral.
Bishop of Syracuse
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|Consecrated by:||Edward Egan|
|Catholic Church titles|
James Michael Moynihan
|Bishop of Syracuse
Gerald Michael Barbarito
|Bishop of Ogdensburg
Terry R. LaValley