About the Diocese » Diocesan Profile
According to Canon Law, a diocese is a portion of the people of God which is entrusted for pastoral care to a bishop with the cooperation of the presbyterate so that, adhering to its pastor and gathered by him in the Holy Spirit through the gospel and the Eucharist, it constitutes a particular church in which the one,holy,catholic and apostolic Church of Christ is present and operative. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse includes 285,000 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is served by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.
The diocese has 131 parishes, 9 missions and 3 devotional chapels. 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 24 Catholic schools 5 of which are diocesan Junior / Senior high schools. The diocese has 264 offices (including schools) and employs approximately 3,000 people.
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The Bishop's Office is located at
240 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202