Bishop Moynihan dies at 84

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Bishop James Moynihan, the ninth bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, has died at the age of 84.

Bishop Moynihan, a Rochester native, served in Syracuse from 1995 to 2009.

Bishop Robert Cunningham succeeded Moynihan.

He noted: 

“Today, we all join in mourning the death of Most Rev. James M. Moynihan who served as the 9th bishop of Syracuse from 1995-2009. In the 84th year of his life and the 60th year of his priesthood, the Lord has called Bishop Moynihan to Himself. We thank him for a lifetime of service to the Church and in a very special way for his service to the Diocese of Syracuse. We pray now that the evening has come, the fever of his life is over, his work is done and that God will give him a safe lodging, holy rest and peace forever.”

Bishop Moynihan served during some of the church's most turbulent years.

In 2003, the church was confronted with the priest sex abuse crisis.

In October, 2003, he publicly apologized for the harm caused to victims of sexual abuse and asked any individual who had been harmed to report their abuse.

Bishop Moynihan also traveled to the Vatican for the Beatification of Blessed Marianne Cope - who was later canonized as Saint Marianne Cope, the diocese's first saint.

Viewing, Vigil, Funeral and Burial:
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
259 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, New York 13202

Thursday, March 9
Reception of the Body: 3 p.m.
Viewing continues to 7 p.m.
Vigil for Bishop Moynihan: 7 p.m.

Friday, March 10
Viewing 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m.
Celebrant: His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan
Burial follows in the Cathedral Crypt

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