By Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse. He will now succeed Bishop Robert Cunningham, who announced on his 75th birthday that he would retire.SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) —Douglas Lucia was appointed by Pope Francis as the 11th bishop of the
In a press conference held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse, Bishop-elect Lucia said he was not expecting the news at all.
“Today I stand before all of you in shock over the occasion that gathers us together,” Lucia said.
Lucia expressed his plans of taking things “one step at a time,” but that he wants to make sure the church is a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone in the Syracuse community.
“Hopefully people will find in the church a home and that’s what I want to build,” he said. “I know that we are not going to agree on everything, but just because we don’t agree on it doesn’t mean we’re part of the same family.”
However, he is aware that this is not an easy task considering how clergy abuse scandals have been at the forefront of the Catholic Church in recent years. Lucia mentioned that he knew a priest that was dismissed because of these type of allegations and he does not want this to happen in Syracuse. He emphasized that he wants people to know they can come to him and to his church both in times of happiness and times of need.
Lucia was ordained as a priest in 1989 and served at the Diocese of Ogdensburg. His ordination into the Syracuse Diocese will happen at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at a date still undetermined.