Bishop James Moynihan; Dead at 84


Syracuse, N.Y. – One of Upstate New York's most prolific Catholic leaders has died. The Most Reverend James Moynihan, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, was 84-years-old.

Moynihan was born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1932. After being ordained a priest he began his career in the Diocese of Rochester, serving as an associate pastor, secretary to Bishop James Kearney, and eventually becoming a Chancellor of the Diocese of Rochester.

Moynihan was appointed to be the Bishop of Syracuse in April of 1995 and was ordained and installed the following month. He retired in April of 2009 and was replaced by the current Bishop, Robert Cunningham.

Services for Bishop Moynihan will be held Thursday and Friday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on East Onondaga Street in Syracuse, N.Y. as follows:

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 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Mass of Christian Burial: 11 a.m.

The funeral will be celebrated by New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan.  

Syracuse Mayor Stehpanie Miner issued the following statement regarding the death of Bishop James Moynihan:  


Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner issues a statement regarding the death of Bishop Moynihan


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