Vatican City, Jun 4, 2019 / 05:10 am
Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Fr. Douglas Lucia, a canon lawyer, as Bishop of Syracuse.
Lucia, 56, has served as judicial vicar of the tribunal of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, which is located in the north-eastern part of New York state, since 2017.
Bishop-elect Lucia will take over as head of Syracuse from Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, whose resignation was accepted Tuesday by Pope Francis after he turned 75 – the ordinary age of retirement – last June.
In May, Cunningham celebrated his 10th anniversary as Bishop of Syracuse and 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.