OGDENSBURG — A long-time north country priest has been appointed to serve as the bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse.
The Rev. Douglas Lucia, former pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton, now serves as director of Vocations and Seminarians for the Diocese of Ogdensburg.
Mr. Lucia will replace Bishop Robert Cunningham who has resigned from the Diocese of Syracuse. The date of his ordination and installation has not been finalized.
In a message sent to north country parishes, Ogdensburg Bishop Terry R. LaValley congratulated Mr. Lucia.
“You know that his ministry in a variety of positions in our Diocese has equipped him well to lead the Church of Syracuse,” Bishop LaValley said.
“Certainly, with his departure, he will be greatly missed as his tireless ministry to the North Country will soon come to an end,” he said. “His friendship and pastoral leadership have touched deeply so many during his thirty years of priestly ministry among us.”