Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

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Diocese of Syracuse
Dioecesis Syracusensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.svg
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
Diocese of Syracuse in New York map 1.png

The Diocese of Syracuse is a Catholic diocese headquartered in Syracuse, New York, USA. The current bishop is the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham. The diocese includes 350,000 Catholics residing in seven counties of Central and South Central New York State. These are Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego.

The diocese has 142 parishes, 11 missions and 3 devotional chapels. There are three Catholic hospitals in the diocese. There are 5 diocesan junior and senior high schools and 23 diocesan elementary schools. The diocese has 264 offices (including schools) and employs 3,000 people.



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]

High schools[edit]

* Operated independently with the blessing and spiritual support of the Diocese

See also[edit]

Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.svg
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
The diocesan arms consists of a blue field with a gold (yellow) Latin cross. Entwined about the lower arm of the cross is a silver (white) dolphin. To the upper left (chief dexter) is a silver (white) crescent.
The blue field with a gold (yellow) Latin cross, is of The Faith throughout sunburst. Dolphin which was the emblem on the coin of the chief Greek city, Syracuse, of ancient Sicily. Crescent is to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary in her title of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the United States.


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