Pope Francis appoints new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse – CNYcentral.com

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse - CNYcentral.com

Pope Francis appoints new bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

Bishop-elect Douglas John Lucia, 56, of the Diocese of Ogdensburg will become the 11th bishop of Syracuse, succeeding Bishop Robert J. Cunningham who has served the diocese since May 26, 2009.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, the diocese announced early today.

Bishop-elect Douglas John Lucia, 56, of the Diocese of Ogdensburg will become the 11th bishop of Syracuse, succeeding Bishop Robert J. Cunningham who has served the diocese since May 26, 2009.

Bishop-elect Lucia will be ordained and installed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse at a date soon to be determined, according to the Syracuse diocese.

As bishop of Syracuse, Lucia will lead more than 220,000 Catholics who reside in seven counties of the diocese covering 5,479 square miles.

Lucia was born in Plattsburgh and grew up in Altona in Clinton County. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg in 1985 and a Masters in Divinity from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora in 1989.

In 1990, he was sent to the Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall in Ontario, Canada for two years of service where he was parochial vicar at St. Columbans Church in Cornwall.

Upon returning to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, he became the parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist Church in Plattsburgh for three years. He was then assigned as a parochial vicar at St. Marys Cathedral in Ogdensburg. He became the associate secretary of the Matrimonial Tribunal in 1996.

Lucia was assigned to study canon law at the Pontifical University at St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome from 1997 to 1999.

During the summer of 1998, he served as a parochial vicar of Holy Family Church in Watertown and worked part time for the Diocesan Tribunal Office.

Upon the completion of his studies in June 1999, Bishop-elect Lucia was named adjutant judicial vicar and vice chancellor. He also served as administrator at St. Raphaels in Heuvelton and as a part-time chaplain at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility.

In 2000, he was appointed secretary to the bishop and in 2003 was named diocesan director of vocations.

From September 2003 to March 2004, the bishop-elect served as administrator of St. Marys Church in Canton.

In September 2004, Cunningham, then Bishop of Ogdensburg appointed him as chancellor and episcopal vicar for Diocesan Services. In 2005, he was given additional responsibilities as diocesan director of seminarians.

In June 2006, while retaining his diocesan responsibilities, Lucia was appointed pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Morristown and St. Peters Church in Hammond with its mission of St. Patricks Church in Rossie. He was also appointed diocesan director of the Office of Worship.

In August 2008, Lucia was appointed pastor of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Marys in Canton where he served until June 2017. During this time period, he served as the episcopal vicar for worship as well as the adjutant judicial vicar.

In 2017, Bishop-elect Lucia was appointed pastor of St. Marys Church in Waddington and St. John the Baptist Church in Madrid and the judicial vicar of the diocese. He continued in his role of diocesan vocation director and director of seminarians.

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