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Syracuse Bishop Retires; Priest of Ogdensburg Diocese Named Successor

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, N.Y., is pictured in this May 14, 2009, photo. (Photo: Catholic News Service/Diocese of Syracuse)

WASHINGTON (Catholic News Service) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Cunningham of Syracuse, New York, and has named as his successor Father Douglas J. Lucia, a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, who is a pastor and diocesan director of vocations and seminarians.

Bishop Cunningham has headed the Syracuse Diocese since 2009. He is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. He turns 76 June 18.

Bishop-designate Lucia, 56, is a native of Plattsburgh, New York. He was ordained to the priesthood May 20, 1989.

The changes were announced June 4 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States.