Bishop leads local Catholics in reflection, worship

By Michelle Costanza

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse stopped in Binghamton Friday evening to lead Catholics through reflection and worship.

Among the more than 100 parishioners gathered at the Parish of Saints John and Andrew was Bishop Robert Cunningham, who will be traveling to each county of the Diocese to hold the Stations of the Cross on the first Friday of the month.

"We cover seven counties, we have about 258,000 Catholics, 130 parishes," said Bishop Cunningham.

The Stations of the Cross remains one of the most important forms of worship for Catholics during the Lenten season. Those who were present Friday evening were invited to follow along with the Passion of Christ, retracing the 14 stations in his crucifixion journey as represented on plaques along the church walls.

The Stations was followed by prayers for the vocation of the priesthood, and parishioners were able to meet Bishop Cunningham at the close of the Service.

Bishop Cunningham said, "It's always a great grace and a great gift to be able to travel through the diocese and meet people in parish churches for whom the faith is very much alive."

The Bishop will return to the Parish of Saints John and Andrew this Sunday for Confirmation.

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