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Some of the newly accused priests served in Finger Lakes area parishes

Eight Catholic priests in the Diocese of Rochester, several of whom served in Finger Lakes parishes, are being accused of sexually abusing children by a group called Road to Recovery. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston made the allegations in Rochester Wednesday. The Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian did the groundbreaking work in the Boston clergy sexual abuse cases that were... more

‘No human being is illegal’: Immigration panel discussion held at a Sennett church

The Sennett Federated Church held an immigration panel discussion on Sunday with the presence of the New York Immigration Coalition, Workers' Center of Central New York and two immigrants who shared their stories of struggle. Pastor George Huffsmith said he put the event together because he realized there was a lot more to the immigration discussion than he understood, and... more

‘Common humanity’: Young Auburn pastor to speak at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event

The Rev. Patrick David Heery was delivering the closing remarks at the 2017 Citywide Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he saw it. He saw church. Of course, he saw a church. Heery was preaching inside Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he became pastor in 2016 and which hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Day service for... more

Pastor who served after S.C. church shootings to speak

A leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a man who served as interim pastor of the South Carolina congregation where nine members were killed in 2015 by a white supremacist, is the featured speaker at Geneva’s annual Martin Luther King March and Service Monday. The Rev. Norvel Goff Sr., a presiding elder of the 7th District AME Church in... more

Skaneateles church granted $5,000 for stained glass restoration

St. James Episcopal Church, located at 96 E Genesee St., Skaneateles, is one of 17 locations to receive a “Sacred Sites Grant” from The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization. The grants, awarded to historic religious properties in New York state, totaled $279,000. The $5,000 Conservancy Grant awarded to St. James will help fund stained glass restoration. The... more

THE MELISSA KILLELEAGH SHOW: Rev. Leah Ntuala & Rob Harding of The Citizen (podcast)

Rev. Leah Ntuala of First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls and The Citizen’s Online Director Rob Harding are in-studio with Melissa Killeleagh to talk about their career and life paths, people who have inspired them and finding themselves while helping others move through the world. Also, planning for the Women’s March in Seneca Falls on January 20, 2018. . more

Walworth Churches to help Hurricane victims with Hygiene/Emergency kits

We’ve all been glued to our televisions the past weeks and have watched in awe as we saw the destruction of the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. We have seen the impact on people’s lives – the flooding, the homes destroyed and lives permanently changed by the ferocious winds and water. We’ve seen the survivors crowded into shelters, emergency... more

Holy harassment? Church’s presence on downtown Auburn corner a divisive subject

The intersection of Genesee Street and Loop Road can be a busy one, but on Friday evenings, many steer clear of it for another reason. That’s when, for more than 20 years now, the members of Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Elbridge have stood on all four corners of the intersection. Toting signs with Bible passages, they try to strike... more

Hill Cumorah 2017 (photo)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is once again sponsoring the annual Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra New York. Nearly 50 thousand spectators are expected to see the largest Pageant in North America. There are 740 cast members on hand. This year the pageant is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The show begins on July 15th and will... more

Kid-friendly St. Peter’s relishes its past, future

In a year when St. Peter’s Church is reflecting on its past, it also has its eyes firmly fixed on the future. And it’s a bright one, built through its emphasis on youth, family and music. Lots of music. The Episcopal church at the corner of Genesee and Lewis streets is celebrating its 150th year next month. “The church is... more

Women’s group honors Seneca Falls pastor

March is Women’s History Month. Lake to Lake Women Inc., a chapter of New York State Women Inc., a professional women’s business organization, celebrates the month by honoring a woman of distinction. Honored this year is the Rev. Leah Ntuala, the first woman pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls. The Cayuga Street church named Ntuala its pastor... more

Seneca Falls pastor to speak at event celebrating women’s history

Women TIES LLC, a woman-owned business promoting and supporting New York women for two decades, with a newly added “Women’s Equality Division,” is hosting a special Women’s History Month Celebration on International Women’s Day event. From 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at the Maplewood Extended Stay, 7th North St., Women TIES “International Women’s Day and Women’s History... more

TRINITY CLOSURE A POSSIBILITY: City zoning board rejects request for use variance

Trinity Episcopal Church officials said a plan to redevelop the historic building into an inn, events center and restaurant was their only hope for keeping its doors open. That hope was dashed Tuesday night. The city Zoning Board of Appeals rejected Trinity’s application for a use variance following a nearly three-hour public hearing and a series of votes that were... more

Former Waterloo convent to house homeless women

The St. Mary’s convent was built in 1964 to shelter nuns who taught at the former St. Mary’s School. While the Sisters of St. Joseph departed long ago, the building at 23 Center St. will once again serve as a shelter — this time for homeless women. The current occupant of the former convent, the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency, has... more

Ascension Window re-installed at Trinity Church in Seneca Falls

After being out for repair since September, the altar (Ascension) window was being reinstalled on Wednesday at the Trinity Church in Seneca Falls. The plywood on the outside has yet to be removed. The company performing the work, Jerome Durr, is from Syracuse. Photo by Karen Barto. more

Yates County forum to promote understanding of Muslim faith

Two local organizations are sponsoring a forum to counter negativity aimed at the Muslim community due to ISIS and the presidential campaign. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Yates County office building auditorium. It is being put on by the Penn Yan Area Council of Churches and Yates Progressives. Read More more
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